It always kinda makes me sad when I see an upcoming concert from one of those bands that once were successful, or almost successful, and now now one knows them anymore.
Just the other day I saw a show announced for Skid Row. This isn't the original formation. They fired Sebastian Bach ten years ago and kept the name, so it really isn't Skid Row anymore. Bach is in the same boat as his old band. They both hang on to the success they once had together and try to do their own thing in the mean time. Bach out albums that are pretty good, but it's all small-time indie-label stuff. The new Skid Row albums were nothing special.
Anyway, this show was in some tiny venue that hardly holds 300 people. It's like a bar-performance, but with good sound and lights. They were on the bill together with Ugly Kid Joe, Yellowcard and Like Torches. Yellowcard and Like Torches (I don't even know the last band) were billed as the main acts.
Now think about this. These guys were only second to Guns 'n Roses in the late 80's and early 90's and opened for them during a tour. They played stadiums and world-famous venues and they were on TV all over the place. They lived the rock-star dream and nothing was ever too crazy.
And now they're back at where they once started, but now they're old, burned out and probably bored with the whole thing. Most of the time they all hate each other by now, too.
Yeah, that kinda makes me sad for 'em.
Just like I saw some ads for a bunch of semi-famous bands that sucked in the 80 that are also still going. L.A. Guns and Poison come to mind. I saw some photos of shows and they look like a bunch of washed up cross-dressers. The only places that want them are shitty and small venues. They gotta hate their lives.