Arena Rock, Day 2: A to Z

9.18 Arena Rock

As rock music’s popularity rose, rock bands began to need to perform in larger venues in to play concerts in order to meet the demand of fans who wanted to see an artist perform live in concert. All of a sudden, The Beatles were performing in athletic stadiums across the United States during their last tour in 1966. And, they were followed by The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Eagles, who were all selling out large arenas throughout the world in the Seventies. Suddenly, musicians had the ability to make larger amounts of money when they toured larger and larger venues.

9.19 The Beatles at Shea Stadium
The Beatles at Shea Stadium

The next big development that happened was the rock festival, which quickly rose and burned out in the States at the same time these multiple artist, multiple day outdoor gatherings were pulling in hundreds of thousands of young people. Yet, there was a major drawback to these huge venues, and that was the ability to reach the people who seemed to be miles away from the stage. Bands like the Grateful Dead were sonically innovated as their sound engineers were able to bring their fans top end sound, which left fans visually in wont.

9.19 Woodstock 1969
Woodstock Crowd
9.19 Led Zeppelin at Pontiac Silverdome
Led Zeppelin plays the Pontiac Silverdome to the largest indoor concert

Then, in the Eighties, acts such as the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, worked to bring the stage antics to the masses way back to those in the crappy seats with the development of large video screens. Those screen were used to big success to bring intimacy back to the concerts in huge venues. Now, huge high definition screens to bring the visual side of a concert to the masses. Now, a concert attendee can enjoy the concert. Those two technological advancements in sight and sound would allow festival planners to flourish here in the States, in addition to improving the whole experience for attendees.

9.19 Live Aid - JFK Stadium
JFK Stadium
9.19 Live Aid - Wembley
Live Aid Wembley

As rock fans demanded to see their heroes in a live setting, it became necessary to streamline their music for optimum effect. All of a sudden, a whole scene of artist whose music could artistically fill the stadiums with quality sound and bombast. And, thus, entered a group of musicians who were able to straddle these new requirements artistically, much to the chagrin of rock music critics. But, these people were filling a “need” within the industry, and these artists are finally receiving their due, as Journey, Boston, Foreigner and Styx became not only big sellers of albums but also of tickets for each of their tours. A whole new paradigm had been invented in rock music, which has evolved from auditoriums to arenas. stadiums, race tracks, and other large acreage farmland being used for a rock concert.

9.19 Coachella

So, today, I bring 20 more artists who are the unsung heroes of this very influential genre. So, let’s get this countdown going.

9.19 Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees

  1. Damn Yankees

Best Album: Damn Yankees

Best Song: “High Enough”

  1. David Lee Roth

Best Album: Eat ‘Em and Smile

Best Song: “Just like Paradise”

  1. Deep Purple

Best Album: Machine Head

Best Song: “Smoke on the Water”

  1. Def Leppard

Best Album: Hysteria

Best Song: “Pour Some Sugar on Me”

Dio - Holy Diver

  1. Dio

Best Album: Holy Diver

Best Song: “Rainbow in the Dark”

  1. Dire Straits

Best Album: Brothers in Arms

Best Song: “Industrial Disease”

  1. Doobie Brothers

Best Album: What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

Best Song: “Another Park, Another Sunday”

  1. Eddie Money

Best Album: No Control

Best Song: “Think I’m in Love”

  1. Europe

Best Album: The Final Countdown

Best Song: “The Final Countdown”

9.19 Faith Band - Rock'n Romance

  1. Faith Band

Best Album: Rock’n Romance

Best Song: “Dancing Shoes”

  1. Fleetwood Mac

Best Album: Rumours

Best Song: “Tusk”

  1. Foghat

Best Album: Fool for the City

Best Song: “Slow Ride”

  1. Foreigner

Best Album: 4

Best Song: “Urgent”

  1. Genesis

Best Album: Abacab

Best Song: “Mama”

9.19 Grand Funk - We're an American Band

  1. Grand Funk

Best Album: We’re am American Band

Best Song: “We’re an American Band”

  1. Great White

Best Album: Once Bitten…

Best Song: “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”

  1. Guns N’ Roses

Best Album: Appetite for Destruction

Best Song: “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

  1. Head East

Best Album: Head East

Best Song: “Never Been Any Reason”

  1. Heart

Best Album: Dreamboat Annie

Best Song: “How Can I Refuse”

9.19 Jefferson Starship - Red Octopus

  1. Jefferson Starship

Best Album: Red Octopus

Best Song: “Miracles”

9.19 Roger Waters - The Wall Live
Roger Waters performs ‘The Wall’
















































































Now, we have 40 artists listed, with 60 more to come over the next few days. Hang on! This ride will continue to build!

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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