Very enjoyable story, David.
Best American rock band? Well, the Allman Brothers and the Doors definitely deserve to be in the discussion. But what about Lynyrd Skynyrd before the plane crash? Maybe the Grateful Dead? Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band when Clarence was blowing sax? So many great bands!
To borrow a phrase from a Canadian rocker turned American, "Keep on rockin' in the free world!"