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Tournament of Rock – Legends: The Clash vs Neil Young

Results: And Carlos Santana’s magical Cinderella run to the Great 8 … well, as they say, it’s not the fall that hurts, it’s when you hit the ground. The numbers: #2 Pink Floyd 81%; Santana/Carlos Santana 19%. Pink Floyd advances.

We have reached the Great 8 in our contest to name the greatest band of all time. Let’s begin with the Red Rocks regional final, where our readers’ apparent choice for best punk band ever takes on the lowest remaining seed.

#2 The Clash: Listen #5 Neil Young: Listen

<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=””>trends</a&gt;)</span><br />

Polls close Friday morning.

The updated bracket looks like this:

Image credit: Joel Eisenberg, MediaSpin and

20 replies »

  1. Show the damned votes, Sam.

    I mean, really.

    I voted for The Clash. Neil is a legend. But The Clash matter more in the history of rock.

  2. Look, you can gripe about the seeds, but the top four were The Beatles, Dylan, U2 and Zep. One side looks more loaded than the other because…well, because our voters insisted that The Police and Neil Young were more deserving. Not much I could have done about that unless I’d had a crystal ball….

  3. “Seriously, folks – is Neil Young one of the four greatest artists in history? Really?”

    History? Nah. In this rather exclusionary tournament of mostly white male rock musicians from 1964-2000, yes.

    • Okay, Mike. So in your view, no more than three artists in rock history are better than Neil Young. Would you be so kind as to tell me which three (I’ll assume The Beatles and two more)?

      This is going to be fun.

  4. Sam,

    I don’t think NY is one of the top four people in rock history. I would certainly put him below Dylan. But Dylan seems to have lost to the Police (a huge Xer vote, perhaps 😉 ). Young beat U2 because a fan group voted for him en masse. Why the Clash beat Nirvanna is unknown to me. Neither are boomer bands if you believe what the boomers have had to say about it on these boards.

    But this is why you had the contest, right? What would be the point if the outcome was clear from the beginning?

    • What one knows will happen and what one hopes will happen are different things. I haven’t complained about all the upsets, because there’s a great argument to be made in many cases. It’s when the voting doesn’t even pretend to be about who’s the greater band that I get annoyed.

  5. “So in your view, no more than three artists in rock history are better than Neil Young. Would you be so kind as to tell me which three (I’ll assume The Beatles and two more)?”

    I was simply stating fact. We’re only left with Neil Young (it looks like) and three yet-to-be-determined others.

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