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.
He wants to grow up and get into biological research, he says.
(I'm pretty sure he went on to do plenty of biological research in his time.)
And it's based on a 1908 play about the ghosts who haunt an apartment building. I know very little about opera, but I am familiar with quite a bit of Jones' non-Zeppelin work. And based on that, I'm sure his opera will be just plain awesome, even for non-opera fans. Click here to read more about it.
It really IS pretty impressive! I know this one has been making the rounds, but just in case you haven't seen it yet, here it is: Click here to watch the video.
It doesn't sound like a big-budget production, but there may be a movie in the works about the life of Bon Scott. It will be written by and starred in by a guy who plays Bon Scott in an AC/DC tribute act. Click here to read more.
Eagles fans, make sure you see your band at Summerfest July 7th. Glenn Frey says he "doesn't want to say it's our last world tour, but it very well could be." He also finds it "confounding" that people still want to see them play. (I know a dude named Lewbowski who agrees!) Click here to read what Frey and Henley have to say about The History of the Eagles Tour.
The May 30th concert is a benefit show for those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings. Aerosmith, J. Geils Band, and tons of other artists with roots in the area will perform.
"Wrong City to Mess With." Ya gotta love that.
More info at www.aconcertforboston.org.
Roger Waters says his live performances of "The Wall" have evolved over the years. There's more a political message now and less focus on the story of the "poor, miserable millionaire." Roger sort of takes a shot at his "more middle of the road colleagues" in Pink Floyd, too. Click here to read more of what Roger has to say and get a link to a video interview.
The Eagles are on the road this summer with "The History of the Eagles" tour, in which they'll play songs in chronological order and even bring Bernie Leadon back on board for a few appearances. Sammy Hagar is doing something very similar with his "Four Decades of Rock" tour. He'll be showcasing his music from the Montrose days through his solo years, the Van Halen era, and onward to the Waboritas and Chickenfoot. Joining him on some dates of the tour will be Denny Carmassi and Bill Church from Montrose and Michael Anthony from Van Halen/Chickenfoot. You can see Sammy at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago on August 23rd. We'll let you know if he announces any dates closer to home. Click here to read more.