Dec 11

It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled

Led Zeppelin gave its first concert performance in 25-plus years last night and, according to reports, allLed
went well with the Rock dinosaurs.

Zep is just the latest classic rock group to capitalize on the mega millions to be made on the concert circuit.

I just saw The Police at Madison Square Garden and was dazzled by the staying power of 57-year-old Sting, 58-year-old Stuart Copeland and 65-year-old guitarist Andy Summers. I also saw Jethro Tull a year or so ago at Carnegie Hall. Lead Singer Ian Anderson can still hop up on one leg and blow the flute for all he’s worth. I’ve also seen the Moody Blues, Cream and, of course, the Stones.

But, I’ve also had mixed feelings about the whole thing. It’s weird seeing bald, obese, aging fans grooving to their childhood rock stars. It’s weirder still to see some of those same Baby Boomers literally falling asleep during the groups’ encores.

Perhaps the strangest phenomenon of all, though, is the bathroom break some of the aging rockers take midway through the performance. Tull did it. So did the Moody Blues. I remember Ian Anderson telling the audience, ‘I don’t know about you, but I’ve got to pee. We’ll be back in 15 minutes.’ And they were.

So, I guess it’s cool to see the heroes of my youth still rocking away (especially when they’re 10 or 15 years older than I). But, it’s a little sad to think that more and more women concert goers are wearing Depends underneath their thongs and their male counterparts have less hair on their heads than the average cue ball.

I’ll bet Roger Daltrey and his fellow aging rockers are glad they didn’t ‘die before they got old.’ They’d have missed out on billions of dollars, millions of fans and numerous bathroom breaks between sets.

Oct 18

Who’s next? Librarians?

It’s so sad to see our nation’s police caught up in the steroid abuse scandal.Steroids

According to reports, the fuzz who are ingesting and injecting are doing so to become bigger, stronger and more nimble in their never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.

I guess that makes some sort of schizophrenic sense, but how can the coppers be so ignorant about the long-term dangers of roids? I understand why athletes dope: they have a limited period of time in which to perform, and the monetary rewards can be enormous.

But, what’s with policemen who pop? Not only are they endangering their health, they’re breaking the law. Talk about not walking the walk.

The real losers in this latest scandal are, once again, our nation’s kids. The role models I grew up with have systematically disgraced themselves and their professions (think priests, teachers, entertainers, cops, politicians, and athletes, to name just a few). There’s literally no one left to look up to.

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