It’s the start of a brand new year and I don’t know about you guys, but I like interesting facts about rock music and bands and I’m sure that some of you are just as inquisitive as me. So let’s inform you a bit and cram some rock music knowledge into your noggin.
Here are another 10 Random Rock Music Facts:
Led Zeppelin did NOT play at Woodstock in 1969: The band was invited to this festival (which attracted more than 600,000 people), but their manager declined the invitation because they would have been “just another band on the bill.” The band played shows at Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey (just South of Woodstock) instead. In case you did not know: The Beatles, Jethro Tull, The Doors and Bob Dylan didn’t play at Woodstock either.
Greta Van Fleet got their name from an elderly woman in Frankenmuth, Michigan: The guys were talking with their previous drummer and he said his Grandpa had to go cut wood for a Gretna Van Fleet. They took out the “n”, asked Gretna for her blessing and the rest was history! Gretna and her husband came out to a show and stayed for the whole set.
Death From Above got their name from World War 2 Paratroopers logo: Jesse F. Keeler who plays bass / synth for the band spotted the logo at an army surplus store. They added “1979” for legal reasons as a result of a dispute between DFA records and represents Sebastian Graigner’s (percussion/vocals) birth year, or as he puts it “the last cool year of the last cool decade”. They did drop the “1979” part before they released their new album in September last year. They made this decision Death From Above 1979 “was too long”.
Violent Femmes got their big break thanks to The Pretenders: In August 1981, the band decided to try and make a few bucks by busking outside the Oriental Theater in Milwaukee, and after James Honeyman-Scott caught their performance, he trumpeted it to his bandmates, which led to Chrissie Hynde inviting them to play a set after The Pretenders finished up. That definitely put them on the map…
Silverchair were originally known as Innocent Criminals: The band officially changed their name in August 1994 before releasing their award winning “Tomorrow”. In 1995 it became the most played song of the year on modern rock radio in the USA.
“Jeremy” by Pearl Jam is based on Jeremy Delle: He was a teen from Richardson, Texas who shot himself with a .357 Magnum in front of his classmates on January 8, 1991.
Dave Grohl was on No.1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart for 17 consecutive weeks: This was in 2002. At this time he was part of the three different rock groups: Nirvana (who had released unreleased material), Foo Fighters and Queens of The Stone Age.
Thom Yorke from Radiohead wrote ‘Creep’ after being rejected by a girl: He was infatuated with her while studying at Exeter University in the late ’80s. Yorke says it is about being in love with someone, but not feeling good enough, declaring, “There’s the beautiful people and then there’s the rest of us.”
Malcolm Young Once Worked in a Bra Factory: The late AC/DC guitarist did this when he was only 15 years. He was a mechanic (not a boob inspector or something like that – you pervert).
Billboard Magazine started using the term “rock and roll” in 1942: Columnist Maurie Orodenker started to use the term to describe upbeat recordings.
Well, there you have it, Another 10 Random Rock Music Facts. Hope that you’ve found these facts interesting.
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