Talking Shit

Sting and Four Other British Rockers Who've Gone Soft

Rock 'n' roll can be a fickle beast. It treats none with less regard than those confronting the universal bummer that is aging. Something so representative of youth, built as the perfect vehicle for young rebellion, it's at its absolute best when the most audacious.

Thus, rock 'n' roll is no easy game for those long in the tooth. Physical requirements aside, there is a certain attitude required for great rock music that seems to fade in people as they age. And that's fine; after all, there can be only one Iggy Pop, right?

Sting is sharing the BB&T Center stage with Paul Simon this week. And since Sting's descent into easy listening is particularly notable, we thought we'd take a look at the careers of the former Police frontman and four other British ex-rockers who invested in some later-life complacency.

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David Von Bader