The definition of a “Band” is the coming together of a few people who practice their art together. They are generally friends, class mates and colleagues. They come together as a band and practice in order to make it good enough for themselves and an audience.
All the great bands – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, ABBA, Bee Gees, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N Roses, Nirvana, Backstreet Boys, Eagles, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Linkin Park, U2, One Republic – started small. They started off in a garage or a small room. They probably had just 2 guitars, a drum, a keyboard and a vocalist.
The members of the great bands had the urge to spend hours together practicing, composing and playing music together. They continued playing for many years, while producing and performing music that drives people crazy even decades and centuries later. These were not musicians who had aristocratic musical training like Mozart, Beethoven or Stravinsky. They were more the “aam aadmi” that wanted to express their emotions. They wanted to do it without any rules and laws in ordinary everyday language; not the ‘uppity’ intellectual kind. However, they rocked the world and they still do.
The use of the term “Rock-N-Roll” was in the earlier days of Elvis Presley. The word “Roll” got dropped and “Rock” continued. Rock came to include everything after the first golden age of Rock – British Invasion, Girl Groups, Motown, Greenwich Village, Psychedelia / Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Progressive, Rock, Soul, R&B / RnB / Rhythm and Blues, Punk, New Wave, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Alternative, Rap,…..