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.
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.
Ok, it's a little bigger than the kind of "haunted house" everyone lines up outside of to get a Halloween scare. It's technically a "haunted attraction" on a big, Hollywood-style, 3D scale. And it's haunted... Uh... Or at least "inspired by" the music of Black Sabbath. That's a little cooler than having some guys dressed as Freddie and Pinhead jump out from behind a curtain. Click here to see what the guys in the band have to say about it.
I picked the magazine up off the coffee table and read the print version of this article the other day. Very interesting, so I had to share! I especially enjoyed the parts about his early days. He talks about how Reginald Dwight still existed back then, and used to interfere with Elton John sometimes. Also, you know you're doing it right when you get a telegram from George Harrison. Click here to read the story!
Back when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened up, being inducted was huge. It was exciting to see who the nominees were every year.
Then they started inducting people who definitely weren't rock. (Madonna, anyone? SRSLY.) Every year the inductee announcement was just a reason be be annoyed. It feels like they've cheapened the whole thing.
There continue to be obviously non-rock artists every year, and changing the name to the "Pop Music Hall of Fame" might be appropriate. But in recent years Rush, Heart, and Alice Cooper have gotten in. I guess we'll take what we can get!
So I'm rooting for Yes, Deep Purple, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and The Zombies this time around, among others. But if L.L. Cool J gets inducted instead, well... I won't be surprised.
Yup, you read right: Vince says The Crue will be touring in the spring and then calling it quits. Well, for "five or ten years." After the Kiss, Scorpions, and Judas Priest "farewell tours," I'm going to read that as "five or ten months." Come on, nobody in rock retires anymore! Click here to read the story.
Is Christine McVie really coming back to The Mac? It's been rumored for a while now (no pun intended,) and she did join her former bandmates onstage during a recent show. It would be nice to see the classic "Rumors"-era lineup get together for one more go-round. Click here to read the story.
Way back at the beginning of the year, there was some talk that a bunch of the guys from the classic Santana lineup of old were going to get back together. It looks like it may finally be happening. The Music of Our Heart blog has a full report. BTW, great blog. You may already be familiar, but it was a happy discovery for me.
Dave has been meeting with his brother Ray, trying to persuade him to do a 50th anniversary tour. Dave gives the possibility of a tour a 50/50 chance. Knowing how well these two get along, I'm not sure the odds are really that good. Click here to read the story.