Some musicans grown old gracefully and still on top of their musical game, like BB King. Others aren't that lucky. And it's sad to see your musical heros get old and ill, and just aren't even close to manage something to their old
Case in point, Johnny Winter. He's a mean guitar player and a great musician, and his contribution to the blues and rock'n'roll is of historic significane. He did play in Norway a couple of years ago, but I opted not to go see him. I think it would have been too sad, as he's haunted by health issues which has clearly affected his playing. I represent exhibit A, Highway 69 live, the first his the legendary perfromance at Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert in 92 (check the guitarist on the left, G.E. Smith, with a big grin as he looks over to JW and checks out his licks). The second clip is the same song from the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007. I love the man and his music, but this is just sad. Those 15 years have really taken their toll.