I must admit to being completely mesmerized by the Michael Jackson mess. Michael's entire family seems completely nuts and, as a result, he lead a completely tragic existence. That said, boy could sing (and dance!) better than just about anyone. He definitely earned his title as the King of Pop.
Yesterday, Noisecreep sort of mused if anyone in rock (or metal) would get as much publicity as MJ when their fateful death day arrives. Let's face it, we're all going to end up on the other side of the dirt sooner of later - so we better rock out while we still have the chance!
That said, I don't think there's really any true Metal artists that will make a massive media impact upon death. In rock, things are a little more complicated. Paul McCartney has left a massive legacy and, come on, he's a Beatle. Then there's Mick Jagger, of the freaking Rolling Stones. Talk about legacy! Every modern hard rock or metal band owes a debt to Jagger. He paved the way for rock n' roll debauchery - if you like Glam, thank Mick.
Does anyone else really come close to Paul or Mick? Not really, but Steven Tyler is an option, and Axl Rose presents an interesting scenario because he possesses a mix of big fame and crazy behavior. Glam, the media loves some juicy celeb behavior. Over on Noisecreep, my friend Chris Harris thinks Ozzy Osbourne will make quite a splash. I'll agree he's a big celeb, but no longer for his music. He's now more known as the "nutty guy with a ridiculous reality show and a calculating business woman for a wife." Legacy? I dunno. Being an original member of Black Sabbath gives instant metal cred, I'll admit that.
I can't think of anyone else - ok, *maybe* Eddie VanHalen - that would create a complete, 24 hour media feeding frenzy like what we're seeing in the wake of Jackson's death. Maybe that's a good thing, but I'm not so sure. I guess it speaks to the general acceptance of rock music overall. We've come a long baby, but we ain't there yet. There will always be people that just don't like rock or metal - and there's those who refuse to give it a chance. No one was particularly afraid of Jackson's music - it was so widely loved and accepted, it's almost mind boggling. There's a reason the guy had five number one records - and Billboard is reporting a 1735% increase in his song play on radio since Thursday. Of course, Jackson's antics and unique lifestyle made him a huge media target.
Perhaps we should be thankful none of our beloved rock stars are normal tabloid fodder? Thoughts?