Silver Supporting Member
Steve - I agree 100% with every word you wrote. I say this all the time people can say whatever they want about the music & the time, that's a matter of personal taste but ALL of those guys could play & sing. To me the music was/is just Rock n' Roll.There are pictures in his autobiography of Steven Tyler onstage in what looks like a gold lame pantsuit, wearing eye makeup and teased up hair in 1974. I guess that's hair metal as well.
Truth is hair metal is a derogatory term that was come up with when 80s melodic hard rock/metal and the prevailing aesthetic of the time (which were both popular with women, BTW) were falling out of favor as a means to denigrate it. There is no hair metal music - The '80s melodic hard rock/metal stuff was just an evolution of earlier hard rock stuff with a lot of virtuoso musicianship (which no one should be knocking).
I dunno about you guys, but when I was playing original hard rock back in the '80s, it sure was fun playing complex rhythm guitar parts and lots of solos, while looking out and seeing nothing but women lined up in front of the stage. If that's hair metal, count me in I guess...