Seeing as we are in 2012, I thought I would review the top 20 rock albums of 2011. It has been a fantastic year for rock with a whole host of new rock bands, comebacks and reunions and classic rock legends.
Kicking off the top 2o, are 80’s prog rockers Dream Theatre with their 11th album, A Dramatic Turn of Events.
20. A Dramatic Turn of Events by Dream Theatre
After losing drummer Mike Portney, the search was on for a new stickman, and they found Mike Mangini. Things couldn’t be better in the Dream Theatre camp, the latest album is a corker, and one of the most anticipated albums of the year.
Album highlights have to be On the Backs of Angels and Lost Not Forgotten.
We are finally here at the number 1 spot, after a long, hard slog, a lot of planning, changing minds and many debates I can finally announce the top rock vocalist of all time. The cream of the crop, the level by which all other rock vocalists should aspire to. The one, the only, the greatest, the voice of rock and roll…….
After watching countless live dvd’s and clips on YouTube , and then finally seeing the master live in Birmingham, I have come to the conclusion that Gillan is an absolute legend. I always knew that but seeing him live just re-iterated this fact…..the guy didn’t miss one note! And he is in his 60’s! He hasn’t quite got the mobility and stage presence he once had but who cares? He blew me away…..from the opening track Highway Star through classics such as Black Knight, Woman from Tokyo and of course Smoke on the Water it was 2 hours of pure rock and roll heaven.
Now I class Queen as a rock band, I don’t care what anyone else thinks. They are. Fact. Freddie Mercury was an ideal lead singer. He had charisma, personality; he could play, sing and captivate his audience. He was recently voted the ultimate lead singer. He doesn’t quite win this countdown but a top 5 spot is most certainly worthwhile.
Now, considering DC are my all time favourite band, many of you may have thought Scott would have been #1. I wouldn’t be that predictable now would I?
Now as much as Scott was pure entertainment on a stage, he certainly isn’t the greatest. However, Scott would captivate his audience with his sexual innuendo’s, tight jeans, hairy chest and a cheeky smile….hang on, he was a rock singer – so was this for the girls or boys? Who cares…
He wrote many a song on early DC albums Highway to Hell, TNT, Powerage, Let there be rock and Dirty Deeds, and when Scott sadly passed away in February 1980, many thought that was the end of AC/DC as was the legacy he left. However, he would have wanted the band to continue, and promptly appointed Brian Johnson from relatively unknown band Geordie. Before you could blink their best ever selling album Back in Black was released as a tribute the great man and soon became the second biggest selling album of all time.
Surprised? I hope not, because when I mention Rod Stewart I am talking about the early, no holds barred singer with the Faces (and a certain Jimmy Page) and his earlier stuff. His classic American songbook can go and do one, but the rock and roll songs of the late 60’s / early 70’s were great. Albums such as Smiler, Atlantic Crossing and Never a Dull Moment were his finest work to date along with Faces’ First Step.