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.
RS's "13 Tours We'd Like to See in 2013" includes some serious dream tours. In fact, my cynical mind doesn't even venture into such places anymore. Genesis with Gabriel? The Eagles with ALL the former Eagles? It's a fun list to think about, though. Hope you dig it.
I know when you mention BOC, most people immediately think of "more cowbell." But I think of the giant, floating eyeball in the "2001" parody tripout-scene from "The Stoned Age." Not exactly a big-budget film. Not exactly a hit. Made me laugh my ass off, though. I miss movies like that. I liked it much better than "Dazed and Confused." Here's a link to the clip.
Brooklyn, NY: Home to not one, but TWO all-female GNR cover bands.
My vote probably goes to The Rocket Queens, but I'm not sure. See for yourself.
Interesting interview with David Lee Roth in "Rolling Stone." Among other things, he says that yes, everything on "A Different Kind of Truth" predated the band's very first album. He and Eddie didn't write anything new. Also, he bemoans the fact that Michael Anthony, one of rock's signature voices, is not in the band anymore. (I have to agree. If ADKOT is missing something, it's Mikey!) Of course, the rest of it is pretty interesting, too. Just 'cause Roth has a way with words. Enjoy!
After Zep's O2 reunion show, there was talk of SOME KIND of continuation. Page and Jones weren't really looking to be a "new Led Zeppelin," they just wanted to work together again. And apparently had a bunch of material ready to go... But they couldn't agree on a singer. Cripes, guys. Really? I bet there were a million killer riffs floating around that nobody will ever hear now. You can read what they have to say about it here.
Seriously, after I saw this trailer I had to go dig out some old Eagles and crank 'em up.
"History of the Eagles, The Story of an American Band" will premiere on Showtime February 15th and 16th. That's because it's in two parts, which just makes it more epic.
If you'll excuse me, I have to go put on my denim jacket and practice looking fashionably wasted.
No, I'm not making a "yer mom" joke about Geddy Lee. Rolling Stone interviewed the uber-bassist about Rush's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Geddy says he was never really concerned about it, but Rush's fans have always championed the cause, and he's happy on their behalf. Also, his mom is proud. Link to the interview is here... I fixed it. (I think!)
From the "Oh yeah, I forgot all about that" department: Back in '76, Swan Song created 1000 replicas of the object from Led Zeppelin's "Presence" album cover. And then various folk created lots and lots of fakes. This article explains how to tell the difference... And informs us the going price, even with some scratches, is about two grand.
That's a lot of cash, but it sure would look good over the fireplace.