The avalanche of new music and – for sure – new styles that became available in the ’70s and ’80s to the early ’90s was absolutely tremendous. Metal found itself very strongly on the upswing from the early 80’s onwards. Whereas Hard Rock already started to lose a lot of its shiny luster by this time.
Many of today’s well-known metal genres were in full development mode back then. This led to this crazy and fragmented metal multiverse we (do not quite) enjoy today. The culprits? A number of major rock bands – some still fully in action today. Names like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest or again UFO heftily stirred this pot of wonders. And between themselves they created a series of stellar records that are – in turn – the perfect candidates for our Old’n’Tasty series. But those were of course not the only gigs active in this development.
You have other bands like the German Scorpions that probably had an equal impact on the development of rock and metal. Yet the international coverage they enjoyed was by far less intense than what – for example – Black Sabbath suffered. Even if the Scorpions went on to become a multi-platinum act that keeps going strong to this day – after some 50 years of activity. On top they boast a list of distinctions long like all the beards of ZZ Top stitched together. [...]