In Metal Injection’s latest podcast, SiriusXM Satellite Radio metal programmer/personality Jose Mangin revealed that he will continue working with MTV on a series of “Headbangers Ball”-branded specials this year.
On first listen, it sounds like Mangin has also been named the first full-time host of the 24 year-old franchise since Jamey Jasta ended his tenure in 2007, along with a full re-launch of the show in 2010. It’s actually not so clear-cut. The discussion starts at 11 minutes in:
We are re-launching it a new style…nothing will happen on a week to week basis until next year. Some shows will have no host, some host, some bands. It’s going to be in a flux… When there is a host, it will be me.
Metal Insider checked in with Mangin, and he denies any official full-time launch of the show or his place in it. The quote above is in reference to his role as the occasional host when the specials air without a band host or no host at all. He does promise that some plans are in the works for “Headbangers Ball” in 2010, in some incarnation.
Keep checking Metal Insider for updates on this as it develops as well as an exclusive interview with Jose.
UPDATE: Metal Injection extracted and pieced together all the Headbangers Ball discussion in their podcast. It all makes a lot more sense when you hear it at once.