“Rock music is a cyclical thing that goes through various surges in popularity.”

So says the report Rock Returns to Retail Chart which points out that five of the Top 10 albums on the Billboard Top 200 chart for the week of June 14 were rock albums. The charts are also bolstered by “rock-leaning” bands like The Beastie Boys (!) and Avril Lavigne (!!). I suppose this is all good news but there is so, so much more good rock and roll out there that these infamous charts have always missed. I must be old but I just cannot for the life of me understand the deal with Slipknot. They remind me of that old wrestling tag team The Roadwarriors. Sigh. I sound like my dad when he used to complain about my Kiss records!