Do you know the bang Big Noize? It's a super group featuring Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow), Phil Soussan (Vince Neil, Billy Idol bands). The band also features keyboard player Teddy Zig Zag Andreadis (Guns n' Roses, Alice Cooper). Most recently, the famous musicians in Big Noize traveled to Iraq and Kuwait, playing some music for our troops. Surely our troops need Metal and Glam! Big Noize are hitting the road again, playing December dates around the world and stopping in Peru, Argentina, Chile and more.The cool thing about Big Noize is that they play the "greatest hits" from their respective bands. This means Quiet Riot or Black Sabbath fans can go to a Big Noize show and sort of get the best of both worlds. I suppose that's the goal of most super groups: the entertain both the fans the performing musicians.
I wonder if the future of Glam is the super group? Think about it: most of our beloved musicians are either in new "super groups" or are performing regularly with other name musicians. It's a way for the musicians - and the genre - to remain viable. The band Big Cock are essentially a super group. Guitarist David Henzerling spent his early Glam days with King Kobra and Keel. Drummer John Covington played with the Greg Leon Invasion. Singer Robert Mason was with Lynch Mob (and is now singing for Warrant). The Sin City Sinners features a revolving door of famous Glam musicians, the constant being former Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat. ...Then there's Scrap Metal featuring the Nelson twins, Mark Slaugher, Eric Martin, Kelly Keagy...
Even SIXX: AM is a supergroup of sorts and not just because the band features Nikki Sixx. No, SIXX: AM is a super group because DJ Ashba and James Michael are accomplished musicians in their own right - who both just happen to write for Motley Crue.
So, what do you think: are super groups the future of Glam?
Damn Yankees formed at an odd time for super groups. The band, featuring Ted Nugent, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw and Michael Cartellone created Glam at the apex of the hey day...and into the fall of the supreme genre. I think if Damn Yankees reformed, they could do quite well have a good touring future.
If you're not familiar, here's a clip by Big Noize