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    Default How do aging rock stars stay so thin?

    Look at Jimmy Page (link below). Look at Mick Jagger. Look at Ringo. All in their 60s. All extremely thin.

    It is not normal for a man over age 50 to be so thin (unless you are a long distance runner or cyclist). My guess is they're all on strict diet and exercise regimens, supported by their own chefs, nutritionists, and personal trainers (all which they can afford)--and they must not drink beer. It's probably the same thing Hollywood actors do.

    Any other ideas?

    p.s. I don't envy their thinness (but then I'm not an aging rock star). I'm just curious.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080128/...e_led_zeppelin

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    Default Re: How do aging rock stars stay so thin?

    Snorting lots of cocaine kills their appetite.

    Either that or the profession of rock musicians appeals to genetically thin people.

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    As to Hollywood people, they can all afford good plastic surgeons. Many of them of course are good looking people to begin with.

    I saw this show a couple yaers back where a woman that was not good looking at all was given model-like looks after numerous plastic surgeries. They touted it as dream-like procedures that "give people hope".

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    Not all aging rock stars are thin. But while some such as David Gilmour, Walt Becker, Chris Franz (drummer for the Talking Heads who is a tub now) have gotten big, by and large most of them seem to stay reasonably trim. Many of those who are front and center when performing are smart enough to realize that they make a lot of their living off their appearance, and many of those do have trainers. Many were just rails to begin with (Jagger and Iggy Pop come to mind). Obviously drug use will emaciate a body as well. But a lot of them just don't live lifestyles where they're packing away the calories. Kieth Richard has gone consecutive days in his life without a whiff of food (too busy whiffing on other stuff ).

    When my brother's band toured Europe a couple times, he came back thinner than when he left. His take was that there wasn't a whole lot of time to eat. They'd get up at 2 PM or so, have a meal, hang out, review tour business, go to sound check, loosen up, start mentally preparing for the gig, maybe catch a snack before the gig, gig, meet-n-greet, pack up, crash, repeat. So in many ways the vocation kind of makes it easy.

    Speaking of Page though, he may be thin, but his face is aging with the rest of us. On the December 2007 Rolling Stones Mag cover he and the other living Zeps were on, he looks like the guy on my Quaker Oats box.

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    Indeed-look at David Crosby!

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    Default Re: How do aging rock stars stay so thin?

    Quaker Oats?? Ha ha. Yeah, last time I saw Page on TV he looked like death warmed over.

    You mention life on the road but you don't say how old your brother was when he did this.

    My theory is this: you can maintain the rock and roll lifestyle (e.g. on-going alcohol and drug abuse, poor eating and sleeping, lack of exercise) only so long when you're young (20s) before your body and mind rebels. Even harder is to keep it up over decades. I personally think Keith Richard's image is just Keith selling himself. I seriously doubt he does anything like he probably did in his 20s.

    One of my favorite bands is Hot Tuna, who've I've seen several times in the last few years. Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were there in the early days of rock, beginning with their gig in Jefferson Airplane. Jorma (65?) has definitely put on weight (like a normal person might), and he's gimpy for some reason but otherwise looks healthy. Jack (61?) is a guy who is naturally thin (your rail thin type). He is still thin but he doesn't look emancipated. He looks like a 60 year old guy thin guy might be expected to look with a little something around the gut.

    Again, I go back to my assertion that it is not natural to be as thin as Page is now at his age. It is normal to gain weight as we age, even for ectomorphs.
    Last edited by matclone; 01-28-2008 at 05:26 PM.

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    Sorry for forgetting to mention my (twin) brother's age matclone (he probably doesn't want me to mention it). I think the last tour he was 45 or 46.

    Incidentally, I believe I remember him saying that when they gigged a large emporium in Dusseldorf, the housers were the original Comets (yes the Billy Haley band). He mentioned that they were all in their mid-70 (actually 71 to 83!) and still looked and played great. Since you posted this, it made me wonder what they really looked like, and I found a pic:

    http://www.thecomets.com/
    (See "STILL ROCKING AROUND THE CLOCK!" on the 50th Anniversary page)

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    Last edited by OldShamrock; 01-28-2008 at 05:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    My theory is this: you can maintain the rock and roll lifestyle (e.g. on-going alcohol and drug abuse, poor eating and sleeping, lack of exercise) only so long when you're young (20s) before your body and mind rebels. Even harder is to keep it up over decades.
    Hey, sort of like what many of us went through with our wrestling careers (maybe minus the drug abuse and lack of exercise part)

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