Not because they’re old rockers, who can’t seem to stop, like Ozzy and Steven Tyler (both of whom I also like, by the way).
It’s because, they were never satisfied with achieving stardom in a particular musical era.
Instead, they took that success and moved on to start something new. I suppose I admire Madonna for the same reason.
Their model of musical reinvention gives me hope that one day, bridging from my semi-professional musician days of 30 years ago, maybe I’ll take another crack at it as well.
If I did, I’ve got one or two originals I’d do. But for the most part, my first imagined act would be as my own techno-rock version of Girl Talk.
And, if I got a SxSW booking with this act, then this would be my set list:
- Ladies & gentlemen, part 1 – Presidents of USA 1:38
- Just tonight – Jimmy Eat World 3:27
- People people – Undead 6:27
- Waitress – Live 2:49
- Findaway – Silverchair 2:57
- No attention – Soundgarden 4:27
- Ungived – Stone Temple Pilots 2:35
- Welcome to the fold (the shortened, FM version) – Filter ~5:00
- Complain – Kings X 3:19
- Half the world – Rush 3:43
- Tie your mother down – Queen 3:46
- Horse to water – REM 2:19
Last, but not least, I’d wrap it up by adding one original, up-tempo Todd Rundgren-esque tune, that runs about three minutes, which I could shorten or lengthen a bit, depending on the remaining time left in my hour.
As Brian May sings on Queen II (one of the great rock albums in history): “Some day, one day.”