Number of Coming Acts, 3. Average age, 52.



Our shiny new radial tire in downtown, the Sprint Center, is set to open for some seriously aging stars. And no, we’re not talking the Chiefs. The headliners include Van Halen, Elton John and, now, Garth Brooks. To help put some perspective on these aging showmen, here’s a look at their careers:


Elton John

Age: 60

First hit: “Your Song” in 1970

Last hit: “Answer in the Sky” in 2005

Lowest point: There’s many, but in 1997, for his 50th birthday party, Sir Elton performed in an $80,000 Louis XIV costume

Second job: Agreed in 2001 to appear on a BBC’s quiz show but backed out hours before filming and was replaced with a cab driver who worked as an Elton John impersonator


Van Halen’s David Lee Roth

Age: 53

First hit: “You Really Got Me” in 1979

Last hit: “Just Like Paradise” in 1988

Lowest point: Roth put together a Vegas lounge act in 1995 that included the Miami Sound Machine, a brass band and exotic dancers.

Second job: In the late 1990s, he worked as an EMT in New York City


Garth Brooks

Age: 45

First hit: “Much Too Young (to Feel This Damn Old)” in 1989, on the U.S. Country list

Last hit: “More than a Memory” on September 15, 2007, on the U.S. Country list

First and last top 10 single on mainstream U.S. charts: "To Make You Feel My Love” in 1998

Lowest point: His 1999 alter ego, the emotionally conflicted rocker Chris Gaines

Second job: Wal-Mart shell man

-- Eric Barton

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