Shooting Blanks

Metroland | July 19, 2004
Imagine the rock world’s version of The Real World (or, more appropriately, The Surreal Life). Take one estranged-and- palpably-frustrated backup band; add one charismatic (and often socially troubled) lead singer -- preferably one who hasn’t had a hit in a while; stir in a liberal dose of media hype; and, voila! Instant million-seller.


Metroland was founded in 1978 as a monthly entertainment guide; a year and a half later it went weekly, continuing to focus primarily on arts, entertainment and lifestyles. In September 1986, Metroland reinvented itself as a full-fledged alternative newsweekly, offering...
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