Arena rock (also known as corporate rock, industry rock,or stadium rock) is a word to describe a form of rock music which is played, or intended to be played, in large venues, such as stadia and open-air concert spaces. In such a way, genres which traditionally fall within the categories of arena rock tend to be (yet not always) loud and anthemic; arena rock is most traditionally associated with heavy metal, progressive rock, hard rock, glam metal or pop rock genres. Often, yet not always, arena rock is categorised as being more mass-scale, commercially appealing, and radio-oriented music. Due to the often commercial nature of arena rock, it is occasionally called corporate rock.
Arena rock is generally associated with the grand shows that artists and groups within the style would hold. At these performances, large sound systems, and often elaborate lighting, additional effects and fireworks, would be included. The 1970s and 80s were a major period in arena rock.
Whilst arena rock has seen large popularity over the years, especially from the 1960s to the 1980s, it has also been criticised for its often commercial and extravagant nature, especially with regards to the shows and concert tours that arena rock bands and artists would have. To some extent, genres such as pub rock, punk rock, indie rock and alternative rock grew as a reaction against the nature and aesthetic of arena rock, opting for a less commercial and over-the-top style.
Notable musicians[change | change source]
- Billy Joel
- Black Sabbath
- Blue Öyster Cult
- The Eagles
- Fleetwood Mac
- Meat Loaf
- Peter Frampton
- REO Speedwagon
- Van Halen
References[change | change source]
- W. M. Reynolds and J. A. Webber, Expanding Curriculum Theory: Dis/positions and Lines of Flight (London: Routledge, 2004), ISBN 0805846646, p. 24.