When we think of the genre ‘classic rock’ we tend to be brought back to bands that our dads listened to. Led Zeppelin, Neil Young’s Crazy Horse and Guns N Roses are all mainstays of this genre led, arguably, by The Rolling Stones.
These bands, however, are all gone or on the way out. This raises the question of who will carry the banner of ‘classic rock’ for the next generation, which of today’s bands can or will take the title of ‘classic rock’?
The obvious choice. The Foo Fighters are without a doubt the most successful rock band of our time. With seven killer records and a whopping twenty nine singles; by sales alone it’s hard to defy the juggernaut that is the Fooies. Their sound is definitive and their story fits the bill of a classic rock album. The band have transformed over time, with Dave Grohl fronting the behemoth rock band for the last eighteen years. It’s hard to say that any band who has been around that long, won’t be one to be remembered. This god of the guitar bands is one that many fathers will show their sons at a young age. ‘Everlong’ from their sophomore release The Colour and the Shape is a landmark moment in rock history and certainly defines this era defining band.
Kings of Leon
Now a band of brothers..and a cousin..who play southern infused rock that makes men and women alike jump up and down like mad things. Not only that, the Kings of Leon have released five stellar albums tinged with radio accessibility yet they still pushed the boundaries. They have had successful tours worldwide, rated as one of the best live bands of all time. And to top it all off, they hate each other! what more do you need in a classic rock band? This track was voted by their fans as their best in an NME poll, it’s pretty flippin great.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Half of what makes a classic rock band is the story behind them. And if any band has a story, it’s the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Drugs, sex, death you name it, they’ve experienced the most bizarre and messed up version of it. The best part is that this band keeps coming back stronger and stronger and refuses to die. A lot of people say that the band died when John Frusciante left at the end of Stadium Arcadium. That’s ridiculous, if you ask me. The soul and heart of band have been, and always will be, Anthony Kiedis and Fle,a who give the band the character that we know them for. It’s their weirdness that puts this band head and shoulders above other contenders for the title of classic rock band.
This concert at Slane Castle is legendary, and so is the song.
Strictly speaking, these guys are done and dusted, and could already be classic rock. But when I speak of Oasis, I’m going to be liberal and include the projects that spawned after these guys finished up-Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Beady Eye.
Two brothers who hate each other’s guts yet when the pair work together they create some of the best music to come out of the 90s and indeed the early 00s. Oasis are icons of britpop who will turn into the icons we share with our kids in years to come. Era defining tracks like “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back In Anger” don’t get written every day, no doubt if Noel and Liam keep writing music with their new bands, the story and sound of Oasis will fill classic rock stations across the world.
Here’s Oasis at their finest.