I grew up Catholic and I am all about forgiveness, but I'm just not sure you can believe it before a punishment is served or there is a consequence to an action.
As pure metal is concerned I have been a fan of As I Lay Dying and as a comedy fan I have alway enjoyed Austrian Death Machine. Both bands fronted and formed by singer/guitarist Tim Lambesis. As I Lay Dying were labeled a Christian metal band and I was even part of a prayer circle with them once, but Tim's recent actions are anything but Christian. If you don't know the story Tim was arrested and now sentenced for the attempted hiring of a hitman to kill his estranged wife. Tim will be serving a six year sentence for his actions. Well fellow Christian Brian "Head" Welch from Korn as written a lengthy piece for Loudwire basically asking for his forgiveness and explaining how we all hit our low points in life.
Head's comments can be read in it's entirety here:
Well I don't disagree with that, but shouldn't we actually serve the punishment handed down before asking for forgiveness? Most of us in the human race do not understand the consequences of our actions until we are shown the error of our way. - Comments
When I heard about Tim Lambesis? arrest, I was really bummed out because I instantly had a flashback of being in that similar dark place with my divorce. I tried to visit Tim right away, but couldn?t work it out. I obviously felt horrible for how completely shocked and scared his wife must have been to hear the news, but my heart went out for Tim a lot because so many people immediately wanted to lynch him.
Not me and my crew.
We believe in second, third, even one hundred chances, if that?s what it takes. I mean, we?ve been given countless chances, so why not Tim? He?s a normal dude who had fallen into the darkest, most confusing, empty place. He needed brothers, not more enemies.
First let me say that this show was a mess from a technical standpoint. Too many delays, people not being where they were supposed to be, bands sound checking when they were already supposed to be playing and so it went like that all night long. That being said the "live from the black carpet" was more entertaining than the show itself. That portion had Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and Sirius/XM radio host Jose Mangin going back and forth interviewing rockstars and celebrities coming down the carpet. It was quick it was to the point and jokes were being cracked all over the place. Plus you could feel the love and respect everyone had for each other.
After a quick commercial break the cameras go live inside the historic Club Nokia and Marilyn Manson is onstage. After saying something about going back to our roots and talking about The Rolling Stones he introduces Slayer. Slayer was not an announced performer and the killed it (as always.) They opened with "South of Heaven" followed by "War Ensemble" and a brand new song that I didn't catch the name of, but it was awesome and classic Slayer.
Our hosts for the evening Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jameson from That Metal Show were introduced but it took a couple of minutes for them to make it to the stage. After making a couple dick jokes they gave way to the first presenters of the night, Chester and Mike from Linkin Park who announced Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age as your winner for Best Vocalist.
Next up Jill Janus from Huntress (holy s*** she might kill me but I want her to make love to me) and Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro who had the line of the night when he denied being in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They then presented Rob Zombie and his band with the award for best live band. Rob did give huge props to the rest of his band and had John 5 say some thanks.
Next up Frankie Palmeri from the band Emmure comes up to introduce the punk/hard-core band A Day to Remember. They are not a bad band but to have to be the first performers after Slayer is never an easy task. They played their singles from their latest album Common Courtesy "Right Back at it Again" and "End of Me" then ended with an older tune called "All I Want."
After another technical mishap where the emcee introduced our next presenters twice because it looked like the director of the show didn't know where they were, Carman Electra and Tony Hawk gave Avenged Sevenfold the award for Most Dedicated Fans. A7X is on tour right now so they recorded a thank you live from the stage at their show at the Target Center in Minneapolis where they gave the award themselves to a lucky fan. That was pretty cool of them to do.
Next up Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and a couple of other guys I've never heard of presented the funk/metal band 12 Foot Ninja with the award for best new talent.
Then out comes the legendary Doyle Von Frankenstein and his girlfriend Alissa White-Gluz ,who just left the band The Agonist to join Arch Enemy as their front-woman, to introduce a live set from The Pretty Reckless. This band is fronted by the maybe 20 year old Taylor Momsen who starred on the TV show Gossip Girl and was even Cindy Lu Who in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. She doesn't look or sound that young. They performed three songs from their 2nd album Going to Hell including the title track, their number one song "Heaven Knows" and a song called "Fucked Up World."
After another commercial break Scott Ian from Anthrax along with Pauley Perrette from the TV show NCIS present the award for Comeback of the Year. Now as much as we love Deep Purple how on earth do they deserve that award over Black Sabbath?
The super group band The Winery Dogs (Mike Portnoy/Billy Sheenan/Richie Kotzen) are next up to present the award for Paul Grey bassist of the year. The band Five Finger Death Punch were up for 6 awards tonight and this was their first win. Then their bassist Chris Keal says when accepting the award "I win over Geezer?" Class act.
Dee Snider comes out with some guy from the HBO Tv show True Blood to present another band that I have never heard of called Pierce the Veil with the Film or Video of the year. Their music video won over the concert film from Metallica Through the Never and Lamb of God's As the Palaces Burn a documentary about singer Randy Blythe's murder trial in the Czeck Republic. You see the problem here right?
Then Rex Brown from Pantera and Kill Devil Hill along with Chris Motionless from Motionless in White introduce a live performance from the extreme band Suicide Silence. Except the band was nowhere to be found and it was almost 10 minutes from introduction until the band finally took the stage. They weren't good. At least until Max from Soulfly and Sepultura got on stage with them to play the classic "Roots Bloody Roots."
After this, song of the year was presented by Chuck Billy from Testament and Scott Ian from Anthrax to Five Finger Death Punch for "Lift Me Up" a song that also features Rob Halford and was debuted at last year's Golden Gods.
After this I kind of lost interest in the show as it was dragging so bad. Synster Gates and Zacky V won the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist award. Avenged's drummer Arin Illejay won best drummer, and most metal athelete went to Josh Barnett who is a UFC fighter.
Finally Alice Cooper presents Joan Jett with her Golden God award, but before she can play her 3 songs Alice has to hold her back as the crew were still trying to fix something on the stage. After though Joan plays her heart out on that stage giving great performances of "Bad Reputation" her newest song and the classic "Hate Myself for Loving you" with Taylor Momsen singing along.
Then it's time for Dice as in Andrew Dice Clay who introduces a video montage of Guns N' Roses. After which actor Nicholas Cage is on stage who talks about seeing G n' R for the first time and what a big fan he is. He then hands Axel Rose the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime achievement award. After which another 10 to 15 minute delay happens because the band had to soundcheck. It's a professional awards show, why on earth is a band sound-checking for that long? After the delay G n' R plays their hour long set with original bassist Duff McKagen playing bass. Axel looked like hell but he sounded OK. Their performance was alright but it wasn't the G n' R of old that's for sure. The funniest moment came when guitarist DJ Ashba started to play the iconic "Sweet Child O' Mine" riff and his guitar was so out of tune that even the drummer was laughing about it.
Then that was it. The show ended and unlike in years past where I felt great about metal after watching, I felt meh after watching this year's Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Congrats to all the winners! - Comments