Taking assessment of the music year 2016, one thing of
course sticks out. And its not a happy thing. The deaths of some of Rock and
Roll ‘s biggest icons have left an indelible mark on the year. There were also some bright spots as the
world grasped with these shocking deaths all awhile embracing the elder
statesmen of rock while they were still around. To rock Here are some of the top national music
The Death of Rock And Roll Icons– To lose ZiggyStardust and the Purple One in the same year alone would qualify it as worse
year ever, but throw in the deep losses of Glen Frey, Leonard Cohen and LeonRussell and its clear the house band in heaven will be able to charge a much higher cover price at the pearly gates.
The good news is that most of the dearly departed left us with sweet
parting sorrows as Cohen and David Bowie released two of their finest records in years and Prince toured right up until his very sudden demise.
Hope I Die Before I Get Old– It was jokingly refereed
to as Old-Chella but the Desert Trip starring the Mount Rushmore of rock androll, turned out to be the most successful music festival ever held. Hundredsof thousands flocked to the California desert to hear a Beatle, The RollingStones, a Nobel Prize winner and a real old guy named Young jam like there was no tomorrow. Throw in Roger Waters and The Who and you have a line up of all lineups that the fans all lined up to attend.
Rolling Stones in Cuba– This story got buried in the
massive political election season and then overshadowed by Barack Obama’s “warmup” visit to the country that has been ostracized by America for our entirelifetimes. Over 700,000 fans jammed into
the Cuidad Deportiva in Havana for the show that was free to get into and more powerfully a sign of freedoms hopefully to come. Though Major Lazer had performed a few weeks before the Stones did, it’s the aging rocker’s performance that will be remembered as ground breaking. Crowd estimates reached over 1.2 million people when those who couldn’t get in but gathered outside stadium to listen were counted.
The Return Of Adele– Maybe what made this newsworthy
was that it wasn’t that newsworthy. Adele returned to the concert stages of America’s sports arena and though it was a sell out everywhere, it just wasn’t an overwhelming experience for the
patrons. The 28 year old has some serious chops but proved to not necessarily be arena ready as her show tended to turn into a chat fest in-between powerful takes of her deep catalogue.
The Boss Writes his Memoirs– Well another rock star
has written another Autobiography. Not much news except for the fact that this time, it was Bruce Springsteen. He put
the kind of effort you expect from the man who has been putting on endurance shows for the masses for decades and shows no signs of lightening up. Springsteen is obviously a man with a strong
command of the English language as evidence by his speech at SXSW a few years ago-one I still consider one of the best diatribes I ever heard on new music-so this book is a welcome contribution from one of Rock’s enduring icons and
another chance for us to appreciate one of the great ones while he is still with
Zimmerman Takes Home The Nobel– The books have
already been written, the homages paid, the symbol of a generation saluted by all of America’s mainstream media but nothing quite prepared the rock and cultured world for the announcement out of Sweden that Bob Dylan was selected to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. The first singer-songwriter ever chosen and a bold statement form the secretive committee, Dylan’s selection means an awful lot to those of us who cherish rock and roll lyrics even if Dylan himself could care less.