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Jewish World Review Sept. 26, 2008 / 26 Elul 5768

Rock, paper, scissors; Eagles and Beatles

By Dave Weinbaum

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Rock, Paper, Scissors was a silly little guessing game we played as kids. Rock crushes scissors, scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock.

Recently our time is taken up with a lot of things in the air, the economy, debates, candidates in their big jets hovering between the White House and Mississippi, and Sarah Palin's beehive.

My diversion?

Who was (is) the best Rock and Roll Band of all time?

In the movie "Animal House," when the frat boys couldn't get out of a self created mess, they took a road trip.

Like McCain, I'm taking a break from the campaign to decide an issue that has plagued music lovers forever...or at least for the last 40 years.

Before you face the music know the score.

To save you the time of going through the hundreds of rocky ensembles, I've taken the liberty of narrowing the choice to my two favs, The Beatles and the Eagles.

I can see hands wringing and hear snide cackles resonate. "What the heck does that Weinbaum guy know about music?" "What about the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, and this band and that group!? What would the King say?"

I admit it. I'm just an average fan...but I have a column. To be fair, if you dare to disagree with my choice, you may write in your pick with some supporting evidence. If I get enough responses, I'll make a column out of it. How's THAT for democracy?

Wifey Joni scored two reasonably priced tickets to last Saturday's Eagle's concert in St. Louis. They were grand seats right by the stage, 2nd row, slightly elevated. Previously I had seen the Eagles five years ago in that same arena.

As Glen Frey welcomed us to the Assisted Living Tour, the Eagles (named for their respect of the Byrds) began to play a strategic mix of standards and new stuff.

And DID they play and DID they sing! These late, middle-aged wonders were tight. Instrumentals mixed perfectly with voice. We experienced a crescendo of amazing beat and lyric. As Joni and I danced and sang in the aisles with the rest of the crowd, we noticed youth alongside baby boomer, trying to keep pace.

What a party!

During intermission, the guy sitting next to me went and snared Glen Frey's guitar pick. It was as if he had found the Holy Grail. This old guy actually swooned. I almost had to call the medics.

Some rockers are bred; Joe Walsh is sauteed

Now in my best Howard Cosell, "Let's go to the tale of the tape (CD, LP, Tours, etc.)

  • Years together: Beatles 13 years. Eagles 23 years. Advantage Eagles.

  • Diversity of music: Beatles adapted R & R, Gospel, Elvis, and Indian. Eagles went from country lite to Rock and roll with much in between. Advantage Beatles.

  • Tours: Beatles pioneered modern tours. Eagles perfected it: Advantage Eagles

  • Controversy: Lennon claiming Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Fights with Paul, Yoko, Linda leading to break up and lawsuits. Standing up Imelda Marcos and barely escaping Philippines with their lives minus purse. Eagle's Felder suit, losing members Felder, Meisner, and Leadon. band breaking up for 14 years,: Advantage Beatles.

  • Persistence: Eagles...They came back from adversity and are still playing and creating.

  • Instrumentals: Eagles horns down.

  • Personalities: Ringo vs. Joe Walsh, Glenn vs. John, Don Henly Vs. Paul, Schmidt vs. Harrison. Got to go with Eagles.

You can probably see where this is going. Mind you that I've been in awe of the Beatles for the last four decades. I still sing "Yellow Submarine" with my now grown children, and I karaoke "Sun King." Joni's and my wedding song was "When I'm 64."

But now I'm humming "Desperado" and singing "Hotel California" along with the newer and just as addicting Eagles tunes.

While I'm not abandoning the Fab Four, I have to conclude that based on the evidence, rocks crush scissors and Eagles eat Beatles.

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