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Welcome To Rockville Bands

Bands That Shined at 2017’s Welcome To Rockville

The 2017 incarnation of Welcome To Rockville was another one for the ages. There was a bit of negative buzz about the lineup beforehand, but I suspect the great majority of fans who left Metropolitan Park on Sunday night, left the venue thoroughly satisfied.  Like me…

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Welcome To Rockville: 5 Bands You Need to See

Welcome To Rockville Recommendations

I’ve been to this thunderous celebration of hellacious hard rock for each of the past four years.  The festival on the banks of the St. Johns River always features a handful of huge metal bands and five times as many smaller bands on the cusp.  There’s definitely something for everyone blaring on one of the Welcome To Rockville stages at any time, but here are five bands that everyone should check out.

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20 Years Later – Did 1994 Define a Rock ‘n Roll Generation?

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.

2012 – Not Just the End of the World

I took a quick tour around the internet to capture some of the items we have to look forward to before the impending end of the world.

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Here’s a primer for the next few months:

  • In the first five weeks of the year, both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr release new albums.
  • As they announced from Times Square on New Years Eve, Van Halen will release their first album with David Lee Roth since 1984 (that’s 28 years for those of you counting at home). They’ll release their first single and start selling tour tickets on January 10th.  The odds of them finishing the tour? 12:1.
  • Albuquerque’s The Shins  will release their Fourth album, Port of Morrow this March

Heavily anticipated 2012 releases with unknown dates:

  • Punk legends Green Day, The Offspring and Rancid all have new stuff on the way.
  • Six of today’s top bands will return to the charts in 2012: Muse, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, MGMT and Linkin Park
  • Classic Rock fans will see new albums from legends Bruce Springsteen, Rush, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Guns and Roses (Slash has an album on the way, too).
  • Hard Rockers Metallica, Alice in Chains and Marilyn Manson deliver new goods.
Two RARAs Farm favorites have new albums o the way:
  • Lovedrug
  • The Last Royals
A few other artists who may be of interest to RARAsFarm readers:
  • Adam Ant
  • Alice In Chains
  • Bad Religion
  • Garbage
  • Keane
  • Kiss
  • Queensryche
  • Soundgarden
  • Suicidal Tendencies
All told, lots to look forward to, while we still can, of course…
Mike G – January, 2012