About: When Metal Ruled The World When metal acts combined pop with their heavy guitar sounds, music from this cult genre began to climb and dominate the Billboard charts. Other than the razor sharp sounds and sing-along choruses, these legendary bands - among them Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Poison, Ratt, and Guns N Roses - were united by long hair, flashy clothing, glammed-out makeup, and the adoration of groupies everywhere.
The story of 80s metal -- the sound, the look, the partying, and the wild rock and roll ride enjoyed by these Sunset Strip bands-- has never before been told in its entirety. In the early 80s, Los Angeles became the mecca for metal hopefuls, all of whom made sure to play the legendary Whisky and Troubadour before heading to the nearest party spot -- usually Motley Crue's apartment, just a couple of blocks away -- where women, drugs, and future gold-record rockers were in abundance. By the mid 80's, amplified by the power ballad masters Poison and the hard-rocking and hard-living Guns N Roses, pop metal ruled the charts and the world. Fast living, hard partying, and overindulgence derailed many of the era's biggest bands, as did changing music tastes. By the early 90s, the hair spray, makeup, spandex and guitar battles began to disappear. But the great music and the wild stories from that era when metal dominated the charts and airwaves will never be forgotten.
SEBASTIAN BACH - Lead Singer, Skid Row; FRANKIE BANALI - Drummer, Quiet Riot; BOBBY BLOTZER - Drummer, RATT; TAIME DOWNE - Lead singer, Faster Pussycat; TAWNY KITAEN - legendary music video star; GEORGE LYNCH - Guitarist, Dokken; BRET MICHAELS - Lead singer, Poison, VINCE NEIL- Lead singer, Motley Crue; and DEE SNIDER - Lead singer, Twisted Sister.