Classic Rock Not Ready to Bow out Just Yet

Fans of classic rock, along with optimistic radio programmers and bullish label execs, will point to such emerging talents as Frankenmuth’s Greta Van Fleet as evidence that classic rock is not ready to bow out just yet. Other names like Dorothy are bubbling under, giving hope to some that a new generation of rock talent is beginning to make itself known. Dorothy Martin fronts the West-coast band that’s starting to make itself known in a big way. The lady herself has the potential to be the next truly big rock star. And she has a lot of style.

If you’re an old-timer when it comes to rock and were around to witness the British Invasion, the rich years of the 70’s and the commercial video era of the 80’s and 90’s, you will likely have noticed that rock bands share a number of common attributes. They weren’t afraid to break the rules, they pushed back against conformity and they rebelled to the point where it propelled their careers and grew their respective fan bases.

Classic meets commercial

The 80’s was a particularly interesting period for rock. It was a blend of new bands such as Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue with old-timers who were still on top of their game like Motorhead, Queen and Deep Purple. The 80’s was a time for commercialism and these bands capitalised on that: perhaps none more so than Guns N’ Roses. Their carefully strategised image could be seen everywhere from posters and flags to vinyl figures and the famous Axl Rose bandana. They’ve even featured on video games such as Guns N’ Roses: The Video Game and Guns N’ Roses slot. The latter, which is similar to a traditional slot, is available from casino sites like this where players would typically find bonuses such as a matched bonus and free spins. The merchandise continues to be popular.

A relatively young rocker by the name of Jack White is evidently among the most influential and unique rockers of the past 20 years. He has walked his very own distinct trail after his time with the Raconteurs, the White Stripes and his own Third Man Records label. He has even earned credibility from old-time rockers after appearing alongside the likes of The Edge and Jimmy Page in the 2008 documentary It Might Get Loud.

It comes in waves

Canadian music analyst Alan Cross conducted a study on the cycles of pop and rock, where he points out the curve where an influential rock period is followed by a wave of pop. Cross believes that politics plays a huge role in this, especially in the US. He points to the fact that rock has always enjoyed its biggest successes when a Republican President is in the Whitehouse. So while White is confident of a classic rock comeback when listening to those new rockers whose work makes its way on to his desk, Cross sees the change as more of a response to political waves. Certainly, Trump’s presidency has been an extremely divisive one, it’s still relatively early days and too soon to predict that the Republican/rock relationship won’t once again bear fruit.

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