As we Baby Boomers age, many of the rock and rollers we adored in our youth have climbed the stairway to heaven. We can only imagine they are creating the greatest band ever beyond the clouds.
If we could only hear them play
David Bowie, a rock icon of unmeasurable talent, went to meet Major Tom on Jan 10th, 2016. He died of liver cancer.
Jon Pareles of the New York Times writes:
“David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personas, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.”
I went to his 1974 Diamond Dogs concert in Anaheim, California. His thoroughly eccentric and creative performance was historic. Lady Gaga would not be who she is today without his influence.
Paul Kantner –an original founder of Jefferson Airplane went down the white rabbit hole on January 28th at 74 years old from multiple organ failure and septic shock. His once struggling hippie band turned their melodies into the anthem of our generation. He later moved on to Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna. Not a day went by, when I was in high school, that I didn’t hear . . .
. . . Go ask Alice. When she’s ten feet tall
. . . on the radio.
Glenn Frey checked into the “ghostly Hotel California on January 18, 2016, at 67. He was the co-founder of The Eagles and also enjoyed a few juicy roles as an actor. His death was a result of a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.
That’s what happens when you live “Life in the Fast Lane.”
Maurice White – founder and band member of Earth, Wind and Fire went to Boogie Wonderland on Feb 3 at the age of 74 from Parkinson’s.
He was the epitome of groovy but strove towards balance and harmony.
“We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion, and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force-feeding listeners’ spiritual content.”~ Maurice White
Rene Angelil, the husband of Celine Dion, died of throat cancer at 73. He wasn’t a rock-star himself but was a musical producer and manager. He was largely responsible for making his wife the huge star she is today. It’s heartbreaking when a “supportive” husband and “great love” leaves too soon.
Alan Rickman had the smoothest and most dastardly sounding voice in the film and theater world. His final curtain went down on January 14, 2016. He was 69 and was a victim of pancreatic cancer. I first saw him perform in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as the Sheriff of Nottingham. I not only fell in love with his voice but his entire persona. He was brilliant in everything he did from drama to comedy and will be sorely missed by his fans and the theater community.
“I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.”~ Alan Rickman
Dan Haggarty – Grizzly Adams passed away on January 15, 2016, from spinal cancer. If Dan had tackled the bear that beat up Leonardo Di Caprio in The Revenant, it would have gone scampering off into the woods with fear.
As the late Natalie Cole, who died of heart failure on December 31, 2015, would have crooned, they are all “unforgettable.”
This greatest band of characters died from either cancer or an age-related disease That’s why it’s so important for those in our generation to take care of ourselves as we grow older. We’re getting to the age when friends and siblings begin to slowly disappear. If we’re lucky we’ll die peacefully in our sleep from old age or keep on rockin’ like Mick Jaggar.
If you can imagine the greatest band playing up there in heaven, who would be there and what would they be playing? Please leave a comment below.