METAL SHOP Rocks attended the announcement of the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards nominees at The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.
This will be the fifth year of the award show and it will take place on Thursday, May 2 at Club Nokia in Downtown L.A. The Golden Gods will be broadcast live on X Box Live and will also stream live on Revolver Magazine’s Facebook page.
To announce the nominees, host Chris Jericho was on hand, along with Sebastian Bach, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Zakk Wylde and others. Halestorm performed a special live set, including a guest appearance by Sebastian Bach on a cover of the Skid Row classic “Slave to the Grind.”
Fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for “Best Guitarist” (presented by Epiphone®), “Best Drummer” (presented by Drum Workshop®), “Best Vocalist” (presented by Rockstar Energy Drink®), “Album of the Year” (presented by Orange Amplification®), “Song of the Year,” “Best Live Band” (presented by Samson®/Zoom®), “Best New Talent,” “Most Metal Athlete” (presented by Roadrunner Records®), “Comeback of the Year,” “Paul Gray Best Bassist” (presented by Dean Markley®) and “Most Dedicated Fans” (presented by Xbox LIVE®). Voting is currently open at GoldenGodsAwards.com and ends on April 15.
The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by Ernie Ball®) will go to hard-rock and metal icons METALLICA, who will release the 3D movie Through the Never in August. (Previous honorees include RUSH, MÖTLEY CRÜE, Lemmy Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD and Ozzy Osbourne.) Metallica’s Lars Ulrich commented, “Since the Revolver Golden Gods Awards is fast becoming THE most rocking awards ceremony in the hard rock world, we are beyond psyched to be at the receiving end of this shout out and in the distinguished company of Rush, Lemmy, Ozzy and Motley Crue. I was hanging out and presenting at the shenanigans two years ago and the energy in the room and the vibe backstage was beyond fucking cool, so Metallica is chomping at the bit to partake in this year’s event. Once again, we are honored to be recognized as achievers (!!) and we can’t wait to get up and jam onstage and sweat for and on everybody gathered.”
The Riff Lord Award (presented by EMG Pickups®) is given each year to a legendary guitarist in the field of hard rock & heavy metal. This year it’s going to none other than Black Sabbath axeman, Tony Iommi, who had this to say about the honor, “What a great honour to receive the Golden Gods Riff Lord Award for 2013, especially with our new Sabbath album coming out. I hope there will be some new favorite riffs in these songs.” Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver won the award last year.
Adding to the celebration, the 2013 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS SHOW will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honor both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night’s hard-rocking musical performances will include sets by Metallica and Anthrax, with more performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
Returning as well is the “Black Carpet” pre-show that will be hosted by legendary heavy-metal frontmen Sebastian Bach and Dee Snider. Bach and Snider will be interviewing all the nominees, honorees and performers on the Revolver Black Carpet before show time for the special, which will air on both AXS TV and Xbox LIVE.
Looking forward to the show in May… in the meantime Click Here for the nominees and to cast your vote. Below are a few photos of the presser. -Ralph.
Eddie Trunk’s “Friday Night Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM: Sebastian Bach on why a reunion of Skid Row’s classic lineup hasn’t happened yet: “There’s one dude out of five that doesn’t wanna do it; it’s so simple. That’s what’s happening.”
“I will always be the singer of Skid Row, no matter what. There’s no other guy. It’s like… John Corabi (who was briefly in Mötley Crüe as Vince Neil’s replacement in the mid-90′s), I love ya — it’s great — but where’s Vince? I mean, that’s the way it is. Walk down the street with me and count how many times, ‘Youth Gone Wild! Skid Row!’ It’s like people shout out of the cars.”
“Dude, if a promoter comes to me with a legitimate business offer, it’s very easy for me to walk on the stage and stand behind a mic and sing my own songs that I’ve been doing for 25 years.”
“If one dude wants to make all the fans that put us where we are happy… I mean, we all talk about KISS all the time. KISS makes the fans the boss. I mean, I think it’s kind of crazy. It’s like you take your football and you go home and the game is over, ’cause it’s your football. It’s like, ‘Can I borrow your football? ‘Cause we’ve got a game going here.’”
Metal-Rules.com: The one thing which has been in the headlines lately is that one certain photo [of you and former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach]. You know what I’m talking about here?
Metal-Rules.com: What’s the story behind that?
Sabo: I had flown into L.A. that day because Duff McKagan, whom I manage, was doing two shows at the Viper Room and… So I flew in and I went there and one of the guys, an assistant of ours told me, he goes, “Sebastian’s here,” and stuff like that. I’m like… I don’t mean… I mean, I hold no ill will or any bad blood or anything — everybody else can have that. I have no negativity in my life whatsoever. So at the end of the show, I was in the dressing room and it was very small at the Viper Room dressing room and I saw him standing across the stage and I… I mean, across the room, and he made a beeline over with his girlfriend, had his hand out, and I shook his hand, you know, “How you doing? How you doing?” Exchanged the pleasantries and stuff. It was all very cool and very cordial; no heavy talk, like, “Come on, dude, we got to put this band back together.” It was nothing like that, you know. It was like, “How’s your family doing?” “I’m sorry that you got divorced,” you know, and she was a lovely girl and asked me how the kids are, you know… showing pictures and everything like that, and he’s like… bunch of people shooting pictures and he’s goes, “Let’s take a picture together,” and sure enough, you know, it was, you know, that’s the one that ended up out there.
Metal-Rules.com: Yeah, that’s the way how gossips start…
Sabo: Yeah, that’s okay. I mean, other people keep talking, but it’s really, so… it’s far simpler than people are making it out to be, whereas you know we have a long history together. It was one of those things where I did not want to… I don’t know I didn’t want to sit there and be like an angry prick or anything like that. I mean, life goes on and you make the most of it and I keep all negativity away from me, so…
Metal-Rules.com: How did you like the comments he put out later on?
Sabo: What about in the future… you know what?! That’s him, you know, that’s him — you know I don’t know what to do… I… The way I look at it is, you know, I don’t know what tomorrow’s going to bring. I just… hopefully we’ll make it on the plane home, you know. I kind of look at life like that lately. It’s too short. I’d rather enjoy the moment. If something like that happens down the road, then it happens, then it’s supposed to be, and if it doesn’t, then it wasn’t supposed to be, you know?! That’s just the way… that’s life, you know. To me, it’s no… I’m not going to beat myself about the head over it and I’m not going to push for it or whatever. It’s like if little things present themselves in a way that.. that’s its conducive and everybody wants to do it, then that’s something to talk about, but right now it’s a non-issue.
Metal-Rules.com: He seems to be a kind of kind of guy who always says out loud what he thinks.
Sabo: Of course. I mean, that’s just, I guess, that’s just the way he’s always been, but, you know, going back to like us meeting again, something like that, I didn’t… again, because he was cool and he was sober and he wasn’t hyper and he was… he was nice, you know, it was a nice ten-minute… ten-, fifteen-minute conversation with him and it wasn’t any big deal, and I’m glad it wasn’t a big deal — I’m glad it was just as cordial as it was.
Glam metal lives on! With the big hair and eyeliner to match! Last night at the OC Fair, Cinderella (rockin’ out for more than 25 years) and their original line-up graced the stage of Pacific Amphitheater on Friday, August 3, 2012. Tom Keifer (vocals, guitar), Eric Brittingham (bass), Jeff LaBar (guitar) and Fred Coury (drums).
Opening the show was Sebastian Bach with nothing less than a great performance! Playing “Slave To the Grind,” “I Remember You”, and “18 and Life”, 80′s hairband fans rocked out in classic headbanger fashion. One special fan got extra attention from Bach when he held up a piece of paper that read “thank you.” Bach took the paper from the fan’s hand and said, “No, thank you for taking the time and extra effort to make this sign!” Awe Sebastian, we can always count on you for sarcasm.
Classic Cinderella doing their glam metal blue rock thing with front man Tom Keifer’s vocals hasn’t changed a bit. Rockin’ their tight leather garb, I felt like I was back in the 80′s listening to the songs on MTV when I closed my eyes. Their set spanned through all four of their records, including their biggest hits. What’s a Cinderella concert without “Don’t Know What You Got (Till it’s Gone)” and my favorite “Nobody’s Fool.”
Cinderella displayed their musical talent with a creative instrumental line-up in addition to their classic pieces to include harmonica, and sax and piano. Tom Keifer showed off his skills on the sax, switched back to guitar and then opened a new track with a dramatic dark and spot-lighted solo intro on the piano. He then stood up, back to guitar and front stage lead in a seamless transition.
The stage was in full effect neon greens, purples and ultra bright fuchsia lighting up the stage and making the crowd scream. One shirtless fan got a little too pumped up and rushed the stage and Tom Keifer. He was soon tackled by two sumo wrestler lookin’ body guards who struggled to tackle him to the ground and dragged him off stage! Breathless with black sweaty rocker hair, they finished their set but then quickly came out for an encore with two last songs to please the crowd and close the night.
This glam rock show was nothing short of a flashback to the great days of teased bangs and tight jeans, and left the crowd on “Gypsy Road” and back to 2012 OC reality.
‘Dimebash 2011′ took place at The Key Club on Dec. 14th to honor the late great Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott and Ronnie James Dio.
The event was hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jameson from VH1 classic’s ‘That Metal Show’. Special guests included Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Vinny Appice (Dio and Heaven and Hell) and many, many more.
Here are a few photos of the show and a video of Jerry Cantrell, Scott Ian and others performing Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here.’ All proceeds from this event went to the Ronnie James Dio Cancer Foundation! -Ralph