I originally wasn't going to post today, but then an idea came to me. I was wondering about what would be a good hard rock/metal equivalent of the term "Jump the shark?". Just in case you are not a big fan of old TV, here is the definition of the term straight from the jump the shark
site.Q. What is jumping the shark?
A. It's a moment. A defining moment when you know that your favorite television program has reached its peak. That instant that you know from now on...it's all downhill. Some call it the climax. We call it "Jumping the Shark." From that moment on, the program will simply never be the same.
Of course this term is a reference to Happy Days from when the Fonz literally jumped the shark on water skiis. Okay, so what would be a good hard rock/metal term that would be equivalent of this? One that would refer to a band's turn from greatness to something less.
I would think it would be something where the band changed for good and never approached the same level of greatness. So something like Judas Priest doing Turbo wouldn't really count because the band did later rebound with Painkiller at least. I immediately think of Van Halen and when Roth was gone form the band. That was a change that effected the band and to me they never did a great album after that. So could "Firing Diamond Dave"? be a term to use.
The other band that comes to my mind is AC/DC. I think they were great with Bon Scott and to me never did a great album after his death. Yes, I know the rest of the world loves Back in black. I would just hate to use a term that would refer to Bon's death, although I think it was a moment that completely altered the band's future.
Anyway, put your thinking caps on and let me know any terms you come up with. If you have a good one and don't mind me using it then I will pick the best phrase and use it for a blog topic that I may write in the next few days.