Veterans rock solid

Veterans rock solid
Singer Douglas Oliveiro

Age is just a number in rock 'n' roll.

At 88, legendary guitarist B.B. King still plays the blues for his Mississippi home crowd. At 70, The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (left) still gathers no moss.

And a clutch of veteran Singaporean rockers in their 50s and 60s seems destined to live up to that reputation as they (re-)take the stage with new gigs.

Tomorrow night, singer and guitarist Zul Sutan, 56, from rockers Tania, will play a sold-out solo show at the Esplanade Recital Studio.

Eclectic rockers Heritage, led by 65-year-old bass player Ashley Jansen, are back with a new keyboard player and a fresh sound after frontman Atwell Jansen died in August.

One-time sexiest man in Singapore Douglas Oliveiro, 57, is back in full swing too. After a six-year hiatus, he is currently a singer with nine-piece band A-List.

All three acts are still playing six nights a week - Zul at Harry's @ Orchard Towers, Heritage at JJ Atlante and Oliveiro at Aquanova at Clarke Quay.

Says Oliveiro: "I still have a lot of passion inside of me. I've done this for quite some time now. It's nice to go up on stage in your 50s and prove to everybody that you have still got it. Call it ego or whatever, but it was a trip that I wanted to go on again and again."

Zul says the live club band scene has undergone "ebb and flow" in the close to four decades that he has been in it. "Now it seems people are trying to get a live club resurgence again. Clarke Quay is doing good with live bands."

Despite health issues, Jansen has no plans to retire any time soon. "It's the love of music. I play in a musician's band. Even if we play the same songs, we don't play them the same way all the time. As long as I can play music, I will be with Heritage."

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