If leather pants, black eyeliner and nail polish are your wardrobe staples, these places might be for you. Spelling a totally different meaning for the head-banging community, these cities book a special spot on a rock lover’s itinerary.
Liverpool might have been home to The Beatles, but London was the launching point for the British Invasion. Hendrix was merely an American guitarist; London made him a star along with the four lads from Cambridge – Pink Floyd.
The city has been home to some of the biggest names in rock and roll history and continues to play a pivotal role in dishing out fresh acts. The styles that emerged over the decades include alternative, punk and new wave rock. Look no further than the list of alumni below and you’ll understand why London makes it on our list.
Home to: David Bowie, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, The Police, The Cure, The Clash, The Sex Pistols and Amy Winehouse.
Not to miss: You might feel silly stopping the traffic, but coming back without your picture walking across Abbey Road would be ludicrous. If you are curious to know what waits in a music lover’s heaven, walk along the Tottenham Court Road’s music shops. Be sure not to miss Jimi Hendrix’s hideout at 23 Brook Street or The Savoy Hotel, where the famous Bob Dylan song Subterranean Homesick Blues was shot.
With the industrial smell, sooty air and wet weather; there’s a reason why this town became the birthplace of grunge. The distorted sound of the city made way into jam-pads and later blared out of speakers at local clubs. This amplified, angry noise characterised the music born here.
In 1992, Rolling Stone magazine called it the ‘new Liverpool’ with misfit teenagers,
spring-boarding to stardom with their adrenaline-charged performances. Those into grunge, alternative rock and indie rock know what the Seattle sound is all about. And to those still wondering why we suggest visiting
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Home to:Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Alice in Chains and Fleet Foxes.
Not to miss: View authentic memorabilia from grunge legends such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana in Hard Rock Cafe Seattle. Put the London Bridge Studio on your itinerary. It’s where bands such as Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, Blind Melon, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains recorded their albums. Visit the sculpture along Lake Washington that gave Soundgarden its name. Pioneer Square, contains lots of bars where old grunge bands, such as The Central Saloon, played
This tiny beach town is the most unlikely destination for a rock and roll lifestyle, but did it produce a sound that took the world by storm or what? Although the seeds of the Swedish death metal were sown in Stockholm, they germinated and flourished in Gothenburg.
New age rock controlled the kids, who according to In Flames frontman Anders Fridén “just wanted to be part of a scene”. Today the town is the Mecca of the roaring metal mania and attracts millions of head bangers from around the world.
Home to: In Flames, Dissection, Arch Enemy and At the Gates.
Not to miss: It’s not the rock history
sites that make Gothenburg a rock lover’s haven, but the vibe and thriving music scene across various venues. People descend goth-guised in the evenings and the darker alter ego of the town emerges. Some of the best places to witness this are Sticky Fingers and Rockbaren, a stand-alone pub with gigs all around the year. Club Centurion and the Brew House are other popular hubs.
However, hardcore fans are confined within the bleak winter forests of outlying rural suburbs. For a closer encounter with the community, we suggest a visit to the woods outside Boras.