I feel your pain...Ive been outta the local clique' since 98-99.Just in that 7 year span,alot has changed...Im think alot of it has to do with the natural evolving of a culture...When I started playin in 73, the birth of rock n roll and all of its cousin genres' was still relatively new...We would play "Iron Man" , then "Hang on Sloopy", then a 50s' set.It was no big deal to see teens playin with people n their 30s'40s' even 50s'...And Im sure like alot of you, I played 5-6 nites a week at 17...Dinner music at 7, Dance at 9, Show at 11 covering anything you'd wanna hear.You could like Rush and the Eagles back then...Most people I knew 12-50 could tell you what was on the top 40 list...My Parents liked AeroSmith,Styx,Journey..NOW, when I get on local boards ,I see people describing what they wanna play,and I see genres' Ive never even heard of....We recently had a youngin post that he didnt wanna play with anyone that was "freakin 50!!!"...
...You should seen the responses...Yeah , in 88, I got a weird feeling while out on the road that everything I had come to know about the music business(as I knew it since 73) was changing fast.I can just about pin point the day
....Like Sue, I too like some of the newer material.BUT, its so scattered out in so many genres,half the time when I hear a tune I like , I dont even know what to call it....
Anyway, Im starting to ramble..
.Im to the point now where I would re-locate to find a place where oldies and classic rock/op was still marketable .I wish all you "Oldtimers"success in finding a place where you can still fit in.I never thought at 45 ,I would fit this lable
John in WV.