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"Classic Rock" bands that are still rockin'!

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Initial post: Nov 21, 2009 2:28:05 PM PST
Robert Dumas says:
I think all of us can agree that the current state of rock radio (terrestrial) is tragic. There are a hundred reasons why that is (no need to beat those dead horses), but the bottom line is, for those of us who like -- for a lack of a better term -- "classic rock" -- the pickings are slim.

I have lived on both coasts over the past 20 years and listened to a lot of rock 'n' roll radio during that time. Somewhere along the way it became homogenized and sterilized. It was the same thing wherever you went. Same play lists. Same bands. Same songs. You know the drill. No depth. No imagination.

But here's where I think they're really went off the rail: There's nothing wrong (for the most part) with the artists they choose to play. But many of these bands are still (and have been) recording and performing for the past 20 years. But these program directors choose to ignore it. It's like time stood still for them in 1988 or something.

Take Deep Purple for example. Turn on any classic rock station in North America and you're bound to hear "Smoke on the Water," "Hush," or "Woman from Tokyo." But in the '90s and 2000s the band has produced some of its best work... but you'd never know listening to "classic rock" radio.

If these stations don't want to play selections from an artist's entire canon of work, and only stuff from a couple of decades ago, doesn't that really make them an "Oldies" station? A true "classic rock" station would play songs from "classic rock" artists regardless of when the song was produced.

What are some of the bands you feel fall into this category? Who do you think is still making great music, but the "classic rock" stations ignore?

Besides Deep Purple, here are some of my gripes:
Blue Oyster Cult (Their last two - Heaven Forbid and Curse of the Broke Mirror - were outstanding. Still recording, still touring. But no radio except for "Don't Fear the Reaper," Godzilla," and "Burnin' For You.")

Alice Cooper (The guy doesn't quit. And he's made a lot of cool records over the past 15 years. Radio doesn't care.)

UFO (Last three albums have been great. Just released "The Visitor" and 1998's "Walk on Water" was one of their best! But no radio play.)

Uriah Heep (Their recently released "Wake the Sleeper," was a huge hit... in Europe. Won all kinds of accolades. But they can't tour the U.S. because there's no promotion, no radio support.)

ZZ Top (A true "classic rock" radio darling. As long is the song was made before 1985. But in the past 10 years, they've made "Rhythmeen," "XXX" and "Mescalero" and all of them excellent, with radio-friendly songs.)

Who else do you think "classic rock" radio programmers have turned their backs on?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2009 2:52:27 PM PST
i love classic rock but cannot stand classic rock radio. I just saw govt mule in concert in Oct. and they were great. They have just realeased By a thread and it really rocks. however the chances of hearing it on a classic rock radio station are slim and none.

Posted on Nov 21, 2009 3:08:05 PM PST
Robert Dumas says:
Gov't Mule is a good example... which makes me think of the Allman Brothers. Their last album, from two years ago, "Hittin' the Note," was universially praised yet it never got on the radio.

Posted on Nov 21, 2009 3:16:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2009 5:34:04 PM PST
Working Man says:
Rush. They've had some good albums of the past decade or so, "Snakes and Arrows", "Test for Echo" and "Vapor Trails".

Robin Trower - "Seven Moons" with Jack Bruce was a real good album.

Robert Plant - "Mighty Rearranger" was a good album.

Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, the Firm) - both "Now" and "Electric" have some real good songs.

Posted on Nov 21, 2009 4:38:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2009 4:40:11 PM PST
sf says:

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2009 1:13:41 AM PST
J.Espresso says:
This is THE question, the great cosmic mystery of classic rock radio.

I've heard this complaint many times from listeners of classic rock radio -- that and even with older selections, not digging into the vault a bit and playing some of the lesser known tracks.

It makes you wonder who they're tailoring to the playlists to. If their demographic are those beyond a certain age who enjoy classic rock, do they even know their audience?

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 12:02:14 PM PST
Working Man says:
The problem with Classic Rock radio is they program their music for the casual rock fan. The casual fan is happy with their "Sweet Home Alabama" instead of "Gimme Back My Bullits", "Smoke on the Wayer" instead of "Child in Time", "Stairway to Heaven" instead of "How Many More Times". We have a station here in Atlanta and at least they are honest, they say they are a "Classic Hits" station which at least they admit to not digging into deeper cuts or more recent releases from "Classic Rock' artists.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2009 12:39:04 PM PST
Everybody knows 'Classic Rock' radio is never going to play anything more than a couple of standards from each artist. Satellite radio is the only way to go if you want some variety.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 7:30:54 PM PST
Working Man says:
I few years back there was a station, also here in Atlanta that played deeper cuts and it was pretty good, but it wasn't very successful and changed formats after a couple of years. It now plays a little bit of everything rock. It can go from the Stones to U2 to something current. It's not too bad, and a pretty good alternative once in a while if you hit is right.

I listen to mostly my CDs or I use iTunes to suffle playlists or iTunes "Genius" as my radio stations. I occasionally, listen to too. I cannot yet justify paying for Satellite radio for myself, though my son does have it.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 4:22:09 AM PST
Arthur B. says:
Blue Oyster Cult hasn't put out an album in a while, but they're still great to see live.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 4:37:07 AM PST
K. Carter says:

I would have to disagree with you (at least somewhat) regarding satellite radio. I had Sirius for a while (this was a couple of years ago) and while they did play more variety than your typical "classic rock" station, I found that after a while they would rotate those "deeper" songs the same way that mainstream radio does. I listened to "The Vault" quite a bit, for example, and they always played the same 3 or 4 Zappa songs over and over. Great songs, but there's a hell of a lot more to choose from, ya know? Have things improved since the XM merger?

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 5:33:18 AM PST
a "classic" band? still rockin'? studio AND stage? CHEAP TRICK are untouchable. "the latest" is the best thing that they've done since "dream police". hyperbole free. it's just the truth. and live? again, untouchable.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 12:08:57 PM PST
J.Espresso says:
Re: Satellite Radio, I've found that like your regular broadcast stations, they too have playlists and a repertoire, but that playlist is considerably larger than what you'll find on a typical FM station.

I contracted for Sirius back in 2002 and locked in my rate at that time. I pay $12 a month. It's worth it for no commercials (on the music channels at least -- there ARE commercials on their news, commentary, sports and other entertainment programs), and for the expanded playlists.

The only station I ever listen to on broadcast radio at this point is our NPR affiliate. I never even bother to change the FM station anymore -- just to toggle between NPR, Sirius, and my CD's.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 12:14:16 PM PST
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Rock Fan says:
"ALIVE" is an amazing song by Cheap Trick off of "The Latest"
Sounds Great!
And Alice in Chains new disc is great too (is it a classic rock group?)
"Check my Brain" by Alice in Chains is great!
R.I.P. Layne

(Shouldn't the "Free Market" create BETTER radio stations, not WORSE ones?? Deregulation let a few big players [that love money MUCH MORE than music] buy up the stations. A disgraceful situation! I'm sure somebody is going to blame the listeners, i.e. "the free market provides what the consumers want"...blah blah blah)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 12:19:06 PM PST
Durkes says:
Excellent posting - thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 1:00:43 PM PST
Woodshed says:
The Who
Z Z Top

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 1:31:32 PM PST
As far as I know ~ The Black Crowes are the LAST of the Classic Rock bands.

Though their first album did not come out until 1990 ~ they sound like what would happen if you mixed The Faces, The Band and Humble Pie with the Stones.

They tour relentlessly and to me their new double album ~ though not as good as Exile or Graffiti ~ is right up there with the White Album, Wheels Of Fire, Use Your Illusion and those by The Who. And even then ~ the Crowes do not get much airplay.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 1:42:07 PM PST
Actually this is a bad time for me ~ music wise.
I have been very lucky that 3 of my favorite bands when I was a teenager [Stones/Aerosmith/Yes] are still playing.
But Yes is touring without their singer ~ and are not even on speaking terms.
Aerosmith is going to tour without their singer.
And my latest favorite ~ Oasis [1994] ~ have broken up.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 1:43:26 PM PST
dtm says:
Yes.......its true, the Crowes are it man- and the new album is awsome.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 1:50:17 PM PST
Thanks DTM : )
I see some ball less person did not agree with my statement.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 2:06:46 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 23, 2009 3:58:13 PM PST
Hoagie Mike says:
favorites (some are more Metal types):
Alice Cooper
Cheap Trick
Heaven & Hell
Judas Priest
Van Halen

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 12:22:59 PM PST
vivazappa says:

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2009 2:44:01 PM PST
tokolosi says:
hey viva-- have you seen Zappa Plays Zappa?

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 11:50:10 PM PST
Yes - The Ladder was a strong album. As long as Steve Howe and Chris Squire are apart of the band, it will be a good show.
The Who - The last album was strong and Zak Starkey is a great drummer.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - can't miss show still
Asia Mach 1 - I saw them open for Yes and it was an electric hour. Amazing in fact (Palmer and Howe really on their A-game)
Rush - making some of their best music this decade (Vapor Trails and Snake and Arrows, terrific)
Procol Harum with Matthew Fisher (The DVD from Union Chappel was in high rotation when it came out)
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