Thank God for karaoke rock bands.
Last night the excellent players and supporting crew of Metalsome brought the house down at my company’s Christmas party, backing me and my nerdy coworkers on everything from The Black Crowes’ “Hard to Handle” (ahem, mine) and “Stacy’s Mom” to “I Believe In a Thing Called Love” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
It was glorious. I (like many of the people this band plays for) got to experience that quintessential American aspiration: becoming a rock star.
If there’s still any stigma on karaoke bands, it’s not deserved. These bands make the very heart of rock and roll available to the people. And when rock is this close to you and me, it’s far from being dead. By keeping the great songs alive while giving new singers a taste of rocking on stage, bands like Metalsome help to keep rock an important part of American music.
My “backing band” last night has enough skill to be a touring band, but maybe there’s a reason they’ve chosen to play with amateur karaoke singers: the joy of it.
Think about it: how would you feel about playing your first rock and roll gig? Compare that to the feeling of playing your thousandth. Which one would bring greater net joy into the world? It’s that first time feeling that Metalsome gets to share with new rock and rollers every week. And for that, we should thank them.