I was in countless bands, hammering away on my drums at the back of the stage, dreaming that this band (whatever it was called) was going to be the one that took me to rock’n’roll stardom. Of course, none of those dreams worked out. Those who can’t rock play rock records on the radio. Fine. I accept that–and things have turned out okay for me.
But there’s still something inside me that wonders if I tried hard enough back in the day. Was I prepared to sacrifice everything to be a drummer in a successful rock band? And if I had, what would have happened? The thought still bugs me.
This is why I’m curious about Hair I Go Again, a documentary about a couple of middle-aged guys who decided to pursue the dream, even though they’re about 30 years too late. Kyle Kruger and Steve McClure maxed out their credit cards, cashed out their retirement savings and put everything on the line to take one last shot at being rock’n’roll stars. They just couldn’t live with the “what if” thoughts anymore.
Dudes: you have my undying admiration. I could never, ever be this brave. And good luck. You’ll need it.