Friday, October 19, 2012

Time To Pack Up The Nuclear Powered DeLorean

“Everyone knows rock attained perfection in 1974.  It’s a scientific fact.” – Homer Simpson*

Well, it’s 1974 all over again – and that is not such a bad thing.  To wit:

Back in August, Lynyrd Skynyrd released Last of a Dyin' Breed, an eleven track studio album.  The boys played on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on 01 October.

Then, in September, ZZ Top released La Futura, a ten track studio album, their first in almost a decade.  The trio is coming off of a gig on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno back on 21 September.

Next, we have Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day, a live concert film from back in December 2007, playing this week in selected theatres.  The 16 track 2-CD set comes out on 19 November.

And if you are in the mood for more live music, The Who is playing The Arena at Gwinnett Center over in Duluth on 05 November.  It is their first US tour in four years.

Finally comes GRRR!, a fiftieth anniversary retrospective by the Rolling Stones (including a couple of new songs) slated for US release on 13 November.  The album will be available in either three-CD 50 track or “deluxe” 4-CD 80 track versions.

Of course, all of the bands, with the exception of Led Zeppelin who has vowed never to tour again, are currently out on the road either in the States or in England.  And for all of my fellow Tolkien nerds, if you scour Led Zeppelin's lyrics, you can find any number of Middle Earth references.

*See Homerpolooza, The Simpsons number 152 (season 7 episode 24).

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