State of Metal Address #1

The big guns of the metal world are getting older (as am I). The punch isn’t quite what it used to be, which should not be used against them.

Take for example, the so-called Big Four; Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica & Megadeth, once mighty beacons of metal power. I guess it was an effort to kiss & make-up – but for whatever reason – they co-co-co-co-headlined a successful concert last year in Europe & apparently, they’re bringing the once in a lifetime show to the States for a “twice in a lifetime” opportunity.

If you have not seen any of these bands live, I strongly suggest you make the effort… now! Perhaps, the Big 4 show in California this summer will be your best chance. Knock ’em all out in a day!

Metal royalty is fading fast. Here’s quick run through of the kings who could be at the end of the road. The longer you wait, the more your chances dwindle:

Sadly, if you never witnessed the great Texan trendkillers live, you never will.

Lemmy & Motorhead still shred like bandits, but you’ve gotta wonder if/when they’re gonna hit the wall.

Iron Maiden have drastically dropped off in the studio but who cares! Truly metal masters of the stage.

Ozzy/Black Sabbath? This is sad. Ozzy makes the effort but he’s done. If you want to go to say you saw Ozzy, fine. The poor guy physically cannot sing anymore. However, the performance aspect is always fun & the pre-show movies are hilarious.

Judas Priest are in the same catagory as Motorhead. You can put an asterisk next to Maiden too. These cats totally kill it on stage. Hopefully, they continue to do so. I’ll leave it at that.

Type O Negative deserves a mention. Never a high-energy show but they were a first rate novelty act. Several years ago they showered Electric Factory with hundreds of rolls of butt-wipe during Cradle Of Filth’s set. It was the last date of the tour. Good times. Peter, you will be missed!

I hate to say it, but I was never a gigantic Dio fan. Liked a couple of the big hits, that’s aboot it. Although, I cannot deny the fact he made his mark. Another tragic loss for the metal world.

I’m sure I’m forgetting key bands, so help me out here. There are the Alice Cooper’s, King Diamond’s & whatnot but the 80’s glammers don’t matter, with the exception of Motley Crue.