April 19th, 2018

Rock Ramblings: 2017: Rock ‘n’ roll came back and it’s alive and well

By Medicine Hat News on January 12, 2017.

Hardly a day goes by without one artist or another chiming in about the “death of rock.” As a rock fan, it’s hard not to question the genre’s health when we see charts dominated by acts like The Weeknd, Arianna Grande and Bruno Mars. Nothing against those acts, in fact, I’d call Bruno Mars a prodigy — and Arianna Grande sounds so delicious that I’ll be sure to order one next time I’m at Starbucks. That said, let me be the first to reassure you, rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well and 2017 is promising to be the year that it tears out its IV drip and starts doing wind sprints up and down the hospital hallway.

While 2016 wasn’t necessarily a great year for rock music, it certainly wasn’t a bad one either. Yes, many of us brooded over Facebook about Gord Downie’s terminal diagnosis and we did lose some big names (Bowie, Prince). Still though, the top five grossing tours of the year included three big-name rock acts, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and Guns N’ Roses. While the appetite for rock music is as voracious as ever, even though The Boss and GNR are both agreeably nostalgia acts and Coldplay, while fantastic, is more specifically, “rock n’ roll for bed-wetters,” the argument stands. Fans are still excited enough about rock music to spend their money going to shows and buying albums. And rightfully so. Metallica released its greatest collection of songs since the “Black” album. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ upcoming show in Calgary sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale.

So what does 2017 hold in store for rock lovers? The triumphant return of Tool. Also emerging from hibernation, System of a Down, Offspring and Soundgarden. Even enduring acts like Judas Priest are getting in on the fun. Alice In Chains have promised a new album, as have Five Finger Death Punch, Rammstein, Stone Sour, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Marilyn Manson, Incubus, Seether and Three Days Grace.

As for the current state of rock, like I said; it’s alive and well in 2017.

Layne Mitchell hosts the midday show 11 a.m — 3 p.m. on 105.3 ROCK, http://www.1053rock.ca and on the station’s app (It’s free to download!)

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