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Tournament of Rock – Legends: Great 48 wraps up, Sweet 16 kicks Monday morning; PLUS, fun factoids about the tournament so far

Our last pod ended the Great 48 on a subdued note. Nirvana won handily, but voter turnout was low. Does this mean trouble for “the voice of Generation X” at the next level? We’ll know soon enough. The numbers: #3 Nirvana 56%; #8 John Mellencamp 32%; Los Lobos 12%.

On Monday we’ll launch the third phase of the Tournament of Rock – Legends, as our contest to name the greatest band of all time kicks off the Sweet 16. To make sure we have everybody’s attention, we’ll be starting with an absolute scorcher in the Hollywood Bowl region.

And now, here’s a few factoids of potential interest on the ToR so far:

  • Consecutive wins by favored artists: 10
  • Consecutive upsets: 3
  • Total number of wins by favorites: 30
  • Total number of upsets: 18
  • Total wins by “Baby Boomer bands”*: 33
  • Total wins by “Gen X bands”: 15
  • Your humble tournament director’s voting record: 26-22
  • Number of voter decisions that your humble tournament director views as indefensible by any standards (this would not include upsets that he merely disagrees with, such as Jimi Hendrix over REM – these are the egregious cases only): 4 (Santana over Van Morrison; Doobie Brothers over Joni Mitchell and Todd Rundgren; Robert Palmer over Green Day; Joan Jett over Elton John, Lush and maybe even White Zombie)
  • Number of voter decisions that your humble tournament director thinks the voters botched badly, but not as badly as the crop in the previous bullet: 3 (Santana over Eels; Los Lobos over Steely Dan; Billy Joel over Cheap Trick)
  • Number of cases where your humble tournament director was personally sympathetic to a massive upset, while at the same time acknowledging that an injustice may have been done in the process: 1 (Queensryche over The Allman Brothers Band)
  • Number of cases where your humble tournament director was personally sympathetic to a massive upset, while having no sympathy at all for complaints that an injustice may have been done: 1 (Queensryche over The Grateful Dead)
  • Number of cases where the voters appeared to give a happy damn about what the tournament director thinks: 0

* We’re counting Punk and New Wave with X here; although all of these artists were Boomer era themselves, the New Wave movement arrived while the front edge of X was in high school and defined the generation’s coming-of-age moment in much the same way that the British Invasion defined the ascendance of the Boom. Roughly, bands that established their legends pre-1978 or so we’ll classify with the Baby Boom (which means that “Boomerish” bands like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Dire Straits are counted with X).

See you Monday.

3 replies »

  1. “Doobie Brothers over Joni Mitchell and Todd Rundgren” — TOR’s lowest point.

    But what heights await us in the Sweet Sixteen!

  2. Not likely to be anything that matches that, although if Santana wins his next match I quit. Not that he isn’t great, but his next opponent is a monster.