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Published: Thursday, June 28 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Sandy, UT

Entertainers need to know when to hang it up and quit touring. A few years ago my wife and I, big Gordon Lightfoot fans, went to Kingsbury Hall to hear him for the 10th time. He's now 74 and his voice is shredded from all the years of performing, with an unhealthy assist from years of unhealthy living. We couldn't believe how bad he sounded --- scads of people left at intermission and didn't return.

I heard the Beach Boys (can you be a Boy, seriously, at age 70?) a while back, and they too, in my opinion, need to give it up since they sounded old and terrible. Yes, they have the name and history; No they don't have the same personnel and they don't have their same voices. None of us do at that age, but most of us know when to call some things a day...

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