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Classic Rock

Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Southern Rock and Retro-Rock

Classic rock is a radio format which developed from the album-oriented rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s. In the United States, the classic rock format features music ranging generally from the late 1960s to the late 1980s, primarily focusing on commercially-successful hard rock, blues rock, and arena rock popularized in the 1970s. Although the format appeals mainly to adults, many classic rock acts consistently attract new generations of fans.

In 1968, the sound that would become known as heavy metal began to coalesce. That January, the San Francisco band Blue Cheer released a cover of Eddie Cochran's classic "Summertime Blues", that many consider the first true heavy metal recording. The same month, Steppenwolf released its debut album, including "Born to Be Wild", which refers to "heavy metal thunder" in describing a motorcycle. In July, another two epochal records came out: The Yardbirds' "Think About It" and Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. The Jeff Beck Group, whose leader had preceded Page as The Yardbirds' guitarist, released its debut record that same month. In this period, Pink Floyd also released two of their heaviest and loudest songs to date.

In January 1969, Led Zeppelin's debut album was released and reached number 10 on the Billboard album chart. Led Zeppelin defined central aspects of the emerging genre, with Page's highly distorted guitar style and singer Robert Plant's dramatic, wailing vocals. On the other side of the Atlantic, the trend-setting group was Grand Funk Railroad, Other bands emerged in the U.S., such as Blue Öyster Cult (1972), Aerosmith (1973) and Kiss (1974). In Germany, Scorpions debuted in 1972. Blackmore, who had emerged as a virtuoso soloist from Deep Purple, quit the group in 1975 to form Rainbow. These bands also built audiences via constant touring and increasingly elaborate stage shows. Other classic examples of bands that reigned in the scene were AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and Queen.

More recently, some bands have been inspired in the seventies to recreate and bring that sound back. One of the icons from this new generation of bands is Rival Sons.

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