How about a festival for the gray hairs?

June 24, 2013
Chicago Transit Authority, the band's first album in 1969, is among my all-time favorites.

Firefly has quickly turned into one of the top music festivals in the region. If the growth spurt experienced this year keeps pace, the event will rival the best festivals anywhere.

Because I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, I'm considered old by some standards; that's why I don't recognize the majority of the bands playing at Firefly. We need a festival for those who qualify for AARP.

It's time some rock-and-roll promoter wakes up out there and plans a music festival for those of us who still think Credence Clearwater Revival and the Eagles are cool. Can you imagine how exciting a three-day music festival featuring bands – or what's left of them – from the golden years of rock would be?

You might say that it's already been done. Remember those three days of peace and love in a small town in New York? That was eons ago, and many of those performers are long gone.

I can't imagine the buzz that a concert featuring the likes of Elton John, Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Doobie Brothers, Moody Blues, Guess Who, Rolling Stones, Eagles, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Journey, Kansas, Boston, Yes, AC/DC and the Beach Boys would create. It better happen soon because these guys are not getting any younger, and many of the bands only have a few original members remaining.

Someone with a great mind could come up with a fitting name for this festival. How about Alive and Kicking Festival for starters?

  • Ron MacArthur has lived and worked in Sussex County all his life. As a journalist for more than 40 years, he has covered everything from county and town meetings to presidential visits. He also has a unique perspective having served as an elected official and lived on both sides of the county.

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