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Most people know singer/songwriter Tori Amos for her softer, piano based alt pop music. However, in a new interview with Spinner, Amos claimed that the emotion in her music could take down the ‘hardest fucking heavy metal band on any stage in the world.”
The comment aroused when Amos was asked whether she was surprised that pro wrestler Mick Foley (who is also a major supporter of Amos’ anti-sexual assault organization RAINN) was a big fan of her music. In response, she said the following:
“Well, look, sometimes you don’t know how music affects people. I embrace that because I don’t think that just because I talk about emotional stuff that it’s not motherfucker stuff. I’ll stand next to the hardest fucking heavy metal band on any stage in the world and take them down, alone, by myself. Gauntlet laid down, see who steps up. See who steps up! I’ll take them down at 48. And they know I will. Because emotion has power that the metal guys know is just you can’t touch it. Insanity can’t touch the soul. It’s going to win every fucking time.”
Before we start critiquing her “challenge,” it should be noted that Amos is no stranger to the metal scene. She previously covered Slayer’s “Raining Blood” on her 2001 album Strange Little Girls, which Kerry King himself said he found “weird.” In addition, Amos was in a synth pop rock group called Y Kant Tori Read with Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum before breaking it big as a solo artist. Then again, Y Kant Tori Read’s music video doesn’t really defend Amos’ metal cred.
Now in regards to her claim that she could kick the heaviest metal guys ass with her emotion filled songs, Ms. Amos obviously never heard Carcass’ heart wrenching classic “Vomited Anal Tract.” I get teary eyed every time I hear the lyric “Your colon digested into acidic slush, Your tongue gargling on your dislocated anus.” Oh how that brings back memories… Seriously, though, not every metal band is limited to expressing their feelings through gory tales of decapitation, as bands like Opeth have proven. Nonetheless, it would be fun to see if any metal bands take Amos up for the challenge (Amos vs. Corpsegrinder in a sing-off? Fingers crossed).
Until then, the closest we’ll see Tori Amos singing metal is through her eerie cover of Slayer’s “Raining Blood,” which can be heard in the video above. Live footage of her performing the song can be seen after the jump. Read more »
The alt country singer/songwriter has been noted as a secret metalhead, having apparently written songs inspired by Dio’s funeral and covered Alice In Chains’ “Nutshell.” However, Ryan Adams may have officially won us over with his cover of Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years.”
While on BBC Radio 2 yesterday (August 30), Adams performed an acoustic rendition of “Wasted Years.” This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, though, since it was one of the metal songs he recommended to Blender Magazine. Nonetheless, we never thought we’d write “Ryan Adams Performs An Acoustic Cover Of Iron Maiden” in our life.
And our verdict: we like it a lot! You almost don’t recognize it as a Maiden song, but the lyrics are actually perfect for the stripped down rendition. But don’t just take our word for it, you can listen to Adam’s rendition in the video above. And we should add that this isn’t the first acoustic cover of “Wasted Years.” A underrated all-female band, Damone, did a stellar version of the song to close out their 1996 album Out Here All Night.
And in case you’ve never heard of the original 1986 Somewhere In Time single (blasphemy, just saying), then you can watch the song’s video after the jump. Read more »
Though Ryan Adams is best known for his alt/country work, the singer/songwriter is a bit of a secret metalhead. Recently, Adams has continued to show off his appreciation for hard rock through a cover of Alice In Chains’ “Nutshell.” The mostly acoustic rendition is only available as a 7” and on Adam’s current tour. However, you can listen to Adam’s cover up top.
While we might not have been as ecstatic about Adams writing music about Dio’s funeral, this cover is definitely a better fit for Adams. It’s not necessarily a cover that redefines the song, but Adam’s voice complements the song well. Listen to the song for yourself up top.
Ok, so you’re probably sick and tired of hearing Lady Gaga’s name mentioned all the time. And you’re probably even more fed up that we at Metal Insider keep talking about how she’s actually a metalhead. But in case seeing Gaga posing for pictures with Bruce Dickinson and Nicko McBrain back stage at Iron Maiden’s Florida show wasn’t enough proof for you, then check out what she told Rolling Stone.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, the “Judas” singer had the following to say about her experience seeing Iron Maiden live in Florida and how it was a life changing experience:
“I went to see Iron Maiden the other night, and I actually watched the show from a box,” Lady Gaga can be heard saying in the clip. “And we were laughing as we walked — it was me and my two best friends… as we were walking into the box, we had a bunch of drinks, we were all going, ‘This is so not metal, to be in a box.’ [laughs] So we watched most of the show from the box and then we were gonna go meet the band. And we went down during ’The Number Of The Beast’. And when we got there, I grabbed Lady Starlight and I said, ‘Let’s go,’ and we just booked it into the center of the crowd. And we were dancing and singing and everyone was just so into it. And it was one of the first times I’ve been able to just be at a rock concert in a long time . . .
People did recognize me, but it was so kind and warm and awesome. I mean, Iron Maiden is all about, ‘We don’t care who our fans are. We love everybody.’ . . . I guess what I’m trying to say is the devotion of the fans moving in unison, pumping their fists, watching the show, when I see that, I see the paradigm for my future and the relationship I want to have with my fans. Iron Maiden’s never had a hit song, and they tour stadiums around the world, and their fans live, breathe and die for Maiden, and that is my dream. That is my dream. And not only that, but when we got into the crowd, there was no pretension…
I’m a pop singer — I didn’t know what it would be like in a crowd of a Maiden [fans]; everybody was hugging me, high-fiving, fistpumps in the air… ‘Oh, it’s so cool you’re at Maiden.’ Jumping and dancing… I mean, it was like absolute no judgment, no prejudice, freedom and love for music. It doesn’t matter who you are; you don’t need to know anything about music to love it. And it was just so… It was just awesome… Maiden changed my life.”
You may not be a big fan of the pop star’s music, but you have to admit that this is pretty cool. We’re not trying to say that Gaga is now officially one of the biggest metal heads out there in music. However, it’s pretty awesome that a major mainstream star such as Gaga shared with a magazine like Rolling Stone how influential Maiden is to her. Ok, so maybe Maiden’s influence isn’t obvious in her music, but it’s obviously that Gaga isn’t just some pop star who knows a song or two by them. Plus, it’s awesome to hear someone like her not only pay respect to a legendary band like Maiden, but also to Maiden’s fans in attendance. So major props and devil horns to Lady Gaga! Maybe we’ll bump into you at one of Judas Priest’s upcoming North American shows?
You can listen to an audio clip of Gaga entire discussion about Iron Maiden after the jump. Read more »
It’s been well-documented that Lady Gaga is a fan of classic metal via her interactions with KISS, Saxon and Anthrax. While every one of her career moves is calculated, she’s really got nothing to gain by saying she likes metal, so it’s pretty obvious she genuinely likes the stuff. And it should come as no surprise that someone so devoted to image and performance would be influenced by the spectacle of a KISS or Iron Maiden show.
While we already documented her hang with Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, she also had an opportunity to meet frontman Bruce Dickinson at their Florida show. While she’s all performance, Bruce seems more concerned with putting his shirt on than posing for a shot with the “Born This Way” singer. Maybe he’s annoyed she called her latest single “Judas” and not “Maiden?” At any rate, sure, Lady, we get it. You like metal. Now how about getting on board with a metal band that came out after 1983? She’s like Eddie Trunk with a rack….
Are you an old school Opeth fan that also has a soft spot for the rap stylings of TKO Capone? Well today’s your lucky day! The rapper’s song “Don’t Love These Hoes” prominently samples “Credence,” from Opeth’s 1998 classic My Arms, Your Hearse. A user on Mike Portnoy’s message board uncovered the blatant sample in the song, which was written and produced by Mr. Capone. If you go to 4:20 in “Credence,” you’ll hear the sample, which is the basis of not just the music, but the melody of “Don’t Love These Hoes.” With the success of Nikki Minaj after sampling Joe Satriani, we aren’t surprised to see more hip hop/R&B sampling more guitarists, but we wouldn’t have expected anyone to go as deep as an 11 year-old Opeth cut. No word on whether Opeth gave their blessing on using the sample for the song, which also samples Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison.” Check out “Credence” below.
We’ve already documented that Lady Gaga has links to the metal community. Whether it’s tearing into a burger at Kuma’s Corner while quoting Saxon, hanging with Mr. Cooper, or chilling with KISS, she’s definitely putting her money where her mouth is when it comes to supporting ’80s metal. So it was no surprise to find out via Brian Slagel’s Twitter account that she was at the Iron Maiden show in Tampa yesterday. Slagel’s guest Chris Barnes even took a blurry picture of her rocking out in the suite next to his. Of course the pop superstar got a chance to go backstage and meet the band after the show, as she used Twitter to post a pic of herself with drummer Nicko McBrain.
If that didn’t give her metal cred, maybe cover of her new album, Born This Way, will. In the pic, featured below, Gaga is fused with a motorcycle. In short, it looks like the combination of every Judas Priest album from the ’80s. A friend that works for a top 40 radio station says that after posting the cover – which also came directly from Gaga’s Twitter account – listeners deluged the station’s site saying there was no way the cover wasn’t a fake. There are even news stories about how much fans hate the cover. From a metal standpoint, it’s pretty great to see her love of ’80s metal may have helped inform her album art, even if it hasn’t influenced her music yet. Born This Way comes out on May 24th. Check out the cover after the jump and tell us what you think. Read more »
Well, considering that Lady Gaga’s metal roots have slipped out in public multiple times, maybe it’s less of a nightmare and more of a dream come true for her to meet the legendary shock rocker. She’s already met KISS, Saxon’s Biff Byford, and Anthrax’s Charlie Benante backstage. Now Alice Cooper gets to be added to the list of metal/hard rock stars the pop star has met.
The recently inducted Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer got the chance to be photographed with the “Bad Romance” singer backstage during her show in Phoenix, AZ this past Friday (March 25). You can see a picture of the two affectionately embracing one another above. And believe it or not, the fake blood was reportedly smeared by Gaga herself, and not by Cooper (much to the disappointment of many, I’m sure). Cooper himself has praised Gaga’s talent and extravagant performances many times in the press, adding more reason as to why seeing the pair together is the very least surprising. Now it’s anyone’s guess as to who from the metal community will pop up backstage with Gaga next.
Anthrax’s Charlie Benante might have won some major brownie points with his daughter Mia. The Anthrax drummer and his five year old daughter got to meet pop-sensation Lady Gaga back stage during her concert last night (Monday, February 28) at the United Center in Chicago, IL. Benante had the following to say about meeting Gaga:
“Gaga gave Anthrax a big shout-out tonight. She treated my daughter like a little queen and proved again that she is a metalhead at heart!
Lady Starlight opened the show. She played Metallica, Anthrax, Faith No More and Iron Maiden. Now that was a DJ. I had fun.”
At this point, it should come as no surprise that the “Poker Face” singer is a fan of metal. She’s not only hung out with Saxon frontman Biff Byford and KISS backstage previously, but also showed her heavier side through her Ping picks. However, not only is it super cool to see a member of Anthrax meeting Lady Gaga, but it’s also sweet to see Benante play the role of awesome dad. Check out a picture taken of the three together above.
Saxon frontman Biff Byford recently got to meet and hang out with Lady Gaga backstage at one of her shows in London over the past weekend. The pop star herself posted a picture of the two together via Twitter with the following message:
“Me and Biff Byford of Saxon! Denim and Leather, he said I look better in the blood flesh. (DIED)”
Byford also confirmed the odd meeting by posting the following message on Saxon’s official website:
“Got passes to see Lady Gaga for my daughter, but she couldn’t go so I went with our agent, Steve. As we walked backstage, we met the manager of heavy metal DJ Lady Starlight and a couple of members of the support act Semi-Precious Weapons and they invited us back to the dressing room for a drink. As we drained our glasses, we said thanks and say hello to Lady Gaga from us.
The show was great, [and] we went off to the backstage bar for another drink. Suddenly Lady Starlight came in and said that Lady Gaga would like to meet us. Then we had a fantastic 50 minutes with Miss Gaga, who is a massive heavy rock fan and SAXON fan talking everything rock. She’s a great lady and it was a great privilege to meet her.”
This pretty much confirms that Lady Gaga is a secret metal head/hard rock fan, which we already suspected In addition to posting pictures of her meeting KISS this past Summer, and to including Metallica and Iron Maiden as her Ping picks, Miss Gaga was also caught quoting Saxon via tweets after a visit to the burger join Kuma’s Corner. And now she’s freaking out over meeting Saxon’s singer via Twitter. Like we said before, the fact that she follows a metal band as obscure as Saxon (well, at least obscure to mainstream America) earns her major metal props in our minds.