The Rock and Roll Comeback


AC/DC ~ Black Ice (2008)

AC/DC ~ Black Ice (2008)

For someone who’s grown up loving music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, the 90s were a huge letdown. Nirvana basically changed the popular music scene overnight. Short but shaggy hair, goatees, poor guitar playing, and monotone lead singers were suddenly all the rage. Guitar solos bit the dust and mainstream instrumental virtuosity in general bit the dust. It goes without saying that I was not and still am not a big fan of the alternative/grunge era.

Enter the late 90s to early 2000s…Classic rock and hair bands started touring again, raking in big money even though the mainstream music scene barely took notice. Regardless, acts like Journey (my personal favorite), Boston, Poison, etc., made pretty good money on the road.

Then in 2007 things started changing just a bit…The new album “Snakes & Arrows” by Rush, another one of my favorite bands, peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Then, in November, The Eagles’ first studio album in nearly thirty years debuted at #1 on the charts. This year, Journey’s newest studio release, “Revelation”, debuted in the top five, was certified Gold and is likely to be certified Platinum before long.

Biggest of all, though, is the newest and probably final studio album from AC/DC, “Black Ice”. It has just debuted in the #1 slot and is estimated to have sold over 700,000 copies in its first week. Now I’m no AC/DC fanatic, but I have to admit to being a little happy that a classic, straight-ahead hard rock act is tearing up the charts. Good for them!

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