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PNJ.com Velvet Melon Reunion at Seville Quarter November 24, 2017
Moon: Velvet Melon? Sure thing. Woodenhorse? Maybe. Old folks? Still rocking.
Troy Moon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, that was humbling. On Tuesday, I interviewed 55-year-old Shannon Aiken — officially, the fittest old guy in the land. Aiken won first place in the Reebok CrossFit Games in the category for fellas ages 55 to 59. That's my age! And no, I didn't place or show.
I am fit as a fiddle, though. I can probably do one more pushup than any fiddle you know. In fact, I can probably even run a bit and swim a bit faster and farther than most musical instruments and inanimate objects. (Proper diet is key.)
Aiken has muscles where his middle-aged fat storage surplus should be. His muscles have muscles. He lifts, he squats, he runs, he swims, he climbs. He had six-pack abs covering the area where most older guys store their guzzled six-packs.
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No, I didn't measure up. And that's with clothes on.
But I do OK. I'm not driving through Walmart with scooter yet. Sure, I do better sitting playing guitar than standing, because, you know, I'm 55 — or will be later this month. But us old guys can still rock. (As long as all rocking ends by 8:30 p.m. We like to wake up early.)
In fact, I'm even hearing rumblings that one of Pensacola's most celebrated and accomplished local bands from years past, Woodenhorse, is talking about a reunion show down the road. Nothing set — just talk — but a lot of aging punks are already digging through the boxes in the basement trying to find the old Doc Martens.
Woodenhorse, which began as the Headless Marines in the 1980s, dominated the hardcore and punk scene in the 1990s in Pensacola. There were few, if any, Pensacola bands that brought the fury and intense kinetic energy like Woodenhorse. We'll definitely keep you posted.
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One show that you can pencil in now and schedule the babysitter for is the Velvet Melon reunion Nov. 24 at Seville Quarter. It's been 25 years since the popular Pensacola rock band lost its leader, the charismatic Jay Young. We'll give you more details on that show as well. But all of you fellow oldsters might want to start banking some sleep hours now. The show doesn't even start until 8 p.m.
Still, us oldsters are now going out quietly. "Rust Never Sleeps" and all that jazz. We still rock. We still exercise. We still ride skateboards, like my buddy and bandmate Elvis Jones of Revolver Records, who skateboards to work half the time and he's a year older than me.
And we're now old enough for the Pensacola Senior Games, which take place Sept. 8 to 24. Though I'm looking through the event competitions and I don't see "Counting Potatoes." Bummer. I'd be a medal threat on that one.