METAL PULP AND PAPER: Hello Kegmann. So glad to be catching up with you. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us here at Metal Pulp And Paper. We appreciate it. Now give us a little run down about your band and what we need to know, and especially tell us if you have any new music coming out or any tour announcements you can share here?
KEGMANN: Thanks for the opportunity to speak with you! We are Pyretta Blaze, a female-fronted, Hard Rock/ Metal Band from the Grand Rapids area of Michigan. Facebook.com/pyrettablazerocks.com, reverbnation.com/pyrettablaze sonicbids.com/band/Pyretta-Blaze. Currently playing shows local to get our base growing. We have our first single "Sycophant" out now on our Reverb Nation page. Preparing to head back into the studio for a few more songs and working on a video for the next song to be released "King Of The Dead."
MPAP: So, for anyone new to this, we changed things up and are doing something different. We've pulled some recent headlines from the Metal Injection website and get reactions and comments on them from bands all over the world. We did this last month, with different headlines, of course, and it was fun to read each group's different answers. So, please place your seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, and hang on, here we go again.
1. Granny Caught Rocking Out To Slipknot
MPAP: At a recent Knotfest show an elderly woman, even with her cane in hand, is caught on video rocking out to Slipknot. The story doesn’t mention her age, but I would say she’s in the prime of at least her 70s. What do you think of granny rocking out to Slipknot? Have you ever seen any older folks rocking out at any of your shows before? And bonus points, if we were keeping score, have you had any of your grandparents at any of your shows before?
KEGMANN: We think that it’s amazing the lady was jamming to Slipknot! I'm the 'old guy' in our group, and have definitely felt 'out of place' at some shows I've attended, lol. Yes, there have been some 'older folks' rocking at a few shows. We opened for a Nirvana tribute band recently and a lot of people brought their 'teenage' kids to it. They were stopping at out merch booth to ask about our sound/ type of music we played, etc. They Definitely got into the music when we played, and even stopped back by after to get pics and autographs from the band! Was incredible for us all! At this time, none of our Grandparents have attended our shows. Parents yes.
2. Metal Guitarist Too Young To Play Bar Plays Outside With Wireless System Instead
MPAP: The band Ancient Burials had a bit of a dilemma when they played a show at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Their guitarist was underage and not allowed into the bar to play. Some places will mark your hand with an 'X' identifying you’re a minor and let you play. Not the Hawthorne Theatre with Oregon’s liquor laws. So, instead of them canceling the show, fellow bandmates Paradigm Shift hooked him up with a wireless pack, and he went outside and played. The bar had an open window so you could see the band playing inside and he was outside shredding it out on the street. It’s a great video to watch.
KEGMANN: Great job by his band!
3. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Reveals Himself As Slipknot’s Tortilla Man
MPAP: Obviously, someone brilliant out there got him to announce that, probably on one of those Celebrity Cameos or something. In all seriousness, does it even matter who Tortilla Man is? And why do you think Slipknot is so strict on revealing who new band members are? They had this previous issue when Paul Gray passed away and was replaced by Alessandro Venturella, and also when Jay Weinberg replaced Joey Jordison.
KEGMANN: It really doesn't matter to us who 'tortilla man' is... it's about the music! The whole 'mask' thing is Slipknot's gimmick so to say, and by not announcing who this replacement person is it just generates more publicity for the band! Win-win situation for them!
4. These Post Malone Fans Are Just Hearing About Ozzy For The First Time Thanks To New Collaboration
MPAP: Recently Post Malone recorded a song called "Take What You Want," and it featured Ozzy Osbourne. Honestly, it’s not a lousy collaboration between the two. Wasn’t expecting it to be a good song. Anyways, what gets me is some people, mainly his fans were saying thanks to Post Malone he just gave this Ozzy guy a career. They obviously have no idea! Even back in 2015, it was almost the same thing, Kayne West did a song with Paul McCartney, and Kayne’s fans were saying Kayne just gave Paul a career in the music business. Really c’mon? So, my question is, should the history of music be taught in school or something? Shouldn’t the younger generation know who Ozzy Osbourne and Paul McCartney are?
KEGMANN: We feel everyone needs to 'educate' the younger generation regarding music! My kids grew up listening to a little of everything, and then found their own musical tastes as they got older. And now I'm doing the same for my grandkids! But as a bare minimum, I think every kid should be handed a copy of Back In Black, lol.
5. Sabaton Involved In 'Serious Traffic Accident' In Tunisia, Cancel Tonight’s Show
MPAP: Luckily everyone is ok now, but do you have any scary tour bus accident stories that you can share with us? Or, if no accidents, any close calls where you thought you might die?
KEGMANN: No real 'road stories' or close calls as of yet... knock on wood!
6. Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg: The Effects of Climate Change Are Undeniable
MPAP: Some say there is no such thing as climate change, or some say it is getting better. Both sides of the party point fingers at each other. Even back in February of this year, Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old democratic socialist, wanted us to get to the point of where air travel would stop becoming necessary, and believes farting cows are responsible for the climate change and we need to get rid of them. What are your thoughts on climate change?
KEGMANN: Real? Sure, it is... the world’s climate has been changing since the dawn of time! Constant fluctuations in population, industry, deforestation have evolved our planet. Is it going to end life? Doubtful in my opinion... the Earth has been around long before mankind and will be long after!
7.Nicole Kidman Attended An Iron Maiden Show with Her Husband, Keith Urban
MPAP: Never would have expected that couple to be into Iron Maiden, but still cool either way. It’s good to know that music can reach anyone. So, have you ever had anyone famous that you know of attend one of your shows? If not, who would you like to leave a ticket for at will call to come to your next show?
KEGMANN: I've had the pleasure of performing for David Shankle formerly of Manowar. Got to meet him and we keep in touch via social media. As far as who we'd love to have at one of our shows? Dave Grohl, hands down!
8. Yellowstone Police Are Using AC/DC To Clear Bison Off The Road
MPAP: In our previous headlines feature Metallica was blasted to scare away a cougar, and now bison are being blasted by AC/DC. It makes you think, what animal is next, and then how long until the animal kingdom doesn’t put up with this anymore and revolts against humans?
KEGMANN: Lol, tough question honestly! Could be anything from deer to geese in my area. And how long before animals rise up? Not long. They've always been jealous of our opposable thumbs man!
9. Vinyl On Pace To Outsell CDs in 2019
MPAP: Buying albums seems to be the trendy hip thing it looks like again. Since streaming services are the popular norm, it’s good that records are making a comeback, but sad in a way, because CDs will become extinct.
KEGMANN: I don't think CD's will become completely extinct. Vinyl is making a comeback due to the physical form you can hold, the size of the packaging that enhances the album's artwork, the liners with Lyrics... it's just the complete musical package!
10. Dude Who Tried To Swim Back Into Slayer Show After Being Ejected Immortalized on Beer Can
MPAP: The guy that tried to swim back into a Slayer show is from 2018, but him being immortalized on a beer can is new. This is a two-part question. Which beer can would you like your face on, and while out on tour, what is the craziest thing a fan has done that you have seen?
KEGMANN: PBR for sure, lol. And the craziest thing a fan has ever done? Our drummer Scuba could literally write a book on some weird shit... most of it cannot be discussed in polite circles, lol.
11. Former Five Finger Death Punch Drummer’s New Gig: A Horror Porn Anthology Series
MPAP: Yep, you read it right, former Five Finger DeathPunch drummer’s new gig is in the porn business. Not only is Jeremy Spencer a part-time cop in Indiana now, but now he writes, directs, and even stars in his pornos. Crazy. So, my question is, what is your dream job if you weren’t performing in a band? If you had to hang things up in the music business, what would you rather be doing?
KEGMANN: Honestly, this is our dream job... I don't think any of us could imagine doing anything else but making music... boring answer, but it's the truth!
12. Flaw Accused of Plagiarizing You Tuber’s Song, Vocalist Said He Had No Idea
MPAP: This isn’t really a question about that headline, but it made me think and want to ask, is there one song out there that some band has recorded, and it’s so good that you wish you could claim it as your own song?
KEGMANN: Tons actually... but me personally I would say Coheed And Cambria- "Welcome Home." What an incredible song.
13.Metallica Named 'World’s Biggest Touring Act' According to New Study
MPAP: Even though they’ve released a few records that some fans can’t stand, that still hasn’t stopped them by selling over 22 million tickets and grossed $1.4 billion in touring since 1982. That’s very impressive. So, I guess the question would be, lets rain on their parade for a moment, what’s your least favorite Metallica song that you must turn off or turn down when it’s on the radio? And by no means, this is no disrespect to Metallica at all. I think they are man enough to handle hearing which songs or albums are not fan favorites. It's just for fun and games, until we shot our eye out.
KEGMANN: Ugh... "Unforgiven," definitely!
MPAP: On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Kegmann, for taking the time to answer these questions. We look forward to what Pyretta Blaze does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
KEGMANN: Thanks again for letting us play! See you at a show soon!
Pyretta Blaze/ September 30th, 2019/ Headlines #21