Should I start a band at my advanced age ?

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  1. collinsman

    collinsman Tele-Afflicted

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    Being divorced for 4 1/2 yrs after 33 yrs married & being solo I've had the inkling to start a band. The question is should I ? I mean I'm 59 haven't played in a band setting in 25 yrs, I don't even remember what equipment to use, how loud to set your amp in a small club, mic's & of course I need bodies :)

    Right now I host a beginner Old time music jam twice a month at my shanty, but my first love is electric guitar, that's where most of my history lies. For equipment I have a Strat, Tele, Eastman ES 175, Gibson acoustic, GDEC 15w amp, a Peavey Classic thirty. That's it, no mic's, monitors, zero, zilch. Please tell me I'm nuts, yet opine a little.
     
  2. studio

    studio Poster Extraordinaire

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    You ain't nuts, no way!

    I say go with what you're feeling.

    At your age you have a good 20 years
    of good playing in ya still.

    Most bands are based on fairy tales
    and teenage dreams that never die.
    Have the most fun playing what people
    your age want to hear and remember.

    You ain't gonna get rich and very few
    people will recognize your name, but it's
    one heck of a ride to get your first gig!

    I bet there are some good players that
    will help you along to pursue your vision.

    Just be straight with some really good
    musicians and tell them you want them
    to play with you to fill the void of an otherwise
    empty roster and you will be looking for
    somewhat permanent players your caliber
    soon.

    Ya never know, some of those great players
    might be willing to stick it out for a while and
    might even help you find the right fit for
    your band project.

    Don't worry about the gear as much as finding
    other musicians and having fun learning songs.
     
  3. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Why the hell not? ;)
     
  4. Carlsson

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    I can't see one single reason why you should not start a band. Go for it.
     
  5. PinewoodRo

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    Do it!
     
  6. Big Tony

    Big Tony Friend of Leo's

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    Go for it!

    59 is the new 40!

    / Tony
     
  7. simonsp

    simonsp Friend of Leo's

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    +1. Go for it. Music is for every age, including middle and old.
     
  8. AndyLowry

    AndyLowry Friend of Leo's

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    There's no reason not to. It's likely you'll find colleagues that can provide the equipment you're missing.
     
  9. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Yes
     
  10. Marshall_Stack

    Marshall_Stack Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Ok. That's decided. Now it's time to talk band names.
     
  11. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    ++1
     
  12. Balok

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    +1 ! definetly yes!
     
  13. karpis

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    Man its like riding a bicycle - learn once and enjoy whenever/wherever you can;)
     
  14. rokdog49

    rokdog49 Friend of Leo's

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    I vote yes, but with one caveat; it will require a lot of work and patience to make it happen. That being said, do it!
     
  15. AirBagTester

    AirBagTester Friend of Leo's

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    Heck yes start a band! Always start a band. Maybe even 2 or 3!
     
  16. Jamie Black

    Jamie Black Friend of Leo's

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    Why the heck not, go for it! After getting to sit in with my brother's friend's band I've been bitten by the bug and would love to form up a band. Maybe I'll get brave enough to do it some day.
     
  17. rphunt2002

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    You're nuts. Everyone knows once you're past 50 your life is basically over. How are you gonna stay awake during practice? And remember you have to lug equipment, can your frail bones handle that? And you're just gonna play old people music which no one wants to hear anyway.

    There, did that rile you up enough? I have more. :lol:
     
  18. SamClemons

    SamClemons Poster Extraordinaire

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    Geezer bands are all the rage right now. Lots of old guys playing in bands.
     
  19. AirBagTester

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    You forgot to warn him about all the loose wimmens and no good partying drunkards of low moral character! Who wants to be a part of that? *shakes finger at rock and roll*
     
  20. Wallo Tweed

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    Go for it!
     
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