Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
So did the band stop there or did their audiences expectations stop in the past?
An artist's audience ultimately decides what's good and the best era of the music. I think it's a question of relevance in terms of the music itself, the production, and the lyrics. Many artists leave that relevance behind in the name of growth, or maybe they've simply run out of appealing material. It happens.
I have first-hand knowledge of how staying relevant keeps an artist at the top of their game. With Weird Al, the music, production and topics are up-to-date with pop culture and hit songs. That applies to most of the original songs as well... they sound current. If audience attendance is any indication - and indeed it is - his best material is always right now. The continued growth and appeal over the last 37 years has yet to level off. That's not just because there are loyal fans from the past, but due in large part to new generations of fans getting on board with his music. The audience at an Al show ranges from pre-schoolers to senior citizens (and not just the ones on stage!)
Granted, Al is a unique artist, but I don't think there's a way to say when his best era was. It's always now.