Grandpa rocks harder than you

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Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

This week I’d like to stick to one of my favorite adages, “Stop making stupid people famous.”

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So, stupid things, you won’t get any column space from me.

Last week, they held the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and the big winner of the night in terms of trophies was: Daft Punk. The duo, who appears in customary black-tinted motorcycle helmets in their videos, walked away with the Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Duo-Group Performance, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album Non-Classical awards. Did they win because they were up all night working hard on Random Access Memories, or did they “get lucky?”

This show had some pretty awesome blasts from the past. Black Sabbath won for Best Metal Performance, and Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album, showing the world their music is timeless. Both bands were formed in 1968.

Nothing, however, could compare to the reunion of the “Fab Two.” Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr got together to perform Paul’s single “Queenie Eye” and Ringo did a solo for his song, “Photograph.”

If you check the “Queenie Eye” video on YouTube, it starts out with Paul McCartney talking to the sound engineer in the booth of a recording studio before going to a grand piano to play the song. Then we find Johnny Depp sitting by the piano, moving his head. Next thing you know, more and more people “pop up” enjoying the jam: Chris Pine, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Kate Moss, Jeremy Irons, Sean Penn, Tracy Ullman and Gary Barlow to name but some.

The 71 year-old McCartney also joined Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear as they picked up the Grammy for Best Rock Song (“Cut Me Some Slack” from the Sound City soundtrack). As the mom of a 12 year old who is a big fan of Paul McCartney and the Beatles, Mr. Grohl pretty much sums up my sentiment, “There aren’t too many things that last forever, and I honestly think with what Paul and the band did has the same effect on this new generation of kids as it did to mine. It’s amazing.”

The Bootleg Beatles was the closest I, or my son, could ever get to imagining but a smidgen of the power of the Fab Four’s music. We caught their show at the PICC—it was a full house.

The Beatles were formed in 1960 and broke up in 1970. 44 years later, 10 year olds know the lyrics to their songs and their living members continue to actively inspire musicians.

Here’s to things that last.

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Movies opening next Wednesday, February 5: American Hustle with Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams; Robocop with Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Samuel Jackson. Opening on Thursday February 6 is the LEGO movie.

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