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Masq at 11:27PM, Sept. 2, 2007
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After hearing Greenday's American Idiot a couple of years ago, I've had an interest of rock operas. So, I'm trying to broaden my horizons a little and poke around at what there is.

So far, my favorite is MCR's Black Parade. Anyone wanna share their favorite? I'm always eager to listen to new rock music.
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maritalbliss at 8:14PM, Sept. 3, 2007
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I can only repeat ROCK OPERA! As if I were singin' Rock Lobster.

To the point: Purple Rain

(There's my rock opera for ‘ya) Fun topic…Can’t wait to see what others will say.
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ozoneocean at 12:31AM, Sept. 4, 2007
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Hmm, War of the Worlds? Tommy? Jesus Christ Super Star? Bat out of Hell… (the first one only) Good ones :)
 
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isukun at 6:04AM, Sept. 4, 2007
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Um, Pink Floyd's the Wall, anyone? Possibly the greatest of all time, and I hear they're making a stage adapatation for it. If by some chanceyou haven't heard it before, I recommend the live album (Is There Anybody Out There?) which had superior performances and didn't cut guitar solos and songs.
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TheMidge28 at 7:22AM, Sept. 4, 2007
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Rent…never thought of it as a musical…but more of a rock opera.
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patrickdevine at 3:26PM, Sept. 4, 2007
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I liked The Who's Quadrophenia. It's touted as a rock opera but the characters don't really sing in it. Somehow that seems crazy because on of the characters was portrayed by a very young Sting, the scooters were cool anyway. Rent's considered a rock opera too I guess… I never saw the play but I hated the movie, Maureen was just so damn annoying!
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TheMidge28 at 7:09PM, Sept. 4, 2007
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I liked The Who's Quadrophenia. It's touted as a rock opera but the characters don't really sing in it. Somehow that seems crazy because on of the characters was portrayed by a very young Sting, the scooters were cool anyway. Rent's considered a rock opera too I guess… I never saw the play but I hated the movie, Maureen was just so damn annoying!

RENT the movie sucked big time.

I got to see it live when it came to town. When I was in college I had a group of freinds who loved the musical, knew all the lyrics and sung it constantly…and it grew on me.
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Exzachly at 12:59PM, Sept. 5, 2007
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Probably the Mars Volta's Deloused or The Who's Tommy.
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isukun at 5:37PM, Sept. 5, 2007
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RENT the movie sucked big time.

I saw it on Broadway (with Frenchie Davis unfortunately) and I didn't think the play was really any better. The songs were switched around a bit, but ultimately, I found it kind of lame. I definitely wouldn't consider it to be a rock opera, either. A lot of the music is more pop-ish or more typical of musicals, plus it's a mixture of music and dialog.
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Red Slayer at 10:40PM, Sept. 6, 2007
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Avantasia.
It may be power metal, but i'll be dammed if it isn't good.
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SpANG at 7:54PM, Sept. 7, 2007
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You don't know rock opera until you've experienced TOMMY.
“To a rational mind, nothing is inexplicable. Only unexplained.”
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simonitro at 10:13PM, Sept. 7, 2007
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Well, I'm not a big listener of Rock Opera but more into Metal Opera!

There so many Metal bands blend with Opera and orchestra! Nightwish, for instance, is a Power Metal band with a female vocalist that sings operatic… which works pretty well!

There are tons of bands going into this direction giving amazing epicness to the songs! Therion is an amazing Orchestral/Operatic Extreme Metal which I humbly, recommand!

So, Opera or/and Metal/Rock opera is very enjoyable… both concentrate on the musical aspects to the songs, and it works!


Enjoy… Las Vegas-y
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TheMidge28 at 1:10PM, Sept. 8, 2007
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RENT the movie sucked big time.

I saw it on Broadway (with Frenchie Davis unfortunately) and I didn't think the play was really any better. The songs were switched around a bit, but ultimately, I found it kind of lame. I definitely wouldn't consider it to be a rock opera, either. A lot of the music is more pop-ish or more typical of musicals, plus it's a mixture of music and dialog.

You are allowed to have your opinion, just like everyone else. I have to disagree though. Opera normally is the singing of dialogue…as far as I understand. With RENT most if not all the dialogue is sung. The music is more rock oriented and wouldn't necessarily be categorized as pop, but a lot of pop music is rock. I saw this with the original cast and it was amazing! It sounds like what you saw was two steps away from the movie production.
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DAJB at 2:31AM, Sept. 9, 2007
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David Bowie's “Outside”.

A noir detective story about child murder and bodily mutilation as art, all wrapped up in some of the best music he's made since the 1970s.
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Tantz Aerine at 8:03AM, Sept. 9, 2007
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Absolutely the Who's Tommy. A must for everyone.
 
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simonitro at 10:32AM, Sept. 9, 2007
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this is a big example of a great song by Therion…

An Orchestral Operatic Metal song and totally hypnotic (especially the babe :p)… this Therion's “The Rise Of Sodom And Gommorah”

Enjoy :)


Enjoy… Las Vegas-y
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isukun at 1:17PM, Sept. 9, 2007
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With RENT most if not all the dialogue is sung.

Most of it is, much like you can say of any musical. That may be why many people prefer to label it a “Rock Musical.” However, there is a considerable amount of spoken dialog, while your average opera has none.

It sounds like what you saw was two steps away from the movie production.

I've looked through the wiki and the changes made for the movie weren't present in the broadway version I saw, so I'd have to say what I saw was in fact the same play with a few different actors.
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TheMidge28 at 8:26AM, Sept. 10, 2007
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isukun
Most of it is, much like you can say of any musical. That may be why many people prefer to label it a “Rock Musical.” However, there is a considerable amount of spoken dialog, while your average opera has none.
yes the average opera…but not all rock operas, which is the subject.
isukun
I've looked through the wiki and the changes made for the movie weren't present in the broadway version I saw, so I'd have to say what I saw was in fact the same play with a few different actors.

Depending on when and where you saw it it is more than likely you didn't see the original cast. but your comment tells me you didn't see the original musical if you said the movie was the similar to the musical you saw. The Movie was nothing like the musical on broadway. But regardless you hated RENT or the faxsimile you saw. No need to debate it. Debates need to be kept in that forum. This is media discussion. Not media debate.
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isukun at 2:18PM, Sept. 10, 2007
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yes the average opera…but not all rock operas, which is the subject.

Actually, rock operas, as well. That's why they have the classification of “rock musical.”

Depending on when and where you saw it it is more than likely you didn't see the original cast.

I saw it on Broadway (as I stated before) and many of the major players were from the original cast. Despite what you may think, what I saw was, in fact, the original musical. The movie and the play are not so different that they share no similarities. For the most part, it's the same music (although the order is changed) and they even borrowed a lot of the original cast. The story is the same with a larger budget and some different directorial decisions. They're hardly night and day.
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