The year 1978 was an exciting one for rock music, and a major reason for that was the amazing new material being released by acts that had previously been on the fringes of the mainstream or that had amassed a small but fervent cult following. Punk rock, new wave, no wave, and other movements were becoming more and more of major forces in concert halls, clubs, and record stores, and on radio, as well. Joseph Perry takes us back with a look at 10 outstanding New Wave and Punk albums celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2018! Read More.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
The When It Was Cool family visits the Johnny Cash museum in downtown Nashville, TN. Read More.
The When It Was Cool family visits the birthplace of the King of Rock & Roll - Elvis Presley in Tupelo, MS. Read More.
The When It Was Cool family sees Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders in concert in Nashville, TN. Read More.
Joseph Perry review a cult classic hard rock band Angel. On Earth as it is in Heaven & White Hot. Read More.
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