WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2012|
Posted by: Zoe Marquedant
There isn't always a proper way for a music fan to show their appreciation for an artist. We buy their CDs, wear their t-shirts and attend their shows, but how does one really show gratitude towards some of music's greatest contemporary contributors? Spending a day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame isn't enough. There are musicians that deserve their own holiday in celebration of their careers and contributions. I nominate the following musicians be bestowed with their own holiday, so we can properly thank them for all they have given us. We've also listed how you would celebrate each of these days.
1. Dave Grohl Day
The nicest guy in rock and roll deserves something more than a giant pair of drumsticks in his hometown. He has been in not one, but two legendary bands, as well as working on other projects like The Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. Dave Grohl truly deserves an entire day, if not weeks, worth of celebration. Dave Grohl Day would celebrate both drummer and front man. The Foo Fighters documentary Back and Forth would be screened as well as Daves documentary Sound City, based on the recording studio. There will be absolutely be no polarizing of Nirvana and Foo Fighter fans or passive aggressive comparisons of the two groups. Pilgrimages to Springfield, Virginia and DC's 9:30 Club, where Grohl grew up. The day would also involve a good deal of cross-dressing and costume design, as most Foo Fighters video often do.
2. Kanye West Day
Were all kind of surprised he hasn't already
asked for declared a national holiday in honor of himself. Narcissism aside, Kanye West is still a very accomplished artist. He's helped produce countless albums before launching his solo career. He's released five solo albums and most recently Watch The Throne, a collaborative album with Jay-Z. Celebrations would not be so much for Kanye as they would be by Kanye. No doubt hed want to be involved 100% with executing the day. All of Kanye's short films, videos and productions would be screened. There would be performances by The Killers and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, two band which West cites as favorites. Basically everyone would need to be listening to, looking at, talking about or thinking of Kanye for a full twenty-four hours. That's all he ever really wanted, anyway.
3. Robert Smith Day
As lead man of The Cure, Robert Smith made goth rock cool. The Cure cranked out melodramatic hits for all those teenagers going through their sulking phase. This contribution to music and the alternative rock genre must be recognized. On a day honoring Robert Smith would be held, not just in his native England, but internationally. It would be a somber day, despite being a celebration, to emulate The Cure's image. Adele would be invited to sing her cover of "Love Song," but only if she wears black (everyone has to). Everyone would just emote all day long. All boys would be asked to wear Smiths trademark red lipstick and dark clothing. Teased hair optional.
4. Thom Yorke Day
Thom Yorke has been the frontman for Radiohead for several decades now and is long overdue for some sort of reward. For his falsetto alone, Yorke deserves a medal. If an entire day was devoted to Thom Yorke, part of it would be dedicated to his solo career as well as Radiohead. All eight of the band's albums would be played in chronological order, with an accompanying light show directed by Andi Watson, who has worked with the band since their inception. This visual display would top any Radiohead concert and include homages to the different phases in Radioheads career. Producer Nigel Godrich, graphic artist Stanley Donwood and others who contributed to the band in one way or another would be invited to give speeches.
5. Freddie Mercury Day
Freddie Mercury already has statues and monuments to him in multiple countries, but his legacy deserves its own month. His voice is perhaps one of the best ever. His various mustaches were also pretty great. With that being said, you cannot encapsulate that glory in just one day. Freddie Mercury
Day Month would be a celebration of his career, focusing on his work as lead singer for Queen. Participators would be asked to dress as Mercury's various stage persona, facial hair included. There would also be a look-alike contest for both costume and voice. Anyone gifted with that same vocal range would be allowed a duet alongside David Bowie for "Under Pressure." There would be a group sing-alongs of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Are The Champions" throughout the day for those of us less-talented singers.