|I’ll clean your chimney after this song|
Ah but 25 years later things have changed. Gene Simmons is just an old Jewish man who’s gotten a bit fat. And Diamond Dave? More like Dingbat Dave. He’s just an old man. He isn’t even kind of cool. He’s a hokey vaudevillian type. A Vegas act and a cheap one. In fact both Gene and Dave have taken their talents to Vegas. Turns out, they were never as cool as I once thought they were. In reality nobody is. Cool is façade. Cool is an illusion. An outfit. Shoes and makeup. Lighting and cheap fabric. Behind those serious faces of musicians who glamorized binge drinking and groupie sex were guys running on treadmills and avoiding alcohol to preserve their voices while making sure their tour riders included plenty of fresh fruit. Lyrical reference’s to drugs and neck tattoo’s portray an image that often masks reality. (Insert Buckcherry reference here)
|Chuck Billy. Living the Dream|
By 1992 Metallica were beginning their run as the biggest rock band on the planet while Testament was already into the downside of their career cycle. 20 years later they are both still going. Only one of them strong. When Metallica fly’s their private plane to their next show, I don’t think the in flight meal is Big Mac’s and Dilly bars. And when Testament is playing some 400 seat club in New Mexico, I doubt their rider has top end, low fat catering. More like 6 tombstones and a case of diet coke. Look at current pictures of U2, Metallica, and and compare them to current pictures of bands like Testament and Exodus. You can tell who’s staying in the better hotel’s.
ing the whole Santa Claus cover up.