Some say rock is dead...

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William MG

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Gene Simmons is famous for saying rock is dead. I know he is referring to the old model with big labels, bands making money from album sales vs touring, but he is not the only one to have expressed this opinion.

But luckily there are bands like Chevelle who keep plodding along. The new release, if you haven't heard it, is a classic formula:

A driven beat with over driven guitars. Wonderful.

Rock lives on!

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

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Gene Simmons is famous for saying rock is dead. I know he is referring to the old model with big labels, bands making money from album sales vs touring, but he is not the only one to have expressed this opinion.

But luckily there are bands like Chevelle who keep plodding along. The new release, if you haven't heard it, is a classic formula:

A driven beat with over driven guitars. Wonderful.

Rock lives on!

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

matonanjin2

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I will definitely check them out. This old rock guy is hopeful rock isn't dead. (But I remain not very optimistic)

Thank you for the recommendation @William MG !

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I will definitely check them out. This old rock guy is hopeful rock isn't dead. (But I remain not very optimistic)

Thank you for the recommendation @William MG !

Guitars: 2014 PRS Santana, 2013 PRS Paul's, 2009 PRS Hollowbody, 1972 Gibson ES-325, 2012 Fender Strat American Standard, 2012 Yamaha Pacifica, Martin M-36, Martin 000-15M, Seagull S6 Classic
Amps: Fender Blues Junior III, Boss Eband JS-10, Line 6 POD 500X, Quilter Microblock 45

dlwalke

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Kind of begs the question (that I've asked myself many times) "what is rock?" Is it defined technically (e.g., a certain bpm range, strong backbeat, 3-5 minutes), is it high energy dance music, is it rebellion against your parents music, is it a genre through which sex is inexorbably if not explicity wound? All of those things taken together? Or is it like life or, as Justice Stewart famously wrote of pornography - "can't define it but I know it when I see [hear] it."

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Kind of begs the question (that I've asked myself many times) "what is rock?" Is it defined technically (e.g., a certain bpm range, strong backbeat, 3-5 minutes), is it high energy dance music, is it rebellion against your parents music, is it a genre through which sex is inexorbably if not explicity wound? All of those things taken together? Or is it like life or, as Justice Stewart famously wrote of pornography - "can't define it but I know it when I see [hear] it."

William MG

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Good question Dave. And rock has had many iterations. For me, a kid growing up in the 70s, I guess I have a personal definition. But like you, I have wondered: what exactly is "rock"?

So here, as best as I can describe is my personal definition:

Its a vibe, that to me, was embodied when John Lennon yelled out "1234..."

A driven hard hitting sound, simple yet effective.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

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Good question Dave. And rock has had many iterations. For me, a kid growing up in the 70s, I guess I have a personal definition. But like you, I have wondered: what exactly is "rock"?

So here, as best as I can describe is my personal definition:

Its a vibe, that to me, was embodied when John Lennon yelled out "1234..."

A driven hard hitting sound, simple yet effective.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

William MG

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Originally Posted by: matonanjin2

I will definitely check them out. This old rock guy is hopeful rock isn't dead. (But I remain not very optimistic)

Thank you for the recommendation @William MG !

Cheers matonanjin 2

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

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Originally Posted by: matonanjin2

I will definitely check them out. This old rock guy is hopeful rock isn't dead. (But I remain not very optimistic)

Thank you for the recommendation @William MG !

Cheers matonanjin 2

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

john of MT

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Yeah... about once a decade Rock is declared dead. And on it goes.

"It takes a lot of devotion and work, or maybe I should say play, because if you love it, that's what it amounts to. I haven't found any shortcuts, and I've been looking for a long time."
-- Chet Atkins

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Yeah... about once a decade Rock is declared dead. And on it goes.

"It takes a lot of devotion and work, or maybe I should say play, because if you love it, that's what it amounts to. I haven't found any shortcuts, and I've been looking for a long time."
-- Chet Atkins

dlwalke

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Originally Posted by: William

Its a vibe, that to me, was embodied when John Lennon yelled out "1234..."

I like it!

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Originally Posted by: William

Its a vibe, that to me, was embodied when John Lennon yelled out "1234..."

I like it!

William MG

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Originally Posted by: john

Yeah... about once a decade Rock is declared dead. And on it goes.

I think you are right John, as long as a kid can get a guitar we are probably going to be ok.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

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Originally Posted by: john

Yeah... about once a decade Rock is declared dead. And on it goes.

I think you are right John, as long as a kid can get a guitar we are probably going to be ok.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!