So, the Washington Post has figured out what we've known for years - Classic Rock isn't just for old farts. In fact, there's clearly an audience movement that's highly supportive of the music that belies age and other demography. Teenagers and twentysomethings have found Classic Rock, through a combination of TV commercials, movie soundtracks, their relentless Baby Boomer parents, and simply self-discovery. Just witness the success of Thomas Jefferson High School's "Classic Rock Appreciation Club." (see picture of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson hanging with the kids)
A couple of summers ago, we suggested a concert promotion - "Take Your Kid to a Classic Rock Concert" - where concert promoters would discount tickets so that parents could take their children to slow selling concerts. It's a natural.
You can make the case that new music isn't as good as it used to be. But perhaps the explanation is simpler than all that. Perhaps it comes down to the plain fact that this music is the greatest rock ever made - an opinion that has become more obvious to Generation Y. Go figure.