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ABC’s of Rock – Rock Band Logo Quiz

Check Out Our Rock Band Logo Quiz and See How Well You Know These Ionic Logos

At RarasFarm, we love our classic rock, and we’ve always enjoyed the creative logos bands have used over the years. Check out this quiz and see how well you know some of the most iconic logos (as well as a handful of very tough ones).

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Def Leppard Storms Into Tampa


 

Def Leppard in Tampa
Def Leppard in Tampa

 

Def Leppard and Styx Impress Tampa Rock Fans

“Besides the Rolling Stones tour, the Def Leppard/Styx/Tesla show is the biggest classic rock tour of the summer” according to the Bradenton Herald, and RARAsFarm hit the road to see them on the first night of their summer tour!
 

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On Tuesday night, the classic rock legends kicked off their 60 city tour on a thunderous night in Tampa.

Almost as soon as we arrived at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, the skies opened up with some torrential rains and an amazing lightning show that lasted long enough to cancel Tesla.

Since the Amphitheatre was not letting folks in until the lightning stopped we tailgated in the parking lot and endured a lengthy delay, before finally slipping in to find several thousand people already jumping in and out of their drenched seats to the legendary Styx.  We, however, only got to catch a few of their songs, which was amplified by the fact that they had to shorten their setlist due to time, noise ordinances, and the desire to let Def Leppard perform their entire setlist.

They still dished out a hit-packed set, including “The Grand Illusion,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Foolin’ Yourself,” “Miss America” and “Blue Collar Man,” before closing their night with rollicking versions of “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade” which every single person in attendance sang along to.  The stage backdrop featured album covers, as Tommy Shaw (vocals and guitar)  took charge of the crowd and entertained us all by prowling the stage with fervid enthusiasm, shouting out to the crowd “All you fabulous brave people who are out here braving the lightning – thank you!”

The crowd was immediately on their feet as Def Leppard took the stage and started singing “Rock! Rock! Till You Drop.”  The band, all nearing 60, still look like the consummate rock and roll animals they have been since the 80’s. And, on this night, they boasted a clear British flair. The band is an anomaly in today’s classic rock landscape, as they still feature their original line-up – a rare treat.

Phil Collen, strutted around the stage shirtless, showing off his buff chest, donning a special guitar he received as a gift for his 50th birthday which reads London 1957 in bold black letters.  Vocalist Joe Elliot had his mic stand wrapped in a British Flag, while drummer, Rick Allen, had the flag emblazoned on the large headphones he wore, and bassist Rick Savage played a bass guitar with the flag painted on it.

“Tonight we set the limit – this is where it all starts – 59 more shows!”  Elliott also announced to the crowd on behalf of their old tourmates, Tesla, that “they’re really sorry they couldn’t play – let’s give them a round of applause”.

Elliott and his bandmates owned the stage and the crowd as they delivered hits such as “Animal,” “Foolin’,” “Love Bites,” “Armageddon It,” “Rocket,” “Hysteria” and “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.”  They also offered up a cool cover version of David Essex’s “Rock On.”

As Elliott introduced Def Leppard, he specifically wanted to give a shout out to their long time guitarist Vivian Campbell who was out in LA visiting with doctors, who he “hoped to see him back on the road in a couple days.”  Campbell has been fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma and has since noted on their webpage that he will be rejoining the tour Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama!  Trixter guitarist Steve Brown filled in wonderfully for this show, highlighted by a jam session after “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.”

Other highlights included a phenomenal bass solo by Rick Savage, and a nice acoustic version of “Two Steps Behind” from Joe Elliott.  Barefoot drummer Rick Allen did a bit of a drum solo that had everyone cheering!

They closed their set with “Pour some Sugar on Me” which had the entire crowd singing along. The crowd begged for more, and after a brief break, drummer Rick Allen uttered the famous words “gunter, glieben, glauchen, globen” which started the encore “Rock of Ages.” They ended the night with their timeless hit “Photograph” and Elliot’s words:  “Until next time – and there WILL be a next time!”

Rock On!
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Yes Brings Legendary Albums to Orlando

Yes Brings Special Show to Bob Carr

The Bob Carr performing Arts Center offered up a huge concert announcement earlier today.  Legendary rockers Yes, are coming to town for an intimate evening where they will perform their classic albums Fragile and Close To the Edge in their entirety on Sunday, August 3rd.

The current line-up is a damn good one: Jon Davison vocals, Chris Squire bass, Steve Howe guitar, Alan White drums and Geoff Downes keys.

From the press release:

ORLANDO, FLORIDA [March 25, 2014] Throughout 2013, the iconic, Grammy®-winning rock band YES marked a career first by performing a triple-header concert featuring three of their classic albums in their entirety. Now, the band is back and ready to rock crowds nationwide with a 35-date summer tour featuring YES performing their 1971 groundbreaking album, “Fragile” and 1972 album “Close To The Edge” in their entirety. YES plays the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on August 3. Tickets go on sale April 18 at 10 a.m.

(Check out the albums on iTunes and a link to all tour dates at bottom of post)

“Fragile” is considered to be YES’ U.S. breakthrough album, peaking at number four on the Billboard Album charts in the U.S. The RIAA-certified, double-platinum album sold over two million copies and features YES’ hit single “Roundabout” and other classics like “Long Distance Runaround” and “Heart of the Sunrise.” It also marks the band’s first collaboration with artist Roger Dean on cover art, who has designed many of the band’s album covers and logos. The band’s album “Close To The Edge”–widely regarded as one of the greatest progressive-rock albums ever recorded–was on the U.S. charts for 32 weeks, peaking at number three. A “Rolling Stone” review noted, “YES’ colors are subtle, almost imperceptible tints, but the main strokes are bold and thick, applied with sureness and natural instinct.” Inspired by Siddhartha and their “state of mind” at the time, the Gold-certified album featuring epic suites such as “Close To The Edge” and “You And I,” was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time” by “Guitar World” (2006).

YES is proud to provide VIP concert packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited edition gifts and much more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase YES packages/tickets, visit www.yesworld.com.

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Rock On!

 

Full Tour schedule: http://concertfix.com/tours/yes

iPod Essentials for Classic Rock Fans


Classic Rock iPod Selections

Rock ‘n Roll has been around for 50 years, for thousands of bands and millions of songs. Therefore it’s totally understandable that a few great classic rock tunes have slipped through the cracks and somehow eluded your iPod.  Have no fear – I’ve started up an occasional article focused on a few of these classics that belong on the iPod of every rock fan.

Here’s a six pack of tracks for your Spring sampler:

Stranglehold – Ted Nugent – This one is purely and simply an amazing rock song.  Eight minutes and 22 seconds of fantastic guitar licks and kick ass vocals. We caught The Nuge performing it live last year, and this one stands the test of time, still a great track today.

The Story In Your Eyes – The Moody Blues – These guys have been rocking themselves for nearly fifty years, and still tour today. This classic off of their Every Good Boy Deserves Favour album is one of their greatest rock tracks, and a song that never received proper recognition.

Subdivisions – Rush  – This was the first of many synth heavy hits for these Canadian icons, and they definitely made the transition masterfully. Check it out for yourself when they visit The Amway Center on April 28th.

Change Your Mind – Sister Hazel – These boys from Gainesville tore it up at the turn of the century, and this one was their best. It’s a great song. and the perfect rock and roll singalong.

Police On My Back – The Clash -From the band’s royalty-free triple-album Sandanista, this is one of the band’s best cuts. This one features Steve Jones on lead vocals, and is surprisingly a cover of an Eddy Grant song – yes, that Eddy Grant!

Free Four – Pink Floyd – Released just before Dark Side of the Moon, this one is totally different. It’s the equivalent of a Roger Waters meets The Monkees kind of groove. A fun little ditty…

SO, how many are on your iPod? Check the others out and download the ones you need to shape up your iPod. Also, let me know which classic rock treasures you think need to be in our next six pack.

Mike G.