Monday, April 30, 2012

Heavy Metal

Last night I saw a documentary on Judas Priest. In a case of life imitating art it did seem to be quite similar to This is Spinal Tap. It is true that unlike AC/DC or Led Zeppelin that the band's drummer did not die of alcohol poisoning. It is also true that Rob Halford's coming out of the closet seems to be unique to metal bands. All those big haired metal groupies and he did not even care, so sad. :-( However, other than that it did have all the same plot lines. The origins in the UK during the late 1960s and early 1970s, the early years of struggle and poverty, the massive success in the US, the problems with drugs and alcohol, the split between the band and the lead singer, and the reunification of the band and the lead singer were all there. Evidently they have no plans of retiring even though they are all in their 50s now. Maybe I can book them for my retirement party in 19 years?

1 comment:

Walt Richmond said...

When Spinal Tap first came out, all the heavy metal bands denied they were the model for it. Then when the movie became a cult hit, they all changed their tunes and fought over who was really the model for the movie. In truth, Spinal Tap was far classier than any of them.