The pantheon of rock and metal music has served as a litmus test for a great many rock soldiers who have come and gone. While many remain relegated, the recent groundswell of nostalgia and reverence for the bygone eras of rock music has given some credence to rise again. Todd Poole of Roxy Blue is one of those soldiers.
In the minds of many, the 1980s will forever be remembered as a decade characterized by innovation, overindulgence, and transcendent music. While some of the Sunset Strip faithful have since moved on from the days of big hair and excess, preserving the essence of their decade, the 80s hard rock genre has enjoyed a staying power unique to its era.
Although D’Anda recently stepped away from his notoriously volatile flagship band for good, his presence will be forever remembered as the heartbeat of the multi-faceted hard rock act. A revered rock ‘n’ roll showman, D’Anda established himself as the consummate entertainer over the years with his high-octane energy, natural charisma, and sheer joy of performing.
Some of the players listed hardly required an introduction, while others may have rekindled awareness to bands and guitarists that time has all but forgotten. Though impassioned discourse is imminent, and welcomed, it’s important to keep one thing in mind – the is no right or wrong submissions. Just endless optionality. Cheers.
The 80s was a glorious time for Rock music. A time looked back on with reverence and nostalgia. There are some who feel that the era of Hair Metal was the last great era of Classic Rock. A final, yet monstrous gasp from the beast that is Rock and Heavy Metal.
Late Warrant frontman Jani Lane once referred to Joey Allen as one of the most underrated guitarists in Rock — a moniker that remains true to this day.
I know all too well that many will say, “Hair Metal sucks” as a default response to the opening chords of “Dr. Feelgood,” I’ve also learned that the devout fanbase that makes Hair Metal so special, still remains and that they too have a voice.