Ace_Deputy_Cheeze said: can you name a few that made it?
in a way, ALL bands started out as 'local' bands at one time or another
most the ones we knew who made it big were in local bands that broke up and then they went on to other bands. a band called Widows Rose had Jason Ward, who went on to take the place of Jason Newsted when HE left Flotsam & Jetsam. his brother Jeff Ward played drums with Ministry and did a lot of studio work. the singer for Kyuss went on to sing for Queens of the Stone Age (can't remember his name) but we picked up stacks of free cassettes at a Kyuss show and gave a bunch to our nephew & his friends.
but to be honest, only about 5% went on to 'the big time" the rest either gave up music; (50%=Thank GOD!), (20%=its a damn shame cuz they waz good), or are STILL flogging it onstage (25%).