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April 04, 2007


aged roller

re: Monsters Of Rock

In fact the crowd at the festival were very well aware that the band weren't "real" - the TV show was widely viewed (my VHS was almost permanently on loan), and the band even did a (intentionally lousy) tour.

Disclaimer - I was at the festival. But let's face it, what teenager could refuse a band at a metal festival that actually wanted the crowd to boo them and throw stuff at them? Happy innocent times, sigh.

(Personal favourite moment - Vim playing his song about a girl called "Imogen" on a Casio in his bedroom... "Imogen, all the people...")

Peter Elliott

I loved Bad News! My fave line is Vim talking about "Stairway To Heaven"!

They did appear on quite a few shows performing "Bohemian Rhapsody" and each time there would be some disaster taking place. The one I recall was "Wogan" a major chat show at the time where the record got stuck midway through.

Indeed the Monsters of Rock festival crowd knew full well who Bad News were and took great delight and showing their "appreciation". The actual footage from it with the band onstage is amazing - Rik Mayall definitely looks shaken by the experience which makes it all the funnier.

They also did the obligatory Christmas single, "Cashing In On Christmas". Brian May apparently loved every minute working with them and may also explain how they ended up with a deal on EMI.


I remember Bad News fondly but they weren't before Spinal Tap were they?

Holland Oats

darby crash in decline punk, ozzy in decline metal & now thisexactly what is it about rockers frying eggs that seems so satisfying?


My favorite line (approx)

"Jimmy Page composed 'Stairway to Heaven' when he was 22 years old. I learned to play it when I only 12-- so that'll tell you how gifted of a guitarist I am."


Nawyecky is on the money, that is THE quote...

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