Music News Headline Answers With Liquid Metal's Bloody Roots Ian Christe November 30th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Thank you, Ian, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. Before we get started though, tell us a little about what you do in the music industry. Ian Christe: Hi, I'm Ian Christe, I wrote the book Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal. I'm the publisher at Bazillion Points Books, the people behind Swedish Death Metal, Choosing Death, Murder in the Front Row, Heavy Metal Movies, Metalion, Only Death Is Real, NYHC, and a pile of other essential hardcore and metal reading. And since the dawn of the satellites I've hosted the weekly metal history radio show Roots on SiriusXM. https://www.bazillionpoints.com/ MPAP: So, just in case you or the reader are new to this, and to make sure everyone is on the same page on how this works, we’ve pulled some recent music news headlines from the Metal Injection website and turned them into questions and get your answers and reactions. We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, with different headlines each time, and it has been fun to read everyone’s answers so far. So, once again, please place seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, hang on, here we go. 1. Real Housewife Wearing Metallica Shirt Asked To Name 3 Of Their Songs, She Cannot
MPAP: Some talk show, on the Bravo! channel had The Real Housewives of Potomac star Candiace Dillard as a guest. She was wearing a Metallica’s Lady Liberty, ‘And Justice For All’ shirt, and a caller called into the show and asked the host of it if Candice could name three songs by Metallica. She pretty much had no clue who the band was, and obviously, she couldn’t name three songs by them either. Do you believe if you wear the band’s shirt, you should at least know maybe who the group is?
Ian: Non-metal dudes in metal t-shirts don't upset me, no. I question who would wear a shirt without even being curious about what it represents, but that's life, some people have no ear for music and just want to look like everybody else. I would rather walk down the street and see three Motorhead shirts, even if the people in them have no clue. It's like the current fashion for vintage black leather motorcycle jackets. All the teenage girls are dressed like members of Iron Maiden or Saxon in 1981, but I doubt they're collecting NWOBHM records—or riding vintage motorcycles! 2. Mosh Pit & Wall Of Death Break Out During The Village People’s Set At Riot Fest
MPAP: You would have never really expected something like this too of happened now, would you? And to be honest, I didn’t know The Village People were still together and performing, but they are. That just shows you metal music fans can always have fun even if it is moshing to songs like "Y.M.C.A.," or "Macho Man" by The Village People at a music festival. Now, what is something you’ve seen happen while performing, or while at a show that you weren’t expecting to see or have occurred?
Ian: The most violent pit I've ever seen was at an Onyx and Run-DMC show at the Palladium in New York around 1992. 3. Reminder: Metallica Will Never Play The Super Bowl
MPAP: Every year when the Super Bowl announces who is going to be their half time show, metal music fans are pissed off because it’s never a metal band or even a hard-rock band for that matter. For almost five years fans have wanted Metallica to host the Super Bowl halftime show. Fans also started a petition to get them to play at the 50th Super Bowl halftime show in 2015. Metallica would be an excellent choice to be a part of it, they’ve won Grammy awards, they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and have toured just about everywhere in the World, and just recently they were named the World’s biggest touring act. What are your thoughts on this? Why do you think metal music is always going to get snubbed at the Super Bowl?
Ian: A friend of Metallica recently told me that someone in the band said, "we're always the away team." That says it all. No matter how many times they sell out arenas, it's always an uphill battle with metal. Metal is not about comfort, and you have to get into it a bit to discover the good times. So, even when it seems like metal is now the establishment, we're all still on the outside looking through the glass in a way. 4.Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Doesn’t Believe Drugs & Alcohol Makes You Write Better Music
MPAP: What are your thoughts? Do you think drugs and alcohol bring out the creativity in a musician or can kill it?
Ian: I think if you have to question whether drugs and alcohol are affecting your songwriting and performance, just leave them out! There's plenty of time in a day. 5. Steel Panther Frontman: If I Could Bring One Musician Back From The Dead, It’d Be Motley Crue’s Vince Neil
MPAP: This headline started some mudslinging between both of the bands because obviously, Vince Neil isn’t dead; he’s just a bit overweight and can’t sing like he used to be able to do as he did in the 80s and 90s. I don’t see them ever going out on tour together anytime soon, but anyway, if you could bring any musician back from the dead, who would you choose, and why?
Ian: Forget about Vince Neil, of all the sorely missed fallen musicians, I'd bring back Razzle from Hanoi Rocks! 6.Green Jelly Track Down Deadbeat Promoter And Get Paid
MPAP: A promoter stiffs Green Jelly after they performed at Old East 765 Bar & Grill in Canada, and vocalist Bill Manspeaker, as he states in his cellphone video made looking for Marcus the promoter, ‘I ain’t the guy to fuck with.’ So, the band tracks down the promoter and finds his home and demands the money owed to them. It’s funny to watch because at one-point Manspeaker is knocking on his door, saying, “Little pig, little pig, let me in.” In the end, Marcus ends up paying the band half of what money was owed to them, but at least he walked away with kneecaps still in place. So, has anything like this happened to you before, and would you do something like this?
Ian: There was a black metal band that came to New York in the 1990s and got shafted by the promoter. They found out where he lived, and the story was that they got paid while the promoter's mother tried to chase them away by hitting the band with her broom. 7.Morbid Angel & Obituary Featured As An Answer On Jeopardy!
MPAP: Jeopardy has featured answers on other episodes about popular metal bands such as Megadeth, Rob Zombie, and Five Finger Death Punch, but never had any answers quite like this one. One of the writers on the hit television show has to be a metalhead for sure! So, in case you missed this episode, Alex Trebek said, 'Morbid Angel and Obituary are popular bands in this genre,' and contestant Dhruv Gaur answered with 'What is Death Metal.' Pretty cool when things like this are showing up on a popular television show. Now, if you or your band were to be mentioned on Jeopardy, what would the answer and question be? Let’s see how creative you are.
Ian: This really happened: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? called once to fact check a bunch of questions about Black Sabbath and the origins of heavy metal. 8. Oops! Stadium Accidentally Leaves Ramstein Song Blasting All Night, Annoying Neighbors
MPAP: Someone at Budapest’s Puksas Arena just happened to leave the sound system on blasting the song "Deutschland" all night long, over and over. It’s an open-air stadium that’s under construction, so the loud music bothered all that lived nearby. That worker should have had a bigger playlist than just the one song; maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad then, right? So, since the subject of the headline is about something that annoyed people, let’s find out from you; what annoys you, whether it’s out on the road, at a show, in the recording studio, or even when you’re at home, what annoy's you the most?
Ian: Probably the most annoying PA problem is headlining band’s sound checking drums at full volume after the opening act has already finished. 9. Tool Threatening To Eject Fans From Shows If They’re Caught Using Their Phones
MPAP: Once again, cellphone use at concerts makes the headlines. If you don’t remember, but a couple of years ago during a performance of Maynard’s other band A Perfect Circle, 60 people were kicked out for filming the show with their phones. And even Jack White (The White Stripes) has a no cell phone policy at his shows. So, what’s your take on it? Are cellphones that much of a distraction to where the fan should be kicked out? Do fans need to watch the show instead of looking at their phones? Does it even matter since they paid for their ticket already?
Ian: The reality is that we will never truly experience 'behind closed doors' ever again. I would just embrace that reality, but cheers anyway to bands who want to fight to preserve their mystery and mystique. I don't think they're being prima donnas. They're fighting technology with technology, like locking cell phone bags. 10. Windhand Robbed In Houston, Posts List Of Stolen Gear & Belongings
MPAP: This happens way too often, it seems. It’s hard enough to make a living being a musician, and then you have a douchebag, or douchebags, break into your trailer or van and steal all your stuff while you’re out on the road. So, when you are out on tour, what extra precautions have you taken so that this hopefully doesn’t happen to you?
Ian: Sleep with the gear, it's a rule. But someone basically has to stay with a van at all times, it's a major drag. And nowadays, you need to sleep with your catalytic converter, too. 11.Machine Head Show Paused, Partially Ruined After Fan Throws Beer On The Soundboard
MPAP: This happened at a show at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, England, and a fan, more like an asshole, threw a 32-ounce beer on the soundboard. After a 20-minute delay, Machine Head was able to finish the show, but not with the highest quality sound after that. First off, what a dick move to do something like that, almost ruining it for a sold-out crowd, and second, I’m sure soundboards aren't cheap, and third, who throws a 32-ounce full beer? I don’t know what beer costs there in London, but in the US, a beer that size would cost more than likely $30. So, what a waste to throw a beer. Anyways, has this ever happened to you where you saw something was thrown from the crowd, and it abruptly stopped the show for a while, and what happened?
Ian: Actually, my first concert as a little kid was AC/DC with Y&T opening. Y&T were pelted relentlessly with full beers their entire set, it was brutal. And this is when they were still good! But I've seen bands getting pelted with spare change, then the singer makes the mistake of taunting the crowd and soon a thousand people are throwing whatever's in their pockets and drawing blood. Yeesh. 12. Australia To Shut Down Highway For AC/DC Tribute Bands In 2020
MPAP: How cool is this? On February 19th, 2020, marks the 40th anniversary of vocalist Bon Scott’s death, and the city of Perth is celebrating by shutting down six miles of the Canning Highway to celebrate so AC/DC tribute bands playing live on slow-moving trailers can drive through like a festival parade. In your hometown, what would you like the city to shut down for you or your band so everyone can celebrate?
Ian: I've been living in my hometown for a little while again. It's a trip, because it's thousands of miles and across an ocean from where I spent most of my life, New York City. I'd settle for some local bands playing in the neighborhood: Coroner and Tom Warrior's Hellhammer resurrection Triumph of Death. 13. Brazilian Researcher Names New Spider Species After Iron Maiden, Scorpions, & Angra Members
MPAP: Christina Rheims is a researcher in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and recently discovered four new spider species and happens to be a big fan of heavy metal music. Can’t get any better than that. She named the four new species Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni, Extraordinarius klausmeinei, Extraordinarius rickalleni and Extraordinarius andrematosi, after Iron Maiden's vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine, Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen, and Angra's vocalist Andre Matos. If she happens to find another species of spiders and you’re next in line to be named after, what would you wanted the spider’s scientific name to be?
Ian: The Brazilian edition of Sound of the Beast is pretty popular, despite having an incredibly weird cover, so there's always hope! If all the new spiders are already taken, I'll settle for sharing my name with some kind of flesh-eating fish or Amazonian python. MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Ian, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you do on Bloody Roots to finish out 2019 and beyond.