I got to stand this close and rock out to Hugh Cornwell the other night. He used to be the lead singer of the Stranglers. I grew up listening to the Strangers. I have distinct memories of hearing a lot of their songs for the first time, songs like Golden Brown and Peaches and No More Heroes and Skin Deep and especially Always the Sun. He played all of them and some great new material, too.
During the show, I kept thinking about how we make a big deal of famous musicians who die young, people like Sid Vicious and Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. I don’t think it’s wrong to do so, but I think it’s a shame that dude’s like Hugh Cornwell who survived early fame and who are still out there killing it to half-full clubs on Tuesday nights aren’t celebrated more.