When I see very young kids today, wearing AC/DC and Zeppelin and Stones tshirts, and actually also LISTENING to the music of my day, I'm torn on how to feel about it.
I mean, I'm happy that it shows the artists of my day put out good material that has stood the test of time, but I also feel bad for them in that, there SHOULD have been a number of bands that had taken their place over these past few decades with solid music that the world would be enjoying and be a common language for the youth of generations past mine, but it appears that got side tracked along the way somewhere.
I find it funny to be wearing on occasion one of my genuine concerts shirts from the day...and seeing a kid that is about 12yrs old, wearing a reproduction of it. I drove into a parking lot at a grocery store the other day, it was a friday afternoon after work, I had the top down and was jamming to old Zeppelin Dazed and Confused, the 30 min version on The Song Remains the Same soundtrack album. I guess it was blaring.
I shut it and the car down, got out and walking in, one of the very young stock boys was sitting outside on break and started kinda head banging my way and shouted "Hey, great song man, I love zeppelin".
I smiled, but when I got inside, I wondered, how the hell did a kid that young know that song well enough to know what it was? I mean, it was in the middle of the part where Jimmy was playing a heavily effects driving guitar with a violin bow...unrecongnizeable to most anyone that was a Zep fan from my age I'd have thought.
Oh and yes, I'd love to talk stereo some too....stereos that "glow" are cool. EVerything is better in audio with tubes IMHO.
I guess I can kind of relate to that. I was born the same year Led Zeppelin 1 came out. But I recall in the late '80's, how most of my friends loved them, and all of what we thought of then as "classic rock". My first exposure to rock music, was in third grade, seeing kids wearing KISS t-shirts...1977.
What blows my mind, is that even 5 or 8 years ago, Pearl Jam and Nirvana were already being thought of as "classic rock". Other "pop rock" bands like Matchbox 20 from the late 1990's, that I kind of liked...have now apparently been forgotten by everyone. Even bands from post 2000 such as Coldplay, that I also pretty much like...seem to be in the process of being forgotten (especially here in America).
But I say, don't just smile at a kid who appreciates the music of the era of your own youth, or anyone else who reads this. Speak to them about it a bit. Tell them how cool it was to see them in concert. I recall enjoying the gaping mouths from younger people, even from over 10 years ago...when I told them I saw all the hair bands back in the day...and especially something like seeing the original Guns n' Roses, OPEN for Motley Crue on the "girls girls girls" tour in late 1987...itself named after the Elvis movie (that almost nobody my age at the time knew about)!
Did you see the Ted Nugent episode recently on "That Metal Show", on VH1 classic? Watch it, it's hilarious and entertaining as can be! (He didn't even get into politics, which was good...he does plenty of that elsewhere...not that I disagree with him at all though...haha). The guy is 65 years old and still has a lightning fast sense of humor, along with the energy and ability he had when I first saw him live in 1991, with "Damn Yankees"...and that was well over a decade after he first became a really big deal (as you know). On the show, he spent a good 15 minutes giving his rock and blues heroes their due, and telling how he played with them. He seems to do this every time he's interviewed somewhere. When he said one of his favorite new artists is Bruno Mars...I can kind of see why in a way (it reminds him of Motown of his youth). But frankly though, in 2030, nobody will remember Bruno. They'll all be learning "stranglehold" on guitars, though! And they'll be dreaming about "sweet poontang"!! hahaha...it's down here in Nashville, according to Uncle Ted!
Oh, and I almost forgot, if you haven't seen it yet, seek out the interview on David Letterman from a year or more ago, when he had Plant, Page, and Jones on. He asked Jones something like, "back in the old days when you guys had made it, how do you think you compared to your peers?" And Jones kind of softly but quickly snaps back "that's assuming there were peers"...!! Plant laughed and said something like "that's why we don't usually let him talk".