In the category of "studies I hope I didn't pay any taxes for" today, we find a report that Rock Stars are more likely to die young than the mumble-cohort-of-regular-guys in a comparison study.
ABC News reports:
Rock stars - notorious for their "crash and burn" lifestyles - really are more likely than other people to die before reaching old age.
A study of more than 1,000 mainly British and North American artists, spanning the era from Elvis Presley to rapper Eminem, found they were two to three times more likely to suffer a premature death than the general population.
He said the study raised questions about the suitability of using rock stars for public health messages, such as anti-drug campaigns, when their own lifestyle was so dangerous.
Right. (Blogger doesn't provide an 'eye roll' smileyface. Insert your own here.)
The report's author suggests that the high death rate among older American musicians could be related to the continent's greater appetite for reunion tours, exposing the artists for more years to an unhealthy "rock n roll" lifestyle.
No, FFS. Try again.
It could also be due to the poor medical outlook for impoverished American ex-pop stars who have no health insurance, he said.
That would be the one.
I've seen many an English 'rock star' banging out blues in smoky bars at age 60 and they're doing fine. Unless it's not telling the papers that makes it harmless, it isn't the lack of reunion tours that's contributing to their longevity.