GO TO GIGS TO LIVE LONGER
CIENTISTS say going to live music gigs can boost life span. Thank you Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochrane and the Beatles for all the concerts in the 1950s and ‘60s, and the many nights in The White Lion in Cross Church Street, Ivanhoes, the Coach Club and the Polytechnic Great Hall in the ‘70s and ‘80s for all the music.
That should have banked me a few good years.
You might have left a gig with your ear drums complaining (pardon?) but it was always with a buzz of post-concert excitement and camaraderie of being part of a shared experience.
Now behavioural scientists at Goldmsith’s University have carried out psychometric and heart-rate tests at the 02 Arena to confirm that live music increases feelings of well-being and happiness and attendance at gigs once a fortnight can boost lifespan by as much as nine years.
It helps with mental stimulation, selfworth and closeness to others, twice as much as yoga exercises, which should not be attempted at the same time: that could be the easiest way to get your fingers stamped on at a Liam Gallagher concert. Mind you, I was almost inspired to investigate the benefits of physical well-being you can get from aerobics after seeing Jamie Lee Curtis in the 1985 film Perfect.
Trouble was I went to classes in Barnsley and couldn’t take it seriously. Every time the instructor said hands on thighs, all the ladies covered their eyes.
I’ll stick to rock n roll.