With the announcement last week of Chris Jericho, from Fozzy, being on the next season of Dancing with the Stars, its apparent to me that Metal music is getting more popular year after year.
Metal, the red headed stepchild art form of music, has always seemed to be a shunned genre. Mainly shunned because of subject matter, looks, and crazy antics of the musicians. A great deal of the rock stations i listened to while driving cross country seemed to push it on the back burner so they could play more trendy recycled garbage. I do have to admit that I caught a few small stations here and there playing Slipknot, Flaw, and Static-X. The better smaller stations i experienced were in Baton Rouge and Las Vegas.
With extremely popular groups like Slayer and Lamb of God being nominated at the Grammys, and given tv shows Like the Osbornes and Gene Simmons Family Jewels, our genre is getting harder and harder to ignore. Hopefully some day in the near future we can get a station here in Los Angeles that will cater to the metal crowd, or the current station can start playing some metal instead of sponsoring all of the shows but have no intention of showcasing of the bands on their station.