“Metal dudes are people, too!” you shout, and we hear ya, we honestly do. But here’s the thing — we like to live under the fantasy, however inaccurate, that metal dudes just do totally awesome metal stuff all the time. We want to believe that metal dudes go around biting the heads off bats, smashing guitars, sticking it to the man and headbanging ALL THE TIME. The same way we like to believe that pop stars all eat, sleep and go to the gym in their elaborate costumes, rappers freestyle battle each other in the street and country singers all know how to lasso like cowboys.
Obviously, the illusions we live under (yes, we’re twisted, we know, but being twisted is like, SO metal), are unrealistic, and we have to admit we get a perverted sense of pleasure when the wall does come down. So if you want to see what metal dudes are doing when they’re not being metal, and just being sort of, well, regular, click through to our gallery below! Beware: there are images of James Hetfield WEARING A KNITTED SCARF! Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor READING BOOKS! Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine HANGING OUT WITH A GEORGE W. BUSH IMPERSONATOR! If this is all just too much for you and all you want is to see metal guys being, like, totally metal, then check out National Metal Day on VH1 Classic, airing all day today!
If you haven’t heard—or haven’t tuned into VH1 Classic today—today is National Metal Day. I may not strike you as a headbanger, but let it be known, I fancy all genres of music.
So keeping in theme with the day, here are my Big 4 Metal Moments:
4.) Headbanging With Anthrax
In 2003 when MTV2 revived the metal franchise Headbanger’s Ball, a kickoff concert was held in Cleveland where I got to give a rousing introduction to thrash metal legends, Anthrax. Since we we’re in Cleveland—home of the Browns—I decided to get everyone’s blood boiling early by coming out on stage dressed in Pittsburgh Steelers colors and waving a Terrible Towel. It worked to perfection!
Today is VH1 Classic’s National Metal Day, a day of exclusively metal-related content, which includes That Metal Show‘s revealing interview with legendary Guns’n’Roses frontman (and the sexiest man to ever wear leather pants, according to my mother) Axl Rose. In the above snippet of conversation from tonight’s EXCLUSIVE interview, Axl’s first in FIVE YEARS (!!!), he talks about the misconceptions that have plagued his career — and how some were born of simple miscommunication.
When Axl is asked what he thinks the biggest misconception about him amongst the audience might be he replies, “There’s too many things. There’s too many things said. It’s like two decades of people talking. And most of the time they’re talking about things somebody who had a bias started or said. They could have said it jokingly… People say all kinds of things!” Relatable and good-spirited, Axl’s conversation with Eddie Trunk paints him as a true industry veteran with an awareness and understanding (without animosity) of how the gossip mill runs for those in the limelight. And his insight doesn’t end there — Axl’s wise words translate just as easily to the lives of us ordinary folk dealing with haters.
Be sure to check out the full interview on tonight’s episode of That Metal Show, which will air at 11 p.m. tonight only on VH1 Classic!
Last night, we reported on the Tweet that had Lady Gaga fans in a tizz, as Mother Monster promised a “Twitter surprise” for her followers. And the Lady did not disappoint, tweeting a picture of herself on a stretcher flanked by two nurses in what seems to be some kind of fantasy mental institution (above). The picture was simply captioned “It’s Not that I’ve been Dishonest, It’s Just that I Loathe Reality.”
According to internet chatter, the image is the first still from Gaga’s eagerly anticipated “Marry The Night” video, which she’s boasted will be her longest video yet. From the look of the still, we’re guessing it may just be a little bit surreal, chanelling the uncanny and the absurd in celebration of ambiguous Gagaism. And we’re hoping the crazy, out-of-this-world costumes LG’s been wearing to promote the single in live performances, like at the MTV EMA’s where she sang atop a synthetic moon, will make a reappearance in the forthcoming video.
Oh hello, three legends all in one room at the same time making silly jokes and singing a capella together! Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert hosted Brian Eno, but who needs boring chats about “new projects” and “music” when you can memorialize R.E.M‘s (R.I.P, sad face!) Michael Stipe as a trophy on a shelf and have him sing “Lean On Me” with you? So happy Friday! This is pretty much the most awesome thing ever, you’re welcome.
VH1 President Tom Calderone Reminisces About The History Of Unplugged
As the Internet gets hyped up over Kelly Clarkson‘s upcoming Unplugged set (premiering at VH1.com on November 17 and airing on VH1 the next day at 11 p.m. EST), VH1 President Tom Calderone tells Billboard that Kelly is a social media fiend, and shares some recollections about Unplugged episodes past.
Hans Zimmer Crowdsources For The Dark Night Rises Soundtrack
In an unorthodox project, composer Hans Zimmer is working on recording a crowdsourced chant for the new Christopher Nolan Batmanfilm. You can even get involved! [Flavorwire]
With the Mother Monster refusing to provide closure, the carrot is dangling and the throngs of fans hopping around below are all anxious for a bite. What could this mystery reveal entail? Will it be more images of A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, the exotic pop-star’s first (and eagerly anticipated) Thanksgiving special? Or will it be the official video for “Marry The Night” to follow her epic performance of the track at MTV’s EMAs? Or have we missed the mark entirely, and will it be something completely unexpected? We know Lady Gaga can be a bit of a mixed bag — which only adds to our anticipation when we know the girl has something special on the boil!
What is Beyoncé? Some might mistake her for a performer, a pop star, but we know better. We know that she’s a phenomenon, a brilliant whirlwind, an aurora borealis in the sky at night — she’s the thing that makes your heart race and stop, inspiring you with some cosmic, almost primordial, infinite awesomeness. Try not to freeze with anticipation, feel your heart skip one beat, two, when, on slow motion film, she pops her hip violently to the side as the beat drops, her arms spread wide to the heavens and her hair billowing as she conjures a storm around her. Just try not to wonder if you felt that pop inexplicably kick inside your bowels, or if she bruised the fabric of time with the force of her movement.
As you can tell from all the gushing we’re doing, we’ve been swooning over the preview of Bey’s Live At Roseland: Elements of 4 DVD (due for release November 29, but, you know, we’ve already put our pre-orders in. 5 copies each, thanks!) and have maybe even done a little wee of excitement in the process (jokes! We did a HUGE wee of excitement). OK, so we’re crazy about Beyoncé. We’re crazy about the release of her DVD. And we’ve wet our pants, too. If you’ve got a problem with that, we suggest you watch the preview above and then get back to us. Because you will be moved. WE GUARANTEE IT (weeing optional).
We’re just one week and oh, say, six hours away from the premiere of VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson! Her five-song Unplugged set will debut exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 17, but we absolutely, positively couldn’t wait that long to share the above clip with you.
As part of her set, Kelly decided to cover “I Know You Won’t,” which was originally recorded by another American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, on her 2007 LP Carnival Ride . Carrie’s version is gorgeous, no doubt, but whereas her version is languid to the point of being passive, Kelly infuses her take—which, we should add, is brought to you by our friends at Starburst—with her trademark combination of dignity, strength, and a touch of heartbreak. Try to listen to the whole thing and not get goosebumps, we dare you.