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.
Roger says his first rock album since 1992 will be a concept album (surprise!) in the form of a radio play. But don't count on him to do a tour in support of it. After circling the globe doing "The Wall" live, he says it's a relief not to have to do that anymore.
Also interesting: He says his loudest fans are in Istanbul.
Apparently the guys in Yes really REALLY want into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Voices for Yes is an organization that includes political consultants who worked for the John Kerry and Rick Santorum presidential campaigns. They're reaching across the aisle to make sure classic prog rock gets the recognition it deserves!
Or else we're being trolled in a big way.
Here's my own political advice for Yes: Try hiring guys from campaigns who WON. Just sayin'
That's the punchline. The story? It's about how Graham Nash first heard Neil Young's album "Harvest." It is now a personal goal of mine to someday have a sound system like Neil's. Click here to read the story.
This appeared in the feed a day or two ago, but it bears repeating:
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will appear on a TV special which will air in February to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the exact date and time The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Of course, a cast of today's pop performers will be there to ruin the hell out of a bunch of Beatles songs. That's just par for the course these days, unfortunately.
BUT... the two remaining actual Beatles will be there, too. Will they play some songs together? I'll let you know if I hear. You may have already read it, but here's a link to the article.
We've rewound to 1987. Over 5,000,000 people have streamed Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" after the video of the dude at the Celtics game went uber-viral. If you haven't seen it, it's embedded in the article, which you can click here to read.
As I get older, I enjoy exploring more and more new music, and I listen to less and less of the music I grew up with. No disrespect to the classics: I'll always love the hell out of Led Zeppelin, The Stones, Yes, Deep Purple, The Beatles, Alice Cooper, and all things classic rock. You'll find those artists in my mp3 player, but you'll find a lot of more modern stuff as well.
Most of my friends are completely the opposite: They're interested only in new music from old artists, or new music from new artists who SOUND like old artists. They still think of Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains as "new" bands.
And then there's Tom Scholz from Boston. Tom doesn't really know who U2 or The Police are. Because he tuned everything out in 1974. The next time I'm giving my friends some crap for being behind the times, I'm going to tell them to "stop being a Scholz."
On the other hand, if I had to pick a point in time in which to be musically marooned, 1974 would be a good choice!
My friends and I have kicked around a lot of potential Who album titles in the last few years: "Who's Old." "Who's Left?" "Who's Last." All kidding aside, everyone I know who has seen the guys on their last few tours says they still kick ass live. But all good things must come to an end, and Pete Townshend says that in 2015 the band will circle the globe one final time and then retire from touring. Click here to read what Pete has to say.
In true Who style, however, Roger Daltrey immediately responded by saying that no, The Who will NOT stop touring, they'll just do shorter tours. Read Roger's comments here.
I propose yet another album title possibility: "Who Knows?"
Now that Borat is out of the picture, who do the guys in Queen want to play Freddie Mercury in the still-in-development biopic? Turns out it's one of James Bond's allies. Click here to read the story!