Classic rock has been branded “dead” one too many times. Although many die-hard fans will beg to differ, the truth is simply that classic rock is now a mere shadow of what it used to be. While there are new rock bands that may have yet to attain the classic rock status in the next 20-30 years, it is highly unlikely that they will be able to reproduce the immense and unforgettable influence and legacy that The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and many others have left behind. For the all-time greats — massive air play and online streams continue to be the order of the day. But in the coming years, the classic rock of the last generation will soon become the oldies of today, waning in influence, recognition and interest. Some 30 years ago, it was The Rolling stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who and a fine array of other bands and artists. The big riffs, big voices, huge arena shows, long hairs, intricate compositions, political rebellions and big band concert t-shirts that sell for hundreds of dollars on eBay which all culminate into the identity of classic rock, are slowly washing away; and the 60-year dominance of rock and roll including all of those in the classic rock category can best be translated to a battle won up to the 80s but a war in the 2000s onwards.
Even though we do not know the path that the journey of rock will take, we certainly hope that the music will continue to evolve with the new generation and draw from its rich history of classic rock to deliver a fine blend to keep the legacy alive.