The popular narrative has it that there was an overnight sea-change and no one wanted to listen to Pop-Metal after January of 1992. But is that so true? I mean let's look at two of the biggest Pop-Metal bands: Guns N' Roses and Skid Row. GN'R had the biggest selling single of 1992 with November Rain and were still selling out arenas in North America in 1993; Creative conflicts with Axl Rose drove them apart. They also experienced a massive fall-off in sales from Appetite for Destruction to the Illusion double set, before grunge hit. How much of GN'R's decline can be traced more to Axl Rose's antics (3 hour latenesses and riots) than Grunge? Skid Row had a successful album in 1991 but sat on their hands and didn't release their next record until 1995 (and 4 years was forever back then) and creative issues with Sebastian Bach broke them up. Other bands such as Motley Crue or White Lion were either broken up or in sharp decline even BEFORE Nirvana hit #1. So how can you blame their decline on Grunge when they were already in freefall? White Lion's Pride went 2x Platinum upon release in 1987, but their next album, Big Game, in 1989, only went gold. Another case of a band just losing the public's interest before Grunge. Great White experienced a severe drop in popularity between the release of Twice Shy in 1989 and Hooked in 1991. Twice Shy had went multi-platinum, but Hooked (released in February 1991, almost a year before Grunge hit) only went Gold. They were already falling apart as such. Now, let's look at some 80s Metal groups that were popular in or after 1992. Def Leppard's Adrenalize sold over 4 million copies in the US in 1992. They then waited 4 years, until 1996 (another lifetime in music) until their next record, which went platinum. Pantera released Vulgar Display of Power in February 1992 and it was their biggest selling album of their career, selling 2 million copies in the US. Their next album, Far Beyond Driven, released in 1994, sold a million copies in the US; their next album after that in 1996 sold the same amount. Aerosmith had their biggest selling record of their career with Get a Grip, which embraced Pop-Metal structures and gimmicks fully, released in April 1993. They continued to release successful Pop-Metal singles in 1994. Note also that out of all the Pop-Metal groups of their time, they were, in the 90s, the most "drama free." They didn't experience the internal turmoil, creative differences, or ego-trips that their younger peers in the 90s suffered from. They didn't become prima donnas - and they retained their popularity. Van Halen continued to be successful as well, with For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, released in June 1991, selling over 3 million copies. Its followup, Balance, sold the same despite being released in 1995. Bon Jovi's Keep the Faith, released in November 1992, sold 2 million copies in the US; It's followup, These Days, released in '95, sold a million. The point being that, it is my belief the death of Pop Metal was largely self-inflicted. Many of the younger bands were flashes in the pan and were failing before Teen Spirit was released. The older bands still continued to be successful even during the height of the 'Grunge era.' It is my contention that these bands imploded due to ego issues. The established or less drama ridden bands kept their success and their audience and were able to remain competitive. I am curious to hear what you think.