Rock of Ages: Here was the field for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance:
"Slow Burn", David Bowie
"45", Elvis Costello
"The Barry Williams Show", Peter Gabriel
"Darkness, Darkness", Robert Plant
"The Rising", Bruce Springsteen*** (denotes winner)
By virtue of this list, we left to presume that rock is effectively dead. When the last 70s rocker expires, there will be no more rock, only pop, "alternative" or metal. I mean, does anyone listen to Peter Gabriel or Robert Plant anymore? And I know that Elvis Costello is god to rock geeks, but that is all. Only Bowie and of course Springsteen can really make an argument that they are relevant any more, and with Bowie, you're pushing it. This is sad.