Seems there was a farewell concert for him 2 months ago. He is going to be turning 80 years old this year. I don’t follow country music very much, but I did enjoy just about every one of his 24 hits, and I like watching some of his many duets on youtube.
“The Gambler” is arguably one of the “smoothest” country songs ever. (I mean that as a positive. It was the perfect song to mellow out to late night driving the 5 with my folks to and from norcal/socal back in the day.)
It is time. I have the utmost respect for him for many reasons: He started out playing bass like myself, was an incredible lead and harmony vocalist, put such feeling into his vocals. But, seeing recent videos of him is just sad. Aside from his poorly-done cosmetic surgery, his vocal skills have deteriorated noticeably. It is time.
Well, “Started out on bass” simply means that the first live band appearance was playing bass, which I did although I’d already known how to play guitar for years beforehand. I’d imagine Mr. McCartney’s and possibly Mr. Roger’s experience was similar, but I claim no historical knowledge on this.
EDIT: Just remembered that my first live band appearance was actually playing drums. But, that was my very first band ever (age 14 I think). I was not good, it did not last long, and I very rarely played drums in any band thereafter.
I was listening to an interview that Rogers gave maybe a week or so ago. He was asked about how often he gets noticed when he’s out in the public and if it bugs him. His answer struck me as the most honest I’d heard in some time. Basically, he’s at the point where just a handful of people notice him and ask for autographs or want to talk, but it’s just enough to soothe his ego and yet not enough to make him want to run for the hills.