Blogger’s note: It’s been a month since I’ve posted anything new or updated rocktakes.com. I had the unfortunate distinction of contracting the Covid-19 virus. Though my symptoms were considered ‘mild,’ … Continue Reading “Miami Sound Machine”
Though their past and present members are still alive, Van Halen is a band we can aptly refer to in the past tense. After all, they’ve only released one album … Continue Reading Van Halen Albums: In Review
People go to concerts for many reasons. Usually it’s to see a band or artist you like. Other times it’s tagging along with your spouse, partner, or friends because of … Continue Reading What Makes a Concert Memorable?
The acronym GOAT. I don’t even like it. I’m old enough to remember when referring to someone as a ‘goat’ was a derogatory remark. So why use it in the … Continue Reading The Rolling Stones: G.O.A.T.
If you’re a Rock N’ Roll fan, you know what I’m talking about. The thought has likely crossed your mind. The thought has been on my mind for years now. … Continue Reading Why Rock Has Rolled Out of Town
Masterpiece albums. How many bands and artists have them? Not that many I suppose. The great ones usually do. For some of the greats, there’s even debate over what their … Continue Reading Masterpiece Albums: “Who’s Next”
My first “What if” series focused on the great Led Zeppelin and examined the what-could-have-beens of their future had the band not broken up. Today’s study features both differences and … Continue Reading “What if” Series: The Police
Life is full of “What if’s.” Sometimes they make us curious. Sometimes we’re relieved the “what if” didn’t happen. Sometimes we just don’t dwell on it at all. The Rock … Continue Reading “What if” Series: Led Zeppelin
“Break” is an interesting word. Attach it to words like ‘Spring’ or ‘Summer’ and it’s a good thing. Attach it to words like ‘arm’ or ‘leg’ and not so much. … Continue Reading Samiam: The Band That Never Broke
If you’re old enough to remember VH1 Classic, or have Axis TV on your channel grid, you may know Eddie Trunk. If you’re from the East Coast you may have … Continue Reading What Killed 80’s Rock?
Remember when movie soundtracks were a big deal? I’m not sure if they even make them anymore. I know movies still feature music, but I mean, when’s the last time … Continue Reading Remembering “Soundtracks”
The year was 1988. Though it would all but come to an end in three short years, the hard rock/hair/metal era was thriving in full force. Def Leppard’s Hysteria was … Continue Reading In Review: Living Colour
In Review: “The Dan” (Parts 1 & 2) are linked below: In Review: “The Dan” (Part II) In Review: “The Dan” (Part I) Following the release of their 1980 album, … Continue Reading In Review: “The Dan” (Part III)
In Review: “The Dan” (Part I) covered a brief history of the band. The post can be found here: In Review: “The Dan” (Part I) For part two, let’s take … Continue Reading In Review: “The Dan” (Part II)
Whenever Rock N’ Roll fans talk about the best bands of all time many start with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. That’s fine. Yet when the conversation is about … Continue Reading In Review: “The Dan” (Part I)
A year or so ago I stumbled upon this “Collectors Edition” gem at the grocery store. I believe Rolling Stone originally issued it in 2013, but reissued it in 2019. … Continue Reading The List: Led Zeppelin