Music News Headline Answers With Kissing Candice's Mike Grippo January/February 2020 • 4th Edition #80
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Grippo.How are you, and are you ready for the new decade?
Grippo: Hey! I am great and very ready for the next decade! This year brings a lot for Kissing Candice and we are super excited!
MPAP: Thank you, once again for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s Music News Headline Questions. We appreciate it. Before we get started though, tell us a little about your band and what we might need to know. And, of course, if you’ve got new music, or new music coming out soon, please tell us about it so we can pummel our eardrums!
Grippo: I am the bassist for Kissing Candice. We are currently a totally DIY band and busting into 2020 with guns blazin’! We just did our first ever vinyl release with the blessing of Stay Sick Recordings. They were generous enough to let us self-release our last EP on vinyl to help us fund our upcoming full length, which we are doing on our own. We just launched an Indiegogo campaign offering a lot of cool perks and we enter the studio in Las Vegas with producer Zach Jones to begin the next album. MPAP: Great to hear. So, just in case the reader is new to this, this is how it all works, it won’t sting a bit. We here at the Metal Pulp And Paper headquarters pulled some recent music news headlines from the Metal Injection website and turned them into questions. Pretty simple, just like putting on your pants one leg at a time. So, once again, please place seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, hang on, here we go. Putting on your seat belt is totally up to you… 1. Hardcore Show In A Denny's Restaurant Results In Hundreds of Dollars In Damages
MPAP: So, this 17-year-old kid, Bryson Del Valle, booked his first DIY show at a Denny’s restaurant for the punk band Wacko. Obviously, Denny’s is not the ideal spot to play a hardcore music show, or is it? Still, somehow Bryson pulled it off at the Santa Anna restaurant other than the damages done to the establishment. First off, I guess the show sold out, so maybe Bryson is onto something here. Can’t imagine why Denny’s agreed to it, what were they thinking? So, I guess the question is, where would you like your band to perform that is not the ordinary place to play, and maybe get a bit wild and wreak havoc on some table and chairs? And since the story has gone viral, Green Day donated $2,000 to help pay for the damages.
Grippo: I feel there have been a lot of bands and promoters who are trying to achieve viral fame. It was funny the first time a hardcore band played a family restaurant. However, now it is seeming like just copy-cats trying to also claim the viral fame attained by other bands… like the last one who played a Denny’s and went viral a year ago. If we did something like this, we would love to play somewhere original… maybe Chick-Fil-A. 2. Meth Recounts Hilariously Crazy Story Of Missing Their Gathering Of The Juggalos Set
MPAP: Every year Insane Clown Posse puts on a music festival called Gathering Of The Juggalos, and let’s just say it’s not a music fest you’d want to take your parents to or go there on your first date. Shit, what do I know, maybe you would want to take them there? Either way, you’re going to see some fucked up shit happening there. Anyways, one of the members of Meth told a crazy story about trying to get there to play but was unable to find the right stage they were to play on that day. Now, what about you, any crazy band stories about missing a show, or about almost missing a show that is memorable?
Grippo: The Gathering of the Juggalos is surprisingly organized. We have played it 3 times and never had an issue. We love this festival and it has done great things for our band and the team behind it has been amazingly supportive of us. One time we went to play a show, and when we got there we were greeted by a sign on the door that it had been moved to a different venue. Communication is key when you are in a band. Not just with your other band members, but with everyone booking your band, the fans, etc. 3.Destruction Vocalist on Metallica: "Once You're A Billionaire, What Should You Be Pissed Off About?"
MPAP: I don’t think Lars or James are billionaires just yet, but maybe in another year or two, who knows? Schmier, Destruction’s vocalist, said in an interview that Metallica's lack of heaviness and anger over the years has to do with the fact that Metallica got rich. Do you think that’s a fair assumption that if you’re no longer pissed off about anything in the world, or whatever it will reflect in your music.
Grippo: I don’t think being rich affects how angry you are. I think as you age, many people begin to accept their lives and happiness. The members of Metallica all have families, I think that is a bigger component to why they may not be as angry. I personally think Metallica is still heavy and angry, but just more content with their lives. Life events change people and their art. 4. Airline Forces Woman Wearing "Hail Satan" Shirt To Either Change or Get Off The Plane
MPAP: Satanism is officially recognized as a religion in the United States now. Still, it was far too much for one American Airlines crew to handle, who forced a passenger to change her shirt if she wanted to remain on board the plane. She was escorted up to the front of the aircraft and told to remover her shirt or get kicked off the plane. She eventually covered up the 'so-called offensive' shirt with one of her husbands. What are your thoughts on this? If her shirt had said 'Hail Jesus', no one would probably have even have batted an eye. So, should you be allowed to wear anything you want out in public? What if your favorite shirt could be offensive to one person, but not to others, what do you do? Ever had someone report you to someone or just glare at you for what you were wearing at an airport, or anywhere in public before?
Grippo: I believe that it is unfortunate that people are not able to fully express themselves with how they dress. However, as the United States gets more progressive and religion becomes more of a thing of the past I think this will change. I believe in being conscious of those around you and trying to keep the public comfortable. However, those are just my personal feelings and believe everyone should be able to have their own views on this. Also, airplanes are a place where people are generally scared… so someone seeing something they don’t know about can trigger them to be fearful for their lives. I once was wearing a Christmas sweater with a pentagram on it and had an older lady try to cleanse me, but that’s about it. 5. Lars Ulrich Can See Metallica Going For Another 20 Years
MPAP: Metallica formed as a band in 1981, so, in the year 2020, that would put them at touring the World for 38 years. So, add another 20 more years, that would then put them at touring just under six decades. Is that even fathomable to think about? But check this out, Dame Vera is the UK's best-selling female artist. She began performing publicly at the age of seven and is still performing to this day. Her first radio broadcast was with the Joe Loss Orchestra in 1935. That’s 85 years so far. So, try and beat that Metallica! Now how far ahead do you see yourself going? Do you still want to be performing five, ten, or even 20 years from now?
Grippo: I would love to be performing until the day I die. I will keep doing it as long as I can afford to do it with it being feasible. 6. New Study Says Listening To 78 Minutes Of Music Daily Is Important To Your Health
MPAP: Well, first off, are you listening to the recommended amount? And then, what do you do at home vs. out on the road to stay healthy or keep in shape? Do you worry about your health while out on the road? After a while, the same truck stop corn dog and burrito has to get old eating all the time, right? What are some of the main obstacles you have to deal with?
Grippo: I am no longer listening to the recommended amount. I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts and audio books. I am constantly trying to learn and expand my brain. However, music is always on my mind and if something comes out I am looking forward to it will be listened to hours a day for weeks. I recently put a lot of focus on maintaining my mental and physical health both on the road and at home. I began eating clean while at home, and while on tour I do the best I can to maintain that. We are a band that is at the gym every other day, which is more than I am able to make it at home between work shifts. However, it is hard when promoters bring you multiple pizzas every night as “catering”. Luckily our stage performance is chaotic enough to burn off those extra calories every night. 7. Jason Newsted Told By Doctors To Stop Headbanging
MPAP: Recently Newsted, formerly of Flotsam & Jetsam and Metallica, said that 25 years of headbanging has finally caught up with him, and it’s time to, as doctors have told him over the years, it’s time to 'stop spinning the head.' Luckily, he doesn’t have to get surgery yet, but Slayer’s bassist Tom Araya was not as fortunate and had to have anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery done in 2010. So, what’s something if the doctor told you to do stop doing, you would stop doing. And then on the other side of the coin, what’s something if he told you to stop doing, you wouldn’t do because you like it so much?
Grippo: I believe something similar happened with Corey Taylor, and he now headbangs from his back rather than his neck. I often have physical pain from the physical difficulties of living in a van and performing. I have done my best to maintain myself so this doesn’t happen to me down the line. I would stop doing most things my doctors told me, being able to perform is the most important part. However, if they told me to stop performing all together, that would be a problem! 8. KNOTFEST Mexico Canceled After Fans Rush The Stage, Breaking Barricades. MPAP: A security safety issue prevented fans from seeing the rest of Knotfest after the stage barricade broke during Behemoth's set, and it was impossible to fix it in time for the final two acts of the night, Evanescence and Slipknot, so, in the end, the rest of the show was canceled, and this did not sit well many. In pictures and video footage that surfaced, it shows many fans getting onto the stage and destroying some of Evanescence’s equipment, and set fire to Will Hunts drum set. Obviously, you don’t want this kind of shit to happen. The fans took it too far, music was more important than the safety of others. What’re your thoughts on this?
Grippo: This is very disheartening to see. Not every band is rich enough to replace all their gear if it is destroyed. You can see this by the amount of Gofundme’s from bands who were robbed. The safety of everyone at a festival is the most important thing, people have to understand that. It may not be the band’s fault. You never know. 9. Alice Cooper Says Lemmy's Idea Of Not Drinking Was "Maybe Just Five Or Six Drinks"
MPAP: Alice explained that one time that Lemmy from Motorhead told him he had quit drinking. Lemmy’s idea of not drinking was not drinking a bottle of whiskey each night. Maybe just five or six drinks. Are the days of excessive drinking and partying over with? What is life out on the road for you? Are you quiet when you’re not on tour, but look out, when the tour begins you can’t wait to hang out with the other bands and have a few drinks?
Grippo: I believe the day’s of excessive drinking in music are momentarily over. People can’t afford to live that type of lifestyle unless you are at the top. Also, fans want performances that are sharp and sound good. They don’t want to see lead singers not showing up because they are drunk or falling off stage because they are drunk. I rarely drink on tour anymore. If I do it is on a day off. I want my fans to get the best performance they are paying for. It is fun to hang out with the other bands and make friends. However, I feel we are at a stage where we are trying to establish ourselves still. While some of us do party, we are not a party band. At home, I do enjoy drinking… but on tour it is about the music for me. 10.Kiss Played A Show For Great White Sharks But No Sharks Actually Showed Up
MPAP: I think this is the first music headline that I can’t think of anything to come up with for a question, but it just seemed so good not to talk about it. Let’s see what I can come up with in the end; either way, let’s continue. So, anyways, some Air-B-N-B company paid Kiss probably a butt load of money to perform live on a boat, like they needed it anyway, but it was for a good cause, and some fans got once in a lifetime performance. Hmmm, now that I’m thinking about it, is this Bryson’s second booking to have a band perform in a not so-usual-place? Knowing this outcome, I think he needs to stick with restaurants and book his next show at a Red Lobster. Don’t worry; it wasn’t him that booked it. But anyways, to get to the moral of the story, if anyone cares, Kiss set up and actually performed live on a boat off the coast of Port Lincoln in support of the Australian Marine Conservation Society in front of like eight special die-hard fans. The whole idea of the debacle was that Kiss would play some songs, and then sharks swimming in the area would show up because they 'love the low-frequency sounds of rock and roll.' Bassist Gene Simmons was very impressed with the whole ordeal and even said, "Guys, this is probably the most interesting gig I’ve ever done. I’d want my own autograph after this." Bam! I’ve got it! Let’s go with this, (fireworks and sirens wailing), let’s have the first-ever Metal Pulp And Paper Headline Questions three-part question. This is exciting. Mary, drum roll please…
MPAP: What has been your most interesting gig so far?
Grippo: Playing a Sweet 16 as part of a package with Farewell, My Love. They were the reason the tour was booked there. But we came along and it was super interesting.
MPAP: Is there a person out there walking this earth that you’d like to get an autograph from?
Grippo: I would love some of my Nine Inch Nails albums signed by Trent Reznor. Other than that I don’t care about autographs. MPAP: And then, give a shout out to a local band from your home town out there that you think the sharks would have shown up to listen to instead of Kiss.
Grippo: While they are not currently together, I think the sharks would love the antics of my friends in Gutterlife. 11.Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Talks Backstage Perks: Their Own Dressing Rooms, Masseuses & Personal Assistants
MPAP: Must be nice, I guess, right? I don’t know how true this one is, but alongside Haribo gummy bears in his dressing room, Marilyn Manson reportedly has asked for a 'bald-headed, toothless hooker' in his rider at one point in his music career. What have been some of your backstage perks that you’ve gotten or asked for before? Can you top Manson’s?
Grippo: We only ask for the essentials. So no, we can not top Manson’s! 12. Pete Townshend Says The Who "Sort Of Invented Heavy Metal" In 1970
MPAP: Ya right! And this is coming from a guy that recently said in an interview he’s glad drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle are dead and gone and no longer in The Who. What a dick. Anyways, who do you think invented Heavy Metal music in your eyes. Some say Black Sabbath’s self-titled album in 1970 was the birth of Heavy Metal music. Others argue that Blue Cheer's 1968 record Vincebus Eruptum is the first heavy metal album, while others say Coven's 1969 album Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls is where it all started. Maybe you have a total different take on it?
Grippo: Black Sabbath invented heavy metal. 13.Metallica's 1991 Self-Titled Album Breaks New Billboard Record
MPAP: Yes, I know, I know. Not another Metallica question. What can I say they make a lot of news headlines. So, the Black album is approaching 17 million sales in the United States while cresting over 31 million worldwide and has sold so well that it's now become one of the only four albums in history, of any genre, to be on the Billboard 220 for 550 non-consecutive weeks. That’s over ten years? At one point I think I heard it sells like 5,000 copies a week. I wonder how many warehouses Lars has rented over the years to store them all? Anyways, blah, blah blah, either way, it’s quite the accomplishment, but more importantly, what about your band? What is something that you’re proud of that has happened, and why?
Grippo: I am happy we made it as far as we have. We got to tour on Mayhem Fest along with the greats. I can’t ask for much more! MPAP: Well, that wraps up another edition of Metal Pulp And Paper’s Headline Questions, and those were some great answers. Now Mary, tell them what they’ve won. Mary? Hey Mary! Shit, we can’t find Mary, haha! So, on behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, we’d like to thank you, Grippo, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band, Kissing Candice, does in 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?