Classic Rock in Today’s World
Though many of our favourite classic rock bands have now retired from the spotlight, there are still so many ways to access their music and celebrate everything that they have achieved. It’s true that there are new and upcoming bands that still stay true to the original values of the genre, but it’s nothing like the good old days when rock was king. This is an inevitable side effect of living through changing times, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy the screaming guitars and heavy drums of good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.
Since the dawn of the new millennium, entertainment has shifted from physical recordings to downloads and, more recently, instant streaming. Some movies now launch dual releases both in the cinema and on platforms like JustWatch at the same time, whereas online gaming platforms like PokerStars are providing fans with ever more innovative titles to play using their phone or laptop. Of course, the vast majority of people now listen to their favourite bands online because it’s so much easier. It’s also a great way for a new, younger audience to discover the classics for the first time. Whether that’s through DAB radio stations like Absolute Classic Rock or a carefully curated Spotify playlist, online listening platforms are used by everybody these days.
One way to recapture the magic of your favourite band live and on stage is by watching a tribute act. The weird and wonderful world of the tribute band is as varied as the human imagination; you can watch everything from an all-female Iron Maiden tribute to a dub reggae tribute to The Beatles. Although some tribute bands have enjoyed enormous success on the international gig circuit, you’re also bound to be able to find something locally too. Many tributes stick to touring their local area but still manage to deliver a knock-out performance, even in smaller venues. Alternatively, you could head to one of the dedicated tribute-only festivals; the biggest is TribFest in Yorkshire in the UK. For some of your favourites, this is the closest you’ll ever get to the real thing!
The Comeback Tour
Of course, many classic rock bands, now that they’ve had some time off from the scene, are back in a big way. Everybody from KISS to Metallica to Cher has staged a comeback in recent years, with several artists enjoying enormous success once again. If you’re lucky enough to experience your favourite classic rock band back on stage and in the flesh, then it must surely feel like a dream come true! The only snag is that comeback tour tickets tend to sell for inflated prices in order to reflect the prominence of the artists performing and the once in a lifetime opportunity. Despite this, it’s always a good idea to bag tickets as soon as they go on sale – you never know if this chance will ever come up for you again.
The one other instance when you might have chance to see some of the biggest names in classic rock is at a music festival. There is a trend for established acts to come out of retirement in order to play a one-off headliner at a festival, particularly for bigger events like Glastonbury in the UK and Rock am Ring in Germany. If your favourites don’t look like they’ll be announcing that comeback tour anytime soon, you could be in with a chance of seeing them on the festival circuit. This is the perfect place for long-time fans too, as bands are likely to play a ‘greatest hits’ setlist rather than just new music. The atmosphere is also guaranteed to be off the charts!
You never know, you might get lucky and your number one favourite band might decide to release some brand new music. Led Zeppelin’s very own Robert Plant has had considerable success with his solo career along with other greats such as Eric Clapton, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and Roger Daltry. Some of these artists have enjoyed the limelight so much in fact, that they’ve decided to get the band back together and release new music as a group. Deep Purple have announced the completion of some new recorded material this year and Alice Cooper’s original band will appear on his new album when it’s released. The Who, meanwhile, have reformed and will return to the world as a unit, promising both a new album and a tour coming soon. What more could you wish for as we enter the roaring twenties?
So, however you decide to access the classic rock genre in today’s modern world, rest assured that there are plenty of diehard fans in the same boat as you. We’re all eager to keep the flame alive and preserve such a prolific genre for generations to come to enjoy.