Old rockers never die
Jethro Tull, the legendary British band, titled one of their most famous discs ‘Too old to rock and roll, too Young to die’. In Spain we have a saying that’s something like ‘old rockers never die’, and for what you will be able to see in the following weeks in Madrid, this is more than true.
Below we show you some of the artists and classic rock concerts that you will be able to enjoy in Madrid in the next weeks.
Both in the British Islands and to the other side of the Atlantic, the 70’s brought us some of the most venerated rock discs in history. The sentimental ones have three unmissable dates to remember these times of rebellion and bell-bottoms.
Both with the legendary (and not truly valued) Faces, and with the Jeff Beck Group, or even in solitary, Rod Stewart has an astonishing record collection, Stay with me, Sailing, Maggie May, You Wear it Well, Do ya think I’m sexy, Young turks, Hot legs… the list of great songs by the blond and swindler singer is quite large. Their fans will have the opportunity to listen to some of them the 5th of July in the Royal Theatre.
If someone managed to personify the perfect example of the ‘Rock God’ in the 70’s, this is, without a doubt, Robert Plant. Led Zeppelin’s legendary voice has built up a really interesting (and long) career where he’s escaped from being labelled. He has tried blues, country, folk, rockabilly, hard rock or new wave with spontaneity (and success). On July the 14th he will be singing to his fans in the Botanical Garden of the Complutense University.
The most rebel, intellectual and controversial voice of American rock will also play in Madrid. Patti Smith arrives to the Botanical Garden of the Complutense University on July the 8th. She will be in the company of the musicians that were present in the recording of her last legendary album; Horses.
Progressive rock (long songs, influenced by classical music or jazz, instrumental virtuosity) had an amazing success in both the 70’s and the first half of the 80’s. Two of the greatest exponents of this music will play for their fans in Madrid.
The Alan Parsons Project
Halfway-through the 70’s, the musician, producer and sound engineer Alan Parsons created is musical project, where he could give free rein to his musical and cultural curiosity. Classical arrangements, wind sections, keys, synthesizers, rock guitars, references to Edgar Alan Poe, Asimov, Freud or Gaudí… the work and career of the creator of Eye in the Sky or Games People Play is long and varied. He will perform in the Botanical Garden of the Complutense University on the 6th of July.
When the Scottish singer Fish said that he would leave Marillion at the end of the 80’s, only but a few though the rock band would survive. However, with the arrival of Steve Hogarth, the group not only stayed alive, but was revitalised for the authors of Kayleigh, Incommunicado orLavender
You can see them in the Botanical Garden of the Complutense University on the 12th of July.
Nobody knows for sure who first coined the term Heavy Metal. Some say it was William Burroughts, others that it was the Steppenwold band. Some even say that it was first used in a Lester Bangs article. This said, even though we’re not sure when the term first appeared, we do know of two groups that helped to give shape to it that are coming to Madrid very soon.
The most successful German rock band of all times (and one of the most important heavy metal bands in the world)will play in the Barclaycard Center on July the 3rd. The band, formed by Klaus Meine y Rudolph Schenker will play in Madrid classics like Blackout, still loving you, The Zoo, Rock you like a hurricane or Winds of Change. A great opportunity to get your leather jacket out of the closet and sing every hymn on the list.
Iron Maiden is a synonym of Heavy Metal. With Judas Priest’s permission, we’re facing a group that converted the teachings of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, or Black Sabbath into something new and exciting.
The New Wave of British Heavy Metal rock band will be in the Barclaycard centre on the 13th of July, presenting their last disc The book of souls. That said, classics like The number of the beast, Hallowed be thy name, 2 minutes to midnight or Fear of the dark will also be present in this amazing concert.