More importantly to me, Dave Edmunds, after having had triple bypass surgery, announced last year he was retiring. Yet Keith is still standing!
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Rock is dead because of CLASSIC ROCK radio. I saw this coming from a mile away. There are some good to great rock artists out there but they won't get air play on rock stations. Maybe not even on alternative stations.
Musicians like Tash Sultana.
Exactly my point.
Have listen to KCRW.com to hear what the kool kids are listening to.
well when I notice how much rock and roll from the 60s/70s/80s/90s that my 15-yr old daughter listens to I know for certain that rock and roll is very much alive! The music lives on way beyond the people...…..and the newer stuff is good too....not all of it but all music has never all been good. There has always been crappy music. Listen to Courtney Barnett and tell me rock is dead. There are so many others.
There’s whole YouTube channels devoted to nothing but the reactions of people listening to great rock for the first time. The twenty-somethings at work all prefer 70’s rock. The Stones were absolutely great rock back in the day, but have been a nightclub act on life support for several decades already. So don’t conflate the death of rock, which is alive and well, with the health of Mick Jagger, who long ago decided he'd be better off with a retirement annuity than a band.
The Stones were absolutely great rock back in the day, but have been a nightclub act on life support for several decades ...The Stones can fill entire stadiums in the US, so they're hardly a "nightclub act."
I don't know....the Black Keys have gotten me through some bored times. Also QOTSA and a few others who sound promising.
I thought rock was dead when the Hair Bands ruled and next thing I knew there was STP, Alice in Chains, Soundgarten and several others. Not exactly the late 60s but the best I'd heard in a long, long time.
Of course I'm also bummed that Merle's gone, Dwight has lost a lot of steam and it's been a long time since Strait was awesome (hellooo Midland!)
So I thank God for the Jazz of '59!! That will never grow old.....
Good news - it may be on life support but the defribulator caused this and the views are over 40 million
And our young generation of kids are playing stuff like this
The future of Rock could not be brighter, IMHO!!!
Buddy Holly, Elvis, Bill Haley and his Comets, the Big Bopper, Chuck Berry.
what did that generation think of Led Zeppelin and The Who? Or Rush and David Bowie? Queen? That ain’t my Rock n’ roll? Now we’ve got the Black Keys, they even distort the drums to sound like they were engineered poorly like early Who (kids are alright) Greta VanFleet, Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl is a musical force. And a ton of new and evolving hard rockers. Is it getting too loud for you boys? I’m 53, I listen to newer music but like My Generations tunes best. Jazz is not noise inna, you don’t always need 100 musicians to play a song.
Rock will never die as long as we listen and buy it. Hip-Hop is dominating the charts and replaced Rock as the most popular last year. I think it is sad what kids listen too today. I remember New Wave tried to take over Rock in the 80's, it didn't. The classics will stay with us till we die. It is up to us to keep it alive and well. May, Rock and Roll never die in my lifetime.
@falconquest Check out the video from the Boston concert. I demoed Magico A3 speakers with Tash (and others) and the dealer was rather happy to hear this new prodigy.
As Frank Zappa once said about jazz, it "isn't dead--it just smells funny."
One the one hand, I don't hear much new rock that I like. One the other hand, I don't work very hard at finding it. All that having been said, I shouldn't have to try very hard. I should be able to tune in to my local radio or Austin City Limits or AXS channel on the tube and find lots of it. Rock is losing out to diversity (and, IMO, dilution).
@falconquest Never heard of LONDON GRAMMAR but did check out your link and liked the tunes they played. Thanks, I have added them to my Tidal roster.
I forgot how I got to the Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin concert videos while watching the London Grammar performance, but the following Zeppelin concert footage I just watched was just jaw dropping. Rock was great.
Up until the last few years I thought rock was dead. Rock is dead on FM radio. And I agree that classic rock stations helped bury it. Pop stations don't help either.
Now I realize rock is still alive. You just have to go look for it. You aren't going to hear it on mainstream radio.
These give me hope:
The Teskey Brothers
Gary Clark, Jr
Yes, a diverse group. Yes, there's some R&B thrown in there with these. A lot of blues too, which is ALWAYS a good thing for rock.
If you just want pure, good-time, guitar driven glam pop, check out The Struts:
They have the looks, the attitude, the pipes, the licks and the chops. You might not like them but I see them as the hope for real rock and roll.
There is a lot of good up and coming rock on the CBS Saturday Morning Sessions. They are also on YouTube. This is how I discovered Steve Gunn, who I can’t stop listening to. But also as mainly a jazz fan these days, it may not be a better time to be a fan of jazz, let alone music. Vinyl is making a huge comeback. Yet, streaming technologies and options have become more numerous and better!