Grand Funk Railroad were huge during the first half of the '70s. Every album they released between 1969 and 1975 went either gold or platinum, and in 1971 they even beat the Beatles' box-office record at Shea Stadium, selling out the venue in less than 72 hours.
Taking a power-trio cue from bands like Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Grand Funk Railroad were one of the loudest and heaviest groups on the planet. Over the past 40-plus years, the music of guitarist-singer Mark Farner, drumm
One's opinion of Rob Zombie's cover of 'We're An American Band' will go no further than one's opinion of Rob Zombie. The song is truly a cover -- the hard rocker changes very little about the Grand Funk Railroad original beyond putting his scorched, metal vocals in place of Don Brewer's.
According to his official website, former Grand Funk Railroad guitarist and vocalist Mark Farner is recovering from surgery. Farner, age 64, had a pacemaker put in earlier this week and is now back home resting.
In a recent interview, Mark Farner, one-time leader of Grand Funk Railroad, talked about the legacy of the mighty band. "We were a bunch of 20-year-old rock and rollers who were putting our thoughts out there and looking for answers, and so were our fans." he said. " We were saying what everybody wanted to say."
Easy to forget in 2012, but in their heyday, Grand Funk Railroad ruled the roost, selling tons of albums and concert tickets. 'We're An American Band' remains their most iconic song in a long list of classics, and our clear choice for inclusion in this list of the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs.
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