Music fans with an affection and appreciation for classic rock look to come out on top this concert season. Why? Many of the greatest acts in the history of rock music are alive and kickin’.
One can make an argument that classic rock, especially acts from the 70’s, has sustained the live music industry. They are recognizable commodities, selling records and selling out venues year after year. Incredibly, not only do these classic acts bring out fans, but they also continue to create impressive new music.
Kiss is one example of the viability and drawing power that makes classic rock acts a concert mainstay. Gene Simons and Paul Stanley continue to get decked out in greasepaint, leather and platform shoes to perform for hundreds of thousands of fans each tour. It’s been 34 years since the release of their double-live album, “Kiss, Alive!”, and we can still see the guys giving 110%.
2011 is going to be a big year for acts that many grew up listening to in the 60’s and 70’s. Guys like Alice Cooper are being inducted into The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Artists including Ted Nugent and Aerosmith have grown beyond music by becoming multi-media personalities on TV and radio. British guitar gods Robin Trower and Eric Clapton continue to draw loyal fans out, while introducing their influential tunes to new generations. Classic rock has even found itself at the Grammys this year with Jeff Beck taking two of the prestigious awards home.
The message for classic rock fans is simple. We are entering the coda of many of these seminal band’s vibrant careers. With ticket prices expected to fall slightly in 2011 there is even more incentive to see these living legends live. For some of us, it may be the last chance to experience or relive the excitement of a day when loud guitars, theatrics and larger-than-life personas dominated the landscape of popular music. If you never got to see your guitar-slinging heroes “back in the day”, you still have a shot. If you have stumbled upon your dad’s old Tesla albums and just had your world blown, then it’s not too late. We won’t know it’s over until it’s over, but wouldn’t you want to say you were in the crowd for the final swan song?
Now, get out there and rock!