The Five Best Musicians Over 50 Coming to Dallas This Year

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Turning 50 is certainly not old by today's standards. But rock & roll conventionally has a different scale. After all, at that age who wants to even go to a concert, much less embark on a nationwide tour performing hit songs you wrote half a lifetime ago?

Lots of people, as it turns out. As rock is starting to get a little long in the tooth itself, an older guard is emerging. And now that touring is many bands' best source of income (RIP record industry), reunions (and bands who just never leave the road) are more and more common.

With 2013 now half over, there are still a slew of 50 plus musicians making their stop in Dallas. And while it is kind of remarkable they are still embracing the tour life and playing energetic shows all over the country, it just goes to show, 50 may be the new 20, musically speaking. Here is my list of the top five quinquagenarians that will be livening things up for us unindustrious youngsters.

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5. David Lowery, Camper Van Beethoven, July 27 at Granada Theater

While I am limited in my appreciation of front man David Lowery's later material in '90s alternative-era band, Cracker, his early work in whimsical and eclectic college-radio-friendly Camper Van Beethoven was always an entertaining change of pace among late '80s/early '90s bands. Yes, their debut single "Take the Skinheads Bowling" was perhaps their most well-known single, a side note that is almost always attached to any blurb written about the band, however with eight albums in their repertoire, and a mixed bag of musical styles, this show is worth adding to your concert calendar. And while Camper Van Beethoven is set to perform along with Cracker, a show that could be a bit of an ego trip instead comes across as a generous sign of respect for fans of all Lowery's material. And with just enough space to retain intimacy, I couldn't think of a better venue to host this show.

4. Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode, September 20 at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Dave Gahan and Depeche Mode have been at the helm of the British electronic music scene for over three decades, but that's not the most noteworthy part. Depeche Mode, much to Dave Gahan's surprise, is still generating a young fan base. Which shouldn't be too much of a shock, given their brand of romantically dark themes and synth-based songs have been replicated by many of today's acts. Expect to see a diverse mix of older devotees of Depeche Mode's heyday, as well as the younger crowd born a few decades too late, but equally as aged in their taste of the era-defining electronic sound Gahan and company do so well.

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Robert Plant?  Todd Rundgren? Jimmy Herring? Donald Fagen? Walter Becker? The Wilson Sisters? Don Henley? Joe Walsh? Jon Bon Jovi (well...) Eric Johnson? Perry Farrell? Dave Mustaine? Boney James? RIchard Butler? Ottmar Liebert? Charlie Musslewhite? Aimee Mann?

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