BEST IN ROCK 2020
Despite being a crazy year, these five moments reminded fans why rock n' roll can truly survive anything. Here's to more albums, more music and hopefully more shows in 2021 so that the rock community can put up their bull horns once again. From everyone at Rock Is Dead, have a safe and happy holiday season! #rockisdead
1) Nandi Bushell vs. Dave Grohl
Keeping rock fans entertained throughout the summer of 2020 was the EPIC drum battle between 9-year-old Nandi Bushell and Foo Fighters/Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. The battle lasted multiple rounds and ended with Grohl conceding defeat on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. To keep up with Nandi's covers and accolades from fellow musicians, you can follow her YouTube page here.
2) Yungblud Shares No.1 Album Award with Fans
After releasing his sophomore album weird! in December, Yungblud started receiving praise from the rock community across Europe and North America. It landed the punk rocker his first No.1 on the Official Albums Chart and inspired a unique idea not yet done by an artist before. Yungblud decided to melt down his No.1 album trophy and have it remade into limited edition pins that he'll send to 150 of his closest fans. He said, "Yungblud is not me, it is us, this is our award." Listen to Yungblud's new album here
3) Women Who Rocked
This year was particularly special for the women who topped the mainstream rock radio charts in 2020. Whether it was Canadian singer JJ Wilde who launched onto the scene with her single "The Rush," or The Pretty Reckless who broke records with their song "Death by Rock and Roll." Oh, and let's not forget that Miley Cyrus got her first No.1 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart with her latest release Plastic Hearts. Keep your eyes peeled for these incredible women doing big things in 2021.
4) Jack White Saves the Day on SNL
After country music star Morgan Wallen disregarded COVID-19 safety precautions during his week on SNL, Wallen was booted from the musical guest spot just three days before the live show. He was replaced by The White Stripes guitarist Jack White, who quickly pulled together one of the greatest musical guest performances SNL has ever seen. Fans and critics were shocked at how raw and vulnerable his two performances were, which included renditions of “Ball and Biscuit," “Don’t Hurt Yourself,”“Jesus Is Coming Soon” and “Lazaretto.”
5) It's Times Like These You Learn To Love Again
After five long days of counting ballots in the 2020 US Presidential Election, CNN finally called the race for a Joe Biden win on Saturday, just hours before the Foo Fighters were set to take the stage on SNL. After premiering their new single "Shame Shame" the band went old school for their second song of the night with "Times Like These." The somber performance began with Dave Grohl alone on stage, as he belted out the song's important lyrics about coming together after a tough time.