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Tournament of Rock – Legends: the Bob Marley pod

Results: As we continue our search for the greatest band of all time, a moral is emerging: don’t erode your own legacy. The Fillmore region’s #11 seed follows underperforming Aerosmith and Van Halen out the door, as the once-great Sir Elton John is upset by Joan Jett. The numbers: Joan Jett/Blackhearts 51%; Elton John 36%; Lush 4%; Concrete Blonde 4%; White Zombie/Rob Zombie 3%; Duran Duran 1%. Jett advances to the Great 48.

For our next match we move to the Budokan region, where one of the most popular and influential figures in music defends against another tough, diverse set of challengers.

Note: Since The Eagles are entered in the ToR, Joe Walsh’s presence here represents his solo career and his work with The James Gang.

Please gives these artists a listen and then vote on who you think deserves to advance in the Budokan bracket.

<br /> <a href=”; mce_href=””>Which band/artist deserves to advance in the Tournament of Rock: Legends?</a><span style=”font-size:9px;” mce_style=”font-size:9px;”>(<a href=”; mce_href=””>polls</a&gt;)</span><br />

Polls close Sunday. And may the best band rock.

27 replies »

  1. I’m not sure I can vote for Marley even though, for sure, he’s a legend. One, I can’t stand most reggae. And two, it ain’t rock. I must contemplate.

    • Uber: It may not be rock, per se, but Marley has had an unbelievable crossover impact. Significant swaths of what we think of as rock wouldn’t exist without him.

      Then again, the same can perhaps be said for Southern Gospel…

  2. And Miles and Trane. Maybe you’re including Ray Charles, BB King, Taj, Muddy and bunch of other blues artists, too, I dunno. They’re all obviously legends and they all had huge impacts on what we consider rock. Tom Petty wouldn’t be Tom without Ray. I’m not criticizing your choice to put Marley on here. He’s just not what ***I*** consider rock. 🙂

  3. I definitely put reggae in the rock spectrum. If it’s good enough for the Clash, it’s good enough for me. Without reggae, you wouldn’t have “Hotel California”; you wouldn’t have Joe Walsh’s “Life’s Been Good”; you wouldn’t have Clapton’s cover of “I Shot the Sheriff”.

    • I can’t fault you, Mike. JJ was a great artist and if any anyone has ever cranked out two better records in one year than he did in 1978, I don’t know what they were. I personally cast a contrarian vote for the vastly underappreciated Luke Haines, but I think any and all non-Marley votes are protest votes at this point, anyway.

  4. how apt that votes against Marley would be votes of protest. i think he would approve. this one caused more teeth-gnashing for me than any of the previous. joe walsh is my greatest guitar hero, but ultimately, i had to go to the source and vote for Bob.

    oh, and one more vote for reggae: KMFDM’s best album was UAIOE. yes, reggae and industrial can come together. what a wonderful fusion!

  5. Gotta go with Bob (especially since MY name is Bob). The rest are fine, really, but not exactly legends except for Jackson. Walsh wrote one pretty good some (Life’s been Good to Me), but the Byrds and Moby Grape both did the same theme better. If Jackson had stuck to performance rather than all those film scores…although he was active in campaigning against the smoking bans here in the UK, a strong point in his favor as far as I’m concerned. Still, great as Jackson is, Marley’s influence is just too significant to ignore.

    • Wufnik: Aha – the evidence continues to mount. We now know your name!

      Elaine: I’m not sure everyone would agree with your assessments of the authors, but we try hard. Thanks.

  6. The presence of Bob proves the authors know their stuff. He gets my vote.

    Great Pod.

  7. Gotta say Bob is kinda a stretch for rock. I understand his cross over appeal, but I’m going to have to vote against him on this one. This pod is kinda difficult because as far as influence I think Marley influenced a lot of people, but mostly not rock bands. Thin Lizzy’s influence can be heard in more rock music. Had to go with Thin Lizzy.

  8. An induction:

    “There’s no question that reggae is legitimately part of the larger culture of rock and roll, partaking of its full heritage of social forces and stylistic influences.”

    Still going strong:

    Rock to the Rock:


  9. Bobs tend to stick together. They even recognize each other across crowded rooms. It’s a psychic thing. At the bottom of the turtles is…a Bob, holding everything up.

  10. if we’re talking influence, i think we’d all agree that the blues has influenced rock more than other styles. after that though, i think you’d have to say R&B, reggae, folk (and by extension, country), and jazz all have had a mostly equal hand.

    i think there’s a misconception that reggae is perhaps the antithesis of rock because it’s all about feeling laid back and groovy and getting high. but really, i can’t think of a rock influence that more solidly typifies the spirit of rebellion and resistance.

    i don’t think The Police could have pulled off their political consciousness angle in a sincere way were it not for the reggae/dancehall quality of their sound.

  11. The Police. Bang on! The Police made me think of Bob when I first heard them in my teens.

  12. Bob Marley is clearly not a rock musician. And although his music can be heard in bands like the Police, and some ska bands, I don’t feel that he met the first criteria of this contest, and that’s actually being rock musician. Also Thin Lizzy’s doubled guitars can be heard in almost every rock band.

  13. Peer reviews count for much in life – so what has Bono to say on the subject of BM.

    Rock Star Gallery:

    There are rock fans in Serbia, so Bob can tame the Balkans, no? That is one hell of a reach for Roots Rock Reggae: