Man, 2016 has not been off to that awesome of a start, huh? I mean, at the last minute of 2015 we lost Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and then not two full weeks later we lose the fantastic David Bowie a mere two days after the release of his 27th studio album “Blackstar.”
Now sprinkle in the loss of Eagles founding member and bassist Glenn Frey, legendary metal bassist Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow), and most recently Earth, Wind, and Fire singer Maurice White, it would appear that 2016 is shaping up to be a horrendously morbid year for music.
Be that as it may, I’d like to propose this: Instead of being down and afraid of all these losses, I suggest we make a real effort to see as many shows as we can this year.
Yes, rather than moping around at the departure of these great legends, we should honor their memory instead by seeing the living legends we still have, like Black Sabbath (even though this is their last tour), Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and countless other music giants that still walk among us.
Let’s take it a step farther even: Let’s go see not only our favorite modern bands, but new acts as well! How many of us have discovered our favorite musicians at a show? I know I have!
Just because the music industry and networks like MTV shove acts like Justin Bieber and Kanye West down our throats doesn’t mean that there’s no great real musicians left! They’re “underground.” They’re playing house house and dive bars. It’s their names in the microscopic print beneath the headliners.
Don’t believe them when they say that “Rock is Dead” or that all rap is like Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West. Even Pop has fell victim to this generalization due to the rise of Boy Bands and Britney Spears in the early 2000’s.
Who knows? The next David Bowie might be out there right this minute, singing his heart out in some dive bar , but we wouldn’t know it because we’re zombified by what mainstream radio and networks label as “real music.”
Sorry, got a bit preachy there for a minute, but you see my point.
I’d like to end this post with a tribute to those we’ve lost. Please, take a moment to listen to the following songs and reflect on the legacy these giants left us with, and then start looking up what local shows are coming up and buy your tickets!
David Bowie (1947-206) – “Life on Mars?”
Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister (1945-2015) – “Motorhead” by Motorhead
Maurice White (1941-2016) – “September” by Earth, Wind, & Fire
Jimmy Bain (1947-2016) – “Stand Up And Shout” by DIO
Glenn Frey (1948-2016) – “Part of Me, Part of You”