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Trivia / Headbanger's Ball

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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The show is a favorite among heavy metal tape traders, especially for some more obscure videos and band interviews.
  • Screwed by the Network: MTV canceled Headbanger's Ball without warning in January 1995. Host Riki Rachtman was notified by telephone after filming what would turn out to be the final episode that he would not need to come into work the following week. Although Rachtman pleaded with the network to allow them to film a farewell episode, the request was denied. Fans of Headbanger's Ball were outraged by the cancellation and many people consider it to be the moment when MTV as a network Jumped the Shark. To this date MTV has never revealed exactly why they canceled the show (although there were rumors that MTV executives believed metal to be a dying genre and wanted the network to focus on alternative rock and hip-hop). The show was Un-Canceled in 2003, but many people consider the new incarnation of Headbanger's Ball to be inferior to the original.

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