OK, the London Tube – makes you think of steamy bodies all pressed together, trains, diesel and heavy sounds? – Sure! Lots of noise, metal, tiles, concrete and ‘rock’?
|LONDON TUBE – Underground of Piccadilly Circus|
Rock and Metal – To the uninitiated, any loud music is called heavy metal. In reality there are many heavy metal styles and sub-genres. Doom metal, avant garde / experiemental metal, goth metal, celtic metal, hair metal, metal core, nu metal, power metal, progressive metal, thrash metal, and even death metal. One thing true to all metal – you can’t have metal without guitar, many bands have two or more.
|The Underground Tube platform|
Heavy metal is a wide umbrella characterizing a style of music that is generally loud and aggressive. There are genres that are very melodic and mainstream, and other genres that are extreme and underground.So before you venture down below, let it be known that ‘you have been warned’!
|Venture Underground to the LONDON TUBE|
The term “heavy metal” was first used in a musical sense in the ’60s song “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf when they referred to “heavy metal thunder.” Although experts argue, most consider groups like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple to be the first heavy metal bands.
|LONDON TUBE – Underground beneath Piccadilly Circus|
While Metal is a 60s child, Rock music emerged in the late 1940s. Since then it has been constantly redefined and reinvented itself, which makes it very difficult to apply a straightforward definition to it. While people might disagree over specifics, rock music can generally be described as hard-edged music performed with electric guitars, bass, and drums and usually accompanied by lyrics sung by a vocalist. Pioneered by people like Chuck Berry, it leaned heavily on blues of the time.
|The Underground Club in 2007 – as ‘was then’|
In the 60s groups like the Rolling Stones expanded not only the genre, but the lifestyle of ‘rockers’ – their aggressive attack on music and life suggested a sexual freedom that proved shocking during that conservative age. In the 70s, Zeppelin and Floyd gave way to even more extreme lifestyles and music of the Sex Pistols and The Clash. Their simple but effective anarchy shocked the late 70s and splintered rock into commercial post-punk bands like Depeche Mode and alternative college rock like Nirvana, which held up for a couple of decades.
Now there is rap-rock, modern rock, alternative rock, indie rock, the grunge movement (a merging of hard rock and punk), and melodic hard rock, as played by Puddle of Mudd and Limp Bizkit. You can’t mention rock these days without including the band which fuses hip-hop and metal, Linkin Park.
Rock music continues to evolve, mixing the rich rock history with contemporary sounds to morph itself into the next genre of reinvention.
Jason Keegan was inspired by rock and metal, sweat and blood to open a rock / metal club somewhere deep in the bowels of London. The idea of the pumping music, strumming strings and all that heavy action of the hot sweaty stage where a rock or metal band is playing reminded him of the pushing and heaving of the London Tube. So where better than to open a club like that?
This decision came to the delight of the London inSL GM, Debi Palmira. Under her wing, our intrepid Entertainment Manager, Jason Keegan, opened the LONDON TUBE Rock and Metal Club where you can even vote for your favourite songs to influence how and what you want played. A truly interactive club, all within the diesel smell of the Tube Train (standing room only).
|Delighted Debi Palmira|