The 1960s and 1970s were an exciting time for American music. Rock and roll exploded onto the scene. Technological advances made it possible to produce music never before imaginable. The boomer generation had the numbers and the cash to drive the music industry into the juggernaut it is today. Now many of the musicians who flourished during the Golden Age of rock and roll are back on the road celebrating their decades of making music. Case in point: Jimmy Buffett tickets back on sale.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band to be exact. The group has been touring all year and will wrap up in Las Vegas in October. Parrotheads can still purchase tickets for the remaining shows.
Buffett has said he is anxious to get back in the studio to record a new album. “Buffet Hotel” from 2009 was the group’s most recent studio work. He has been writing throughout the hiatus after the 2009 album. He plans to bring the whole band into the studio to record the new songs together if schedules can be arranged.
And they’re not the only group hitting the road again.
The kings of Southern California laid-back rock have a new album out and are touring to celebrate their 50th anniversary. “That’s Why God Made the Radio” came out in June. The album contains new material, but the tour will focus on playing tunes from the band’s past. The international tour marks the first time they’ve been on the road together in over 20 years.
The most successful of the rock icons that are out on tour this year is Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame. “The Wall” tour is the top-selling concert for 2012, with 1.4 million tickets sold. Through mid-July the tour has earned $158.1 million. The multimedia presentation incorporates giant video screens and other special effects for a mind-blowing experience of the iconic music.
Waters also plans to hit the studio with new material in the near future. He has been archiving songs for several years and recently wrote a piece that ties the earlier works together. Although he hasn’t decided if the current tour will be his last, he has rediscovered the fun of being on the road during the current tour.
ZZ Top just kicked off their tour, and will be pounding out rock through mid-September. Their new album “La Futura” comes out on September 11. The album will be the first new studio recordings from the legendary group in nine years. The album will be a return to the band’s original raw rock-blues sound. The band promises to blend modern technology with their trademark driving beats to produce some entirely new yet familiar songs.
Numerous other rock legends are also touring and going strong in spite of decades in the trenches. Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Def Leppard, Aerosmith and many other acts have hit the road this year. Most are writing and playing new material as well as their beloved hits from the past, which is yet another reason why Jimmy Buffett tickets and other acts are generating so much excitement.