LOS ANGELES — You can get something you need at Alice’s Restaurant. But it seems we have seen say us that in particular person for the final time.
In prolonged posts on his Facebook web page and web site, the 73-year-old folksinger introduced Friday he’s retiring from efficiency instantly. He’s canceled quite a few reveals he had deliberate across the nation for the following yr and mentioned he will not be reserving anymore.
“It’s been an amazing 50-plus years of being a working entertainer, however I reached the troublesome resolution that touring and stage reveals are now not potential,” he mentioned within the assertion titled “Gone Fishing.”
Guthrie didn’t reply to e-mail and cellphone messages asking to elaborate however indicated in his assertion that health points performed a significant function. He mentioned he’d suffered two strokes lately, together with a severe one which hospitalized him for a number of days final yr.
The son of people music legend Woody Guthrie rose to in a single day fame in 1967 with the discharge of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” a hilarious 18-minute speaking blues ballad about how his Thanksgiving Day 1965 arrest for littering saved him out of the Army through the Vietnam War.
As he finger-picked a maddeningly memorable tune time and again on his acoustic guitar, Guthrie associated how he’d mocked the native police chief who arrested him, appeared earlier than a blind choose who could not see the images submitted as proof in opposition to him and berated his draft board for concluding he “wasn’t ethical sufficient to be a part of the Army and burn ladies and children’ homes and villages after being a litterbug.”
He’s gone on to document greater than 30 albums, write a number of kids’s books and sometimes seem in tv reveals and movies, together with taking part in himself within the 1969 film “Alice’s Restaurant.”
“A people singer’s shelf life could also be lots longer than a dancer or an athlete, however sooner or later, until you are extremely lucky or simply plain whacko (both one or each) it is time to dangle up the ‘Gone Fishing’ signal,” he mentioned Friday.
Guthrie, who regularly declined to play “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” for audiences over time, had deliberate to carry out it at subsequent yr’s reveals. He had performed it at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2019 at what he’d beforehand introduced could be the final of his 50 Thanksgiving weekend reveals at that honored music corridor.
But the day earlier than, mockingly on Thanksgiving, he suffered the second and extra extreme of his strokes. Two days later he was within the hospital and later underwent a number of days of bodily rehabilitation.
By the following yr, he was again on his toes and again on tour when the coronavirus pandemic struck. He estimated Friday he’d recovered about 80 % of his health by then, however following months of idleness from the highway, he determined it was time to cease.
In July he launched a brand new track, Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again No More,” and indicated Friday that his retiring from the stage doesn’t suggest he’ll go away utterly.
“In truth, I hope to be a thorn within the aspect of a brand new administration fairly quickly,” he mentioned in a veiled reference to President Donald Trump.