From the “Desolation Angels” album as Paul Rodgers is channelling what Santana should have sounded like at the turn of the decade. The first 4 songs of this album are a knock-out punch combo.
I’ve been gone such a long time,
I never thought I would return,
Now I found myself standing in the rain,
Waiting for your key to turn, yeah, yeah.
You been on the road for so long, it’s not the same when you get home. People have moved on because once you stop being around, you start to disappear. Out of mind and out of sight.
I remember reading a story about Bob Seger and how his kid didn’t recognize him when he returned from the road.
Evil wind, passed me by,
Troubled waters, pay me no mind.
You’ve gone through a difficult situation to return home only to find the situation is even more difficult.
I have crossed the waters
That will keep them miles apart,
Now I know the time has come
To make a brand new start.
Acceptance of the situation and acknowledging it’s time to move on.
By the end of the 70’s, those iconic bands were struggling to replenish their audience. And for the ones that didn’t look music video worthy, well, their career was at a standstill. They had to be in it to make music because they loved writing music. Some of the artists re-invented themselves and became even bigger in the 80’s. Aerosmith is one such band, but Tyler and Perry did have a pretty boy look.