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Hard rock, also known as heavy rock, is a subgenre of rock music. Typically, hard rock sounds are synonymous with aggressive vocals, keyboard and pianos, drums, bass guitar, and distorted electric guitars. Hard rock began in the mid-1960s and became popular in the 1970s. It is a genre that has produced legends and given fans some of the biggest concerts, creating a huge demand for hard rock tickets.  Some of the noteworthy names of most famous hard rock bands are Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Aerosmith and Black Sabbath.



Hard rock is essentially rock music albeit loud and aggressive. The music is heavily dependent on distorted electric guitar riffs. Drums also play an instrumental role in producing hard rock tunes, with emphasis on the use of cymbals, strong base drum and a backbeat on snare and driving rhythms. There is a close coordination between the drums and the bass guitar. A hard rock bass guitarist occasionally plays riffs; he primarily provides the backup to the rhythm and lead guitarist. Aggressive vocals symbolize screaming, wailing or growling.  


In addition to being called heavy rock, hard rock is also known as cock rock. This is due to it being largely male-dominated with emphasis on sexuality and masculinity. The audience is also predominantly white, working-class teenagers.


When it started in the 1960s, hard rock was interchangeably used with heavy metal. However, it soon distinguished itself as being more intense and louder. While the two further grew apart in the ensuing years, the two genres have existed side by side, with many bands standing on the boundary of both.



Hard rock’s roots are in the 1950s electric blues. Posturing performances, thick riff-laden texture, strong beat, string-bending blues-scale guitar solos, heavy guitar riffs, and loud vocals, all found their way into hard rock from electric blues. Electric blues guitarists such as Pat Hare, Willie Johnson, and Joe Hill Louis were all experimenting with hard rock elements long before hard rock established itself as a subgenre.


Precursor to Hard Rock (1960s)

In the 1960s, British and American rock and roll bands were experimenting with their music by infusing louder vocals, bombastic drumming, heavier guitar riffs, and harder sounds into their music. Forerunners to present day hard rock were Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Elmore James. Songs such as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Inside Looking Out,” “Shapes of Things,” “My Generation” and “You Really Got Me” were precursors to hard rock.


In the late 1960s, when hard rock became an established subgenre of rock music, rock music started to be divided into soft rock and hard rock. The former emphasized harmonies and melody, while the latter was louder and intense.


Hard Rock in the 1970s

Hard rock came of age in the 1970s. The 70s hard rock was represented by bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, The Who, Queen, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Van Halen. These bands were instrumental in popularizing hard rock.


Hard Rock in the 1980s

Just like electric blues led to hard rock, similarly, hard rock too, in the 1980s, led to various other subgenres such as glam metal.


In the 1980s, there was a lot of commotion in the hard rock scene. Some bands disbanded, while others pressed on, yet others changed their style of music from hard rock to pop rock. This is in addition to many lineup changes in a variety of hard rock bands, which saw new faces emerging on the hard rock scene with more familiar faces either going solo or joining other bands.


Bands and artists that helped popularize glam metal were Van Halen, Kiss, Boston and Alice Cooper. In the beginning, it was essentially confined to Los Angeles Sunset Strip music scene where bands such as Dokken, Quiet Riot, Ratt, and Mötley Crüe pioneered it. It was often associated with makeup and flashy clothing.


Hard Rock in the 1990s

Hard rock, in the early 1990s, was one of the most popular styles of music. Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC, all came out with new albums, selling in millions. However, alongside hard rock, alternative forms of hard rock also achieved mainstream success in the form of grunge. Nirvana’s Nevermind spearheaded the success of grunge movement. The album combined elements of both heavy metal and hardcore punk with darker lyrics, and heavy guitar distortion. Other than Nirvana, bands that helped popularize grunge were Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam.


The powerful performances of these bands are loved and revered by hard rock fans. You have to experience them to see what these concerts are like. So get hard rock tickets and enjoy the electrifying atmosphere and the powerful performances by the popular artists.