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You Can Vote for Your Favorite (Sort Of)

Classic Rock Magazine is running a contest right now where you can vote for your favorite album of the year, event of the year, band of the year...and so on. Click here to get started.

The contest is good in that it honors many legacy acts, including bands we love here like Whitesnake and Def Leppard. The contest also leaves the door open for brand new bands (with a best new act category) and choices like Foo Fighters for the band of the year category.

I think such contests are basically good, but overall there seems to be a lot of missing categories and weak choices. I'll let you make up your own mind on that after you go to the link and make your opinion known.

The best categories are not open to fan vote. The writers at Classic Rock will weigh in and give their opinion on "Metal Guru," "Comeback of the Year" and "Classic Album."

I'm just a nobody, but I'm good enough to write for Classic Rock, so here are my choices for the three categories I just mentioned:

Metal Guru: I might actually have to give this one to nutty Axl Rose. The man's a brilliant musician and he might have the shrewdest business brain in the business. There is word of a deal that puts the elusive Chinese Democracy in Best Buy stores by the end of the year. If this happens - watch out. Bring Back Glam! will go into overload.

Comeback of the Year: This one seems like a no-brainer. Motley Crue had a strong 2008, from their new album Saints of Los Angeles, to launching Crue Fest, to their massive Live Nation deal. Kudos to my beloved Glam boys - even if they hate the word Glam.

Classic Album: Sure I'm biased, but Aerosmith's Rocks is probably about the best rock album ever made. More than 30 years old, the songs still stand-up and out.

There. Go vote. Then - if you're American - make sure you're registered to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Remember: voting has no impact on jury duty selection, so please don't use that as an excuse.

Reader Comments (6)

yeah I went and voted. Some categories just didnt have anything good in, so i didnt vote for them. Also, best album of the year? Where was Buckcherry? Where were Motley Crue?
September 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLucifer
Lucifer, if you noticed, Motley Crue got a 2/10 star review in the magazine...probably explains why they were absent from the "best of" lists. lol, whatever. I agree though, some of the nominees really didn't stand out to me at all.
September 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterr0ck0n
i totally agree wit u
September 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercrüe düde
I don't see how Def Leppard's album review got better than Motley's.
September 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMakel
oh please. do you know how many false alarms we've endured with Chinese Democracy???
September 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergerry gittelson
wow! I can't believe what I just read...Axl Rose is a brilliant musician? That is the funniest thing I've read in a long time. Appetite for Destruction was a truly ground-breaking album, and every G&R release after that, no matter how musically ridiculous, sold based on the clout of Appetite. Axl couldn't perform every show of a booked tour if his life depended on it, shows up late for the concerts he does actually make, sings like crap at those concerts, treats his fans like crap and is more than partly responsible for the riot in Montreal after James Hetfield had that terrible pyrotechnic accident, and *this* is who you choose as a Metal Guru? I know this is your blog, and thus, your opinion which I get, but I am simply amazed at your admiration for this loser who hasn't done anything close to brilliant since 1987.
September 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBob

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