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Today (December 23) is Festivus, the amazing holiday that has become part of the pop culture lexicon thanks to Seinfeld.

A protest holiday in response to the commercialization of Christmas created by Frank Costanza, one of the biggest aspects of Festivus is the “Airing of Grievances,” in which you talk about how your loved ones or the world in general has disappointed you that year.

Well, we have a lot of problems with 2017, and now you’re going to hear about it!

After the tsunami of grief that was 2016, we thought we might get a bit of a break in 2017.  WRONG!  We lost a number of luminaries this year and some far too soon.  For that reason alone, we’re glad 2017 is almost in the rearview mirror.

In no particular order, here are our  65 grievances for 2017.

  1. Tom Petty (Rock icon)
  2. Hugh Heffner (‘Playboy’ Originator / Actual Playboy)
  3. Troy Gentry (Country Singer)
  4. Dick Gregory (Comedian / Civil Rights Activist)
  5. Chris Cornell (Singer, Soundgarden/Audioslave)
  6. Chester Bennington (Singer, Linkin Park)
  7. Fresh Kid Ice (2 Live Crew Rapper)
  8. Prodigy (Mob Deep Rapper)
  9. Chuck Berry (Rock pioneer)
  10. Malcolm Young (Rhythm Guitarist, co-founder of AC/DC)
  11. Gregg Allman (Southern rock icon)
  12. John Wetton (Bassist, Asia/King Crimson)
  13. John “J” Geils (Guitarist/Founder, The J. Geils Band)
  14. Mary Tyler Moore (Actress, Comedian, ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’)
  15. Lil Peep (New Age Rapper)
  16. Glen Campbell (Country Singer/Songwriter, member of The Wrecking Crew)
  17. John Hillerman (Higgins from ‘Magnum P.I’)
  18. Adam West (‘Batman’)
  19. Butch Trucks (Drummer, The Allman Brothers Band)
  20. Walter Becker (Guitarist, founding member of Steely Dan)
  21. George A. Romero (‘Night Of The Living Dead’ Creator)
  22. Geoff Nicholls (Black Sabbath)
  23. Sam Shepard (Actor/Pulitzer-Winning Playwright)
  24. Fats Domino (Rock/R&B pioneer)
  25. Cel Revuelta (Bassist, Black Flag)
  26. Nelsan Ellis (LaFayette from ‘True Blood’)
  27. Roger Moore (Actor, portrayed James Bond from 1973-1985)
  28. Chuck Barris (Host of The Gong Show)
  29. Robert Guillaume (Actor, Soap, Benson)
  30. Charlie Murphy (Comedian)
  31. Paul O’Neill (Founder of Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
  32. Don Rickles (Comedy legend)
  33. Jerry Lewis (Comedy legend)
  34. Ilene Berns (Pioneering Record Company Director of Bang Records)
  35. David Axelrod (Producer/Composer)
  36. Sylvia Moy (Songwriter/Producer for Motown Records)
  37. Della Reese (Singer/Actress)
  38. Bill Paxton (Actor)
  39. Jessi Zazu (Singer, Those Darlins’)
  40. Christopher Boykin (Big Black / Rob & Big Star / Bodyguard)
  41. Trish Doan (Bassist, Kittie)
  42. John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander in ‘Harry Potter Series’, War Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’, Kane in ‘Alien’)
  43. Edith Windsor (LGBTQ Rights Pioneer)
  44. Gilbert Baker (Designer of the rainbow Pride flag)
  45. Jonathan Demme (Oscar-Winning Director)
  46. David Cassidy (Singer/Actor)
  47. Daisy Berkowitz (Guitarist, co-founder of Marilyn Manson)
  48. Kerry “KT” Turman (Bassist, The Temptations)
  49. Clem Curtis (Singer for The Foundations)
  50. Ray Phiri (Guitarist, Paul Simon)
  51. Miguel Ferrer (Actor, NCIS: Los Angeles, Crossing Jordan)
  52. Grant Hart (Drummer, Husker Du)
  53. Chuck Mosley (Singer, Faith No More)
  54. Allan Holdsworth (Influential guitarist)
  55. Jim Nabors (Actor, The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C)
  56. Liz Smith (Legendary Gossip columnist)
  57. Robert Osborne (Host of Turner Classic Movies)
  58. Roy Halladay (MLB Pitcher, Toronto Blue Jays/Philadelphia Phillies)
  59. Gord Downie (Singer, The Tragically Hip/One of Canada’s greatest sons)
  60. Monty Hall (Host, Let’s Make A Deal)
  61. Judge Joseph Wapner (The People’s Court)
  62. Harry Dean Stanton (Actor)
  63. Erin Moran (Actress, Happy Days)
  64. John Heard (Actor)
  65. Dick Enberg (Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster)


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Additional reporting by Amy Cooper

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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