Well it’s been a long time since I last wrote anything. Going by the last post on here, it’s been about 3 1/2 years..
I still always listened to the music I loved, and tried to find new bands to enjoy, but I simply no longer had time to write about it. I had a 3 year old that kept me very busy (and still keeps me busy to this day!), I had a demanding job and was going through tertiary training to become trade qualified as a boiler maker, and at the time of my last writing I was about 3 months away from being married. It was a very busy time in life for me, and something had to give.
A lot has changed in those last few years. I have completed my schooling, my son is growing up, the wedding is long since finished, and I’m now at a place where I can make some time to write about the music that I love.
That being said, A lot has changed in music since I last made a post. We have lost some true icons of the music world in Lemmy, Bowie, Prince, Chris Cornel and so many more. I’ve seen countless local Australian bands break up for various reasons, and hell froze over with Guns and Roses reforming (or partially at least).
So anyway, just the other day I was sitting at my bar listening to some music and working my way through several beers, while I read an article about how rock is dead. Immediately I started re-opening this blog, because rock is not dead. Rock is on the rise once again and over the next 12 to 18 months, it really is going to be at the forefront where it rightfully belongs.
The Guns and Roses reunion tour has been one of the highest grossing and longest running tours in recent memory, and with the threat of a new album on the horizon, they could very well take the throne as the biggest band in the world again.
Looking ahead through a 2019 album release calendar shows that we will get new albums from Whitesnske, Buckcherry, Overkill, Queensryche, Tesla, Backyard Babies, Devin Townsend and so many more, plus we are supposedly only months away from the long awaited new album from Tool!
Along with all of the great music being released through the year, there are also some massive international bands touring Australia in 2019. Fleetwood MAC, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kiss and the huge Download Festival just to name a few.
All of that, plus the rise of some great new young rock bands coming through the ranks. The likes of The Struts, Greta Van Fleet, The Lazys and Ghost are all killing it currently, and I’m seeing a new generation of rock fans come on board all the time. Of course there is also an abundance of fantastic unsigned and undiscovered talent playing in clubs and pubs all over the country, all hungry for their opportunity.
The current biopic trend is also helping to put new eyes on classic artists such as Queen and Elton John as well. If a younger generation discovers Queen because of the Bohemian Rhapsody film, it may just be the gateway in to rock music for them, and that can only be a good thing. There is the black metal film “The Lords of Chaos” coming out as well, and while black metal isn’t for everyone, if the movie brings in new fans for the genre, I think that’s great.
I really feel like there are great times ahead for rock and metal, and I’m really excited to get stuck into it all, and write about it.