Rumour has it: Rocker Graham Parker is back

Tue Oct 8, 2013 7:49pm EDT
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By Angus MacSwan

LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker.

In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native.

He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away.

"This guy won't go away. It's like Whac-a-Mole - hit him on the head, but he keeps coming back," Parker told Reuters in an interview. "It's all come out in my favor in many ways."

Parker has lived in upstate New York since 1988 and for years has played mostly solo in small venues in the United States.

"It doesn't quite seem real, better things are happening than they were a few years ago. But you don't know what's around the corner and you better take it as it comes," said Parker, who sports a grey goatee and wears large red-framed spectacles.

The movie "This is 40" is a comedy about a record executive going through a family crisis while his independent company is failing. The character, played by Paul Rudd, pins his hopes on reviving the career of a fading rock veteran.

Apatow, a longtime Parker fan, got in touch to ask him to play the part. Not only would he, Parker replied, he would bring along the Rumour, which he had just reformed to record an album.   Continued...

Singer Graham Parker arrives at the premiere of the movie "This is 40" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California in this December 12, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon/Files