RE: Maiden support slot.
Posted by: John Q ()
Date: May 26, 2000 05:46AM

Mark, I'm sure Ten could put together a set of heavy songs and do well supporting Maiden in Europe and Japan. And I agree with you - the older part of the Maiden US audience probably wouldn't mind a band like Ten (or Stratovarius). Fact is that unless you are Metallica you have to bring along cutting edge heavy bands if you want to sell out arenas in the US. Ozzy has done it for years bringing along the likes of Sepultura, Korn, and Fear Factory because he (or Sharon anyway...) knew he had to connect with the younger crowds to stay up there.
Maiden are sort of doing it with Slayer who aren't a kiddie band any more either, but they'll bring in a bit of a different demographic, plus they always draw well (btw, I know tons of people who are into both Maiden & Slayer). Halford will bring heads as well since it will be his first time out with the new band - people will be curious ot see him. I really do not think a band like Ten will ever break over here - melodic (hard) rock is a thing of the past as far as the mainstream goes.
I think a lot of Europeans do not realize that the American youth of today is exposed to very different types of music than kids were in the 70's and 80's. Back then it was overwhelmingly rock and hard rock - nowadays even kids in the heartland grow up with and are heavily exposed to hip-hop and rap, and if they listen to metal it's the heavier type bands.
That's exactly why bands such as Korn or Limp Bizkit are so incredibly successful because they have figured out how to marry those 2 sub genres. I think there is a chasm now between America and Europe, where things haven't changed all that much, and it is reflected in the music that comes out of those places, at least where new bands are concerned.

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