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The Hard Rock and Metal Streaming Events to Let Your Hair Down To

Feature by Jack Foley

CATCHING a music streaming event is now one of the easiest and most convenient ways of listening to your favourite groups. If you want to enjoy some of the best hard rock bands out there without leaving home, here are a few of the top streams to look out for.

Watch Metallica on Mondays

The launch of the Metallica Mondays concert series has brought us a huge range of diverse concerts from the group that was formed in 1981 and is still going strong to this day. Metallica is credited with being one of the founders of thrash metal, and according to the Recording Industry Association of America, they are 18th all-time best-selling artist in the US, with 63 million units.

They have been featuring a different live show on their official YouTube and Facebook channels every Monday. These aren’t new performances, but previously recorded concerts. For example, the series has already shown their 1983 show from the Metro in Chicago that came hot on the heels of the release of their debut album Kill ‘Em All.

If you miss a show, you can catch it later, so you don’t need to sit around waiting for them every Monday. Songs from their hugely influential 1991 self-titled album, featuring Enter Sandman and Nothing Else Matters, can be heard on later concerts.

See the Guns ‘N Roses Comeback Tour

Formed in 1985, Guns ‘N Roses had almost instant success with Sweet Child o’ Mine and Paradise City among the singles that propelled 1987’s Appetite for Destruction debut album to number one on the Billboard 200. Their 2008 album titled Chinese Democracy album cost a reported $14 million and it still classed as the most expensive rock album in history.

The most memorable event from the band’s recent history was their long-awaited 2016 comeback tour, under the Not in This Lifetime name. It was carried out between 2016 and 2019, and it is these shows that form the basis of this new streaming series.

The tour earned $292.5 million in 2017, making it the second biggest-grossing tour of that year, behind U2’s Joshua Tree tour.

Guns ‘N Roses are an example of a hard rock band with a wide influence, as can be seen in examples like their pinball game and the Guitar Hero game from Activision featuring a likeness of Slash. There is also a Guns ‘N Roses slot from NetEnt on the Betway casino site. This game has band images and audio clips of their biggest hits, combined with a range of features such as re-spins and free spins.

A Variety of Bands on the Knotfest Website

If you want a variety of hard rock and metal shows then the Knotfest site is a good choice. They are streaming the Metal Tour of the Year featuring Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames. These bands were meant to kick off a 55-city world tour on June 12, but since it was cancelled they came together for a streaming series starting on that date instead.

The stream contains a secret 2016 show from Megadeth, played in Brooklyn’s St Vitus. Megadeth have been around since 1983, when Dave Mustaine left Metallica and hooked up with David Ellefson. It was reported in 2018 by Fox News Radio that they had sold 38 million albums while picking up 12 Grammy nominations.

Also to be seen here is Lamb of God’s 2020 surprise shows that were hosted by Chicago’s House of Vans. Trivium contribute a performance from 2019 and In Flames offer their 2019 show from the Borgholm Brinner festival at Borgholm Castle in Sweden.

As well as the music, there are interviews with each of the bands. Look out for new streams being released each Friday.

A Different Option
If you are used to visiting the best metal and rock venues in London, like the legendary Crobar in Soho and the iconic Underworld in London’s Camden, live rock shows are unbeatable. Whether it was Bon Jovi’s 2019 stadium tour or Ash’s ground-breaking 2018 tour performances, many of us have great memories of live concerts in bigger venues too.

These collections of streamed shows will give you a way of enjoying the same sort of musical experience without going anywhere.

Nothing beats the thrill of seeing your favourite rock bands live. Yet, when the live concert venues near you aren’t available, and bands like Green Day are cancelling or rescheduling their UK tours, the option of catching older concerts from huge bands at home is a very good second best.