It seems like nowadays, there are plenty of comedians tied in with music. In particular, Brian Posehn, Big Jay Oakerson, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine are pretty closely associated with the metal scene. That wasn’t the case 20 years ago, until Sam Kinison brought a metal sensibility to his comedy. In addition to his wired persona and honest stories about alcohol and drugs, his trademark scream (sampled by Anthrax on “I’m The Man”) definitely hit home with a lot of metal bands, and he found himself hanging with artists like Motley Crue and Slash. With Comedy Central set to release a DVD and air a special, Back From Hell: A Tribute To Sam Kinison, we thought it might be time to revisit an old classic: his video of “Wild Thing.” Any video that has Bud Bundy and Ozzy Osbourne in the same clip is OK by us.
In a recent interview with Artisan News, Slayer guitarist Kerry King may have revealed a huge surprise for tonight’s Dimebash 2010, an all star tribute show to late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell. When asked about his participation of the event, he said the following:
“Rita’s [Haney, Dimebag's longtime girlfriend] busting my balls to do it, and I told her I would if she got me a real singer, ‘cause you never know who’s gonna show up. So she goes, ‘Phil Anselmo [Pantera, Down], Chuck Billy [Testament], Robb Flynn [Machine Head]… Are those good enough?’ And I’m, like, ‘Fuck, I’ll do it with any one of those guys.’ But I’m gonna see her tonight. I haven’t committed, but I guess she committed me. [Laughs] Oh, Dave’s [Lombardo, Slayer drummer] doing it, for sure. But I’m pretty sure I’ll do it.”
So wait, did King just reveal that Phil Anselmo will be at the show?! That would be truly unbelievable, especially since we all know the history between Phil and the Abbott brothers (Dimebag and Vinnie Paul). Anselmo has stated in the past that he hopes to mend fences with his former Pantera band member, but the feeling hasn’t been mutual. In fact, Vinnie Paul and Rita have made huge efforts to not include Anselmo in past events, including Dimebag’s funeral and memorial service. So it would certainly be a big deal to see Anselmo join the stage for the tribute show.
However, this should still be noted as just a rumor. It is very possible that names were just thrown around when Rita spoke with King. Even King jokingly said how she basically committed him before he gave a definite yes. Either way, we will find out for sure when the event kicks off tonight at the Key Club in West Hollywood. You can watch Artisan News’ video report of the event, featuring the interview with King, below.
Headbangers’ Brawlis a weekly column where Metal Insider’s Bram and Zach take a moment to debate and analyze two opposing sides of a topical issue occurring in the world of metal and/or the music industry.
Halloween and metal simply go so well together. What other holiday can you celebrate gore and death while also dressing up and eating candy? Maybe Purim, but not so much the gore part. So with Halloween just around the corner, Bram and Zach discuss in this week’s Headbangers’ Brawl which metal band scares the shit out of them the most.
Zach: You’re all probably sick and tired of hearing us talk about GWAR lately, but you can’t really mention horror and metal in the same sentence without mentioning them. I still have vivid memories of seeing them live during the Viva La Bam tour in 2007, with my jaw literally on the ground during the entire set. If you told me that a band could kill President Bush, feature a half Jesus/half Hitler figure jerking off into the audience, and destroy an evil Jewish robot all within an hour set, I would pray to God you were lying. Sadly, you wouldn’t have to tell me for I saw it with my own eyes… still haven’t been able to watch WW II specials the same way since.
Bram: You can have GWAR. They’re fun, but the only thing that truly scares me is that while their stage show gets better and better, they haven’t grown as musicians in 25 years. But at the end of the day, they’re tongue in (ass) cheek. You want scary? Give me Mayhem. When Dead was in the band, he’d cut himself onstage. Then when he shot himself, instead of calling the cops, Euronymous took a picture of his body that wound up being an album cover. And depending on whether you believe it or not, dude made a stew of his vocalist and gave out necklaces made with fragments of his skull. That’s some shit right there, and scarier in real life than a gang bang between GWAR and Lordi. I mean, if you’re talking performance, I remember being a little freaked out kid seeing Alice Cooper on The Muppet Show.
Z: Ok, I’ll give it to Mayhem in regards to being f’d up in real life. But performance wise, GWAR takes the cake. Though good point about musical growth. That’s what I always loved about Alice Cooper (it was actually The Muppet Show that got me first into him). Not only does he deliver an over the top, theatrical show, but has the music to back it up. I got the chance to see him recently with Rob Zombie on the Halloween Hootenanny tour and despite his age, and Cooper still has it!
You know who I would say is the least shocking? Marilyn Manson. Well, maybe he’s still horrifying but for all the wrong reasons. When I saw him at Mayhem Fest in 2009, I was more shocked by how drugged up and bloated he was. Ever seen a drugged up clown in a car crash? More awkward than scary.
B: I can’t think of anything funnier than a drugged up clown in a car crash. In fact, that’s the only way a clown would make me laugh.
Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie has cancelled his previously announced solo tour due to visa issues. The tour, which was suppose to kick off on November 26 in Charlotte, NC, was in promotion of LaBrie’s latest solo release Static Impulse. The singer released the following statement and his website’s forum:
“It is very difficult for what I am about to say. The Static Impulse tour has been cancelled due to some unfortunate, unforeseen difficulties with securing work visas for a couple of the guys. It would be virtually impossible for us to have these visas processed on time to begin the tour let alone the rehearsals which were scheduled for the week prior to the first show.
I don’t know what to say other than we are all in shock and can only hope we can make this a reality at some point in the near future. I am really sorry to everyone who has gone out and purchased the meet and greets and show tickets. This totally sucks and I’m sure you’re all quite upset and have every right to be. I can only ask for your understanding and forgiveness and assure you that when we are in a position (hopefully in the near future) to tour all of this will have been taken care of well in advance or it just won’t happen.”
On the plus side, it seems Dream Theater’s search for a new drummer is going well. In a recent interview with Québec City’s CKRL 89.1 FM radio station, LaBrie revealed that the auditions were “phenomenal” and went very well. Might we hear an official announcement soon then? You can hear the interview online in its entirety.
Intergalactic scum GWAR took to late night TV on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to perform “Zombies, March!” from their forthcoming album Bloody Pit of Horror. While the typical late night viewer and tourists taking in the show were likely shocked, it was definitely a stripped-down version of their normal stage show, and we’re very surprised that guest Dana Carvey and Fallon escaped the wrath of the band. We were expecting them to somehow wind up getting killed on stage by Oderus and pals.
While most of America is collectively shrugging over the Texas Rangers/San Francisco Giants World Series, at least die hard fans or people that live in the city by the bay and the state that everything’s bigger in are psyched. One of those people is Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne, shown taking taking the game in San Fran last night. While we’re not fans of the Giants (because they beat the Phillies, and because of that fake beard-having relief pitcher Brian Wilson), at least the Melvins dig them. And that’s slightly better than having Steve Perry lip-sync “Don’t Stop Believin’” from the cheap seats.
Shadows Fall will be headlining WSOU’s “Not So Silent Night” showcase on December 19 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. A Life Once Lost and With Daggers Drawn are also scheduled to be performing.