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10 Great Metal Performances from the '90s on American Television

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I'm always stoked when our beloved metal genre gets any attention from late night television. Especially in the days before YouTube, when setting your VCR to capture and then later analyze a 3 minute performance was the thing to do. It was a huge bonding moment for metal on a national level.

What you'd probably never think about, is how out of place and awkward it is for a band to perform under these conditions. Mastering the art of venue performance simply won't cut it when performing in a TV studio with acoustics made for interviewing, unforgiving audio mixes, a 20 foot gap between the band and the audience, and of course the lights and cameras in your face. Despite the uncomfortable obstacles, one can't deny the exposure is great for the band, and exciting for us loyal fans to watch on TV.

The following 10 clips are performances from late night TV in the 90's I really enjoyed for one reason or another, check them out and tell us what you think!

Black Sabbath on David Letterman 1998

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Black Sabbath announced the return of the original line up, performs Paranoid on live TV and nails it in everyday possible! What more could you possibly ask for?

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