B J Conlee:Today, he couldn't do the screaming version a la Abbey Road
I don't know... I reckon he'd be able to manage a pretty good version of it. The bits he struggles with these days is not actually the rocky bits because you can disguise vocal shakiness behind the guttural quality.
Take Maybe I'm Amazed, the chorus isn't where he struggles, it's the verses (specifically the first verse - that's murder to start a song with). He's not done I've Got a Feeling for a while but it's in the same vein with the 'All these years...' bit.
Also, and I've been thinking this for a little bit but not sure if I'm just tricking myself into believing it, but is he sounding better this year than in the last couple? Especially last year. I remember watching Maybe I'm Amazed in Desert Trip videos and thinking it was pretty rough but in the latest American videos, he's actually okay. Not 2003 levels but more like 2013. I thought that maybe the illness that caused him to postpone the second Japan tour took a while to completely recover from, probably not helped by the constant concerts.