Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids
You've seen that skull with the lightning bolt on it? That's the Grateful Dead logo. Their singer, Jerry Garcia, died in 1995, but there are dozens of bands that sound like them now that took their place.
Beyond that, if you ever get into the Dead, just be careful, Okay? Don't get into strange vans, and if there is a shower nearby, just jump in.
(See also: Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane)
A lot of the indie bands right now with twentysomething guys and girls in the band steal most of their sound from Fleetwood Mac. This is your grandmother's favorite band, and chances are she used to dress like one of their singers, this witch lady named Stevie Nicks, who danced with scarves.
She may have done drugs, too, but she will ignore the question and instead ask if you want ice cream and a new PlayStation.
(See also: Elton John, Todd Rundgren, Carole King)
Oh boy. A few months ago on American Idol, they had a judge on there named Steven Tyler, who sort of looks like a baseball glove with hair. He sings for Aerosmith, and has for over 40 years. I think they even played one or two songs on Idol.
Anyhow, they had some great albums in the '70s, did a lot of bad stuff and haven't recovered since. In the '80s and '90s, they made some really interesting music videos that your dad used to watch with the sound down. They still play shows, but it's kind of awkward.
(See also: Guns 'N Roses, Van Halen)