Rock critic, producer and manager Jon Landau once wrote, “I’ve seen the future of Rock and Roll and it’s name is Bruce Springsteen” but he was only partially right. He wrote that in 1974 and by 1984, Bruce was, in fact the top dawg in Rock. But there’s more to rock music than the stars.
Last week, I also saw the future of Rock and Roll and it’s name was the Christopher Laughlin Rock Band Camp. Ever since the movie School of Rock, music schools all over the US have started offering their own version of the School of Rock. And with the proliferation of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, even non-guitar players are learning how to rock out.
Back to Chris Laughlin, who runs the Christopher Laughlin School of Music which is in Northbrook, IL. Last week, Fat Tone Guitars hosted this rock camp’s performance on our stage and offered a chance for a bunch of kids to perform rock and roll in front of an audience–with real guitars, amps, microphones, etc. The kids ranged in age from around 8 through 18. We had drummers, guitarists, bassists and keyboardists. And all were fantastic, playing everything from Cream to Green Day. Lots of Green Day.
In this age of multi-genre music, and the dying major record labels, the future of rock and roll is really these kids playing guitar and singing. Rock on!