Arena Rock Radio
Arena Rock developed in the mid-'70s, when hard rock and heavy metal bands began to gain popularity. The music became more commercially oriented and radio-friendly, boasting slick productions and anthemic choruses, both on their hard rock numbers and sweeping power ballads.
Most of these bands earned their following through saturation airplay on FM radio and through constant touring. Bands like Journey, REO Speedwagon, Boston, Queen, and KISS became some of the most popular (and influential) bands of the mid- to late '70s through this circuit.
The often highly produced music, including both upbeat, dramatic songs and slower power ballads, features strong emphasis on melody and frequently employs anthemic choruses. Other major characteristics include prominent guitar effects and the use of keyboards and synthesizers.
Festival of Friends Events / Songmixers Series (Vol. 13), showcasing 19 select-songs from 19 different iconic artists and bands from the Arena Rock era. Songs performed by a rotating roster of up to 30 different FoF community member musicians who've registered in advance. See FAQ for more details.
Event Song Selections
Queen // We Will Rock You - We Are The Champions (1977)
Boston // Rock and Roll Band (1976)
Journey // Don't Stop Believin' (1981)
Heart // Barracuda (1977)
Aerosmith // Sweet Emotion (1975)
Thin Lizzy // The Boys Are Back In Town (1976)
Pat Benatar // Promises in the Dark (1981)
KISS // Shout It Out Loud (1976)
Van Halen // Panama (1984)
Billy Squire // The Stroke (1981)
Motley Crue // Smokin' In The Boys Room (1985)
Foreigner // Urgent (1981)
Led Zeppelin // Rock and Roll (1971)
REO Speedwagon // Take It On The Run (1980)
Lynyrd Skynyrd // Gimme Three Steps (1973)
RUSH // Red Barchetta (1981)
.38 Special // Rockin' into the Night (1979)
Def Leppard // Animal (1987)
Bon Jovi // Wanted Dead or Alive (1986)