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Rock of the Year: 2016 Recap

As a tradition, at the end of December each year we do Rock of the Year edition of the show. Recap inside!

We had a look at the songs that were released throughout the year 2016. We also mentioned some more significant events that took place this year. See recap below.

  • In real life:
    • Singer David Bowie passed away at the age of 69.
    • Actor Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69.
  • In music:
    • Megadeth released an album "Dystopia". We played the title track from this album.
    • Dream Theater released an album "The Astonishing".
  • In real life:
    • Leonardo DiCaprio finally won the Academy Award (Oscar) for his role in "The Revenant".
    • Actor Harper Lee passed away at the age of 89.
  • In music:
    • Lacey Sturm released an album "Life Screams".
    • Wolfmother released an album "Victorious". We played the title track from this album.
    • Magnum released an album "Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies".
  • In real life:
    • Bill Gates is once again in the Forbes' list of billionaires at position #1, having $75 billion.
  • In music:
    • 3 Doors Down released an album "Us and the Night". We played a song called "Still Alive".
    • Iggy Pop released an album "Post Pop Depression".
    • Amon Amarth released an album "Jomsviking".
  • In real life:
    • British director Guy Hamilton (known for a James Bond film "Goldfinger") died at the age of 93.
    • Singer Prince passed away at the age of 57.
  • In music:
    • Blue October released an album "Home". We played a song called "Houston Heights".
  • In real life:
    • In India, a 70-year-old lady gave successful birth to a baby boy.
    • EgyptAir flight MS804 went missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo.
  • In music:
    • 61st Eurovision Song Contest was held. Ukraine won it with the song "1944".
    • Radiohead released an album "A Moon Shaped Pool".
    • Sick Puppies re;eased an album "Fury". We played a song called "Stick to Your Guns".
    • Other artists that released albums include Lacuna Coil, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton.
  • In real life:
    • Professional legendary boxer Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74.
    • Actor Anton Yelchin (known for his role in Star Trek) died in an accident at the age of 27. Curiously, he's the latest addition to the "27 club".
    • United Kingdom voted to leave the EU in their "Brexit" referendum. David Cameron resigned as a PM.
  • In music:
    • Volbeat released an album "Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie". We played a song called "The Devil's Bleeding Crown".
    • Band of Horses released an album "Why Are You OK".
    • Rage released an album "The Devil Strikes Again".
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers released an album "The Getaway".
    • Thousand Foot Krutch released an album "Exhale".
  • In real life:
    • South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to 6 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
    • Pokémon Go, the real-world mobile game by Niantic, is first released.
    • Attempted military coup in Turkey failed. Nearly 300 people got killed, 6000 were then arrested.
  • In music:
    • Blink-182 released an album "California". We played a song called "She's Out of Her Mind".
    • Good Charlotte released an album "Youth Authority".
    • Steven Tyler released a Country-genre solo album "We're All Somebody from Somewhere".
    • Billy Talent released an album "Afraid of Heights".
  • In real life:
    • 31st Summer Olympics were held in Brazil.
    • American swimmer Michael Phelps won his 23rd Olympic gold medal. Crazy!
  • In music:
    • Skillet released an album "Unleashed".
    • Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish vocalist) released a solo album "The Shadow Self".
    • Soilwork released a an album "Death Resonance".
    • Sabaton released an album "The Last Stand". We played a song called "Sparta".
  • In real life:
    • Hurican Matthew killed over 1000 people in Haiti. Many injured across the United States.
  • In music:
    • A Day to Remember released an album "Bad Vibrations".
    • Meat Loaf released an album "Braver Than We Are".
    • Of Mice & Men released an album "Cold World".
    • Poets of the Fall released an album "Clearview".
    • Airbourne released an album "Breakin' Outta Hell". We played a song called "Rivalry".
  • In real life:
    • American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • In music:
    • Alter Bridge released an album "The Last Hero".
    • Green Day released an album "Revolution Radio".
    • OneRepublic released an album "Oh My My".
    • Placebo released two albums: "Life's What You Make It" and "A Place for Us to Dream".
    • Kings of Leon released an album "Walls".
    • Korn released an album "The Serenity of Suffering".
    • Avenged Sevenfold released an album "The Stage". We played a song called "Sunny Disposition".
  • In real life:
    • Republican Donald Trump was elected President of The United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton despite Clinton winning 2.9 million more votes.
    • Plane carrying Brazilian Chapecoense fooball team crashed near Medellin, Colombia killing 71 players and journalists.
    • UNESCO added Belgian beer to its Cultural Heritage List.
    • Singer Leonard Cohen passed away at the age of 82.
    • Long-time Cuba leader Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. A bit of black humor.
  • In music:
    • Bon Jovi released an album "This House Is Not for Sale".
    • HammerFall released an album "Built to Last". We played a song called "Hammer High".
    • David Bowie's album "Bowie Legacy" was released.
    • In Flames released an album "Battles".
    • Metallica released an album "Hardwired... to Self-Destruct".
  • In real life:
    • British actor Peter Vaughan (recently known from Game of Thrones) passed away at the age of 93.
    • Singer George Michael died from suspected heart failure at the age of 53.
    • American actress Carrie Fisher passed away at the age of 60.
  • In music:
    • The Rolling Stones released an album "Blue & Lonesome".
    • Nine Inch Nails released an album "Battles".
    • Metallica released an album "Not the Actual Events".

In general it was a long and pretty painful year in the real world. A lot of big names passed away but most sad is that over 21,000 people were killed in the never-ending terror attacks. According to this source, there are multiple attacks every day taking place somewhere around the world.

This year there were a total of 42 editions of Rock Explorer. We'll be back with our regular show already next Wednesday in year 2017. Thanks for listening and keep on rocking! Happy New Year!

P.S. If you missed the show, you still have a chance to hear it again on Sunday, January 1st at 15:00 CET.

Listeners in the chatroom: kate, maya, Enya, Banez, Nattfare, CoD|Avi, paulesco, Shane, eQue

Posted on December 28th, 2016

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Comments (2)
Oh yeah, I forgot about the Euro Cup completely... Glad you liked it.
We forgot to mention that Portugal surprisingly won the UEFA Euro Football Cup! Was a very nice show and review of the year! Good job Decl!
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