June 2013: The season of Heritage Rock - Neil Young, Primal Scream and Bruce Springsteen

The rise of Heritage Rock

Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream

The next few months offer an embarrassment of riches in the heritage/ middle-age/ classic rock genre, finds Rachel Devine

The staying power of rock music’s ageing dignitaries is good news for those fans who were too young to see them first time around. After all, generational gaps in music tastes are often blurry and meaningless: classic rock doesn’t lurk in stacks of dusty vinyl any more, it just returns in cycles with a few more grey hairs and a batch of younger fans in tow. Those who were lucky enough to see legendary acts in their heyday often scoff at attempts to recreate past glories, but nostalgia is a powerful thing. Over the course of a very packed June week, Glasgow and Edinburgh host gigs from a variety of rock icons and, as always, the various-ages audience will be down the front singing along to every word.

In what is rumoured to be their last hurrah, Neil Young and Crazy Horse (SECC, Glasgow, Thu 13 Jun), is surely the one not to miss, such was the timeworn charm of last year’s Psychedelic Pill album. Although Young is likely to carry on, Crazy Horse guitarist Frank 'Poncho' Sampedro believes creaking bones stand in the way of another tour. As even recent Crazy Horse gigs have been known to last up to three ferocious hours, it’s hardly surprising. Meanwhile, Stone Roses, supported by Primal Scream, will have a go at recreating some magic from the past when they take to the stage (Glasgow Green, Sat 15 Jun), for which tickets sold out within the hour when they went on sale at the end of last year. Ian Brown and co played what’s regarded by many fans as their best ever gig at the same venue in June 1990.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band swing by with their Wrecking Ball tour (Hampden Park, Glasgow, Tue 18 Jun) for what’s likely to be the kind of sweaty, frenetic, energy-defying performance that puts men a third of their age to shame, no doubt lasting several hours or until someone backstage thinks of the neighbours and reaches for the off switch.

Elvis Costello (Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Sun 16 Jun) reaches us with his Spinning Songbook, a recreation of his 1986 tour, which allows members of the audience to select the next song in the set by spinning a huge wheel. Children of the 1990s can indulge their bittersweet longings for the baggy clothes decade with The Breeders (02 ABC, Glasgow, Mon 17 Jun). The group have reformed for the 20th anniversary of Last Splash, with the line-up that played on that album and which was on the cusp of greatness before Kelley Deal’s trip to rehab in 1995.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

The Canadian troubadour/guitar god par excellence returns in the company of his trusty band Crazy Horse.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

The Boss and his fabulous ram jam E Street Band on their The River tour.

Elvis Costello

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The veteran singer-songwriter and guitarist, born Declan Patrick MacManus, plays from a selection of his pub rock and new wave hits including 'Alison', 'Watching The Detectives' and 'Pump It Up'.

The Stone Roses

The iconic Mancunians, lead by singer Ian Brown, do their indie-rock thing.

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