Headbanger's Ball

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posted by/geschrieben von Erik Kraeft on/am Oktober 01, 19100 at/um 06:52:25:

On Monday Dec. 4th the Progressive Metal Militia is
planning on making a unified effort to bring back the
Headbanger's Ball to MTV.
How many times have you heard people say, "Remember
the 80's when MTV used to play metal?" How many times
have you heard people lament the loss of their only
outlet to see hard, heavy and aggressive videos? How
times have you actually seen anyone DO anything about
Well, we remember the 80's and we remember a time when
MTV didn't only play rap, hip-hop, R+B, dance or top
40 music. The thing is, the people who felt that their
music was under-represented on this channel didn't
just sit back and complain about it, they took action
and they didn't stop until they were satisfied with
the results. For a time there were programs like Yo!
MTV Raps, 120 minutes AND the Headbangers ball all on
roughly within the same time period. There was a wide
diversity of musical styles offered on the channel and
that's the way it should be. Somewhere along the way
we lost
the Headbanger's Ball and things have not been the
same since. You can blame Grunge, the rise of Hip-Hop
or any other lame excuse but the bottom line is that
we let the rug get pulled out from beneath us and have
done nothing since to make our voice heard. The
phenomenal success of the recent Iron Maiden tour and
many more like it are proof that there is still a
strong market for this music. Now is the time to show
MTV and the corporate world that we will not be
denied. MTV is a cultural force that helps to shape
the trends and direction of popular music. How many
times are you going to
complain that your favorite metal band didn't tour
your town, your state, even your COUNTRY because of
lack of tour support. Video airplay equals CD sales
and without them your favorite bands will be doomed to
and irrelevance while the flavor of the month makes
their millions for their record companies before being
quickly discarded for the next "boy band" waiting in
the wings.
On December 4th we will call and email Viacom, MTV and
TRL and demand
the return of this show to the air. You can make a
difference, it's been done before when rap and R+B
broke onto the station and we can do it for ourselves
now. It's up to you. You can take action and bring
metal back into
the spotlight or you can complain all the way on a 5
hour drive to your next KISS, savatage, W.A.S.P.,
VENOM, NIN, SLAYER, King Diamond, or In Flames show,
wondering why they can't play in "your area".
0n DECEMBER 4TH!! These are DIRECT phone lines right
to the people that can make this happen. You will talk
to their assistants but if enough people do this it
will be all that they talk about for the rest of the
day/ week/ month. "Good Lord, the phones were crazy
today. What the hell was that all about!" Please
forward this to as many people as possible, cut and
paste into every message board you visit and go to the
web-sites of bands you'd like to see on MTV that
aren't on now. Let their fans know that this is an
opportunity to change popular music as we know it. WE
should be in controlof what we listen to and not be
force fed the same crap that sounds just like last
weeks big rawk hit!!
MTV/ Viacom

MTV Program director *****
Paul Debenedtti

1515 Broadway
25th Fl.
New York, NY10036

On-line vote for the return of Headbanger's Ball on

Snail mail

Total Request Live
c/o MTV
P.O. Box 2001
New York, NY 10108




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