When longevity is a plus in the arenas of jazz, blues and country, why do aging rockers face scorn?

From The Montreal Gazette:

When Dave Brubeck last made one of his semi-regular appearances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2011, he was 90. No one jokingly wondered aloud how they let him out of the nursing home.

B.B. King, 87, played two nights at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier in May. No cartoons were published of his fans making their way to the shows with walkers.

The press hasn’t yet started for Merle Haggard’s appearance at the Kahnawake Sports Complex next May, but it’s a safe bet that the beloved country legend, who will be 76 at that point, won’t be on the receiving end of any smug one-liners about pacemakers.

With rock ’n’ roll, it’s a whole different ball game.

Some of the musicians who pioneered the genre in the 1950s or brought game-changing developments to the table in the 1960s and 1970s are still on the road. Many of them are still playing arenas, and expensive tickets to see them continue to be snapped up by loyal fans and those with an interest in rock history.

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