The Top Rock and Metal Tours of All Time

The Top Rock and Metal Tours of All Time

Although any major tour announcement is exciting and fun, some tours stand head and shoulders above the rest because of the massive impact they made in the world of music. Here are a few of the tours that STILL have fans remembering what happened in those amazing concerts.

Nine Inch Nails: Self Destruct Tour, 1994-95

Nine Inch Nails has one foot firmly in the rock world and another in the metal world, and yet another foot in a world that they alone occupy. Nine Inch Nails’ Self Destruct Tour was most known for the massive performance at Lollapalooza in ‘94; this concert firmly cemented NIN as a popular band in the minds of thousands of Americans at the time. It propelled NIN to massive levels of stardom in the early 2000s, and even today people still virally love the grinding riffs of NIN. The Self Destruct Tour was the first big budget tour the band did; most concerts ended in massive chaos, with the band destroying the equipment and inciting riots.

Marilyn Manson: Dead To the World Tour, 1996

THIS is the tour that made Marilyn Manson a household name and a satanic icon; dubbing himself the American Antichrist, Manson embarked on a tour that was notorious for riots, massive crowds of aggressive people, and shocking imagery and sexual suggestions. His concerts contained massive sets, which would have required massive storage units and pallets to carry them, such as those found at Manson was outright banned from many cities because of the destruction in his wake, which only made more people want to go and see what all the fuss was about. The 1990s were the time to go to concerts!

Behemoth: The Satanist Tour, 2014

Not all the good tours happened in the 1990s; Behemoth’s “Satanist” tour attracted as much controversy as any other. Many American towns in the Midwest did not want the tour to come to their city; and when touring abroad the band actually was jailed in Poland for inciting Satanism and anti-Christian ideals. There’s still good out there, death metal fans: not all bands are vanilla, wimpy bands. Some are so hardcore that they get arrested for being amazing!

Twins of Evil Tour: Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, 2011

Ok, Manson makes the list twice here, but let’s talk about Rob Zombie. This artist/filmmaker corners the market on elaborate musical sets; his concerts are like being inside a crazy horror/sci-fi movie. He reported that he lost money on many tours because of the elaborate sets; however, he found it worth it because the fans loved the massive sets and cinematic feel.

This tour didn’t have quite the controversy of many 1990s tours involving Manson, but it was FUN. This tour was nonstop amazing, and kept a great shock-rock vibe the whole time.

Never miss the opportunity to go see a big band on tour; you never know when that tour might go down in history as legendary!

Why Every Metalhead Should Listen to Classic Rock

Why Every Metalhead Should Listen to Classic Rock

There is a sad bias against classic rock in the metal scene today; too many death metal fans think that if something is not “omg troo metal dude” then it CANNOT be worth listening to. However, I beg to differ. Classic rock has made its place is in rock history… Why on Earth would we try to push something that amazing OUT?

Think about the first time you heard AC/DC. Those RIFFs… Those freaking riffs. Almost everyone in their right mind can’t stop humming “Highway to Hell” when they hear it. But let’s go a little further back… Have you ever listened to “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals? That song set the blueprint for folk rock/metal as we know it today. I always love hearing the songs that made the music scene what it is today.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is another band that has given metal a boost in the direction it’s taken today; folk metal bands like Ensiferum owe a lot to Lynyrd Skynyrd for adding folk influences to heavy rock. Without bands from the 70s and 80s that are willing to break the bounds of traditional metal, we might never have such amazing bands as Wintersun and Korpiklaani.

The Eagles also showed that adding country and folk influences to rock can sound amazing; modern black metal bands have taken this to unprecedented heights. Bands like Burzum and Behemoth and even Dying Fetus use influences in their music that come directly from folk music sources. Without classic rock bands to pave the way, music would be MUCH less inventive than it is today.

And let’s not forget the reason metal exists today: Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper. Between these two artists, a blueprint for metal and punk emerged in the 1970s that has had an influence since that time. Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper STILL do concerts today! Metal fans realize that those artists still offer a lot to the metal world. Alice Cooper’s live shows still aim to shock and entertain; you will find fireworks, snakes, and actors fighting like Ninjas to the beat of the music for entertainment on stage. Violence and anger is a huge part of Alice Cooper’s act, now and in the 1970s. Black Sabbath’s 2015 tour sold out EVERY SINGLE U.S. VENUE. Their first album came out in 1970… 46 years ago. 46 years later, they are still selling out venues.

And THAT is the power of classic rock and metal. Those artists tapped into a raw power that many bands today can only hope to gain. Modern bands can often rely on technology and recording techniques to make them sound better, but those bands did not have the amazing equipment that we do today. Instead, they had to make do with low-fi tech and let the MUSIC do the talking for them. Bands like the Foo Fighters are taking cues from those older bands and making albums that are recorded all in 1-2 takes. Give classic rock a listen; some of the best music is the old music!

Best Music Festivals

Best Music Festivals

Going to concerts is an experience unlike any other, but a music festival is a truly AMAZING experience. It is like going to concert after concert, seeing new bands, and camping out with fans of your favorite bands on top of all that. Although it can be hot, sweaty, and smell like spilled beer, the festival atmosphere is contagious and filled to the brim with excitement and enthusiasm. Here are a few of the top-rated rock and metal festivals!

Louder Than Life

This massive open-air festival offers the best of modern rock and metal; acts such as Linkin Park and Avenged Sevenfold hold the main stages. Slipknot typically finishes out the festival with their face-melting brand of modern metal. This festival is held in Louisville, KY in the United States in October.

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