Rock has grabbed the hearts and minds of people for generations on end but as the music evolves where do the rock fans go?
We take a look at the generations as we have seen them over the years and where they are now.
The Rock ‘n Roller: Most of the original rock ’n rollers are now happily retired and spending their twilight years vacationing, keeping immaculate gardens and looking forward to visits from the grandkids. They’ve seen all that rock has to offer over the years and probably aren’t overly impressed with anything that came after Elvis, but they deserve nothing but respect from every rock fan because they’re the ones who started it all.
Favourite acts include Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Holly.
The Beatlemaniac: Much like the rock ‘n roller, the Beatlemaniac is also thoroughly enjoying retirement. This mob is probably a bit more accepting of later forms of rock music, perhaps in the spirit of the 60s, but their hearts still lie with the Beatles and/or Stones, as evidenced by their healthy collection of records and memorabilia.
Favourite acts include The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Hollies.
The Heavy Metal Pioneer: While not much younger than the Beatlemaniac, the Heavy Metal Pioneer is far more likely to still be working, largely because they spent all their money going to concerts and buying every heavy metal album they laid their eyes on instead of saving and investing. Probably secretly a bit disappointed in their Justin Bieber-loving grandkids.
Favourite acts include Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple
The 70s Prog-Rocker: This lot are a bit of an enigma. Despite their younger days being all about experimentation and sticking it to authority, a surprisingly large number of prog-rockers have gone on to become highly respected members of the community. Did they sell out, or did they just change ‘the system’ from within?
Favourite acts include Queen, Pink Floyd and The Who
The Punk: Many of the originals have distanced themselves from their punk days, deeply embarrassed with themselves. However, there remains a healthy contingent of hardcore fans out there, wearing their punk colours proudly whenever they’re out in public, only to be bitterly disappointed to see some 16 year-old kid wearing the same shirt.
Favourite acts include The Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols
The New Waver: Most of the original NWBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) fans are well into their 50s, and now regularly faced with the dilemma of choosing between taking unpaid leave from work to follow their favourite bands on tour, or doing the responsible thing and saving for retirement. Metalheads may be many things, but ‘responsible’ generally isn’t one of them.
Favourite acts include Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead
The Pub Rocker: The Pub Rocker is generally a lifelong working class bloke or sheila, whose years of toil are starting to pay off with a nice little family, their own house, and a couple of cars. They still live for the simple things, like a beer after work and a barbecue with their mates on the weekend. Their radio dial is almost certainly stuck on Triple M.
Favourite acts include Cold Chisel, AC/DC and KISS.
The Thrasher: Like the music they love, the thrasher likes to live their life at a frenetic pace. Financial consequences of this lifestyle often include regular speeding fines, child support andthousands of dollars wasted on guitar lessons and equipment and, but ask any devoted thrasher and they wouldn’t change a thing.
Favourite acts include Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer
The Grunger: Grunge was the anti-authority sound for nineties teens, and many fans will be proud owners of an unused Arts degree, which they undertook for no other reason than to avoid work for a few more years after high school. They most likely now have a steady job to support their young family, but overcompensate by indulging a little too hard on their increasingly rare opportunities to let loose.
Favourite acts include Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden
The Dark Ages Die-Hard: This group is represented primarily by people in their 20s who need to take a serious look at themselves. If there’s one thing all of the above groups can agree on, it’s that rock music took a sharp turn for the worse around the late 90s. Pop-punk, nu-metal and post-grunge are widely considered to be pale imitations of their ancestors, and so will you if you continue to listen to them.
Favourite acts include Limp Bizkit, Blink 182 and Nickelback