Classic Rock Trivia Quiz

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Progressive rock (or classic rock, as it is sometimes known; sometimes confused with art rock) is a style of rock music that emerged in the United Kingdom and the United States during the mid-to-late 1960s, reaching its height in the early 1970s.

The genre was initially known as "progressive pop" and was a spin-off of psychedelic groups that abandoned conventional pop norms in favor of instrumentation and compositional principles more commonly associated with jazz, folk, or classical music.

The term "progressive" was used to describe additional factors: lyrics were more poetic, technology was utilized for new sounds, music came close to the status of "art," and the studio rather than the stage became the focal point of musical activity, which frequently required producing music for listening rather than dancing.

Prog is a fusion of styles, strategies, and genres that features a continuous shift between formalism and eclecticism. Prog's scope is sometimes restricted to a preconceived notion of lengthy solos, extended albums, fantastic lyrics, enormous stage sets and costumes, and a maniacal devotion to technical skill owing to its historical reception.

While the genre has been noted for its merger of high culture and low culture, few artists included literal classical themes in their work significantly at all; only a handful of bands deliberately imitated or referenced classic music.

The term "prog" derives its name from the words "progress" and "rock," both of which are important to many bands. The genre emerged at the time when recording companies were able to give more creative control to their artists, as well as the new journalistic division between "pop" and "rock."

Prog rose in popularity in the early-to-mid-1970s, but it soon faded away. It is widely accepted that punk rock's rise was a factor, although several other elements played a role in the fall.

Critics, who frequently derided the ideas as "pretentious" and the sounds as "pompous" and "overblown", were either hostile to or completely oblivious of progressive rock. Progressive rock fragmented in a variety of ways after the late 1970s. Some artists managed to establish a following throughout the 1980s (albeit with different lineups and song structures) or moved into symphonic pop, arena rock, or new wave.

Progressive characteristics have been retroactively ascribed to "proto-prog" early bands. The Canterbury scene, which dates back to the late 1960s, refers to a subset of prog bands that emphasized the use of wind instruments, complex chord changes, and extended improvisations. Rock in Opposition (released in 1978) was more experimental and when combined with the Canterbury style yielded Avant-prog.

1"Pleased to meet you/ Hope you guess my name/ But what's puzzling you/ Is the nature of my game"

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Ram Jam
The Rolling Stones
Gold Earring

2When Jimi Hendrix moved to England, which guitarist took him in and watched as he became famous within a week ?

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Eric Clapton
Paul McCartney
Jimmy Paige

3Which member of Queen was the first to release a solo record?

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Roger Taylor
Freddie Mercury
Brian May

4Name the band

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The Smith
The Doors
The Rolling Stones

5Which band hits include "The Big Money", "Red Sector A", "Show Dont Tell" and "2112 Overture" ?

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The Rolling Stones
Fleetwood Mac

6What band sings "It's a Long Way to the Top"?

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Bon Jovi

7Who sings "I Want to Know What love is"?

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Men at Work

8Where did Aerosmith make their live debut?

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Boston Tennis and Racquet Club
Nipmuc High School
The Club of Odd Volumes

9At which venue did Pete Townshend first smash his guitar?

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The Railway Hotel
Madison Sq Garden
The Marquee Club

10Before forming Motley Crue, Tommy Lee had worked previously with which band?

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Suite 19
Room No.9
The Keyholes

11Which beach did Pink Floyd use for the photo shoot of 800 beds for their 'A Momentary Lapse Of Reason' album cover?

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Blackpool Beach
Saunton Sands
Venice Beach

12"You'd have me down, down, down to my knees/ Wouldn't you, Barracuda?"

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Jethro Tull

13What nickname was given to the Continental Hyatt House hotel in Los Angeles, due to a string on 1960s band naughtiness?

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The Paradise Hotel
The Riot House
Jonathan's Disco

14Before joining Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne played together in a band called...?

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Rare Breed
Rare Earth
Rare Steak

15What was the name of the band both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were members of before forming Kiss?

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Wet Willie
Wicked Lester
Wild Horses

16Which band has the single most sold album of all time ?

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The Eagles
Pink Floyd
Michael Jackson

The Eagles Greatest Hits went 29 times platinum (29 million)

17In which year were Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines killed in a plane crash in South Carolina?

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18Which guitarist once won a National Squirrel-shooting contest?

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Ted Nugent
Joe Walsh

19Which of these famous rockers did not die in 1970?

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John Lennon
Jimi Hendrix
Jim Morrison

20Which member of Pink Floyd released the album On A Island?

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Syd Barrett
David Gilmour
Nick Mason

21Which member of Led Zeppelin arranged the strings on The Rolling Stones’ "She's A Rainbow"?

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John Paul Jones
Jimmy Page
Robert Plant

22Of Pink Floyd's four most popular albums, which one came out first?

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Dark Side of the Moon
The Wall
Wish You Were Here

23Which band had a greatest hits album called "10 from 6" ?

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Bad Company

24Who appeared as a hillbilly band in the wild-west dance scene in the 1990 movie Back to the Future Part III?

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ZZ Top
Van Halen
Guns N' Roses

25Which famous rock star was killed in New York City on December 8, 1980?

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Buddy Holly
John Lennon
Elvis Presley

26In which country was Metallica bassist Cliff Burton killed?

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27Which member of Cream wrote the lyrics for "Sunshine of Your Love"?

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Ringo Starr
Eric Clapton
Ginger Baker

28Name the band

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Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd

29From where did Deep Purple take their name?

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Ritchie Blackmore's grandmother's favourite song
The colour of Jon Lord's Hammond organ
Ian Gillian's jacket

30Who was Yoko Ono's first child?

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31Where was AC/DC singer Bon Scott born?

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Hull, England
Forfar, Scotland
Fremantle, Western Australia

32Where was Jimi Hendrix found dead in 1970?

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New York City
London, England
Seattle, Washington

33Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart have been what band for over 20 years?

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Pink Floyd
Thin Lizzy

34In 1969, Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for....

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Indecent exposure
Assaulting a police officer
Drink driving

35Which keyboard player provided synthesizer backing on "Space Oddity" by David Bowie?

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Rick Wakeman
Rick Wright
Jon Lord

36The movie "The Song Remains The Same" featured which artists?

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Led Zeppelin
The Who
The Band

37Which Beatles' song contains the lyric, "When I was young, so much younger than today"?

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All You Need Is Love

38"I love rock 'n' roll/ So put another dime in the jukebox, baby/ I love rock 'n' roll/ So come an' take your time an' dance with me"

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Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Ram Jam
Jefferson Airplane

39Who set the all time sales record for a live album in the 1970's?

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Lynyrd Skynyrd
Peter Frampton
Ted Nugent

40What was The Rolling Stones' first album without long-time bassist Bill Wyman?

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Voodoo Lounge
Dirty Work
A Bigger Bang

41What kind of apple is on The Beatles own Apple logo?

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Granny Smith
Golden Delicious
No Apple In The Logo

42What band recorded the rock classic "Walk This Way"?

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Led Zeppelin

43Name the band

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Black Sabbath

44Who was the lead singer of the eighties pop band the Go-Go's?

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Belinda Carlisle
Lita Ford
Susanna Hoffs

45What was the name of Keith Moon's only solo album?

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Two Sides Of The Moon
Hang A Moon
Moon The Loon