Metal Makes a Heavy Comeback

Hair we go again: '80s nostalgia brings monsters of rock back to life

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 24, 2008 7:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Heavy metal is coming back with a vengeance this summer, the Guardian reports. Kiss, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, and plenty of other massive metal names from the '80s will dust off the spandex and play stadium shows for audiences of aging headbangers along with a new generation of fans weaned on Guitar Hero. Many of the rock dinosaurs are even recording new material.

Guitar Hero and iTunes are credited with making metal the newest wave of rock nostalgia. "It's suddenly very cool whereas before people wouldn't dare admit to liking this music," a concert promoter said. "More and more people want to relive what they were doing 25 years ago."

Kiss pose with made up faces for the cameras during the press conference to promote the start of their KISS Alive/35 European Tour Thursday, May 8, 2008,  .
Kiss pose with made up faces for the cameras during the press conference to promote the start of their KISS Alive/35 European Tour Thursday, May 8, 2008, .   (AP Photo/Volker Wiciok)
The crowd goes wild at a concert by legendary British rock band Iron Maiden.
The crowd goes wild at a concert by legendary British rock band Iron Maiden.   (Getty Images (by Event))
Gene Simmons from the U.S. rock band Kiss performs in concert after the Australian Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 16, 2008.
Gene Simmons from the U.S. rock band Kiss performs in concert after the Australian Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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Kiss play "Rock and Roll all Night" live in Las Vegas 1999.   (77FlamingYouth77)

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