The most valuable export out of Long Beach you ask? Rock

We’re not talking about Petroleum Coke, we’re referring to rock as in Rock n’ Roll in the form of Rival Sons.

albumcover (320x320)You don’t have to take our word for it. You can reference many countries around the world where the band is getting regular airplay and whose music is no stranger to ranking high upon the mainstream charts. Their latest album, Great Western Valkyrie, has reached the top 10 in three Nordic countries. In Sweden it reached #10, in Norway #5 and in Finland it has reached #3 on the main album chart. The band has worked very hard to establish a fan base where they have been well received. Over the last 3 years Rival Sons have played Finland a dozen times. Their exhausting touring schedule has started to pay off.  For the last 2 years they have filled 1,000 to 1,500 capacity venues. If that doesn’t sound very impressive consider the fact that Finland is roughly the size of New Mexico!

Selling out shows with several thousand attendees is becoming typical throughout Europe and Canada. Fans all over the world are clamoring for concert dates in their home countries and fan pages are springing up and spreading worldwide like an epidemic. Japan was the latest addition to the previously established Scandinavia, Canada, Australia, Latin & South America, USA and UK & Ireland Facebook fan pages.

Let’s focus on the UK, where both the band’s record label, Earache and Classic Rock Magazine reside. The latter has been writing rave reviews about the band and their albums for the last few years and has consistently nominated them at their annual award shows.  At the 2012 Classic Rock Awards, Rival Sons were awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The Long Beach based band just released Great Western Valkyrie this past June and it has already been nominated for Album of the Year.  The album is a fierce contender considering the enthusiastic review it received in July’s issue that begins and ends with an epic f-bomb. When you listen to the album in its entirety, you realize that its impact is indescribable any other way. That same album review awarded Rival Sons’ Great Western Valkyrie a perfect 10 out of 10 on its rating system. That highest album ranking labels it  “a classic”; only the third album to receive a perfect score in the 6 decade span of rock music that is analyzed by the magazine.

Coincidentally the traditionally UK based awards ceremony has a change of country slated for its 10th annual show, to be held on November 4th, 2014. Our glitzy neighbors to the north will be hosting this year at The Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Rival Sons has the potential to be honored for their stellar work just a stone’s throw away from Long Beach.

What is even more exciting about Classic Rock Magazine’s Awards Show is that you have a voice! You can help the band receive honors by voting for Great Western Valkyrie under the category of Album of the Year. You get 1 vote per email address, so please support your hometown band.


Not only is this magazine and the rest of the world acknowledging the monstrous talent that is Rival Sons. Jimmy Page, the legendary guitarist of famed Led Zeppelin and The Yardbirds, has attended their shows and cited them as one of his new favorite bands. The entire world and Jimmy Page cannot possibly be wrong so check out the link below to sample tracks from Great Western Valkyrie.


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About the Author

Jody & Judy

We met over 15 years ago when we were booking rock bands for the Beachfest, a local music festival here in Long Beach, CA. Since then we have seen hundreds of shows together. This is our forum to talk about concerts, bands and records that we love in the hope that we can keep rock alive.

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