Rock of the Year 2017

Rock of the Year 2017

Traditionally, at the end of the year we hosted the Rock of the Year show and made some conclusions...

During the show we went over some significant events taking place this year, checked out music that was released each month and said goodbye to musicians who passed away. See the recap below.

January
  • In real life:
    • Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
  • In music:
    • Gotthard released album "Silver".
    • Firewind released album "Immortals". We played a song "Lady of 1000 Sorrows".
    • Krokus released covers album "Big Rocks".
    • Halestorm released a covers EP "Reanimate 3.0". We played a song "Still of the Night".
February
  • In real life:
    • Actor Bill Paxton (Terminator, Titanic) died at the age of 61.
  • In music:
    • Heavy metal band Black Sabbath played their last 2 concerts in their home town of Birmingham, England - finishing "The End" tour.
    • Bloodbound released album "War of Dragons".
    • Steel Panther released album "Lower the Bar".
    • Bonafide released album "Flames". We played a song "Bottle of Jack".
    • Place Vendome released album "Close to the Sun". We played a song "Welcome to the Edge".
March
  • In real life:
    • The UN warned that the world is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II - up to 20 million people are at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.
  • In music:
    • Chuck Berry died at the age of 90.
    • Within the Ruins released album "Halfway Human".
    • Smile Empty Soul released album "Rarities". We played a song "Goodbye".
April
  • In real life:
    • Bob Dylan finally picked up his Nobel prize, even though that was awarded to him a year earlier.
  • In music:
    • Pearl Jam, Yes and others (surprisingly, Tupac Shakur) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    • Deep Purple released album "inFinite".
    • Incubus released album "8".
    • The Cranberries released album "Something Else".
    • All That Remains released album "Madness". We played a song "Louder".
May
  • In real life:
    • Emmanuel Macron won France's Presidential elections, defeating Marine Le Pen.
    • Apple, Inc. has become the first company to be worth more than $800 million.
    • Roger Moore (most famous for portraying James Bond) died at the age of 89.
  • In music:
    • Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) died at the age of 52 (suicide).
    • The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest was won by Portugal with the song "Amar Pelos Dois".
    • Seether released album "Poison the Parish".
    • Linkin Park released album "One More Light".
    • Papa Roach released album "Crooked Teeth".
    • Danzig released album "Black Laden Crown". We played a song "But a Nightmare".
June
  • In real life:
    • President Donald Trump announced that US is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.
    • Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO.
    • Earliest-ever evidence of Homo Sapiens was unearthed by archeologists in Morocco at 300,000 years old.
    • New record was set for a price of a parking lot in Hong Kong: $664,000.
    • Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook has reached 2 billion monthly users.
  • In music:
    • Chuck Berry's album "Chuck" was released poshumously.
    • Rise Against released album "Wolves"
    • Stone Sour released album "Hydrograd"
    • Jorn released album "Life on Death Road"
    • Nickelback released album "Feed the Machine". We played a song "Coin For The Ferryman".
July
  • In real life:
    • Volvo Cars announced that all new models by 2019 will be either hybrids or battery powered - 1st automaker to do so.
    • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly became the world's richest man at $91.4 billion, overtaking Bill Gates for half a day.
  • In music:
    • Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) died at the age of 41 (suicide).
    • Coldplayed released album "Kaleidoscope".
    • In This Moment released album "Ritual". We played a song "Black Wedding" featuring Rob Halford (cover of "White Wedding" by Billy Idol).
    • Nine Inch Nails released album "Add Violence".
    • Alice Cooper released album "Paranormal". We played a song "Rats".
August
  • In real life:
    • Brazilian footballer Neymar signed a 5-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in a $263 million world-record transfer from Barcelona.
    • Largest-ever lottery jackpot win took place in the US: $758.7 million.
  • In music:
    • Deep Purple released an EP "Johnny's Band".
    • Hinder released album "The Reign".
    • Queens of the Stone Age released album "Villains".
    • Accept released album "The Rise of Chaos". We played a song "Analog Man".
September
  • In real life:
    • International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Paris and Los Angeles will host the Olympic games in 2024 and 2028 respectively.
    • Founder of the Playboy magazine Hugh Hefner died at the age of 91.
  • In music:
    • Foo Fighters released album "Concrete and Gold".
    • Paradise Lost released album "Medusa". We played a song "Symbolic Virtue" - the only 'non-growling' song I could find.
October
  • In real life:
    • Catalonia held an independence referendum on seceding from Spain.
    • Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey (among others) accused of inappropriate sexual behavior / harassment.
  • In music:
    • Tom Petty died at the age of 66.
    • Antoine "Fats" Domino died at the age of 89.
    • George Young, producer of AC/DC, died at the age of 70.
    • The Rasmus released album "Dark Matters".
    • Keldian released album "Darkness and Light".
    • Adelitas Way released album "Notorious".
    • Europe released album "Walk the Earth".
    • Hollywood Undead released album "Five".
    • Stereophonics released album "Scream Above the Sounds".
    • Theory of a Deadman released album "Wake Up Call".
    • Marilyn Manson released album "Heaven Upside Down". We played a song "SAY10".
November
  • In real life:
    • For the first time since 1958, Italy failed to qualify for 2018 Football World Cup, being defeated at a play-off game by Sweden.
    • Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Salvator Mundi" was sold at an auction in New York for a world record price of $450.3 million.
    • Brazilian footballer Robinho was sentenced for 9 years in prison for a rape in Italy.
  • In music:
    • AC/DC founder & ex-rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young died at the age of 64.
    • Bob Seger released album "I Knew You When".
    • Shakra released album "Snakes & Ladders". We played the title track.
December (thus far)
  • In real life:
    • Russia was banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping.
    • Starbucks opened its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai: 30,000 square-feet, 1/2 size of a football field.
    • Saudi Arabia announced an end to its 35-year ban on cinemas.
    • The Walt Disney Company bought most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion.
    • Michael I, last king of Romania passed away at the age of 96.
  • In music:
    • No notable original releases. Five Finger Death Punch released a compilation album "A Decade of Destruction". We played a song "My Nemesis".

Probably in general this year cannot be considered as the happiest. A lot of known people (including musicians) dying, lots of problems worldwide - crisis, starvation, hurricanes and other catastrophes. No real big hits released in rock & metal music.

However, we found enough content to host Rock Explorer on a weekly basis, and I am sure we'll have enough stuff to cover next year! Rock Explorer is set to return on Wednesday, January 10th - as usual at 19:00 CET.

Thanks for being a loyal listener throughout this year and I'll see you in 2018! Happy New Year!

P.S. If you missed the show, you still have a chance to hear it again on Sunday, December 24th at 17:00 CET.

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Posted on December 21st, 2017

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Decl
Thanks both Thomas, it's available on MixCloud and embedded here, so feel free to listen
Thomas
Fantastic recap Decl - it was a great read, but I'm afraid I missed the show.
SVNK
Just listened to the last few minutes I had missed - great show as always! Always a good recap of the year, keep it up!
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