Some say that rockin roll is dead and that it died a long time ago. Depending on your generation that might have been with Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, that guy from that punk band (take your pick really) or Nana bloody Mouskouri. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, music appreciation lives in the slightly deaf ears of the listener. Black Sabbath on the turntable pumping out Paranoia. That weird bloke Tip Toing Through the Tulips, there must be some artistic Amsterdam connection there folks, I reckon.

Best Rock N Roll 2017: Who’s Performing & Who To Look Out For

So, getting back to the job at hand, who’s performing and who to look out for in 2017? David Bowie, despite being dead, had a very big year, this year. It remains true that the rockin roll business is still mired in the past and that there is a dearth of new bands who are genuine performing stars. The made for TV pop stars have trashed the live gig business to some extent. Standouts include Coheed and Cambria who are prog rock stars. The 1975 have captured the teenage girl market and I like It When You Sleep For You Are so Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, continues to dominant the longest album title awards this year.

John Mayer remains a highly credible performer in the rock business and his gigs are always a standout. Heavy Metal bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Poison will all tour in 2017, putting the stomp into marching music once again. Hall of Fame inductees: Journey, ELO, Yes, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur will all, most likely, tour to cash in on their 15 minutes of re-fame.  The ceremony itself was a highlight for many music fans, as not many fans would have known that Joan Baez was that funny (or who she was at all…).

Lorde will be touring in 2107, as will Tool, Solange, Future Islands and Frank Ocean. Noname is another anti-pop star who has what it takes to shake the apple tree. She will be performing live in 2107 around the US. Billy Joel gets out the walking stick and will be banging those ivories into submission this year on stages across the globe. Ariana Grande is the new pop diva to dominate proceedings and will be singing up a storm, and organising a tour, possibly, in your neck of the woods.