I went to the Squeeze reunion concert in London last night. The voices and music were as fresh as when they were first put on vinyl in the 1980s. And from my vantage point in the circle, they looked in pretty good shape for guys in their 50s. The audience was quite mature too, with a lot of stout men who looked like they had come straight from their day jobs down the scrapyard or driving cabs. I’m sure we were amongst the youngest in the audience. My colleague Dan tells me that concert promoters know they can jack up the ticket prices for these old bands, because they know their older and more affluent fans can afford them. The big acts of the 1970s and 1980s are pulling in aging rockers in their 40s and 50s. Just like the age profile in the chemical industry, which a recent survey reported in our sister magazine ICIS Chemical Business found was strongly 40-plus. Not like the demographics for my Blog then, which to my certain knowledge ranges from 18 to well into the 60s. The Blog is not ageist and embraces both its teenage early adopters and its retired silver surfers.
Click here to hear a classic hit from Squeeze