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Marvelous little follow-up interview. Although I would put Van Halen's 5150 up against Hysteria any day for the title of best piece of big-hair arena rock from the 1980s; both great albums, but Hysteria lacks the sheer virtuosity of Eddie Van Halen's playing -- including the famous "tapping" technique he learned from none other than a former guitarist for my absolute favorite band, Genesis.

I wonder if MDR is aware of the recent album by the band Metaphor that is based on, and titled, The Sparrow. Not exactly fist-in-the-air metal -- they're a prog-rock band -- but an intriguing treatment of the novel in a different format.