Well, well, well. Two more reunions, two more bands that will probably make the line-up of Rocklahoma 2008.
Over the weekend, Steve "Sex" Summers of Pretty Boy Floyd announced a special one-off show (in Los Angeles) with the band's original members. By all accounts, this means Kristy "Krash" Majors and Summers will share the stage again for the first time in years. My guess is the set will be heavy on material from the Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz era -- and not much else.
In related news, Black n' Blue is set to headline the Z Rock festival. The European event is big for the band, and further fuels my suspicion that singer Jamie St. James really is out of Warrant, meaning Jani Lane is back in the fold.
The boys in Warrant can't be so stupid to think fans won't question why Jamie St. James is suddenly - and out of the "blue" - touring the world with his former band. Are Black n' Blue a good band? Yes. Did they earn fame and fortune? Not really. Is Jamie St. James in a better position fronting Warrant? I don't know.
It would seem that the decision makers (or name owners, depending on how you look at things) in Black n' Blue, Warrant and Pretty Boy Floyd got a copy of the memo that declared 2008 "the year of the glam reunion."
While reunions of these classic glam bands is pretty great overall, I can't help but wonder "why now?" What is creating this over-arching desire to reunite with the band members that helped make them famous - or at least earn dinner?
I think I remember a recent press release from the organizers of Rocklahoma that basically said bands are reuniting just to play the festival. That's possible...but I still think there's a bigger reason at work here. Perhaps I'm overlooking the obvious, which is that all of us need to earn a living and the buck really does stop with a reunion. But come on: the Van Halen brothers certainly didn't need cash when they agreed to tour again with David Lee Roth.
So what is it?
Is it because glam popularity seems to follow recessions? Think about it: the 80s were the glam Metal salad days.The 1980s were a time of great unemployment, inflation...and therefore a recession. Reaganomics couldn't really stymie the issue...it took time and growth creation to ease the financial burden. Still there was time to party, and the lyrics to most Poison and Motley Crue songs fit in really well. Now, a recession seems all but inevitable and here we are again with glam coming back, better than ever. If you think about this, it is ironic that grunge was popular during the economic and technology boom throughout the Clinton nineties.
If music follows the economy...what do you think is next for Glam Metal?
By the way, here's the Black n' Blue video for "Hold On To 18." Jamie St. James looks like a cross between Dee Snider, Richard Simmons...and David Lee Roth.