Originally Posted by Deltadrummer
We have the discussion weekly at my place of employment. There were several "hair' metal bands that were actually filled with good musicians: Winger, Whitesnake, Extreme, Mr Big, of course The Scorpions. Now there all no hair metal bands. But I think in that later 80's, some frustrated musicians put together metal bands because that was the thing. You did have guitarists like Randy Rhodes, Yngwie Malmsteem and Michael Batio. And drummers like Tommy Aldrige, Rod Morgenstern and Mike Mangini.
How could I forget Extreme and Mr Big. Very good musicians. You're right about musicians doing it for the sake of it but that happens in most genres especially those mostly associated with teenagers and testosterone.