An unfortunate fact of life in the world of rock n roll (at least in my observation) is that as bands/musicians age, they often lose some of the fire that made their songwriting and playing so great. Whether it's age alone, or in some combination with fame, success, wealth, etc. they often lose the hunger that made them great and become a shell of what they used to be.
I think fans are sometimes blind to this and don't really outwardly admit it. So, my question to the group, who has been able to avoid this pitfall? Who has consistently brought the rock across decades? Who has been relevant at one point, only to fade away, and then reappear (reunion) with the same fire they once had (with an emphasis on songwriting)?
A few from my own list...
- Johnny Cash never lost it, and in fact, I feel he did his best work late in life.
- Dinosaur Jr. left the scene for many years and reappeared sounding like they never left.
- Neil Young continues to reinvent himself in ways that have kept him relevant
- I've never been a huge Rush fan, and to some extent I think they're part of a genre in which interest has mostly faded, but they've continued to create music that is on par with what they did during their heyday.
Who else? And maybe who has not?