Old Oak vs. New Oak: A Comparison
I know I've been back for almost as long as I was gone, but it's worth noting that many things changed during my absence.
The Old Oak would stay out at bars until after midnight, then stay up watching movies until around... uh... 4:20. Dude.
The New Oak is in bed before 11 because he has this job, plus another job, plus school.
The Old Oak guzzled down many bottles of watery, mass-produced suds.
The New Oak prefers to savor a nice microbrewed pint of stout, porter, or ale.
The Old Oak listened to psychedelic music and went hiking.
The New Oak listens to death metal and hits the gym and the bike trail. (The Old Oak weighed considerably more than the New Oak.)
The Old Oak was known to chase beautiful, funny, intelligent, somewhat dangerous women.
The New Oak caught the most beautiful, funny, intelligent, dangerous one of all and married her.
The Old Oak liked Zeppelin and Floyd and AC/DC and was honored to be a part of Madison's #1 rock station.
The New Oak, at least in that respect, is exactly the same.
I keep trying to write a review of "Celebration Day," but I've had trouble finding words to match the pure freakin' awesomeness. Watching a concert film in that setting was great, and I highly recommend it. The crowd in the theater was cheering and singing and clapping. It was hard to tell where the crowd at the O2 Arena ended and we started. It was as close to really being there as one could hope for.
And those Led Zeppelin guys? Man, they really did it right. They started just a tiny bit rough, but a few songs in they hit their stride.
Remember when Cab Calloway led the Blues Brothers band in a performance of "Minnie the Moocher?" We see them all in tuxes on an oldschool bandstand, lots of neon glowing overhead. And then the song ends and they're just the dirty old Blues Brothers Band again. I felt the same way during "Since I've Been Loving You." When it ended, I looked at the old guys on the screen and thought, "Wow! While they were playing, I forgot this was a reunion show! For a few minutes there, they were the Led Zeppelin of old come back to life!"And from that point on, the show was, like I said, pure freakin' awesomeness.
In short: Put this on your Christmas list!