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I started listening to classic rock about 1977, Q 104 out of Albany, NY was awesome.....
From the time I started listening until around 1985 they were always introducing new bands and new albums
around 85 that all stopped and the just played the old stuff.
So my question is what if the Classic rock stations never stopped playing the new stuff, what would we hear in between the Who and Led Zepplin ?
It's all dependent on the radio station. Who knows what the future of "classic rock" stations will be? The classic rock stations in my town rock new tracks up to about mid/late 90s i.e. hair metal, Guns N Roses, U2, etc.
Bang Camaro - Pleasure Pleasure (late 80s/early 90s feel)
Contemporary works may be hailed as an instant classic but the criteria for classic status tends to include the test of time. Something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality. This would vary depending on personal opinion
Its funny, Im in the design/construction industry and when I go to job sites I hear workers listening to the same stuff that classic rockers listened to 20 years ago, but theres stuff out there that alot of these guys would like if they stopped listening to the damn classic rock station for 10 minutes....
to me alot of Oasis music could be played on US rock stations, but all we hear is Wonderwall and Champagne Supernova.....
this is Oasis, live playing Cigarettes & Alcohol which is reminescent of TRex and the Rolling Stones....
For sure there has been a shift in regards to what is now called classic rock. It's been several years, I'll say maybe eight to ten years, where a good portion of late 50's/early 60's rock songs have been removed from radio playlists. You would still hear quite a bit of Elvis, some Rick Nelson, Buddy Holly, Drifters, and other groups and solo artists that are basically from the pre-Beatles era. Then maybe three years ago that group got eliminated that much further.
At the same time late 60's groups like the Buckinghams, Gary Lewis/Playboys, Turtles, etc. slowly and methodically have been replaced a few years ago by songs like "Stairway To Heaven" (which actually was never released as a single) and many other classic rock songs. Some artists are straddling the fence on both eras (Clapton, CCR, Zeppelin, Stones, Santana, etc.), and others have gone right into the oldies stations. They have been replaced by a good share of the groups already represented on this thread (good selections BTW). A good share of these bands have been around for 10 plus years so the switch for them to go into the classic rock category sounds about right. I might not agree with some of the genres being shifted, but I understand what the stations are up to.
I believe most bands today would be offended by the label classic rock. Classic rock is a marketing gimmick created as a safe format for unadventurous types, and to appeal to advertisers.
ding ding ding, we have a winner! As far as the "new" classic rock? Radio is almost dead as a cultural force and doubt many people under 30-35 are even tuned in at all.
Not sure on what planet Velvet Revolver would be considered classic, to me they are probably the worst band of the 21st century and yet another failure in a long line of failed supergroups. There was opportunity there but it was quickly squandered.
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