Top 5 Rock Bands of All Time

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Rock music may no longer be the center of the world of music but one thing is for certain, it did have a major run during its era of popularity. Many bands have come up over time, some just singing noise that would not interest your ears. Some, however, have done rock music justice. Some of the top rock bands of all time are:

The Beatles

Being regarded as the most charismatic act in the era of rock, the Beatles are definitely the greatest band in the history of rock. This rock band of four was formed in 1960. The members are John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. The band began with the 1950s rock and roll, skiffle and beat, advancing to Indian music, hard rock and pop. The band became popular in the UK after their hit “Love me do” in 1962 and over time became nicknamed ‘the Fab Four’. Other albums released by the Beatles include Rubber Soul in 1965, Revolver in 1966, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, The Beatles in 1968 and Abbey Road in 1969. The band split in 1970, after which each member enjoyed a successful music career. John Lennon was shot and killed in 1980 while George Harrison died in 2001. Starr and McCartney still remain active in the music industry.

U2

THIS Irish band came to existence in 1976. The members include the Edge (lead guitar, vocalist and keyboards), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), Bono (rhythm guitar and vocalist) and Larry Mullen (percussion and drums). Throughout their existence, the group has had their sound built on instrumentals with their original sound being post-punk. Their lyrics, which are elaborated with lots of spiritual themes, usually focus on social-political issues and personal themes. Their debut album, Boy, was released four years after the band came to be. Until 1987, the band was more popular for their tours than their albums. U2 have released thirteen albums some of which include: The Joshua Tree in 1987, Achtung Baby in 1991, All that you can’t leave behind in 2000 and how to dismantle an atomic bomb in 2004.

The Velvet Underground

This American band was active from the year 1964 to 1973. The members included Tucker, Reed, Morrison and Yule. Although the group did not gain much success during their career, they later came to be identified as the most influential during its era. Their debut album, released in 1967 was The Velvet Underground & Nico. The band was position 19 in the list of ‘100 greatest artists of all time’ in 2004.

The Rolling Stones

This English rock band came to be in 1962. The initial members included Ian Stewart (pianist), Brian Jones (guitarist and harmonica), Keith Richards (guitarist), Mike Jagger (Harmonica and Lead vocalist), Charlie Watts (Drums) and Bill Wyman for bass. Stewart was removed from the group in 1963 but remained an occasional pianist till his death. Brian Jones left in 1969 and Mick Taylor replaced him. In 1993, Wyman left the group and Darryl Jones took over as the bassist. The band was initially identified for their long hair and their rebellious 1960s counterculture. They played a key role in making blues a part of rock and roll.

 

The Grateful Dead

This American band came to be in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1965. Member of the group includes: Bob Weir & Jerry Garcia (both guitarists and vocalists), Phil Lesh (bass and vocalist), Ron McKiernan (keyboards, vocalist and harmonica) and Bill Kreutzmann (drums). The bands style was known for its uniqueness, ranging from quintet to septet with fusion of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, space rock, reggae, devoted fan base and live performances of long instrumentals. The band came position 57 in the greatest Artists of All Time issued by Rolling Stone magazine. In 1994, the band became induced to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have sold over 35 million albums worldwide.

Lemmy Kilmister – what we can learn from his life and death

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The late Lemmy Kilmister was the legendary bass player and lead vocalist with the British bands Hawkwind and then Motorhead. Lemmy was also legendary for leading a hedonistic lifestyle, which would have killed many more people at a younger age than the 70 years he managed to live. He was a man that did not do things by half, and would never have wanted to change his lifestyle to improve his health.

 

Lemmy died just two days after his 70th birthday and had known he had an aggressive form of cancer. We can learn from his life and death that cancer is more likely to happen to people that drink and smoke heavily. Abusing our bodies in such ways greatly increases the risks of developing cancer. However people develop cancer at different ages even though they all run similar risks by drinking and smoking. Drinking, drugs, and smoking, not to mention womanizing were all part of the rock and roll lifestyle when Ian Kilmister started out in the music business during the 1960’s . He soon got renamed Lemmy and began to indulge in rock and roll excesses.

 

Being a member of Hawkwind was not something that be good if Lemmy had ever seriously considered not becoming involvrd in taking drugs as well as drinking excessive volumes of alcohol. Hawkwind were a band that played progressive rock music and were influenced by the hippy culture. Hawkwind were a group that were heavily into taking drugs, and Lemmy lost his job with them after been caught with drugs by Canadian customs officials. He was not convicted due to a technicality and now without band decided to form Motorhead.

 

We can learn from Lemmy that some bands took more drugs and drank more alcohol than other groups. Motorhead worked hard, played hard, and enjoyed themselves all the way through their career. The band and Lemmy as their front man were content to lead their lives at full throttle and enjoy themselves, so in that respect they acted like many musical acts that were around in the 1970’s. Lemmy would include lyrics in their songs that hinted at the kind of lives that were leading, with tracks such as Speed Freak and Lemmy Goes To The Pub. Perhaps the song that summed it up best was Ace Of Spades, the gist of, which is that life is a gamble, that risks have to be taken, and that nobody wanted to life forever.

 

From looking at the life and death of Lemmy we can learn that people should attempt to live theirs in any way, which makes sure that they have no regrets by the time that they died. Lemmy went through life doing what he loved to do, he got to go around the world a few times over, and made enough money to keep on doing it all for almost fifty years. Leading a life with no regrets is perhaps something that everybody should aspire to, even if they cannot achieve it. Lemmy had no regrets, and very few people could think the same before their deaths.