It seems like the world of music is constantly changing, constantly refreshing, never quite staying still. This is especially true in the world of rock music, which was once a much more vibrant and lively beast than what it is today.
That said, music is a timeless medium, and some classic hits just never seem to get old. Many of the musicians who created them are still out there, live in concert, and showing how it’s done.
This article will look at some of the oldest living musicians who are still rocking it today. It will feature 10 of them, broken down by decades and spanning the 1940s to the present day.
Musicians born in the 1940s
Grey-haired and grizzled, Bob Dylan is the still performing with a mind-boggling amount of energy despite his advancing years. He remains one of the most recognized and respected figures in the rock world, and at age 79 he is still out there, touring music halls and stadiums around the world.
Another musical great still doing the rounds is Paul Simon, who turns 81 this year. Simon is a songwriter and musician of immense talent and depth, blending folk and rock rhythms to create a unique sound. He continues to tour regularly and shows no signs of slowing down.
- Elton John
Elton John may be in his mid-70s, but that doesn’t mean the flamboyant dresser and singer-songwriter has lost any of his mojo. He’s still a huge draw whenever he takes to the stage and with regular album releases shows no signs of phoning it in.
Musicians born in the 1950s
- Bruce Springsteen
The Boss is still going strong at age 71 and continues to tour extensively. Bruce Springsteen is known for his high-energy live shows and his ability to connect with audiences on an emotional level. His most recent tour has been shaped around his 2018 album Welcome to Rockville.
- Neil Young
Neil Young has been an indelible figure in the world of rock for over fifty years, first as a solo artist and member of the group Buffalo Springfield, later as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He’s still a major draw live and tours regularly, providing fans with an unforgettable experience every time.
- David Byrne
David Byrne is one of the most influential figures in contemporary rock music. A former member of the hugely successful band Talking Heads, he has since gone on to do solo work and collaborate with a wide range of artists, including experimental groups and symphony orchestras. He’s currently celebrating the release of his latest album American Utopia and continues to tour live.
Musicians born in the 1960s
- David Gilmour
The guitarist, singer and lyricist of the band Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, is still performing live at the ripe old age of 72. Unlike his former bandmate Roger Waters, who mostly stays away from live performances, Gilmour still does concerts and benefits from his amazing tone and erudite musicianship.
- Paul McCartney
One of the most successful and iconic musician of this or any other era, McCartney turns 78 later this year. He’s still exhibiting a remarkable amount of energy live and enjoying a new-found love from fans of all generations, who come to hear the classic Beatles and Wings songs he still plays.
Fans of The Police may have noticed a surge in activity from the band’s lead singer Sting, who has been touring with a live band, playing his classic hits as well as a few jazz-influenced songs. Age 69 hasn’t slowed Sting down as he continues to wow audiences with his voice.
Musicians born in the 1970s
- Jack White
Not many musicians in their forties are creating as much buzz as Jack White, the iconic singer-songwriter and guitarist from The White Stripes and Dead Weather. His recent work demonstrates a talent for combining stripped-back blues with an edgy, alternative rock sound.
- Trent Reznor
At age 51, Trent Reznor still seems to have an endless source of creative energy. Best known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, he has since gone on to collaborate with a range of artists and compose moody soundtracks for films like The Social Network and Gone Girl.
- Dave Grohl
It seems that age isn’t slowing him down either, since at 50 he is still a major figure in the rock world both as a frontman of iconic outfit Foo Fighters and as a drummer for highly successful bands like Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age.
Music is a timeless medium and it’s wonderful to see a few old-school legends still performing live and keeping the spirit of rock alive. Now in the late stages of their lives, these 10 musicians still have a lot to offer live audiences, exemplifying the power of music to capture and move people from generation to generation.
We can only hope that the world of rock sees more talents like these in the future, standing the test of time and rising mighty above all the mediocrity.