New rock operas on the way

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Sun Aug 15 09:49:15 CDT 2004

>From Newsday at:

Concept albums rockin' again
August 15, 2004

Progressive rock fans, rejoice: The concept album is
making a comeback. Years after punk rock and grunge
tried to kill off Yes, Rush and other 1970s prog-
rockers, bands are rediscovering the pleasures of
lengthy storylines, recurring characters and songs
broken into "acts." They may not rival The Who's
"Tommy" or even Styx's "Paradise Theater," but the
ideas are, um, interesting:

Emo-punks Coheed & Cambria are gaining a following
with "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3," part of
a series of fantasy-themed albums about a child who
avenges his parents' deaths. Sample song titles: "The
Ring in Return," "Three Evils (Embodied in Love and

The satirical indie band Camper Van Beethoven has
completed what singer David Lowery calls a "rock
opera" titled "New Roman Times" (due in October). It's
about a troubled Texas teen who joins an elite miliary
unit and invades a country. Sample song titles: "Might
Makes Right," "I Am Talking to This Flower."

Green Day's forthcoming album, "American Idiot," due
next month, includes a nine-minute "punk rock opera"
(!) called "Jesus of Suburbia," which is broken into
four songs of widely different styles, according to
singer Billie Joe Armstrong. Sample song titles: "City
of the Damned," "Tales From Another Broken Home."

-Brian in Atlanta
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