Battle of the Bands Tournament: Round 1 – Hard Rock & Metal Region (Part 2)

The Match: #5-Iron Maiden (4) VS #12-Tesla (2)
Iron Maiden sample song: “Moonchild”
Tesla sample song: “Song & Emotion”
The Winner: Iron Maiden

Postgame: Tesla’s first album Mechanical Resonance was an excellent debut with the songs “Modern Day Cowboy”, “Ez Come, Ez Go”, “Comin’ Atcha Live” and so many more. The second album, The Great Radio Controversy provided greats songs like “Love Song” and “Hang Tough”. But Iron Maiden are quite a bit more legendary than that. This outcome is an obvious one.

The Match: #6-Faith No More (4) VS #11-Poison (2)
Faith No More sample song: “Digging the Grave”
Poison sample song: “Nothin’ But a Good Time”
The Winner: Faith No More

Postgame: Yeah, I know, not even fair. But Poison had a few jams and their debut album Look What the Cat Dragged In was a fine debut for a band of their ilk. Sophomore album Open Up and Say…Ahh! had improved songwriting but lacked the magic of its predecessor. Jams include: “Cry Tough”, “I Won’t Forget You”, “I Want Action”, “Talk Dirty to Me”, “Fallen Angel” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorm” — Pretty much the singles.  A singles band will always lose to an album band, especially when that album band is just infinitely better.

The Match: #7-Def Leppard (3) VS #10-Queensryche (2)
Def Leppard sample song: “Foolin'”
Queensryche sample song: “I Don’t Believe In Love”
The Winner: Queensryche

Postgame: This is a major upset in a lot of ways, and I had to actually count the great songs to be sure of it. Def Leppard are a sentimental favorite because they were one of the first bands I saw on MTV as an impressionable youth in late 1983. That year they had just released the smash stellar hit album Pyromania, which yielded great songs like “Rock of Ages”, “Photograph”, “Too Late for Love” and “Comin’ Under Fire” among others. Then they go on a small hiatus, which built up anticipation for their fourth album, Hysteria. That album gave us “Women”, “Animal”, “Love Bites”, the epidemic “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and the title track — all hit singles, of course. But they fall just a few songs short to Queensryche. It was really close. But no cigar.

The Match: #8-Dokken (3) VS #9-Bon Jovi (3)
Dokken sample song: “Heaven Sent”
Bon Jovi sample song: “Wanted Dead or Alive”
The Winner: Dokken

Postgame: Of all the top seeds here, Dokken is the great underacheiver. More on them later. Bon Jovi’s 3 great albums include 7800 Degress Fahrenheit, Slippery When Wet, and New Jersey. Great songs include: “Livin’ On a Prayer”, “Runaway”, “Silent Night”, “Ill Be There for You”, “Bad Medicine”, “Living In Sin” and “You Give Love a Bad Name”.

And that ends the first round of this region. All tops seeds moving on to the second round, except #7 which was defeated by #10.

Finally, the first round of this Battle of the Bands Tournament is over and we’re down to 32 bands with a few upsets. Round 2 will begin later in the week (likely Thursday).


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