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Music Bleg For Classic Rock Fans

OK, I am tired of getting grief from family and friends for only listening to classic rock.  My collection includes some Metallica and SoundGarden and Pearl Jam, but thats about as new as it gets.  So, here is my request.  Knowing I like classic rock, what albums or artists from the last 10 years should I be exploring?  And please, don't tell me Avril Lavigne because you like her -- Tell me what I will like.

Update:  Holy Sh*t!  If you want lots of comments fast, put up a music bleg!  I'll put up a summary post for all of the results this weekend.

Posted on October 18, 2007 at 09:57 AM | Permalink


A classic that doesn't get much airplay are a few songs from the 1975 double live album "Strangers in the Dark" by UFO. "Doctor Doctor", "Lights Out" & "Rock Bottom" are a lot of fun to listen to. If you like to listen before you buy, I recomend using YouTube. Just input song & band & someone will have it up with video, stills or even a bootleg live version.
Of course, Boston's 1st two albums are truly Classic.

Posted by: Mike | Oct 18, 2007 10:20:00 AM

So, in anticipating what a classic rock fan might like that he has missed the last ten years... hmmm...

Try Creed. There stuff has a classic feel to it.

Posted by: Dale | Oct 18, 2007 10:21:32 AM

Alter Bridge:

One Day Remains CD

BlackBird CD

Posted by: rich | Oct 18, 2007 10:26:47 AM

What you need to do is sign up for itunes and open the channel to "radio paradise" when a song comes on that you like, hit the "Buy" button.

Or Just listen at:


and write down the names of anything that sounds good. Then buy it.

Although my favorite bands are "The Bodeans, and Cowboy Mouth" we are roughly the same age and I used to be a big classic rock fan until I realized that it never, ever, ever, ever changes. Bleh!

Posted by: Tim | Oct 18, 2007 10:41:50 AM

Rush. Classic (if rather progressive) rock that keeps evolving over time.


Posted by: Jeffrey Ellis | Oct 18, 2007 10:47:26 AM

I was a big classic rock fan - so I'll just share some of the stuff that I have been listening to. You can listen to previews of almost all of this on Amazon and sometimes you can even listen to whole albums on Napster or some other sites.
My favorite trick to find new music is to setup a station on Pandora.com - enter in a couple bands or songs that you like and it will dynamically build a playlist based on your preferences.
Either way - try these. You might like them, but music selection is hard, because different people may like the same music for very different reasons.
I'd love to hear whether or not you discover anything new that you enjoy.
Queens of the Stone Age
Corrosion of Conformity
Local H
Perfect Circle
White Stripes

Posted by: Chris | Oct 18, 2007 10:49:59 AM

White Stripes - definitely
Clutch -possibly, they are in line with metallica, PJ and Sounggarden.
Velvet Revolver -who are guns n roses with scott wyland from STP on vocals. they are in line with the others as well.

There is another site to listen at: SLACKER.COM :its really good, easy to use. Lots of genera options.

Good Luck

Posted by: GeologyJoe | Oct 18, 2007 10:55:23 AM

Here's two:
Jet - Get Born
All the best parts of AC/DC with some Beatlesy melody.

Radiohead - OK Computer
Outside your ten year parameter but a great rock album anyway.

Posted by: Simon Allaway | Oct 18, 2007 11:03:12 AM

Chris already beat me to most of my suggestions. You might like Muse, too, though they're not classic rock-ish per se.

Posted by: Erin | Oct 18, 2007 11:04:49 AM

Band = Tesla -> Album = Five man acoustical jam

Posted by: loren nason | Oct 18, 2007 11:19:05 AM

If you like Soundgarden, try Audioslave (first album only) or Chris Cornell's solo albums.

Of course, the real solution to this is to tell your family and "friends" to mind their own business. There's only so much music you can listen to in a day. Why waste time on stuff you probably won't like when Back in Black is sitting right there?

Posted by: Darin | Oct 18, 2007 11:26:02 AM

I was going to suggest what Tim did - Radio Paradise is da bomb. Listen and buy what you like.

Posted by: Brian | Oct 18, 2007 11:41:18 AM

Try Akron/Family. They are a fun, if occasionally strange, rock band. Their MySpace page if you are into that sort of thing.

Posted by: Reformed Republican | Oct 18, 2007 11:47:03 AM

You sound a lot like me in musical tastes. In fact if you have Metallica, you have surpassed me in hipness.

I'm not sure if I can help you if you are only concerned with newer rock acts. But I have had a great time recently listening to both new and old blues. BB King, Koko Taylor. Son Seals, Charlie Musslewhite, etc.

Posted by: Jim Hall | Oct 18, 2007 12:03:01 PM

Man, it's good to see some of my faves listed above...

Try out:

Dream Theater (Progressive Rock, unreal mucisianship, probably the best band on the planet)

Clutch (Newer releases are more funk rock)

Corrosion of Conformity (While known for being Heavy/Punk, their newer stuff is very bluesy, you might find you like it)

Queens of the Stone Age (I love this band, they are a little tough to define, lots of different influence, you can certainly hear the jazz and the funk)

Down (More southern heavy stuff, Down is a side project of members of Pantera, COC, and Eye Hate God. It's suprisingly good, very bluesy stoner rock)

Posted by: Paul | Oct 18, 2007 12:30:10 PM


Posted by: adsf | Oct 18, 2007 12:32:10 PM

How about Warren Zevon, everyone knows Werewolves of London, but he has alot more music he made and he influenced people from REM to Springsteen and many others...

Posted by: Thomas | Oct 18, 2007 12:59:53 PM

I'll put in another nomination for Clutch (www.pro-rock.com).

The Burden Brothers (ex-Toadies) are also worth a listen.

Posted by: CTD | Oct 18, 2007 1:06:17 PM

Second the recommendations for Clutch and the utility of Pandora's music site. Easily 90% of the new music I find myself liking comes through Pandora. (The other ten is XM Radio.)

What do you like about classic rock? If it's the guitar work, you might want to look to what's coming out of the blues scene right now- some of the best guitar playing I've been hearing has been from blues folks. I particularly recommend Susan Tedeschi (great voice, too), Jonny Lang, and Coco Montoya (for him, "Fear No Evil" is an awesome track).

If you don't have any Collective Soul in your collection, you should definitely check them out. Most of their stuff isn't much more recent than Pearl Jam, but they do really solid guitar/singing rocky stuff. Don't let the popularity of "World That I Know" fool you- it's very atypical for their songs.

Headstones is another really solid band, but I don't seem to be able to find their stuff easily. There are two bands with that name- the one I have in mind did "Reframed", "Cubically Contained", "Smile and Wave", and "Tiny Teddy".

Posted by: LabRat | Oct 18, 2007 1:49:59 PM

Kings of Leon
White stripes

Posted by: DJB | Oct 18, 2007 3:48:09 PM

The Black Keys. Start with the "Rubber Factory" album.

Posted by: BKM | Oct 18, 2007 3:56:09 PM

The new Rush album ain’t bad. (Snakes & Arrows) That’s the most recent album I’ve bought.

Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, maybe Stone Temple Pilots? Police are always good.

I’m in the same boat, new music is dead.

Lotsa great jazz out there…..

Posted by: Mesa Econoguy | Oct 18, 2007 4:37:34 PM

A lot of your readers seem to like similar music. That’s interesting – same part of brain at work/rest?

Posted by: Mesa Econoguy | Oct 18, 2007 4:41:01 PM

There is a plug in for iTunes called iLike. It scans it's database and recommend songs you might like based on what you're listening to. It even includes a selection of free songs from lesser known and up-and coming bands.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin | Oct 18, 2007 5:33:15 PM

If you like garage rock at all, you should try out the Detroit Cobras. They are just about the only new music I listen to. The lead singer (female) has this great husky voice and the songs are edgy but very musical.

Posted by: nicole | Oct 18, 2007 6:04:38 PM

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