Originally Posted by shivaji
I think what this thread was posted for is seeking corroboration to the theory put forth that his voice is gone and If so, why does he not know that, why is no-one telling him, and why is it that those who hear him, don't hear what he is hearing and continue to pay for his shows.. Myself, I concur with him and could not click on the vid posted of him singing, even briefly. Though I have not been much interested in him since he has been on his own. In my opinion of course.
For fans of his generation, going to see him is mostly nostalgia or like visiting an old friend/relative.
I think the thread poses a good question.
How does an artist know when to quit (i.e. retire) and/or do something different like acoustic sets, orchestral, or composing/producing for others?
Especially true for performers like singers. Losing your ability to play an instrument is probably more apparent and easier to accept retirement and stop performing that way.
Linda Ronstadt recognizes her inability to sing any longer, though due to a known condition-
Some celebs just didnt know when to quit- Dick Clark continuing the New Years Eve shows after his stroke(s), many bands/singers.
I saw Rush in 2011 for the Time Machine tour, and Geddy's voice was raspy and cracking on too many highs, embarrassing. Same goes for a Moody Blues performance I saw ~2000.
Also Yes after 2000 or so. Lots of other examples.
Could have been just a bad day on that leg of the tour, but you get the point.
Tough to those close to them to let them know.
There comes a point when they need to recognize where they are, enjoy their riches and hand the mike over to either a similar replacement (Steve Perry<> Jouney's Arnel) or a well regarded, technically competent and visually exciting tribute/cover band(s) (Rain <> Beatles/McCartney, Musical Box <> Genesis, etc)
That said, if a performer still's got the chops and will and technical ability, go for it (like Steve Hackett, others)
Elton John's voice the past ~20yrs has made me cringe