For this week’s blog I think it’s important to discuss how many of the American musicians and bands that came out of the 80’s era are still going strong today. With the likes of Madonna, Aerosmith, Guns n’ Roses, Bruce Springsteen there is plenty of proof that the music people fell in love with 30 years ago are still fan favourites today and are even loved by a new generation of fans.
I chose Metallica for the first choice as growing up and going through a Metal stage in my life, Metallica were one of those bands, formed well before my lifetime that are still going strong today. When going to see them at a concert I remember thinking to myself, were the fans this crazy about them in their early days in the 80’s? Metallica inspired a younger 13 years old me to pick up and start playing in the drums. Something I’ve continued to love and enjoy to this day and can even still remember how to play many of their songs.
The first song I choose was the Metallica song ‘For whom the bell tolls’. The song is personally important as it was the first Metallica song I listened to and secondly it was the first song I ever learned how to play on drums and even that little 13 year old played the song at a school assembly.
When finding a music video today of something that is similar to Metallica is difficult as it seems that although thrash metal is still popular today, it seems only apparent with aging bands of 80’s era. Today, the music industry seems far more concerned with single artist or music groups rather than instrumental “bands” (ju8st look at the bother blogs) Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean these type of band aren’t around.
Avenged Sevenfold, I believe will still be the minds of metal loves come 30 years, perhaps even with the same type of new generation movement. They carry the same story of Metallica, starting young, having a death within the band, and living the fast lifestyle. They are quoted even to name Metallica as one of their influences, like many rock bands today. I selected another song I learnt to play once to play for a gig and remains one of my favourite by the band.