I read an interview with David Bowie recently where he was lamenting the fact that radio stations don't play any of his new material. It seems that they will only play the "old" stuff, even though he puts out a new album about every year or so. His last few albums have been absolutely fantastic (especially Heathen and Reality)! Heathen went platinum without any radio play; I wonder how many more people would have bought it if radio actually supported it. I've also heard that on his current tour, supporting Reality, the crowds are showing a very lackluster response to any of his new stuff (which is arguably his best work). When he plays his old material, they go nuts, but when he plays a new song, every body sits down or goes to get a beer. David Bowie is just an example of this kind of behavior. It seems to happen to every band; even though they are continally putting out superb work, the public doesn't seem to want to hear it. Tom Petty, REM, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchel, Rolling Stones, etc.... it happens to the best of them. What do you think causes this phenomenon? Is this a localised thing in America, where we are so obsessed with youth that our elders are forgotten? Does talent deteriorate with age? Or is it that the audiences aren't smart enough to follow artists through their changes, or perhaps aren't willing to allow them to change? I'm seeing this as a lack of respect for the aged, in a way. Our culture is so obessesed with youth that I've been turned away from joining bands because I'm too old, and I'm only 27! It ticks me off that some of my favorite new CDs are from guys over 40 and 50, and nobody seems to care. I'm sick of the "Play the hits!" mentality. I want to see an artist grow and change - their experience translates into better art most of the time. But guys like Bowie are at some point put into the box of "classic rock", and aren't allowed to put out new material (or at least nobody will listen to it). Ok, I feel a little better now. [/rant] Comments from the youngsters? The elderly? The ancient (Bruce?)?