Michael, In the late 80's they were playing your Freight Train video on Headbangers' Ball. Was that a pretty exciting time for you to see your video on such a high profile show? There's nothing like that now - a 3 hour show dedicated to heavy metal on one of the most popular channels on cable TV in prime time. What do you think it would take for heavy metal to become popular enough that one of the most popular channels on cable TV would dedicate a 3 hour show to it every Saturday night? Do you think it would just take some bands talented and creative enough - bands that could compare to Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, and Ronnie James Dio when they were in their primes? I can't think of any fairly new heavy metal bands that I would put in that category as artists - people making something as groundbreaking for the time as they did with that blend of melody and heaviness who wrote such classic songs. Or do you think heavy metal will never regain that level of popularity no matter what bands come along because of some other reason? I feel bad for kids who were born in the 90's and after because they don't know what it's like to live in a city with a great heavy metal scene. Their only memory of seeing the classic metal bands live would be near the end of their careers but my generation got to see these bands when they were young, vital men at the top of their profession and could sell out huge arenas with nothing but one opening band.
Last Edit: Oct 14, 2015 8:42:38 GMT -6 by blackjack
Post by jacoby3mnk on Oct 14, 2015 16:28:16 GMT -6
I think one thing to get heavy metal to surge again is for people to attend the live shows of the metal bands when they come to their area. Start requesting metal songs on the local radio stations, and to buy the metal artist's music. If enough people start demanding the music, programmers would take notice. I have been trying for several years to get a couple local venues to get Michael booked for a show. One responded with a not big enough for us to book. The rest no response. Then they wonder why the shows they have are poorly attended.