I saw an interview with Jimmy Page on VH1 Classic the other day. It was kind of sad in a way. On one level, Jimmy is looking good... better than he has in a few years. He's obviously dropped some of the weight that bloated him in late 80's through the 90's. He's also cut back whatever that unruly hair cut was that kept in those years. The only thing that's got me sad about Jimmy Page is that he's oh-so-very-obviously dyeing his hair. Is it because he wants to look more youthful and vibrant? Is he married to a woman 25 years his junior? I don't know.
What I do know is that Jimmy shouldn't be anything but his age. Blues guys can get old. Members of N'Sync and 98 Degrees and Rick Springfield (and probably George Michael) can't get old... but guys who play the blues, they just get more dignified and soulful when they get old. They get like old leather... you can see the mileage, but that's ok. It turns them into cultural heirlooms of a sort. Sure, they aren't the sex symbols they once might have been... but they can still rock the house. B.B. King still rocks the house. Eric Clapton still rocks the house. Listen to some of those Son House recordings from the early 60's -- they rocked the house hard.
So why for the love of God, Jimmy, would want to make your hair look like it did when you were playing skiffle during the Eisenhower Administration?
I'm sorry. I just needed to get that off my chest.
ps. Paul McCartney, I'm talking to you too. If you get any more face lifts, you'll be singing "When I'm 64" with lips located where your eyes should be. I don't care if Heather Mills is decades younger, or you were a father again at 60. Age gracefully.
on 2006-03-23 at 4:11 p.m.
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