Report: Eighties Hard Rock Bands Drawing Large Crowds

October 8, 2007

Kris Osborn of reports: The summer concert season of 2007 swept America back into the 1980s as scores of hard rock/metal bands from that decade began touring again, drawing large crowds, new, young fans, and solid revenues 25 years after first emerging. Who toured? TESLA, DOKKEN, GREAT WHITE, WINGER, WARRANT, QUEENSRŸCHE, POISON, RATT, VINCE NEIL, FIREHOUSE, QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, L.A. GUNS, WHITE LION, SKID ROW, and BLACK SABBATH. "Despite the fact that it's two decades later, people still like to bang their heads, raise their fists, and have some fun," says Jeff Albright, president of the Albright Entertainment Group and publicist for numerous top-tier hard rock singers. "The opportunities for revenue are probably greater than ever before," says Albright, referring to concert video DVDs and downloads via iTunes.

In some cases the crowds and revenues have rivaled those of the 1980s. RATT and POISON just wrapped up a long, large-venue summer tour where they played regularly before 8,000 to 10,000 fans. RATT lead singer Stephen Pearcy says he noticed an emerging younger fan base of teenagers and twenty-somethings who were born years after RATT multi-platinum "Out of the Cellar" album released in 1984. "It has been a gradual buildup again. It's rock and roll — colorful, dangerous, exciting," Pearcy said.

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