…Backed by a brutal, punishing band… and a massive fan base, Filter is set to release their best collection since, dare I say, Short Bus…
1994 – Rock Albums
It was twenty years ago today… I remember the summer of 1994 being a great one for concert going, and the more I think about it, perhaps a year for the ages when you look back on the year’s rock music releases.
There are certain years in rock music history that standout as Generation-Defining years, should 1994 be added to that list?
- 1956 – This was the first of these years, and really the first real year for rock ‘n roll:. Until rock ‘n roll burst onto the radio, we were stuck with Patti Page, Pat Boone, Ella Fitzgerald and Perry Como. In ’56, thankfully, we got Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Bill Haley and His Comets, Carl Perkins and The Platters.
- 1967 – Growing up in the eighties, this was the first year that really resonated as a classic rock year. The Moody Blues Days Of Future Passed was my personal favorite, we also saw debuts from Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Doors, and a crapload more, including two classics from The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour and our #1 album ever Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
- 1975 – In 1975, we saw a few American bands grab the torch from the Brits. Bruce gave us Born To Run and Dylan offered Blood On the Tracks, and a little band from Boston exploded into the mainstream with Toys In the Attic. Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rush and The Who also released classics. It might just be the most balanced year of rock ever.
- 1984 – To me, this year legitimized alternative rock. Seminal albums from U2, Replacements, Smiths, R.E.M., Husker Du, Depeche Mode and The Talking Heads. But, it wasn’t just about alternative rock, we also had Bob Marley’s Legend, Van Halen’s appropriately titled 1984 and Prince’s Purple Rain.
There were a few other good years since, 1987, 1989 and 1991 for instance, but none of them were truly influential years, but then, we rang in 1994.
Green Day’s Dookie, Weezer’s blue album, Offspring’s Smash and Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy are all-time classics, and interestingly, one name titles. Our ears were also treated to excellent offerings from Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Hole, Blur, Alice in Chains, Live and Soundgarden all of which helped us redefine alternative rock.
But there were other non-Alternative offerings that were pretty damn good. Pink Floyd’s Division Bell was excellent, even if under-appreciated, and we heard great offerings from Nirvana (posthumously) Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and Beastie Boys.
Like most things rock ‘n roll related, there are no rules regarding generation-defining years. I think it’s just one of those things where you know it when you feel it. I’ve been on the fence, but I think I’m ready to make the leap. In any case, there’s no doubt it was a great year, with a tremendous amount of good music. So, what are your thoughts, was this one for the ages? Or, just another decent year? And, what were your personal favorites from 1994? We’d love to see your thoughts in our Comments section.
Orlando Rock Concert Calendar
Welcome to Rocktober – another nice mix of rock shows across the region this month. Some killer hard rock featuring some huge acts at big venues. Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, A Day To Remember and more. Check their shows out below…
10/01 – Sick Puppies, Redlight King and Charming Liars, House of Blues.
10/04 – Saves The Day, The Social
10/05 – City and Colour, House of Blues
10/06 – Eve 6, The Social
10/06 – Black Taxi, Will’s Pub
10/08 – Portugal The Man with Crystal Fighters, House of Blues
10/08 – Sigur Ros, CFE Arena
10/09 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Beacham
10/10 – The English Beat, Plaza Live Orlando
10/13 – Hinder with Candlebox and Devour the Day, House of Blues
10/13 – Voodoo Glow Skulls, Will’s Pub
10/16 – Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones, Amway Center. A killer doble bill at the Big House.
10/18 – Atlas Genius, House of Blues
10/19 – Matt Nathanson, House of Blues
10/19 – They Might Be Giants, Orange County Convention Center
10/20 – Finch, The Beacham
10/24 – A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Pierce The Veil and The Wonder Years, CFE Arena. This line-up is a guaranteed night to remember.
10/25 – WJRR Halloweenie Roast: Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine and more, CFE Arena. Second consecutive day of great rock on the campus of UCF.
10/26 – Kix, Radisson Center (Cape Canaveral)
10/29 – Barenaked Ladies, Hard Rock Live
10/30 – John Fogerty, Hard Rock Live. He was a last-minute fill-in for Fun. at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, and blew the crowd away.
10/30 – Story of the Year, Hawthorne heights and more, The Beacham
10/31 – Nine Inch Nails with Gary Numan, Amway Center. Just an amazing way to spend Halloween.
Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails will be stopping in Orlando as part of their 2013 Tension World Tour. NIN is just the latest in a quickly growing list of huge acts to route their tours through the city’s fantastic new showpiece, The Amway Center. The band is renowned for their incredible live performances and imaginative stage show. The show date? October 31st, that’s Halloween – seems like perfect timing.
“‘Tension’ picks up where ‘Lights in the Sky’ left off. This is the full-on Nine Inch Nails live experience realized as we never could before,” says Reznor. For those of you who have not yet captured a live Nine Inch Nails performance, it’s a special show that should not be missed.
They’ll be touring in support of their forthcoming album, Hesitation Marks. The much anticipated release, is their ninth studio album, and first since 2008’s acclaimed release The Slip. It also happens to be 25 years since the uber-talented Reznor created the band in 1988. The lead single “Came Back Haunted” is available and is already receiving plenty of airplay. (Check it out here: Came Back Haunted – iTunes)
Reznor is the heart and sould of the band – really the only permanent member. He wirtes all of the songs and is an explosive, dynamic front man. The band’s live shows always take on a totally different feel live as the musicians and environment change. You can also expect a cutting-edge state of the art light show.
Visit the band’s website for the Full Tour Schedule
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