I know, I know—I'm trotting out the names of rock dinosaurs lost in the land where time forgot, at least in terms of TMS. And I realize I'm too old to be in That Metal Show's primary demographic. After all, I remember hearing the first Led Zep album before anyone knew who they were when Page was best known as The Yardbirds' last guitarist and composer of "Beck's Bolero." I saw Black Sabbath on their first U.S. tour when Ozzy got sick and Black Oak Arkansas blew them off the stage. Friends insisted I was into Kiss before anyone else, but they really meant the New York Dolls. If you look at the debut album covers for both bands, you can understand the initial confusion.
So this crotchety curmudgeon thinks TMS could provide a valuable service to their viewers by going further back in the vaults to showcase where it all began. Eddie and the guys don't mind bringing out guests that aren't really metal like the Wilson sisters and veterans of The Runaways, so why not tip their hats to old rockers like Leslie West, Chrissie Hynde, and even a few Yardbirds who are still out there on the road and deserve both recognition and support? This is especially important now since that generation of rockers is getting to the point where we will see them out there with new tours and product less and less frequently.
Without question, VH1 Classic has been excellent at providing the music and histories of rock bands of the Baby Boomer generation. They've broadcast great "Behind the Music" documentaries and anniversary specials for classic albums. So, Eddie, why not let a little of that spill over into That Metal Show? I'll still be happily watching and learning—just please toss some older stuff into your curriculum from time to time so the young-uns don't really think it all began with "Iron Man" and "Smoke on the Water."