Posted on: January 30, 2009 9:51 am

Greatest American Rock Band Sweet 16

The results for round 1 are in.  In The Keyboard Bracket, all of the favorites held serve.  Doors over Jefferson Airplane (24-1), Allman Brothers of Steely Dan (19-6), Beach Boys over Steve Miller Band (19-6), CCR over REM (20-5)

There was one upset in the Guitar Bracket, as the 5 seed, ZZ Top took down 4 seed Kiss (16-9).  The others saw all the favorites winning: Eagles over Doobies (21-4), Skynard over REO (21-4) and Guns and Roses over Heart (16-9)

The Bass Bracket had another 4 vs. 5 upset with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers taking down The Ramones (16-9).  All other higher seeds won their games: Aerosmith over Chicago (19-6), The Grateful Dead over Little Feat (15-8), and Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band over Bob Seeger and The Silver Bullet Band (15-10).

The Drums bracket had another 4 vs. 5 upset, with Journey beating Pearl Jam (15-10).  Van Halen over BOC (20-5), Metallica won in a buzzer-beater over Foo Fighters (13-12) and Nirvana beat Styx (17-8).

Here are the match-ups for the Sweet 16.  Voting will begin on Friday, January 30, and will go through Thursday, February 5th. Please remember to be respectful of other people's opinions and don't forget to rate each post.


Keyboard Bracket                                                 Guitar Bracket

1- The Doors     vs.                                            1- The Eagles vs.

4 - The Allman Brothers Band                              5- ZZ Top

2- Beach Boys vs.                                               2. Lynyrd Skynyrd vs.

3- CCR                                                              3- Guns and Roses


Bass Bracket                                                      Drums Bracket

1- Aerosmith vs.                                               1- Van Halen vs.

5- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers                   5- Journey

2. The Grateful Dead vs.                                    2- Metallica vs.

3- Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band         3- Nirvana


Have fun.



Posted on: January 22, 2009 10:13 am
Edited on: January 29, 2009 11:07 pm

May The Best Band Win!

The Voting for Round 1 Has Officially Closed!  No more votes will be accepted, but I don't expect that to be a problem, since nobody has voted in in days.


After much deliberation, the brackets have been set.  I was unable to stick to my original idea of breaking the brackets up chronologically.  There were too many 60s and 70s bands and not enough 90s and beyond bands to make it work.  I used the total number of votes from the original poll to seed each band.  More votes meant a higher seed.  Your four #1 Seeds are The Doors (Keyboard Bracket), The Eagles (Guitar Bracket), Aerosmith (Bass Bracket),  Van Halen (Drums Bracket).

As you can tell, I tried to keep bands from similar eras and genres together as much as possible, but the Bass bracket is quite diverse.  Please vote for each match-up.  The polls will be open for one week, starting Thursday Jan.22 and closing sometime on Wednesday, Jan. 28.  Feel free to comment on each match-up.  It's interesting to see why people vote the way they do. 

A final note, I did make an error when determining how many spots were available from the Run-Off election.  In actuality, I was able to choose 8 of the 9 bands from the Run-Off.  The only band not to make the cut was C,S,N,Y.  They lost in a coin-flip to Blue Oyster Cult.  I hope you enjoy this and please don't forget to rate each post. 


Keyboard Bracket                                                                                                               Guitar Bracket

1. The Doors vs.                                                                                                                 1. The Eagles vs.

8. Jefferson Airplane                                                                                                            8. The Doobie Brothers

4. The Allman Brothers   vs.                                                                                                  4. Kiss vs.

5. Steely Dan                                                                                                                       5. ZZ Top

2. The Beach Boys vs.                                                                                                          2.  Lynyrd Skynyrd vs.

7. The Steve Miller Band                                                                                                        7.  REO Speedwagon

3.  Creedence Clearwater Revival vs.                                                                                      3. Guns and Roses vs.

6. REM                                                                                                                                 6. Heart


Bass Bracket                                                                                                                   Drums Bracket

1.Aerosmith   vs.                                                                                                                1. Van Halen vs.

8. Chicago                                                                                                                         8.  Blue Oyster Cult

4. The Ramones   vs.                                                                                                          4. Pearl Jam vs.

5. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers                                                                                     5. Journey

2. The Grateful Dead vs.                                                                                                     2. Metallica   vs.

7. Little Feat                                                                                                                      7. Foo Fighters

3. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band vs.                                                                   3. Nirvana vs.

6. Bob Seeger and The Silver Bullet Band                                                                               6. Styx


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