There Won’t Be Blood

i decided to spend the forced vacation i’m on (which most call unemployment) working on the kind of piece i haven’t worked on in years. like, real news.

it came out of a recent experience i had while giving blood, when i noticed that if you’re a man who has had sex with another man even just once since 1977, you are not allowed to donate blood. which, given the fact that most of the nation deals with a daily blood shortage, and the leaps and bounds in blood testing technology and reliability, seems really retarded.

so i poked around to find out why this is, and the result was published in 10zenmonkeys today.

meanwhile, in a total coincidence of timing, san jose state university announced that it’s suspending blood drives to protest the fda’s current anti-gay policy.

of course, blood centers aren’t happy about this, considering the perpetual state of crisis in local blood supplies, and as much as i obviously am trying to focus attention on the flawed policy, i’d have to agree this is pretty counterproductive.

especially since it hasn’t received much media coverage, which i’m sure was the whole point of making such a statement.

hammer of the gods!

so the reviews are in, the setlist has been analyzed (by me below), and the verdict is in – led zeppelin have proved once again why KISS sucks.

but seriously, everyone’s clamoring for a full tour, and i’ve got very mixed feelings about it. i’m old enough to have been awaiting the 1980 tour that never happened, but too young to have seen them play on previous tours. so i’m not gonna pass up the chance to see them, even without bonzo.

but at the same time, i have an admiration for the fact that they’ve managed to resist so far. for the preening rooster he was in their heyday, robert plant turned out to have a lot of class, refusing to play zeppelin numbers on his solo tours for years. and he definitely seems to be the one most resistant to a full-scale tour, though he’s hinted he doesn’t intend this to be their Last Show Ever.

the only good thing about being so torn about a tour, i guess, is that i’ll be good with whatever they decide. especially if/when a dvd of last night’s gig comes out.

anyway, here’s the setlist, first in a plain list, second with comments, just in case you don’t really give a shit. which is okay. really.

‘Good Times Bad Times’
‘Ramble On’
‘Black Dog’
‘In My Time Of Dying’
‘For Your Life’
‘Trampled Under Foot’
‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’
‘No Quarter’
‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’
‘Dazed And Confused’
‘Stairway To Heaven’
‘The Song Remains The Same’
‘Misty Mountain Hop’
‘Kashmir’
‘Whole Lotta Love’
‘Rock And Roll’

overall, a pretty decent setlist. with so many classics, there’s no way a hardcore fan could ever be totally satisfied with a show less than three hours. but besides being denied the acoustic set that had been rumored, my chief complaint is the smackdown on ‘in through the out door’ – i’m not shocked, page isn’t a big fan of it (that’s what he gets for being too smacked up to stop john paul jones from dominating the record), but it’s a disappointment that it gets so dissed so often.

‘Good Times Bad Times’

a bold, two-pronged statement for an opening number. first, it represents the very beginning of their career. second, it set up an opportunity for jason bonham to both evoke his father’s best work (bonzo’s lightning-fast right foot on a single bass drum kit) and prove he was up to the task. obviously haven’t heard it yet myself, but all accounts state he was.

‘Ramble On’

essential tracks are obviously arguable, but while i might not put this on my personal favorites list, it represents much of what zep is about – the dynamics, the ‘lord of the rings’ references.

‘Black Dog’

unavoidable. as a superfanboy, i’d certainly have rather heard ‘in the light’ or ‘four sticks,’ but there’s no denying that this one is huge for the average fan.

‘In My Time Of Dying’

great choice, not just for its place in their canon of work, but because of the legend surrounding the track. according to myth, after being in a car accident which forced the cancellation of the ‘physical graffiti’ tour and created the ‘presence’ sessions, plant disavowed the track, saying it had created some bad mojo.

if this is true, its resurrection means much. at the same time, one could argue its inclusion proves the legend was bs.

‘For Your Life’

this was the track page had teased about a couple of weeks ago when he said they were going to play a track which had never been played live before. makes sense, given that the two previously played the ‘presence’-era ‘coda’ track ‘wearing and tearing.’

‘Trampled Under Foot’

again, when i first saw they played this, i was a little “eh.” the more i thought about it, though, the more convinced i became. i bet it rocked.

‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’

good solid choice. can’t wait to hear it.
‘No Quarter’

one of my very favorite tracks of theirs, in live and studio versions. i’m curious how jones played it, given the evolution of keyboard sounds and technology over the years.

‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’

essential. not unavoidable, but of the fm radio staples, this one’s as good as any.

‘Dazed And Confused’

the bow! nobody knew how far back zep would go in terms of their ’70s excesses, and i’m glad they chose to indulge and acknowledge what they were about at their peak rather than some contemporary (old) rethinking.

‘Stairway To Heaven’

unavoidable. nuff said.
‘The Song Remains The Same’

maybe the boldest choice on the list. then again, page HAD to trot out the doubleneck for ‘stairway,’ might as well use it again.

‘Misty Mountain Hop’

they must love this, because it’s been played in every post-bonham config (reunions, page-plant). good enough, but once again, i’d trade up for ‘down by the seaside’ in a heartbeat.

‘Kashmir’

of the unavoidables, the one i’d most likely agree can’t NOT be played. and i’ve no doubt that if i was watching it live, i’d forget about the 300,000 times i’ve heard it.

‘Whole Lotta Love’

the only good thing i have to say about this unavoidable is their propensity to reinvent it makes me curious to hear what they did with it, particularly as some have commented on jason’s funkiness!

‘Rock And Roll’

okay, not much good to say about this old warhorse. maybe i wouldn’t run out of the exit, but i might position myself to avoid the herd.

led zeppelin piece on 10 zen monkeys

i wrote a kind of “led zeppelin for dummies” piece on 10 zen monkeys for those of you who haven’t been obsessed with the band since the age of 13.

tonight’s the big reunion show, and because the instant gratification freak in me will be denied seeing or hearing it in real time (i’ll have to wait till the dvd comes out, i hope), i’ll focus instead on the setlist, which as of this moment hasn’t been leaked onto the interweb, an impressive feat.

the online version of britain’s nme, tho, managed to wrangle a couple of tracks, all of which give me a boner to one extent or the other. they’ll also be the first opportunity to see what the band plays, through a song-by-song blog.

i respect zeppelin for not turning this into a pay-per-view spectacle, but at the same time it pains me to have to resort to the contemporary media equivalent of my dad huddled around the radio to hear play-by-play of a sonny liston fight. jeez.

and the nominees are …

avn has announced this year’s nominees for their prestigious awards to honor achievement in the field of adult entertainment.

and wouldn’t you know it? just like the oscars, i haven’t seen ANY of these best film noms!

i’m happy to see that my girl hillary is up for female performer of the year, tho not a bit surprised.

still waiting on word that the AMAZING people at avn will allow me to cover january’s awards show. last year i almost froze my nuts off (18 degrees and snow in vegas! wtf?), but it was worth it.

2257 piece posted on 10 zen monkeys

sure, it was posted here first, but witness the power of editing. the 10 zen version is up today, and thanks to david cassel, jeff diehl and ru sirius for tweekin’ this sucker into shape for the masses.

a great day for porn!

first, a great victory for adult entertainment in specific, but also first amendment rights in general! it’s certainly not the last work, but let us bask while we can, yes?

also, 10zenmonkeys has published my interview with hillary scott from this year’s avn expo/awards, along with a meme that i’ve been working on for a bit, racism in porn.

vapid viewing and voluptuous vixens

okay, have we finally reached the point yet where we can get past this whole “reality tv is the seventh sign of the apocalypse” and just revel in the end times already?

i mean, we’ve got to get our shit together, people. these farkakta christians keep clamoring about the rapture, and if they’re right, then first of all, my jack chick comics are gonna be worth a FORTUNE on ebay. second, we better get our heathen culture together to prepare for such a “calamity” (a world without christians? uh, oh well … ), and what better way than by watching mtv’s “a shot at love with tila tequila?”

now, i’ll admit that my pop culture chops must be waning, cos i had no idea who tila tequila was when my new hot new york writer chick girlfriend came to stay and asked if we could watch it for her own selfish media analysis. (man, i guess it’s time to finally trade in some of my old cultural references like mike douglas and paul lynde for some from THIS century.)

and normally girls with the last name of nguyen (tequila’s real last name) get my attention. but i have to admit that this reality show alum (evidently she was on “surviving nugent,” which, even though i know all the words to such motor city madman classics as “wang dang sweet poontang,” i couldn’t sit through for longer than 30 seconds) is a little bit skanky … even for ME (like, i’d bang a couple of the “flavor of love” girls, and that’s a commitment to the power of skank that should be above reproach). the girl makes christina ricci’s character in “black snake moan” look like the food network’s sandra lee (a wholesome lady whose face i’d love to smash into one of her table displays while i pound her potpourri-scented snatch).

the premise of the show is classic “mainstream shock.” another reality dating show, “a shot at love” features a twist. it takes the editors a good two minutes to sloooooowly reveal her scandalous secret. jaded fuck that i am, i’m practically expecting her to whip out a pre-op cock from the confines of her one-piece swimsuit. instead, she reveals that she’s (gasp!) … bisexual! which, here in san francisco, is far less scandalous than admitting you watch mtv.

i’m not even sure bisexuality is shocking in sheboygan at this point. but the camera sure did get a variety of open-mouthed looks of horror from the assortment of jocky, jerkoff male contestants involved.

the pilot episode was almost unbearably stupid. for me, of course, the half of the show focusing on the preening male contestants was the worst of it, but the scantily-clad lesbo-stripper (i mean, every single one of these broads looked like she had just hopped off the pole … you’d think there was no such thing as a humble, well-scrubbed lesbian) segment wasn’t much more enthralling.

somehow, though, the editors (unsung heroes of the reality show) somehow made the clips from upcoming episodes look somewhat interesting. this is coming from someone who can’t ever see ENOUGH girlfights, though, so …

but if it fails to follow through on its “potential,” there’s always the upcoming kim kardashian show on e!. yum. for now, though, i’m happy to suspend my two-dimensional covetesness for actual, real girl. a novel thought for me lately.

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