Is it just me or does rock seem to follow a cycle? I'll try to be as brief as possible. In the beggining it was Elvis and the Beatles, great music but relatively simple to play. Then along came Cream, Hendrix, Eagles and later Zeppelin, all more complex. Then in the later 70's you had Bob Seager and others who had great songs but they were more simplified. In the 80's Van Halen and the initial hair bands came along with songs containing some pretty complicated riffs and lengthy solos, but by the late 80's most hair bands played simple drawn out chords and slacked off on the soloing. Then came Guns n' Roses and Metallica who played more complex stuff, but then not too soon afterward Kirk Cobain and Nirvana and a slew of other "alternative" bands took over the scene with their extremely simple songs. Then rock shifted slightly back to the more complex side with The Black Crowes and Blues Traveler but still had a majority of the bands playing simpler stuff. I personally think rock (if that's what you call it anymore) has been in a slump that started in the early to mid 90's and has been ever so slowly trying to get back to the more complex stuff. If you look at the bands putting out records and getting radio play in 2000 and 2001 you'll notice that at least bands are starting to put guitar solos back into songs and *gasp* are even throwing in a rare bass solo every now and then! Now everything I just said is based on "popular" music. I know that there have always been complex "underground" rock bands and there's always exceptions to the rule (such as the chili pepers) who have played complex throughout, but I'm talking about the music you hear on the radio and see on Mtv everyday. I mean, even metal bands are affected. Metallica and Pantera played very complex stuff, but now Slipknot and Stained play stuff that is so simple and unorganized it doesn't even compare. Just tell me what you guys think.