Friday, June 8, 2012

Is Rock of Ages a Time Travel Movie?

In the last week or so, every other billboard, bus ad and bus stop ad, have been pushing the upcoming movie "Rock of Ages."

Now, The Blog and Mrs. Blog saw the touring company of this Broadway "juke box" musical about a year ago. It starred the charismatic Greek kid from "American Idol" Constantine something.

(The Blog is as straight as a brand new, wooden ruler. But, he is confident enough in his masculinity to admit that, "Damn! That kid is cute! I totally get it!" The Blog would, absolutely, be down with some "sexy time" with him. Or, at least a completely hetero three way with him and, I don't know, Angelina  or Gwyneth. But, maybe that is TMI.)

 But, I digress...

The story takes place in the mid-1980s. (aka, "The Reagan Era.") "The Man" is trying to take down Rock and Roll on Hollywood's Sunset Blvd.

It was trite, but entertaining. While '80s music, for the most part, sucked donkey scrotum, just enough good music came out of the era to make the show worthwhile. The show gets just enough of Journey, Twisted Sister and Joan Jett right to make it a good time, musically. (The show also takes a dead on swipe at "boy bands" that is priceless!)

So, call me crazy. Call me a hopeless "fanboy." Call me, "disturbingly OCD." But, here is the thing that is driving me nuts!

In the ubiquitous print ads/ billboards, Alec Baldwin is wearing a KISS t-shirt. The Blog (an unapologetic KISS fan) loves that!

But, here is the problem....

The t-shirt in question is chronologically wrong by a decade!

In the fall of 1983, about one month before The Blog married Mrs. Blog, KISS took off their make-up and abandoned their spandex and chrome costumes. And Peter Criss and Ace Frehley had left the band.

"So what?" you ask.

"I'll tell you what," I answer.

The t-shirt worn, in the ads, by Alec Baldwin, is from the 1996 reunion tour. Make-up back on, Pete and Ace back with the band. The t-shirt in the ad is from that tour. The concert that was The Blog Jr.'s first KISS show.

The Blog actually owns one of these shirts. So does The Blog jr.

I know.

Given the state of today's America, where billionaire donors are buying our government and women, gays and minorities are being regulated into second class citizenship and unions are being demonized, this is just petty bullshit.

But, as a television and film guy, this is just one of those stupid little things that makes me crazy.

That's all.

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