Yes, old rockers are fading, but nobody packs a stadium like ...

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Yes, old rockers are fading, but nobody packs a stadium like they do

ForgetTaylor Swift and Beyoncé, when it comes to selling tickets the rock generation still rule

Neil McCormick

Is rock dead? Not in the stadiums of Great Britain, at least, where you can barely move for old rockers strutting what’s left of their stuff. Hundreds of thousands of fans have been flocking to catch Rod Stewart, Elton John, Billy Joel, The Who, the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.

It would be almost like the 1980s never happened, if it wasn’t for relative whippersnappers Bon Jovi squeezing into leather trousers one more time to lead us all in a chorus of “Woah-oh livin’ on a prayer”. In London’s Hyde Park next month, Bob Dylan and Neil Young will perform for 60,000 admirers willing to pay steep ticket prices to see a duo with a combined age of 151.

Hip hop and digital pop dominate the streaming charts, pumping skinny beats out of mobiles and earbuds, notching up viral hits in billions of clicks. But when it comes to selling tickets, it looks like the rock generation still rule...

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