Music News Headline Answers With Messora's Zach Dean November 26th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Thank you, Zach, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. 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?
Zach Dean: I think that people try to 'crackdown' on this phenomenon too much, and it just makes you look like a dick if you try to call people out on the shirt that they’re wearing. I’m mostly confused at the fact that people would wear a shirt from a band that they don’t listen to or even really know about, especially if it has a logo/album cover and that it’s obviously a band shirt. I wouldn’t ever call someone out on this, but I do think that it's an odd thing to do. 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?
Zach: I have some friends that play in this band called The Aphelion, which is a prog band, sort of similar to Haken or Dream Theater. They do this bit live where they have this big heavy buildup and they get everyone in the crowd to prepare for a wall of death. Everyone is tense, waiting to crash into each other, and when the break finally comes it’s a silly polka bit. I absolutely wasn’t expecting that the first time that I saw them do it. Some crowds are more receptive to it than others… 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?
Zach: I think that the Superbowl is run by and completely dictated by advertisers. It’s unfortunate, but these companies that run ads at the Superbowl don’t want to endorse anything that can be remotely considered extreme or dangerous. For this reason, I don’t think that any truly interesting act would ever be invited to play at the Superbowl, but I really don’t care. Why be surprised that massive commercial money-making event doesn’t contain a pinch of art? 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?
Zach: I believe that absolutely anything can have an impact, for better or worse, on your creativity. Every experience that you have can bleed into your art, drugs and alcohol are no exception. I think that regular and dependence on any substance is likely to hinder you in more than just a creative sense, but every experience has its place in your creative background. 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?
Zach: I’m listening to David Bowie’s Blackstar as I write this, and I think that he is a strong contender for who I would bring back from the dead. That is, under the condition that I can hang out with him for a little bit and try to see what he’s made of. 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?
Zach: Messora has been extremely fortunate with actually getting paid what’s owed to us, so I can’t say that I’ve ever had to demand payment like this. I try to be conscious of who we’re working in advance and to avoid working with questionable people and organizations. 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.
Zach: Q: This drug is responsible for the conception and creation of Messora’s album The Door. A: LSD 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?
Zach: I get extremely annoyed at the dumbest things. I try to keep a level head under real stress and I can deal with lots of pressure coming from many places, but if I spill my drink, I want to throw my glass across the room. If I bump my head somewhere, which happens a lot, being 6'4'', every muscle in my body is poised to exact revenge on the cupboard, door, shelf, guitar hanger, that did me wrong. 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?
Zach: I personally don’t see any use for filming/taking pictures during a show. There is a photographer there whose job it is to do just that much better than you could, and you’ll likely forget about and never watch the 20+ minutes of footage that you shot. You’re also likely to drop it and have it get stepped on. I honestly don’t have a real problem with people using their phones at shows, but I just don’t understand the appeal. Forget everything and just take in the experience firsthand. 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?
Zach: Obviously, you never leave gear in a vehicle, especially when loading in/out, without having someone watch it for you. I think that this is the number one tip. Keep an eye on your things at the venue, especially when other bands are gathering their things. It’s all about vigilance. 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?
Zach: I honestly can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything like that happen… I’ve seen bands need to cut their set short because their samples weren’t working, or some other laptop related issues, but that’s really on the bands. 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?
Zach: The Mont-Royal street, right near where I live in the Plateau in Montréal, shuts down during the summer for a street fair. There are often very good buskers performing there, but it would be quite cool if the city set up a real stage and had bands playing all day. I’m not sure that they’d do that for a death metal band though… 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?
Zach: I think that Extraordinarius Mansoni, in honour of Marilyn Manson, would be fitting. The guy represents darkness and he kind of looks like a bit lanky spider too. I’m sure he’d be honored. MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Zach, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band, Messora, does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Zach: Thank you for having me! Go listen to our debut album The Door! Available everywhere that you’d look for music online. Album order here. Facebook/Instagram.