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Being a mix of all kinds of music that does not fit in any other genre, alternative rock music has been popularized by bands such as R.E.M., Nirvana, Creed, Matchbox Twenty and Radiohead. Falling under this label, the genre draws its fame from a multitude of music types, including grunge, indie rock, Britpop, post-grunge, post-rock and others.

Alternative rock is the perfect music to jam out to if you have a lot of pent-up anger and need to let loose. Descended from the punk rock scene of the 1970s, alternative rocks projects a defiant attitude and fuels that angsty fire that flames on in the heart of fans everywhere. This music turns rock music on its head, bringing a little bit of edginess to the classic genre. The whiny, nasally pop-punk voices blare out over a sea of jumping fans, eager to belt out the lyrics of their favorite tune. It’s not uncommon to see a bra or ten tossed up onto the stage for the band members to display prominently on their microphone stands. After all, quite a large number of the audience tends to attend not only for the music but also to catch a glimpse of whichever performer whose poster they have draped all over their bedroom walls. Alternative rock’s typical distorted sound functions as a reminder of how it got its name; as a moniker for underground and lesser-known rockers who still received mainstream recognition. Since then, it has evolved into a massive genre boasting many world-renowned bands with legions of fans. If you want to vent frustration or just rock out, alternative rock tickets are just what you need.

Greatest Alternative Rock Artists

Alternative rock has seen some really great artists since the initial development of the genre. Let’s take a look at some of these names:

Radiohead

The English rock band, formed in 1985 has sold more than 30 million copies all over the world, as of 2011. Their work is appreciated by fans and critics alike. Radiohead was ranked at 73rd spot on Rolling Stone’s list of The Greatest Artists of All Time. The band draws its inspiration from various alternative rock bands such as U2, Sonic Youth and the Smiths. Radiohead has also won many awards, including four Grammy Awards and one MTV Video Music Award.

Nirvana

Formed by the late Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic, and later joined by the drummer Dave Grohl, Nirvana was a classic grunge and alternative rock band of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Even though they released only three complete albums, they managed to establish themselves as one of the most influential bands in the history of music. They disbanded in 1994 after the death of Kurt Cobain, but their popularity has continued on till today. Nirvana sold more than 25 million records in the US and 75 million worldwide. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

R.E.M.

R.E.M. is regarded as one of the very first alternative rock bands with a distinct vocal quality. The lead vocalist, Michael Stipe has a unique sound, along with the melodic basslines and backing vocals of the other members. The group’s debut album, Murmur, was a huge critical and commercial success and was followed by a career full of similar successes. R.E.M. was one of the pioneers of alternative rock music and was viewed as inspiration by acts such as Nirvana and Pavement. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and disbanded in 2011.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The funk and alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. Since then, the group has released multiple successful albums, landing them sixteen Grammy Awards nominations and six wins. Red Hot Chili Peppers are widely regarded as the most successful alternative rock band in radio history, with the highest number of chart-toppers to their name. The band’s biggest commercial success was their 1999 album, Californication. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Foo Fighters

Formed by the ex-Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters are one of the most popular alternative rock and post-grunge bands in American music. To date, Foo Fighters have released a total of nine albums, with the most recent one being Concrete and Gold in 2017. Concrete and Gold also became the band’s second album to top the charts in the US. Foo Fighters have won the Grammy Award for the Best Rock album and have sold more than 12 million records all across the country.

Pearl Jam

Formed in Seattle in 1990, Pearl Jam arrived on to the music scene with a highly successful debut album, Ten. The band is known as one of the key elements in the early ‘90s grunge movement, creating a distinctive sound with their music. Over the course of their career, they have sold more than 60 million records across the world and have performed countless sold-out concerts. Pearl Jam was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2017.

U2

Lead by Bono, the Irish band, U2 started out with a post-punk sound, eventually evolving their music with the passage of time. Their first UK number one album, War was released in 1983 and helped establish the band as a socially and politically conscious group. The album that really made them into international superstars, however, was their fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree, released in 1987. It produced singles such as “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “With or Without You”. U2 is regarded as one of the best-selling bands in the history of music, with nearly 175 million in records sales worldwide. With 22 Grammys to their name, the fame of U2 truly knows no bounds.

Green Day

The band behind hit records such as American Idiot, Dookie and 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day’s unique sound infuses elements of punk and pop rock. The five-time Grammy winning artists started out in 1986 in East Bay, San Francisco, bringing their unique sound into the music industry. Their sound has often been compared to first wave punk rock groups such as The Clash, Sex Pistols and the Ramones. Their high energy songs and live performances have set them apart from other similar bands. 

Linkin Park

Despite suffering a major blow with the death of its lead singer, Chester Bennington in July 2017, the band has become even bigger than it was before. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with the release of their debut album, Hybrid Theory in 2000. The following album, Meteora was an even bigger success, also topping charts across the country. With a unique mix of alternative rock, nu metal and rap rock, Linkin Park managed to create a sound that made them one of the best-selling artists in the world.

Coldplay

Coldplay, the British rock band first achieved worldwide fame with the release of their single “Yellow” in 2000. Subsequent albums, Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to the Head, X&Y and Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends were all critical and commercial successes, receiving largely positive reviews. Coldplay have won a total of 85 awards out of an impressive 252 nominations.

Cheap Alternative Rock Tickets

Concerts of alternative rock bands take place throughout the year across the country. Current events to look forward include performances by Lorde, Depeche Mode, Breaking Benjamin, Third Eye Blind, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Aaron Lewis, Weezer, Papa Roach, Jason Mraz and many more. The performances are starting from 12th January, 2018 and will last throughout the year and beyond. Cheap alternative rock tickets might be available for some of these concerts. But with the fame of all these performers, you ought to buy alternative rock tickets for yourself at the earliest possible time!

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