To the next person that says rock n roll is dead, please stay away from me.
When Gene Simmons said it months ago, people freaked out, celebrities argued and everyone tweeted their faces off about it.
I decided to wait and gather my thoughts on the whole matter since I love rock n roll so much, I have the phrase tattooed on my arm.
The beginning of rock n roll can be traced back decade after decade and it begins at different places for different people.
For me, it began in 1968 with Led Zeppelin. It was the birth if blues played loud and heavy. There were slews of other bands that came out of the woodwork and proved that Zeppelin wasn’t the only band that had licks to kill. The Who, Deep Purple, ACDC, The Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, Golden Earring, Mountain, The Doors and never forget the gods of metal, the forerunners – Black Sabbath.
Please allow me to tell you, all of you ROCK N ROLL IS NOT DEAD. Rarely will you hear it on the radio. The radio is a static noise frequency playing a rip off of a rip off. Rock n roll is an art that requires love and longing. You have to search for it.
If you want a Zeppelin/Free influenced band, search no further than Rival Sons.
Maybe Heart is your style. Then look up Blues Pills and be reborn in the 70’s.
A hybrid of bluesy rock n roll and Sabbath – Graveyard
I’m not here to promote bands that I love, I’m here to say that rock n roll is alive and well and it needs to be heard by more people. It lives in the local bars all over the country.
If you’re a fan of rock n roll, please don’t pass off these bands saying they’re just redoing what the masters did in the 60’s and 70’s. Yes – it’s true that the masters and origins lie in that period but we have innovators now just like we then.
When you listen to these bands, you have bands that are influenced by retro rock but it’s a brand of its own. It’s modern rock n roll. It’s a blend and brand of its own.
If you’re interested in finding more, here are some good starters
Stonerider – hard bluesy rock
Irene & The Sleepers – Light hearted rock n roll
Vidunder – blues infused chilled rock n roll
The Stone Foxes – If The Black Keys still played bluesy rock, this is what it would be
Kadavar – heavy 70’s rock with killer leads
The Sword – mixture of rock n roll and doom
Rival Sons – rock n roll in a pure form – features the best vocalist of this decade
Blues Pills – think Heart. Bluesy, female fronted rock n roll sure to get a few things moving
Witchcraft – Clean guitar driven rock n roll doom.
Guess what? A lot of these are from US.
Irene, Rival Sons, Stonerider, Stone Foxes, Sword all from the States.
That’s a good start.
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