Music News Headline Answers With Upon Wings' Anne Erickson January/February 2020 • 4th Edition #75
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Anne. How are you, and are you ready for the next decade?
Anne Erickson: I certainly am-thank you! Happy 2020, and happy new decade to you and everyone at Metal Pulp And Paper.
MPAP: Well, thank you for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s Music News Headline Questions. We appreciate it.
Anne: Thank you so much for the opportunity!
MPAP: 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 eardrums!
Anne: Well, I’ve had a love for music and singing ever since I can remember. I grew up listening to opera and musical theater, but the second I heard rock and metal music, I fell in love with it. I have a classically-trained voice, so didn’t think I could go the heavy band route until I heard Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. His operatic vocals with the metal background blew my mind. Same goes for Rob Halford and Judas Priest. Long story short, I started Upon Wings, and we released our debut EP, Afterlife, in 2013. We’ve released some singles since then, plus some holiday tracks, and our new EP will arrive later this year.
MPAP: So, just in case you or the reader are 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…
Anne: Sounds great. I’m in! 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.
Anne: I did hear about that Denny’s incident! That’s a great question. You know where I think would be an epic place to perform is a castle of sorts. I’ve always been fascinated by castles, and the whole gothic, medieval thing goes with Upon Wings’ music, so I think it would be so awesome to rock out in an old castle. Wouldn’t that be cool? 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?
Anne: Oh, wow! Not yet, but along those lines, I do have a memorable story about almost missing the chance to record music for our upcoming EP. Basically, a few days before recording sessions, which I had reserved well in advance, I got laryngitis. It was horrifying! I went to the doctor, but chickened out of taking anything for it, so went on vocal rest and did a bunch of home remedies and, thankfully, was able to make it work just in time for recording. 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 they will be, who knows? So, anyways, 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? Anne: I feel that no matter how much money anybody has or how 'perfect' their life seems, everyone has struggles and difficulties. There’s the saying, 'Money can’t buy happiness.' I think there's truth to that. No matter how perfect a band may seem to have it, I’m sure there’s always something band members are struggling with in their personal lives that can serve as some sort of inspiration for angst-y music. 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?
Anne: I can think of a few times where maybe I showed up to an event either not dressy enough or too dressy, and that can be awkward! As for anyone glaring at me for wearing a certain band item, I wear band hoodies all the time with different artwork and such, but I haven’t really noticed any glares for it. Then again, maybe I’m just not looking. I’ll have to start, ha! 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?
Anne: I love the fact that rock and metal music is loved by so many generations. I mean, look at the Rolling Stones! They’re still touring the world and selling out arenas and stadiums. I hope to make music and perform as long as I’m able to do it. 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?
Anne: Oh, I am most certainly listening to the required limit. I do try to exercise on a regular basis. It’s something I started doing when I was really young, and I have tried to keep up with it. Of course, working out and eating right is difficult whether you’re busy with work or on the road, so it’s easier to stick to that on a 'normal' schedule. When it comes to nutrition, I’m a pescatarian, meaning I don’t eat meat or poultry, just because I’ve never liked eating meat or poultry, for whatever reason. I try to eat healthy with veggies and fruit and get in enough protein, too. But I do love treats! Sweets and treats are my favorite, so I always have to sneak them in. 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?
Anne: Ooooh, good one. If my doctor told me to stop eating treats, it would be difficult for me to do. Similarly, if my doctor said to stop drinking coffee, that would be difficult. I can't think of something I could give up, really! 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?
Anne: It’s terrible that Evanescence had some of their equipment destroyed and Will’s drum kit set on fire. The safety of both the bands performing and people in the audience should always come first. 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?
Anne: I wish I had some recent wild partying stories, haha, but I actually don’t really drink. It just doesn't settle well with my stomach. That’s where coffee comes in. That stuff makes me go nuts! I love hanging out with people and other bands, though. It's great, because it feels like everyone understand each other’s' worlds, if that makes sense. 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…
Question 1: What has been your most interesting gig so far? Question 2: Is there a person out there walking this earth that you’d like to get an autograph from? And then... Question 3: Is there a local band from your home town out there that you think the sharks would have shown up to listen to instead of Kiss? Just go with it; we’re almost done with all the questions, lol.
Anne: First of all, I feel honored to have the first-ever three-part question! I’ll start with number two. There are a lot of people who I admire, and I would not be mad about getting an autograph from any of them, ha! If I had to pick just one or two people still living who I would like to get an autograph from... that is a toughie... for a non-music person, Pope Francis, and for a music person, Bono. I plead the fifth on the most interesting gig, so far, as there's always something interesting… and for question number three, Battlecross is an awesome band from our area, Detroit, and they roar! Sharks would come out for them. 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?
Anne: Wow! I think the best way to answer this would be to give my ideal backstage perks—basically, if I was on a dream tour, and they said, 'You can have anything you want,' it would be... all I can think of would be fresh fruit and veggies, Ben & Jerry’s fro-yo, dark chocolate, and lots of bottled water. 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?
Anne: Love this question. It is really hard to pinpoint that truly first heavy metal band. I am of the Black Sabbath camp.. and Deep Purple,and Zeppelin. I'm sure Blue Cheer and Coven, too. I feel it was kind of collective. Heavy metal is among my favorite music. I’ve seen Judas Priest in concert way too many times to admit! Even got to speak with Ian Hill last year, who I look up to on bass. He was such a gentleman. Long live 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?
Anne: I’m so proud to have actually released music to the world, which can be a scary thing, since music comes from a very personal place. I’m pretty private, so it took a lot to put something so personal out there. One very cool moment was when Metal Hammer magazine did a positive review of Upon Wings’ Afterlife EP in their print publication. It was so cool to be able to walk into our local store, pick up a Metal Hammer magazine and see Upon Wings in there! 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, Anne, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band, Upon Wings, does in 2020 and beyond.
Anne: Thank you so much!
MPAP: Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?