If you get a chance to catch REM this summer, do it. I got to see them at Red Rocks last week and it was a great show.
One could make a strong argument that they are the ‘greatest” American band of all time. Before you jump my case, let me explain. First off, I’m not an uber-huge REM geek. I like them and own a couple of their records, so I feel like I can make a case for them from an objective standpoint. Second, I’m not talking “best” – I’m talking “greatest” – with the descriptors being: best, biggest, longevity, defining a genre, can do a stadium tour.
Who else can you throw into that conversation? I’ve heard people say:
Metallica – Yeah, I think Metallica is in the conversation. They’ve been around for over 20 years now and will probably fill stadiums when they tour to support their new record
Grateful Dead – Longevity? check. Talent? check. Polarizing? yes. That would be my only knock against them. They are probably even more polarizing than Metallica.
The Beach Boys – They really defined a sound and as a friend mentioned, they got better until Brian Wilson freaked out.
Guns n’ Roses – Could have been. Probably don’t have the longevity to be in this conversation. But damn, Appetite is a solid record.
When you stop and think about it, the US pumps out more, big solo acts than bands.
Who would you throw into the conversation?