People who know me, know that I like three things; Metal, Metal and METAL!!!!
As is obvious from some of my other articles, I am a big fan of NWOBHM. So imagine my excitement when the company I work for offered me the opportunity to take a new position in England.
I thought to myself…hmmmmm…SWEET...England is the birthplace of NWOBHM.!!!!!!
So I took the job and I was excited to get there. Now, I know that most of the old NWOBHM bands are getting up there in age. Some must be in their late 50’s or early 60’s. That didn’t matter to me because the music still sounded the same.
I could not wait to see a different band every weekend. I figured that Saxon, Angel Witch and Iron Maiden were playing local gigs all the time when they were not out on a worldwide tour. I also thought that Sweet Savage must come over from the Green Isle at least once a month to jam in a few pubs or smaller concert halls here. Man, I could not wait!!!!!
Then reality set in. I have been here for two years now and the only band that has even played a local gig was Iron Maiden. I saw them down in London and the only reason for that was because it was the final show for the Final Frontier world tour.
So not one other band has played, not one! Not even Diamond Head and I know they must need some money. Have all the NWOBHM bands gotten regular jobs now? I know all these old bands need cash for rent, food or just plain spending money. So why aren’t they playing shows around England?
My best guess is that they are still looking for that big “pay day” and will not play just for fans or just to stay in musical shape. They will only go on a big multi city North American or European tour with big headliners because that is the only way they will be able to cash in on ticket sales.
What a total let down…the Land of NWOBHM does not exist.