"This veteran pop metal group features all and more you'd expect from the genre - glistening solos, sensitive tough guy lyrics, power ballads. All completely new and at once all heard before. Who cares that they're a nine year old vehicle for the guy who fronted Deep Purple five years before that? Rock-and-roll's ninth or tenth generation of terrified high school boys can claim them as their own. And may they pass into the ether before the current crop of 11 year olds just starting to sprout pubes claim their MTV. D+"
"They got lucky, and they don't intend to let go. With fast-gun-for-hire Steve Vai operating all guitars and who knows what other geegaws, they've consolidated their sound into essence of arena: all pomp, flash, male posturing, and sentimentality, this is now the Worst Band in the World. So you just move over, Journey. (Hey--where is Journey?) D"
>>61891931 Documentary I saw. "The Downfall of Heavy Metal."
Dee Snider: "When MTV came along, everyone now had to produce music videos in addition to the music itself. Metal is a very visual genre, so metal bands were some of the first to jump onto it." Rob Halford: "We adopted leather when we started to get big in America because I always felt that metal needed to look as good as it sounded. We were also one of the first bands to produce music videos when MTV started." Dee Snider: "Of course, the downside was that MTV would overplay a popular song to the point where it got overexposed and people were burned out on it. Like you'd see the video for Whitesnake's Is This Love like 20 times in a single day." Dave Coverdale: "I can say that MTV was a huge boon to us in terms of helping get exposure. In the pre-video days, you would have had to tour your ass off for years to get noticed." Ronnie Dio: "I can say with certainty that videos ruined heavy metal. The image became more important than the music, and it was especially bad for those of us who came up before the video age because we had to do something we completely opposed in order to compete. And eventually you had these manufactured pop metal bands that were a complete joke (holds up copy of Look What The Cat Dragged In). You ended up with some...thing like this. I mean, they had makeup and everything...that's not metal. And the worst part is that the real metal bands got lumped in with them. By the end of the 80s, you had something that was much more of a Bon Jovi world and less of a Led Zeppelin world. It was a complete mockery of everything we'd worked hard to build through the years."
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