Artist of the Year – 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards
This is the big one: Artist of the Year. The names, of course, are all huge ones — all giants in the classic-rock field. And each of them had a stellar year, rocking concert halls, releasing terrific records or just generally being awesome. But only one can snag the coveted title of Artist of the Year. So, vote now for Artist of the Year in the 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards.
David Bowie started the year on his 66th birthday, when he announced a new album that nobody knew was coming. While he didn’t tour, he did release a bunch of cool videos and an expanded version of his new record that added even more awesomeness.
Even though he didn’t really release any new music in 2013, Bob Dylan did perform major surgery on one of his most hated records, 1970’s ‘Self Portrait,’ for his ‘Bootleg Series.’ The result is a stripped-down folk collection, and one of his best in years.
Elton John returned to the studio with a bunch of new songs about getting old, looking back and coming to terms with the past (and future). ‘The Diving Board’ is one of his most personal albums, a piano-driven tour de force delivered by a timeless music legend.
The Rolling Stones
Continuing their 50th-anniversary blowout, the Rolling Stones scaled down their usual endless tour itinerary in 2013. But they made the most of the shows, inviting special guests onstage almost every single night, and even returning to Hyde Park for a homecoming.