Five Fave: 2020 Rock Albums From Familiar Favorites

2020 has been an atypical year for the music industry. The usual album and tour cycles have been turned on their heads. Some bands chose to hold their albums for when touring starts up again. Some bands found creative ways to release their albums, many with livestreams to go with it. Other bands took the opportunity to record and release unexpected music, and much more of that will be coming in 2021.

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Top New Trends For Rock Music In The 2020’s

Fire From The Gods ©2020 Johnnie Crow Photos

Towards the end of every decade, a couple of artists emerge with something different, that leads to new trends for the following decade. In 1969, Led Zeppelin took the final step towards what became heavy metal, which Black Sabbath unleashed upon the 1970’s. In the late 1970’s, Van Halen took the world by storm, leading to a guitar explosion in the 1980’s, with one path towards glam …

Bon Jovi Responds To The Times With ‘2020’ Album

Bon Jovi had big plans for 2020. They had a new album ready to be released on May 15, 2020. They had a big summer arena tour scheduled for June and July. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck and caused a global lockdown, those plans were put on hold. The tour was cancelled. Then the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum and started to gain worldwide support for social justice and equality. With no tour dates …

Sweden’s H.E.A.T Brings Back Glam with “H.E.A.T II” Album

H.E.A.T ©2020 Johnnie Crow Photos

I recently discovered the Swedish rock band H.E.A.T on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise, which primarily features the biggest glam metal acts of the 1980’s. This newer band has that retro sound and attitude and was a perfect fit. Their latest album “H.E.A.T II” is an incredible achievement, reminiscent of Dokken, Asia, Survivor and pre-Slippery Bon Jovi. If Sylvester Stallone had made Rocky V in 1989, this album could have …

Bon Jovi’s David Bryan Premieres Diana: A New Musical

On February 19, 2019, The La Jolla Playhouse presented the world premiere of a new musical based on the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. The play delivers the dramatic story of a little girl whose fairy tale came true, for a while, until the pressures of the monarchy and a bizarre love triangle forced her to transform herself into something more. The show is exciting, revealing and touching as it uncovers the emotional undercurrents …

Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Cars, Headed To Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Bon Jovi [Photo Courtesy of David Bergman]

(TRR) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced the inductees for the Class of 2018. Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Cars, The Moody Blues, and Nina Simone are all headed to the Rock Hall. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be given an Early Influence award. Left off the list are heavy metal icons Judas Priest, and first-time rock nominees Rage Against The Machine 

Rage Against The Machine, Judas Priest, Bon Jovi Lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominations

Judas Priest [© Matt Bishop Photo for The Rock Revival]

(TRR) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced nominees for the Class of 2018. The list of nineteen nominees includes Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Judas Priest, Rage Against The Machine, MC5, J. Geils Band, Radiohead, The Cars, vintage rock ‘n’ roll outfit The Zombies and others. Nine of this year’s nominees are up for their first nominations including Rage Against The Machine …