1980's MEGA-Huge Music Acts That Are Still Around?
With Whitney Houston's passing, and Michael Jackson RIP, I thought of the mega-huge 1980s acts that are still alive today, and would still likely fill an arena. The only one's I can come up with are:
New Kids On the Block(????)
I'm not really a huge fan of any of them, and I'm not sure I would want to see any of these acts in concert. I admit, I probably would have gone to see Michael Jackson if he was in the area, if I could get a free ticket. But this thread isn't about who we would want to see in concert, so focus...
What big 1980's MEGA music acts are still alive and can still draw at least 60% of the crowd they used to?
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Well, I'm looking for the MEGA acts. Cory Hart doesn't count. I don't know that Paula Abdul would either. Paula has her fans, but did she have the impact on music the way Madonna or Michael Jackson did?
Know what has nine arms and sucks? Def Leppard.
Metallica still packs them in, fo sho, but were they in that MEGA category in the 1980s? Of course, I grew up in Omaha, so in the 1980s, the only rock channel we had was z-92, and they sure didn't play any Metallica back then. It would cut into their ceaseless replays of the same 5 AC/DC songs, the same 2 Boston songs, the same 3 Led Zep tunes that AREN'T "Stairway", the same 3 Rolling Stones songs. Basically, my rock radio, prior to me getting a job and buying my own tapes, was pretty limited.
I don't know if there were solid rock acts that fit into the MEGA category.
Like I said, not looking for flash-in-the-pan acts. Sure, Twisted Sister was huge on the rock scene, but did they get the coverage of Prince or Whitney Houston? Looking for those from the 1980s that were HUGE.
Metallica still packs them in, fo sho, but were they in that MEGA category in the 1980s? Of course, I grew up in Omaha, so in the 1980s, the only rock channel we had was z-92, and they sure didn't play any Metallica back then.
You are correct. Metallica didn't really hit 'mega' status until the late 80's early 90's when they released their final album "...And Justice For All". I loved Metallica back then and its too bad they quit making albums but better to quit while on top than to start issuing over-produced garbage like some bands.
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This is one of my favorite games...name any 80's artist whose music endured and remained relevant...and I liked to play this in the mid-90's. The 80's were a complete wasteland musically.
Usually you could come up with Prince and Madonna and one or two others that arguably stood the test of time. Michael Jackson was from the 70's. Most bands people try to claim were 80's bands made their bones in the 70's.
Prince has fallen off the face of the earth. Madonna is barely relevant, despite the Stupor Bowl.
Kudos to U2 for winning the entire 80's...
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The 80s is a long time ago for a band to still be filling stadiums. Most bands don't last that long.
As far as 80s bands that stood the test of time, there's tons of those. Are we saying the band hand to be formed in the 80s, or did their best work in the 80s? Let's go with best work in the 80s as that seems more fair. Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, the Beastie Boys, The Police, Jane's Addiction, The Smiths, The Cure, Tears for Fears. Some more arguable ones due to timing, REM and Fugazi, more arguable due to content, NWA. These are just the ones I can think of right now, I'm sure there are others.