JimC wrote: Seabass wrote: JimC wrote: Seabass wrote:
Coito ergo sum wrote:
I'm not saying there are zero rock bands around now, but I think that the difficulty people are having in naming new bands of the current decade is instructive.
What difficulty? Rachel named several right off the bat, which you ignored. Tero posted Modest Mouse, Lak posted a couple Rockabilly bands, I named three bands, all ignored. You've only acknowledged MrFungus' list which you wrote off as being too old.
The difficulty here isn't in naming contemporary rock bands; the difficulty is in finding bands that satisfy your ridiculously narrow criteria, i.e. younger than three years AND the ability to pack stadiums, and must be liked/recognized/acknowledged by you.
This discussion is very silly. You've set up all the parameters so the only possible conclusion is the one you have predetermined.
What if one removed the "must be liked/recognized/acknowledged by CES"?
And maybe 5 years, not 3...
And pack stadiums by themselves, not as part of a multi-band festival?
Not so many, I think...
Your requirements aren't much better than Coito's. If your criteria are so restrictive that even a band like The Black Keys doesn't make the cut, I think you need to ease your requirements a little. By any reasonable standards, The Black Keys should be counted on a list of successful, modern rock bands.
It's not a question of whether they are successful or great musically. The point people are making, which seems to have some force, is that the days of the absolute mega band, playing to packed stadiums and dominating the charts may have passed...
But the title of the thread is: "Rock n Roll - dead, on life support, or just in a coma?"
The answer to that question is a resounding 'no', IMO.
Sure, the hordes of screeching teeny boppers have moved on from rock to pop, but that is hardly a sign that rock is dead, on life support, or in a coma.
If the the question in the OP had been "Can rock bands formed within the last five years pack stadiums?", then we'd probably all be in agreement. But that's not what Coito originally asked.