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Rockin’ that walker, granny

We went to see 10cc in Canterbury Saturday night. Canterbury is a long old haul for us, but it’s a great place and we don’t go often enough.

Remember 10cc? I’m Not in Love…Rubber Bullets…The Things We Do For Love. They were big in the Seventies.

They still had one member from the very first configuration, two who had been with them since the early Seventies, and two who have played with the band for a decade. It was a tight, impressive performance in a good sized auditorium that was very nearly sold out. Mucho recommendo, if you’re in the UK during the rest of their tour.

I don’t know why I was shocked — possibly because I’m stupid and innumerate — but I was pretty much the youngest person in the room. Blue hair and walking sticks as far as the eye could see.

Funny thing about that. By the end of the performance, every old crock in the auditorium was upstanding, clapping, stamping and rocking out. I think that had a leeetle something to do with the beer and wine they were selling in the lobby. I saw convoys of oldsters slipping off for reinforcements.

Still, it warmed my heart to see them newfangled mechanical hips working out so well.


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: February 10, 2015, 12:37 am

Best 10cc song is “Dredlock Holiday”

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: February 10, 2015, 1:02 am

LOVED THEM and Supertramp as well! WDW has a music festival and they have all the old acts in. The line of old farts is amazing. I always try to see Herman’s Hermits!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: February 10, 2015, 1:47 am

A little booze, some Oldies-But-Goodies – its enough to get any old fart off their butt and start stomping….

Tell me – was there that same smokey “fragrance” (that’s accompanied all rock concerts since before Woodstock) wafting through the air?

Comment from grasshopper
Time: February 10, 2015, 2:07 am

Jethro Tull. Mother Church of Country Music. Same thing. Hubby likes Mr Tull, I thought it was entertaining to watch ol Jethro stand on one leg whilst playing a flute (read: bored out of my skull). Me: 47 (tuesday :D) My hubby: 51. We by far are the YOUNGEST people in the place. Hippies abounded; however in the Mother Church smoking is not allowed, fragrant or otherwise..

Comment from David Gillies
Time: February 10, 2015, 4:12 am

ol Jethro? Do you mean Ian Anderson?

I like Jethro Tull and 10cc and I was born in 1969. 10cc had some very clever lyrics. “Art for art’s sake…money for God’s sake”. The derivation of the name is rather rude as well (same goes for Steely Dan).

Comment from mojo
Time: February 10, 2015, 4:43 am

Yeah, you gotta watch out for us pensioners, we’ll “lay aboot ye” with our aluminum walkers…

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 10, 2015, 1:07 pm

What a great treat!
A concert where you can understand the lyrics, and follow the melody line 😉

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: February 10, 2015, 2:37 pm

I remember 10cc’s hits quite well. As a “Star Trek” fan, I always thought the lyric in “I’m Not in Love” should be “I’m not a Grup — so don’t forget it — it’s just a silly phase I’m goin’ through –”

Lovely pic, Ms. Weasel, but how does it connect to 10cc?

Comment from David Gillies
Time: February 10, 2015, 7:32 pm

It’s the cover of Deceptive Bends (1977). That’s the one with The Things We Do For Love.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 10, 2015, 9:18 pm

No obvious haze of smoke, McGoo, but I did see someone vaping.

Comment from grasshopper
Time: February 11, 2015, 1:52 am

David, see?? Got the tickets for my spouse’s birthday as he likes Mr Anderson. I was a bit underwhelmed. However, he got to watch me scream like a teenage girl at Brian Setzer’s Christmas show a few months later, so he and I are now even 😀

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