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 never thought casting Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury was a good idea. Apparently, Roger Taylor and Brian May finally came to their senses and realized this, too. Cohen is no longer slated to be the star of the Freddie Mercury biopic that was in the works. Taylor says "We didn't want it to be a joke." Good call, guys! The downside is that there's now some question as to whether the movie is going to be made at all. Click here to read the whole story.
Some audio engineering students in Texas, however, got to do just that, and talk to Mr. Miller himself. Click here to read the story.
We did not take any cool field trips like that. We did have a music teacher one year who played "Purple Haze" and "Stairway to Heaven" on guitar for us. That's about as cool as things got at our school.
From U2.com, here's the English translation of an interview Bono recently gave to a German journalist. It's mostly about his great admiration for The Rolling Stones, and Mick Jagger in particular. Bono admits that he did, in fact, fall asleep during a Stones show. It was because of jet lag, not because he was bored! Click here to read the interview.
(I fell asleep during Alice in Chains once, way back in the day. It wasn't jet lag. It was finals week.)
Brian May has been working on some new music using bits and pieces of vocals recorded by Freddie Mercury. Apparently, he discovered some forgotten audio and has more Freddie vocal tracks to work with than he realized. Maybe even an entire album's worth! Click here to read the story.
Harvey Weinstein says heroic efforts were made to get Led Zeppelin back together for the 12.12.12 benefit concert last year. Jimmy Page may have even gotten a call from the Oval Office. And still Jimmy said "no." You know why? 'Cause he's Jimmy freakin' Page, that's why, and he can say "no" to whoever he wants. Click here for the story.
If you did (and let's face it, it may have been our last chance to see 'em,) don't sweat it: Their show from last summer at Hyde Park in London is coming to DVD and Blu-ray.
I'm not gonna lie... I understand that a true, dedicated fan wants a complete collection, with video from all eras of the band. But my favorite is always going to be "Gimme Shelter." End of story.
It appears nobody knows the exact date, but it was "roughly" this week in 1968 that four guys got together in a hot basement room full of amplifiers and jammed on a Yardbirds tune. Click here to read what those four guys had to say about it.
Remember when you used to watch ZZ Top videos and wish the band would show up with all the hot chicks and give YOU the keys to that car? Earlier this year, we gave you a chance to drive off in the car. But we told you that finding the hot babes was your own responsibility. Now you don't have to: Someone found all the original "Legs" girls. Click here to read the story. (Come on, you know you want to see if they've aged well!)