Life Begins at the Hop: A Brief Introduction to 1970s Power Pop

Power pop sprang from 1960s British and American rock music, and often combines the tight harmonies, infectious melodies, minimal arrangements, catchy guitar riffs, and boy-meets-girl lyrics of bubblegum rock with a slightly tougher hard rock crunch. In this When It Was Cool article, Joseph Perry takes a look at Power Pop acts like The Cars, Cheap Trick, The A's, Greg Kihn Band, XTC, Sweet, and more!  Read More.
 


Guns N Roses Concert Review - November 13, 2017 at Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena - Not In This Lifetime Tour

Karl & Tonya from When It Was Cool travel to Nashville, TN at Bridgestone Arena to see the Guns N Roses Not In This Lifetime tour where Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff blast their way through a powerhouse three hour setlist filled with GNR favorites like Sweet Child of Mine, Paradise City, Welcome to the Jungle, November Rain, and many more Guns N Roses classics plus special tributes and covers.  Join the When It Was Cool family in our look at Guns N Roses in concert.  Read More.


Rock Candy Magazine’s Well-Versed Staff Takes Fresh Looks at Hard Rock Legends

Joseph Perry reviews a new retro rock and heavy metal magazine that all fans of When It Was Cool will want to check out- Rock Candy! Covering names like Judas Priest, The Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Rush, Def Leppard, and many more.  Rock Candy magazine is exactly the kind of thing we are talking about when we say "when it was cool!" Read More.


Don Williams, Gentle Giant of Country Music and Favorite of When It Was Cool, Dies at age 78

(09-08-2017) Country music legend Don Williams, known for his mellow voice and hit songs like Tulsa Time, Good Ole Boys Like Me, Amanda, It Must Be Love, Listen to the Radio, and dozens more has died after a short illness at the age of 78.  Read More.


The 100 Greatest Rush Songs of All Time

For our second entry in "The 100 Lists", longtime fan Karl from When It Was Cool tackles the music of his favorite band- Rush.  When It Was Cool picks through the nineteen original material solo albums and rank, what we believe, are the 100 best.  Did your favorite Rush song make the list? Debate, celebrate, or rage at the When It Was Cool 100 Greatest Rush songs of all time! See the list.


Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd) Us and Them Tour Concert Review - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena.

(08-15-2017) Karl & Tonya from When It Was Cool travel to Nashville, TN to see legendary Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters and his Us and Them tour playing song from his solo career and numerous songs from the Pink Floyd catalog including The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon.  Roger Waters in concert.  Read More.


When It Was Cool Top 100 Rock & Roll and Pop Music Acts of All Time

In a massive undertaking, Karl from When It Was Cool has crunched sales numbers, chart performance, and compiled critical acclaim lists and rankings and compiled a definitive list of the 100 greatest rock and roll and popular music acts of all time.  Where did your favorite rank?  Read More.


Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog dead at age 52

(05-18-2017) Chris Cornell, one of the most recognizable voices of the grunge music scene and lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog died on Wednesday night May 17, 2017 following a Soundgarden show in Detroit, MI.  Read More.


When It Was Cool Best Ever Live Performance Moments

Karl from When It Was Cool takes a look at concert moments, live performances, and times when everything worked together to be unforgettable.  Neil Young, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Rush, and more.  Read More.


6 Guitar Greats You Might Not Normally Think Of

When you think of guitar legends you probably think of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and so on.  However, Karl from When It Was Cool makes the case for six guitar greats you might not normally think of from country to pop to rock and roll.  Read More.


Rush Songs For Beginners

Not everybody is into Rush and honestly, Rush isn't for everyone.  However, as Karl Stern points out in this article, there are songs that might appeal to fans of particular interests and they might be a gateway into the larger Rush catalog.  Read More.


Happy 30th Anniversary to 10 Terrific New Wave Albums

(04-20-2017) Joseph Perry takes a look at the 30th anniversary of 10 terrific new wave albums including artists like The Cure, The Smiths, and The Cult.  1987 was a great year for music and Joseph Perry takes a look at some of the reasons why.  Read More.


10 Essential Thrash Metal Albums to Get You Started In the Genre

NoFriender of the NoFriender Thrash Metal Show Podcast available exclusively at When It Was Cool lists ten essential thrash heavy metal albums to get you started in the genre.  Read More.


35th Anniversary of 10 New Wave Albums

(04-05-2017) Joseph Perry is back with a look at the 35th anniversary of 10 New Wave Albums including Prince, Roxy Music, Iggy Pop, and more.  Read more.


When It Was Cool Family Visits the Johnny Cash Museum

The When It Was Cool family visits the Johnny Cash museum in downtown Nashville, TN.  Read More.


When It Was Cool Family Visits the Birthplace of Elvis Presley

The When It Was Cool family visits the birthplace of the King of Rock & Roll - Elvis Presley in Tupelo, MS.  Read More.


War Machine Wednesday - KISS

On theme week at When It Was Cool we celebrate the hard rock classic War Machine by KISS!  Read More.


17 Hard Rock Albums Turning 40 in 2017

(01-30-2017) Joseph Perry is back with a great look back at 17 hard rock albums turning 40 this year.  Read more.


Top 10 Hard Rock Albums of 1976

Joseph Perry presents another fantastic look at hard rock music.  This time 40 years in the past with the best hard rock albums of 1976.  Read More.


UFO the Band Part One and Part Two

Joseph Perry has written an excellent two part series on the history of the legendary heavy metal band UFO.  Read Part One.  Read Part Two.


KISS Issue 1 by Dynamite Comics (2016)

Review of the first issue of the latest comic book series featuring KISS by Dynamite Comics.  Read More.


Stevie Nicks & The Pretenders Concert Review (2016)

The When It Was Cool family sees Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders in concert in Nashville, TN.  Read More.


Angel - On Earth as it is in Heaven / White Hot Reviews

Joseph Perry review a cult classic hard rock band Angel.  On Earth as it is in Heaven & White Hot.  Read More.


Subdivisions by Rush

Karl Stern reviews another Rush fan favorite from Signals.  The coming of age, rite of passage song Subdivisions.  Read More.


Witch Hunt by Rush

Karl Stern reviews one of his favorite Rush songs from Moving Pictures the atmospheric Witch Hunt.  Read More.


Peter Cetera was a Liar

Karl Stern takes a look at nostalgia and it's place in a world filled with riots, hatred, and fear.  A look at escape through music and entertainment.  Read more.




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