The Zimmers: Old People Rock
Ufonaut Petak visited a twilight home yesterday at dusk and there he found the world’s oldest rock band with a 90-year-old lead singer and a combined age of more than 3,000. This cover of The Who’s My Generation is filmed in the Beatles’ studio at Abbey Road. This is the band that showed the world that you’re never too old to rock… (Scroll down for the story and further great videos.)
*** The Zimmers story ***
BBC documentary-maker Tim Samuels set out to make a film about how badly the elderly are treated in Britain – and decides to form a band with the lonely old people he finds in care homes, tower blocks and bingo halls. No-one takes Samuels’ idea seriously until he comes across record label owner Neil Reed – and U2 producer Mike Hedges – who believe that the elderly should be given a voice and manage to get access to the Beatles’ old studio at Abbey Road.
On a magical day, the 40 old people – who have no musical background – come together at Abbey Road to record their version of The Who’s ‘My Generation’, with 90-year-old Alf belting out the lead vocals.
Overnight, Alf, 99-year-old Winnie, 100-year-old Buster and the rest of the band become global sensations. Their video goes to number one on YouTube, media from more than 50 countries demand interviews and they fly over to LA to appear on the biggest chat show alongside Hollywood’s biggest star George Clooney.
Check out the original award-winning documentary film which formed the Zimmers is now available to see at:
And the follow up “The Zimmers Go To Hollywood” when they smash up the Graham Norton dressing room and then fly over to LA to appear on the biggest chat show alongside Hollywood’s biggest star George Clooney: