10 Aging Musicians Who Really Need to Quit

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Unlike wine, not all musicians get better with age. Those who've stood the test of time have to make a tough decision to either milk it for all they've got or call it quits while they're still on top. Although their tenacity is admirable, there comes a point when all successful musicians have to say enough is enough. On that note, check out these 10 aging musicians who really need to quit.

  1. Ringo Starr

    Ex-Beatle drummer Ringo Starr has had his fair share of successes and failures in his solo career, but a couple of album flops and old age haven't stopped this former mop-top from playing. Starr will release another album at the end of January, called Ringo 2012, which is a nod to his successful 1973 album, Ringo. The new album features a handful of Ringo repeats, which makes us wonder if he's gone completely senile or is just milking his hits for all they're worth.

  2. Steven Tyler

    Sometime Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has gone to great lengths to hide his age and connect with the younger generation as a pop singer and now judge of American Idol. But there are some things even the "hippest" of musicians can't get away with. Tyler's recent butchering of "The Star-Spangled Banner" may be the last time the 63-year-old rock star is asked to perform at a big event. If he's smart, he'd get out now while he still remembers his name.

  3. Eagles

    There's no question that the Eagles are an awesome and incredibly talented band, but Don Henley and the crew won't always have baby boomers to keep them afloat, especially if they keep charging $150 to $230 per ticket to see them in concert. The Eagles' last album, Long Road Out of Eden, was a huge success, and even though there have been talks of doing an eighth album, there's a better option out there: retirement.

  4. Bob Dylan

    Music legend Bob Dylan has been rocking out for more than 50 years and he continues to release new material and perform every chance he gets. Even though the 70-year-old singer-songwriter doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon, his suffering vocal cords may be the one thing that keeps him from continuing his music career. But when should Dylan retire? The answer is blowing in the wind.

  5. Paul McCartney

    Rock-and-roll legend Paul McCartney changed the face of music in more ways than one. After The Beatles broke up, McCartney's solo career quickly became an unbelievable success, leading not only to awards and No. 1 singles, but also to the finest honor in the kingdom: knighthood. Nonetheless, Sir Paul McCartney is pushing 70, and we can't help but wonder when this musical innovator may start slowing down. He performs less often now than he once did, and his tumultuous marital roller coaster may not be helping him feel young. It's only a matter of time before Sir Paul retires for good, but we hope it's sooner than later.

  6. The Who

    Let's face it — The Who just aren't who they used to be. The English rock band that gave us smash hits like "Baba O'Riley," "Who Are You," and "Won't Get Fooled Again," are treading on as a twosome and it's just not the same. Even though being asked to perform at the Super Bowl isn't too shabby, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend should just quit while they're on top and enjoy their golden years.

  7. Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen may have been "The Boss" in the '80s and '90s, but we think his "Glory Days" are numbered. Despite his age, Bruce isn't throwing in the towel just yet. In fact, Springsteen and the E Street Band will be touring in 2012, following the release of his 17th album, Wrecking Ball, which is said to be his angriest and most political album to date. Oh, disgruntled old men and their rock and roll.

  8. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Sorry to be a heartbreaker, but it might be time for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to call it quits. Petty has had a long and fruitful career, full of chart-topping hits and musical achievements, but the 61-year-old rock star refuses to slow down now. In 2010, Petty and the Heartbreakers put out their 12th album, titled Mojo. Petty should stop searching for his mojo and enjoy retirement.

  9. U2

    U2 is considered by many to be one of the best bands of all time, but that doesn't mean that their latest music lives up to their name. U2's last album, No Line on the Horizon, suffered low sales and it didn't have a hit single. The band has let their music slide more than ever and they've put a great deal of focus on humanitarian causes and social issues instead. Considering the legacy they've already created for themselves on and off stage, U2 could quit at any moment and go down in history as the best (and possibly the kindest) band ever.

  10. Sting

    Sting is one of the best, if not the best, singer/bass players of all time. His three-piece band The Police crafted some of the most famous songs of the past 30 years, including the worldwide hit "Every Breath You Take." He's certainly a rock icon, but an aged icon now. When Sting's not working on music, he's championing fundraising efforts in Haiti or trying to save the rainforests with his foundation. After almost three decades apart, The Police recently reformed and undertook a World Tour. There's no more sure sign that a performer needs to call it quits then when he decides to get the old band back together.

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