I was still listening to Iron Maiden in the 1990s, although with diminishing returns. I recall RATM, Pearl Jam and Faith No More were "new" and big. Achtung Baby had made U2 cool (rather than just annoying), so when Zooropa came out, students at my uni held an outdoor listening party in the quad. Good times. But rock was dying too. Grunge stuck the boot in and rap almost delivered the coup de grace. Almost.
"Queen is the only band in the world that can play so heavily that your nose bleeds, then offer a silk handkerchief to clean up with."