Our inaugural Tournament of Rock will conclude here in a couple weeks with the crowning of either Paul Steel, Asobi Seksu or Rose Hill Drive. ToR I featured a wide range of bands, including many that our readers didn’t know before the contest.
Tournament of Rock II: The Legends, on the other hand, will ask our readers to crown the greatest band of all time. Dr. Booth and I have been hard at work pulling together the participants, seeding them, and kicking around all kinds of format options. But we want to make sure that we don’t exclude anybody deserving.
ToR II will include 96 bands and solo artists, and you can rest assured that we’ve included all the big names. It’s possible we’ve overlooked someone, however, and if we have, you can make sure we get them into the game. What we’d like you to do is use the comment space below to nominate your favorites.
A brief note about where we’re drawing the lines. First, this is the Tournament of Rock, so this contest won’t include our favorite R&B artists (we love Stevie Wonder and The Temptations and Sam Cooke, etc., but we’re saving them for a future ToR&B).
Second, we have to pick an arbitrary starting point, so we’re going to begin right around the time of the Brit Invasion. We love Buddy Holly and Elvis, but aren’t including them in this particular battle royale.
Third, we’re also focusing on bands that had at least some measure of popular success. We all have our own critical favorites who nobody has ever heard of, but have opted to concentrate this particular showdown on acts that are well-known by the listening public.
And finally, we’re excluding a lot of bands on the basis that “it’s too soon to tell.” These are contemporary bands who we believe are among the best alive at the present time, but who have not yet established themselves as all-time greats. This list includes bands like The Killers and Franz Ferdinand, for instance, as well as someone like Death Cab for Cutie. There are contemporary bands that we think have hit the mark, of course.
So, with this in mind, let us know who you want to make sure we include.