These days, a lot of the “classic rock” bands that were the stuff we all sang along with at parties in the seventies and eighties – Styx, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Def Leppart, Poison, Motley Crue, Boston, Foreigner, Rush, Head East and the like – are playing the State Fair circuit. They haven’t put out albums – or at least serious albums – in years, maybe decades. There’d be no real point to it; do you want to hear anything Boston did after “Don’t Look Back?”. That Foreigner did after “Jukebox Hero?” They are playing the nostalgia circuit, slopping the trough with the stuff their fans want to hear.
Now, that can never happen to the first-generation punk rock crowd. Because we were iconoclasts wouldn’t never, ever..ever…
Oh, who am I kidding.
If the Sex Pistols ever play the Minnesota State Fair, it’ll sound – and look – something like this:
And I’ll probably buy a ticket.