Starting in the early 1960’s, the British Invasion swept America with rock and roll. Beginning with the Beatles and Rolling Stones, British rock has dominated the States. While the British Invasion is commonly recognized as taking place in the 60’s, time has proven that Brit Rock has never truly left. Rock n’ roll from across the waters has shown to still be alive and well as English rockers continue to sweep the country with newly found artists as well as pre-existing rock phenomenon’s. With new groups such as the Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, and countless others, England has proven that the British Invasion has never truly never left. England has been able to capture the youth of America with their rebellious, adolescent rock tunes.
Earlier last week, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s, The Rolling Stones, announced a 15 date massive stadium Zip Code Tour across North America consisting of mainly U.S. dates, as well as select Canada and Mexico dates. The tour will hit enormous stadiums such as Arrowhead Stadium, LP field, Heinz Field as well as many others. This marks the first U.S. Rolling Stones tour since their 2005-2007 A Bigger Bang Tour. With over 50 years of success, British rock group, The Rolling Stones have swept America off its feet and taken the country by storm. Along with The Rolling Stones continuing their reign over the world, Paul McCartney has also been making his rounds with headlining acts of major music festivals such as Lollapalooza and Firefly Music and Arts festival this year.
Along with rock classics such as The Stones, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin, British rock has also stayed strong in the 2000’s into the current years, with acts such as Muse, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay, and countless others dominating the airwaves and gathering fans in the masses. In addition to these gigantic acts, newer British rock groups have begun to take over the alternative rock airwaves. These new acts include the Arctic Monkeys and The 1975 who have struck the hearts of the younger generation and especially hitting home with college-aged students.
A relatively new rock group, The Arctic Monkeys has taken the world by storm in what felt like an overnight process. I have been lucky enough to see this young group of musicians live in concert twice and have been able to first-hand experience what all the hype is about. In the past year the rock group has filled slots in humongous music festivals including their headlining stage spot at Chicago’s Lollapalooza, as well as shows including festivals, Bonnaroo, Loufest and many others. In addition to playing these large music festivals, the group also went on an extensive tour across the States selling out nearly all of the dates including a local show at the Blue Note as well as the Pageant in St. Louis. With the lead singer, Alex Turner, portraying the pure image of punk rock with the slicked back hair, skinny jeans, and leather jacket, use of cigarettes, and way with the guitar he is able to capture the attention of the defiant youth.
With all of the new British rock groups making their rounds in America, they have proven that the famous British Invasion has never truly left. Rockers from this country have continued to show that they are in fact here to stay and will not be disappearing anytime soon.