Wednesday, May 5, 2010

10 Reasons To Get Excited About Music: #10-8

On a recent issue of Rolling Stone, the magazine responded to the common complaint “rock is dead” with their “40 Reasons To Get Excited About Music.” This list had some stuff I disagreed with like featuring The Black Eyed Peas as the #1 reason but it also had a lot of great stuff including introducing me to my new favorite band The Gaslight Anthem.

There were a couple things I thought they missed so I’ve created my own list. So here we go, The Purple Reaction's “10 Reasons To Get Excited About Music” (or “The Top 10 Arguments That Rock Isn’t Dead.”)

10. Music Gods Still Walk The Face Of The Earth
U2, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, and The Police. Many of the greatest musicians in popular music history are not only still touring but playing shows better than artists half their age. Paul McCartney’s recent sets have been almost two and half hours with little breaks and Bruce Springsteen in his last tour regularly played almost three hours.

Then there are the albums. Recent works from all of the above artists are some of the strongest work they have ever done and the only reason there is negativity around them is because previous work they previously recorded was so legendary. This combined with the live concerts shows us how much we still have to learn from these legends.

9. American Idol and Glee are teaching the youth of America (and some of us who need refreshers) the history of pop music.
American Idol regularly features themes for shows like when they did a show of Lennon/McCartney material. This episode not only featured famous Beatles' songs but also lesser known works like John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.”

Glee covers current pop songs introduces older audiences to current music and the covers of older songs have exposed youth to pop music of the past like the works of Madonna.

You may not like American Idol of Glee but you can’t deny how cool it is that new generations are being exposed to some of the greatest music in our culture.

8. Rock Is Broadway
Tommy may have been the first rock opera but Rock Of Ages was the first Broadway show about Rock music.

Along with Jersey Boys, Million Dollar Quartet and Elton John’s Billy Elliot!, Rock’s influence of Broadway is more significant and pervasive than ever before. As much as I love my Sondheim, I got to admit the Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway looks really awesome.

Rock music isn’t just being performed on a Broadway stage, it’s taking over. Jersey Boys, which told the story of Frankie Vallie and The Four Season has been a huge commercial success and Billy Elliot! is simply one of the greatest Broadway musicals ever.

Next: #7-5 The greatest magazine ever, Miley Cyrus and the glories of the internet.

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