I Wanna Rock

Man, it sucked when Danny Joe Brown passed away. Dreams I’ll Never See was the first song we learned and to this day it never gets old. Tom petty is gone, Eddie Van Halen is gone and the list keeps growing. That’s when you know you’re getting old, when the artists that created the music you loved leave us. But we still have their music, thanks to them we will always have rock music.

I don’t know what the hell you call the mainstream music that’s out there right now. I do know it’s definitely not rock music. Yeah there are a lot of talented and interesting young artists, but I can’t honestly say they dabble in rock and roll.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for the bands like Muse and Greta Van Fleet. Out of the two, Muse is more original sounding, but come on, how can you not like a Led Zep copy band? Yeah, we still have The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, and Dorothy. These ladies kick ass. Listen to “Down to the Bottom” by Dorothy and you’ll see what I mean. “Heaven Knows”? by The Pretty Reckless? Come on that’s goose bump raising music. The Pretty reckless have been around since 2009 and put out great rock music, but they like the others mentioned have been overlooked by the masses.

Give me a screaming barre chord and a hard driving rhythm section and I will be happy every time. “Back in Black” is the greatest guitar rock album of all time.  If The Cult’s “Fire Woman” doesn’t make you excited and get your blood flowing, then you’re not breathing. Today’s artists are so concerned with appealing to the masses that they have forgotten what rock music is.  Billie Eilish is a great talent. I actually like the sound she produces with her music, but it isn’t rock. There are bright spots, I love the Black Keys, El Camino was a great CD. The Struts are good too. But as an overall listening market, Rock is now a rarity.

Every rock station draws from the classics like AC DC, Led Zep, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and others. It seemed that when the 2000’s hit and everyone was now spending their life online, the music changed. Trying to get likes and visits is more popular than CD sales. Example? Of Monsters and Men pop sound is so candy ass it’s appalling.  Even pop music when rock was alive and well would kick ass, Cheap Trick comes to mind.

It would be nice to see rock music make another go at it. But I’m not holding my breath. We have become a society of complacent complainers. Rock was always about the energy, getting off your ass and raising hell. As long as we have Facebook, nobody will be getting off their ass to accomplish anything, let alone bring rock back.


Eddie Van Halen 2007-11-10

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