Rockers who came to fame in the ’70s are suddenly rising from dormancy.
Here’s a then-and-now look at five Watergate-era bands who’ve staged a comeback.
|AEROSMITH||RUSH||ZZ TOP||LYNYRD SKYNYRD||KISS|
|SOUND||Then: Risque blues-rock||Then: Prog-rock for geeky dudes obsessed with Philosophy 101||Then: Bawdy blues tunes sung in a faux old-man voice||Then: Southern rock for “tea” smokers||Then: Three-chord heavy-metal singalongs|
|Now: No longer very risky blues-rock||Now: Prog-rock for geeky dads obsessed with their 401ks||Now: Bawdy blues tunes sung in an authentic old-man voice||Now: Southern rock for Tea Party voters||Now: Four-chord heavy-metal singalongs|
|FASHION||Then: Scarves and blouses borrowed from their moms||Then: White satin shirts and double-neck guitars||Then: Long blond beards and cowboy hats||Then: Harley riders packin’ blow dryers||Then: Bizarre face-paint creates a sense of mystery.|
|Now: Hair-coloring products borrowed from their daughters||Now: Black cotton shirts and (substantially lighter) single-neck guitars||Now: Long gray beards and silly hats||Now: Harley riders packin’ Grecian Formula||Now: Bizarre face-paint hides Gene Simmons’ surgically altered visage.|
|FANS HOPE...||Then: Joe Perry doesn’t go back to hard drugs.||Then: Geddy Lee won’t ruin his larynx before he turns 30.||Then: They don’t sell out by using drum machines and synthesizers.||Then: Radio stations will start playing the long version of “Free Bird.”||Then: Their parents won’t ground them for buying the new Kiss album.|
|Now: Steven Tyler doesn’t go back to hosting TV talent competitions.||Now: Geddy Lee can still hit Tose high notes when he turns 60.||Now: They don’t go back to using drum machines and synthesizers.||Now: The band will end its concert version of “Free Bird” before their bedtime.||Now: Their grandkids won’t mock them for buying the new Kiss album.|
|Music from Another Dimension (Columbia, $12)||Clockwork Angels (Roadrunner Records, $12)||La Futura (American Recordings, $12)||Last of a Dyin’ Breed (Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud Records, $11)||Monster (UMe, $12)|