Four classic rock records that could stand an in-concert revival
By Aaron Leitko
Playing a concert consisting of your band's best-loved record in its entirety is a great way to sell some extra tickets. At least, it has been for "younger" artists -- Sonic Youth, Built to Spill, Snoop Dogg, among many others, have all had a crack at it. Here on Click Track, we think it's a bit of a sham. But we might feel differently if the album in question was, say, "Led Zeppelin IV."
Classic acts have been slow to pick up the trend, though. Possibly because they have more money and thus, less incentive. But recently, a few dino-rockers have started to come around. Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison have both given in, performing "Born to Run" and "Astral Weeks," respectively. CDs aren't selling the way they used to, you know. And there just aren't as many laser-light shows left out there to keep the music alive.
Come October 10th, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters will visit the Verizon center to perform the band's epic 1979 double-album, "The Wall." Here are four more classic rock records that could stand an in-concert revival by whichever band members are still civil enough stand on stage with one another.
Genesis, "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"
This almost happened, actually. Back in 2004 Phil Collins and company tried to fire-up a tour centered around the group's 1974 prog-rock masterpiece, but Peter Gabriel -- who was the group's lead singer through the early '70s -- backed out. Who needs him, though? What's
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Queen, "A Night at the Opera"
Queen's original lead singer, Freddie Mercury, died in 1991, but the band has been on-and-off the road since 2005 with Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers. Maybe an album-themed tour would help freshen up the quasi-reunion thing a bit. Get Trans Siberian Orchestra's people on the phone about the accompanying light show.
Led Zeppelin, "IV"
Or whatever it's called -- "Zoso" or "Four Symbols." What really matters is that "Stairway to Heaven" closes side A. It's the record that was made for a mega-dome revival, if not turned into its own Broadway musical or theme park ride. Furthermore, Led Zeppelin already reunited, if only for one show, back in 2007. There's no excuse.
ZZ Top, "Eliminator"
When the '80s dawned, arena rockers did their best to incorporate new-fangled studio-gear -- i.e. synthesizers and drum machines. "Eliminator" stands out among these efforts, because it doesn't suck. "Legs," "Under Pressure," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Gimmee All Your Lovin" were all huge singles. For God's sake, even "TV Dinners" managed to chart. Give the people a chance to fully appreciate the Gibbons brother's visionary statement on blooze-technology.
| September 29, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
Categories: Lists | Tags: Bad Company, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Paul Rodgers, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Steely Dan, Tool, the Wall
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