Friday, August 04, 2006


Peak Stone

The prolific John Murney has adopted Peak Oil as one of his main threads on his blog. Peak Oil is an interesting discussion topic from both a social and economic perspective, however, it is no where as explosive as Peak Stone.

Having recently returned from some r and r in Saskatchewan, I came face to face with the Stone phenomenon - Rolling Stone. The self proclaimed biggest rock band in the world are set to hit Saskatchewan on October 6th and 8th in Regina.

Stones tickets ignited a frenzy in the province. Radio talk shows were a buzz, in typical Saskatchewan fashion, with all kinds of complaints. Unfair ticket sales. Preferred tickets for Rider season tickets holders. Government sponsorship. Where will all the concert goers stay? Vouchers instead of tickets. Honestly, a woman called in WITH tickets and bitched about having to wait for her physical tickets until they are officially distributed later this month. The only legitimate complaint should be that the opening act is Three Days Grace. New York has Kayne West; Regina a never was rock act.

Now, Peak oil theory states: that any finite resource, (including oil), will have a beginning, middle, and an end of production, and at some point it will reach a level of maximum output.

I would like to suggest that we are dangerous close to Peak Stone. They began in the 1960's with a bang. Had their middle in the mid-to-late 1970's. And started on the climb to the end in the late 1990's. They should be hitting maximum output any day now. I mean even Cher stopped the "farewell tour" concept eons ago.

Similar to the western world's addiction to oil, the developed world seems hooked on "classic rock." This genre, as near as I can tell, consists of a heavy rotation of the Stones, Led Zeppelin, and a non-descript third band (early Genesis?) and then the rotation starts all over again. As the boomers age, we should start hearing less and less of this.

I suppose once the Stones start playing weddings and bat mitzvahs, we will know they have jumped the shark.

What an interesting and creative article! I am going to link to it!
Funny, in my house, my mom's rotation is slightly different...

Bee Gees
Barry Manilow

I would much rather be listening to the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and some other nondescript band.
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