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March 26th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Aging rock stars refuse to retire

Happy birthday Steven Tyler - 65 years young and dude, you still look like a lady. Last month the birthday boy dressed in drag to visit his old stomping grounds, "American Idol," the show he quit judging just last year.

But that's the only quitting we've seen Tyler do. At the age most Americans want to retire, the former "Aerosmith" front man continues to rock on.

David Bowie is also showing no signs of slowing down, already thinking about the next day, literally. The aplty-named album, ten years in the making, was a top-ten release on iTunes when it debuted earlier this month. It took Justin Timberlake to dethrone Bowie from a number one spot on the UK albums chart, according to Billboard.

For Eric Clapton, it's a new album, and a new tour. Clapton will be 68 years old in just a few days. The name of his new album? "Old Sock."

The likes of Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and B.B. King all join Tyler, Bowie and Clapton on the charts –specifically the 65 years and older chart. But why work through your golden years, especially when you don't need the money?

"Billboard estimated for five years last year the Rolling Stones made $5 million per show.  That's take home money. That's how much  money those guys got paid," says Billboard editor Joe Levy. "If somebody was offering me five million dollars for a couple hours of work - I might say yes no matter how old I was."

But how do these rockers stay young? For Richards, perhaps a diet vodka and orange soda.

We should all have such longevity, in any business.

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