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Inferno of Rock Report – FEBRUARY 2017

Inferno Of Rock ReportBy Ian Liberman

HALL OF HEAVY METAL HISTORY

A new organization (created by artists and music executives who work in the hard rock and metal industry) held a new award show.  I have, in the past, given many dissertations regarding the lack of legitimate acknowledgement by the traditional music industry to the various genres of rock (even though these genres provide most of the sales for the music industry).  However, in this case, the new institution is relevant.

I do not want to rehash the reasoning why rock is an outcast in this forum, but if you are interested in discovering the explanation, you can check out the Inferno Of Rock Report from January.

The new organization is called the Hall of Heavy Metal History.  They are a non-profit organization working under the umbrella of another group called DAD, which provides support for hospitals and medical groups that deliver programs for adults and children with mental and physical disabilities.  The presentation took place the Anaheim Expo Center on January 18th.  It featured live music and an induction ceremony.

“The Hall of Heavy Metal History is dedicated to preserving the legacy of those legendary metal musicians who are often forgotten,” commented Hall of Heavy Metal History President / CEO Pat Gesualdo. (Loudwire)

The inductees included:  Randy Rhodes, Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister, Vinny Appice and the Scorpions.  It was hosted by Eddie Trunk of Trunk Nation on SiriusXm.  [Click here to watch the event on YouTube]

Hopefully, this is the start of the rock industry being responsible for their own members by offering relevant awards.

 

 

SATELLITE ROCKS

If you are still on the fence about buying a subscription to SiriusXM, this part of the column is for you.  SiriusXM offers a variety of rock stations that outnumber every other music genre on their eclectic and esoteric stations.

Many of the channels are era-driven, providing you with rock music from the ‘70s through today.

For hard rock and metal fans looking to discover new music, I recommend Octane.  In addition to regular programming, the channel features special programs such as the weekly Big ‘Uns Countdown and Test Drive.  The channel also features (on occasion) a segment called Octane Unleaded (acoustic in-studio performances).

Ozzy’s Boneyard provides a diverse collection of hard rock classics.

Liquid Metal offers the hardest metal from all all around the world.

Some of the era related channels include: Classic Rewind, Classic Vinyl, Pearl Jam, First Wave (alternative punk) and Lithium (grunge).  There are also specialty channels that provide 24/7 music connected to particular rock artists (like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen).

In total, you will have the potential of experiencing over 30 rock-oriented stations.  I highly recommend Trunk Nation a weekly show on Volume (the new music talk station).  It is hosted by Eddie Trunk (creator of That Metal Show).  Trunk shares his considerable knowledge and does some outstanding interviews with rock stars.  Trunk also hosts a show on Hair Nation (a channel dedicated to hard rock and metal from the ‘80s).

Overall, SiriusXM is worth the monthly fee if you are a rock and roll junkie like me.

 

 

SHORT CUTS

METALLICA AND THE GRAMMYS

If you follow this column, then you are aware of the treatment that rock and metal usually get from mainstream music awards shows.  In the last 25 years, no artist in the history of music has sold as many copies as Metallica with their “black album.”  On Sunday, February 12, Metallica is going to be featured on the 59th Grammy Awards, performing and participating as part of a special musical interlude, giving rock fans a reason to finally tune in.

 

SWEET CHILD OF MINE

Deanna Adler (mother of Guns N’ Roses’ original drummer, Steven Adler) released a tell-all book giving us an inside biographical perspective on the behind the scenes of GNR. The book is called Sweet Child of Mine.  It’s a great read.

 

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL DOCUMENTARY

The documentary Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) premieres on February 13th on HBO.  Eagles of Death Metal were performing at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, in November of 2015, when terrorists attacked the musical venue that left 89 people dead, and the band in shock.  They lost one of their promotion people in the attack.  This documentary discusses and examines the ramifications from an emotional and business perspective, while following the band`s return to play another concert at the venue in February of 2016.

 

 

   INFERNO OF ROCK TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

If trivia is up your alley, make sure to check out the Inferno of Rock Trivia Card Game available on Amazon or worldwide from Rock From Hell.

 

JANUARY 2017 TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWERS

[1]  Which Metallica album helped to inspire the band’s latest release – Hardwired To Self Destruct?  Kirk Hammett stated in an interview…”I think the idea was to make an album that was similar in approach to Kill ‘Em All.”

 

[2]  What do Skillet and DevilDriver have in common?  Both bands are Christian rock acts.
 

 

FEBRUARY 2017 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

[1]  Carmine Appice is bringing back a classic ’70s hard rock band. What band is it?

 

[2]  Lamb of God`s “The Duke” is now one of the top rotated tracks on rock radio. What was their name of the band before they became so successful?

Inferno of Rock Report – JANUARY 2017

Inferno Of Rock ReportBy Ian Liberman

IN MEMORIAM

2016 ended as it began, with the death of another rock icon.  Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died of cancer at the age of 69.  ELP was one of the first progressive rock bands to receive critical attention in the ‘70s.  Lake was also member of King Crimson.

 

NEWS & NOTES

The Epiphone Revolver Music Awards returned to North America this year.  For the first time ever, the awards were held in NYC.  Check out the full Hard Rock Daddy recap.

 

 

LOUDER THAN HELL – Katherine Turman

Last summer, I finally got around to reading Jon Weiderhorn and Katherine Turman’s Louder Than Hell, a New York Times Best Seller that I had been anxious to read.  The book features a number of top hard rock and metal stars discussing the history of the genre.  Some of the artists featured include Axl Rose, Rob Zombie and Tom Morello discussing their respective roles in the history of rock.  This book is a 5-star read for rock and metal fans!

Artists like Axl Rose, Rob Zombie and Tom Morello explain their roles in the history of rock.  I guarantee it is a five star read!

 

The following is my interview with Katherine Turman….

IAN:  Why did you limit your market to just hard rock and metal when you decided to write a music book?

KATHERINE: While both Jon and I love many genres of music, as journalists, the majority of both of our experience, over two decades, has been interviewing and writing about hard rock and metal bands like Metallica, Pantera, Lamb Of God, Black Sabbath and hundreds of others.  We are both very passionate and knowledgeable about metal.  So, we had the credibility, insight and contacts to cover metal from top to bottom.  Plus, at more than 700 pages, there’s no way we could have included other genres in the book.  We had so much more to put in about metal, but ran out of room!  But Louder Than Hell is not only for metal lovers; it’s for music lovers and people interested in subcultures of society, and for everyone who likes to read great stories straight from the musicians’ mouths.

 

IAN:  Which artist was the most transparent and revealing about their life, and in what area?

KATHERINE:  Many of the artists gave us hours and hours of time.  We had especially good interviews with Philip Anselmo of Pantera, Rob Halford of Judas Priest (who wrote the book’s afterword) and Scott Ian of Anthrax (who wrote the forward to Louder Than Hell).  Philip was open about his drug use, as was Halford, who also spoke about coming out as a gay man.  Don Dokken spent hours on the phone and delved into dirty details, while Ministry’s Al Jourgensen liked his interview for Louder Than Hell so much that he commissioned Jon to write his book – The Lost Gospels of Al Jourgensen.  But our goal was to get different stories and different sides of stories already told, which is why we tracked down people like Terry Glaze (the singer of Pantera before Anselmo) and Neil Turbin (the first Anthrax singer).  We’re so glad that people enjoy Louder Than Hell.  It took us four years, and sometimes we wondered if we’d ever finish, but we couldn’t be more proud and happy with the final result!

Thanks to Harper Collins, Jon Wiedernhorn, and the amazing Katherine Turman taking the time to talk with Hard Rock Daddy’s Inferno Of Rock column.

 

 

 

MUSIC’S UGLY (BUT SUPERIOR) STEP-SISTER – ROCK

Since the inception of the Grammy Awards in 1958, the sound of rockabilly and blues were dispensed with as a major part of the musical part of the platform.  Unfortunately, even when rock exploded in the mid-‘60s, with its creative genre and sub-genres, the trend continued.  This despite the fact that sales of rock, hard rock and metal continued to outpace pop by four or five times.  In 2012, the Grammys finally capitulated, and created ten rock categories (including Metal).  The Grammy Association found a way to pervert those rock classifications by getting rid of the hard rock groups, while trying to place pop artists in the rock categories as often as possible.

What followed next were the horrors of Jethro Tull and Tenacious D being listed in the Metal category.  This year, Beyoncé , appeared in the rock category. The band Trapt has complained that there has been a conspiracy to destroy rock, and based on the evidence, they are probably correct.

The rule was to maximize the shelf-life of pop artists, because once their songs dropped off the charts, they were out of the eye of consumers.  They also knew that rock music sold its self without the benefit of high promotion.  This story was broken wide open by an insider author, Henry Schipper, who wrote Broken Record in 1992.

Don Harris of the Daily Press stated…

Schipper’s book shows that, from its inception, the Grammy’s have been remarkably short-sighted, and were created by big label interests and “pop” songwriters in an angry response to the popularity of rock ‘n roll music.  That explains why, to this day, the Grammy Awards virtually ignore rock music.”

Further evidence is provided in The Song Machine (by John Seabrook), which shines a light on this theory.

Take a look at this year’s nominees in the rock categories to see for yourself.

 

   INFERNO OF ROCK TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

If trivia is up your alley, make sure to check out the Inferno of Rock Trivia Card Game available on Amazon or worldwide from Rock From Hell.

 

JANUARY 2017 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

[1]  Which Metallica album helped to inspire the band’s latest release – Hardwired To Self Destruct?

 

[2]  What do Skillet and DevilDriver have in common?

 

DECEMBER 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

Which band has been criticized for appearing on the X Factor TV Show in Australia?  Disturbed

 

The Vigilante Classical Music Orchestra in Belgium will do their first non-classical tour using metal rock tunes. Which band and tune will they use?

[a] Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven”

[b] Pink Floyd – “The Wall”

[c] Tool – “Stinkfist”

 

An award winning metal band has said that their 2017 release will have “the return of the deity.” Name the band…

Ghost

 

 

Inferno of Rock Report – DECEMBER 2016

Inferno Of Rock ReportBy Ian Liberman

IN MEMORIAM

LEONARD COHEN (9/21/34 – 11/7/16)

Leonard Cohen, born in 1934 in Montreal, was one of Canada`s most prolific and famous artists. He became world famous as a poet, author, songwriter and vocalist. Cohen transcended countless genres of music from pop to country to folk, in addition to earning the respect of hard rockers.

Cohen participated and performed at the Isle of Wright concert, meeting such luminary artists as Jimi Hendrix and the Doors.   His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, sold moderately well for an initial pressing.  Some of his popular tunes include “Hallelujah,” “So Long, Marianne,” “Bird on the Wire,” “First We Take Manhattan” and “Suzanne.”

Paul Stanley of KISS called Cohen…“ A poet, songwriter and rogue till the end” on Twitter.

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello tweeted…“L. Cohen was an angel of cultural redemption.  From his Tower of Song, he delivered a beautiful sermon of dark romance and quiet resistance.”

Theory of A Deadman has transformed and fashioned an immensely creative version of “Hallelujah” that is shooting up the active rock charts in Canada.

Cohen’s last tune, “You Want it Darker,” conjured up his roots of Orthodoxy in the Jewish Religion.

RIP Leonard.
 

LEON RUSSELL (9/2/42 – 11/13/16)

Leon Russell died in Nashville on November 13th at the age of 74.  I had a chance to witness Russell`s brilliance one night when he was on stage with Joe Cocker.  He sat behind his grand piano playing with dexterity and resourceful manipulation.  I remember his raspy vocals, the way that he joked with audience, and his songs permeating the concert hall.  Russell had a habit of adlibbing during his concerts, and the audience appreciated him taking the time to interject these personal anecdotal forms of whimsical contributions.

Russell worked with The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton (both of whom influenced his music, as did Jimi Hendrix).

After learning of Russell’s passing, Charlie Daniels tweeted…“Just got word that Leon Russell has passed away.  Rest in peace Leon.  You left a lot of great music behind you.”

Who can forget albums like Carney, Leon Russell and the Shelter People and Leon Live?

Before he died, Russell was captured on film giving a behind-the-scenes look at his preparation before concerts, and the post-performance breakdown by musicians and the staff.  The film is called A Poem is a Naked Person.  It will be coming to a streaming station near you soon.

RIP Leon.  You will be missed.
 

 

THE GOLDEN GOD AWARDS RETURN TO AMERICA…(SORT OF)

I was quite upset last year when the Golden God Awards took place in Europe.  Through social media, they were having fabulous parties and distributing awards to all of my favorite rock bands.  Meanwhile, back in North America, rock and metal fans were left out in the cold.

Traditionally, the Golden God Awards were broadcast by Epiphone and Revolver Magazine, providing an alternative to the Grammys and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (both of which tend to shun hard rock and metal).

2016 has been a year of tremendous loss in the rock world, but the silver lining is the return of the Golden God Awards to North America.  Well, sort of…

The awards have been rebranded as the “Epiphone Revolver Music Awards.”  The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, December 13th, at Webster Hall in New York City.  The RMAs will be live streamed by Twitch.TV, and hosted by metal legend / Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine, who will co-host with SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin.

Click here to see this year’s nominees.
 

 

POLITICAL ROCKERS IN A “POST-TRUTH” WORLD

“Post-Truth” is a term that has become very popular in North America these days as a result of fake articles that permeated social media during this year’s election.

The Oxford Dictionary defines Post-Truth as…

“relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal beliefs.”

During this year’s American Music Awards, we learned why rock categories at awards shows are shown off camera.  The industry fears their unpredictability.  Unlike pop stars, who for the most part, do not write their own music or exhibit strong opinions about the world at large, rockers like Green Day use their status to deliver a real message in a “post-truth” world.

During their performance at the AMAs, Green Day launched into a musical attack on Donald Trump, and his connections to the “alt right.”  It takes artists like Green Day, who craft their own message and have control over their careers, to step up and have their voices be heard in a “post-truth” world.
 

 

 

   INFERNO OF ROCK TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

If trivia is up your alley, make sure to check out the Inferno of Rock Trivia Card Game available on Amazon or worldwide from Rock From Hell.

 

DECEMBER 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

Which band has been criticized for appearing on the X Factor TV Show in Australia?

 

The Vigilante Classical Music Orchestra in Belgium will do their first non-classical tour using metal rock tunes. Which band and tune will they use?

[a] Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven”

[b] Pink Floyd – “The Wall”

[c] Tool – “Stinkfist”

 

An award winning metal band has said that their 2017 release will have “the return of the deity.” Name the band…

 

 

NOVEMBER 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

Which record company started the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame awards?  Atlantic Records

 

Which band has a female and male vocalist? A. Halestorm B. The Runaways C. White Stripes

 

Which band is using a puppet play for their new single and it has become a huge success on the Internet?  Avenged Sevenfold

Inferno of Rock Report – NOVEMBER 2016

Inferno Of Rock ReportBy Ian Liberman

STREAMING SERVICES FOR ROCKERS (PART 2)

It’s puzzling that streaming services in the U.S. and Canada do not create content for rock listeners, given that sales of rock music strongly outpaces sales of pop and hip-hop (according to 2015 Nielsen and Statista year-end numbers).

iHeartMedia is getting ready to launch two paid streaming services that tie their radio stations together on a free app.  Currently, most of their radio stations, which range from Adult Pop to Pop/Rap and from Hip-Hop and Soft Rock, are being used to formulate an on-demand, paid format.  Hard Rock and Metal are clearly not their favorite genres.  The company, which was previously known as Clear Channel, has outlined their new business model to include two paid tiers – $5/month (ad-free) and $10/month (on-demand music catalog).  Rock fans would be wise to save their money and pass on paying for iHeartMedia offerings.

Amazon Unlimited is now a reality.  It features a catalog of over 10 million songs.  If you are a member of Amazon Prime, you can pay $7.99 instead of $9.99 for unlimited listening. Subscriptions to play music on the Echo (Amazon`s speaker system) costs $3.99 per month. Echo is a wireless audio speaker that is amazing at creating and simulating musical melodies that smack of a virtual reality experience.  You can also give directions via a Siri like system called Alexa.  Unlike iHeartMedia, Amazon offers massive rock and metal catalogs.

Finally, Pandora`s new subscription streaming system is available.  This service also knows where it`s bread is buttered.  Not only does it have a good selection and assortment of excellent rock and metal (including an exclusive Metallica concert), it now offers a colossal number of songs and albums as a major streaming service with premium advantages.  Pandora is constantly updated with new rock and metal.

 

 

THE MICE WHO SING FOR SEX

From the book entitled, The Mice Who Sing For Sex by Dr. Jack Lewis, researchers discovered that sharks like metal and rock.  It seems that sharks are attracted to the low-frequency, pulsing sounds of metal.  The 20-60 cycles per second that appeals to sharks is a prominent auditory cycle in many metal tunes.  Sharks were exposed to metal tunes during the experiment, including AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “If You Want Blood.”  These song caused the sharks to become more tranquil – the opposite of what the neuroscientist predicted the outcome would have been.

 

 

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME???

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees for 2017 were (not surprisingly) another disappointment. The nominees range from good to horrendous.  The rock and metal omissions were plentiful as usual.  How can any institution call itself the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and not include the likes of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden?

 

 

ENCYLCOPAEDIAS OF ROCK

Back in the day, families like mine would buy a set of encyclopaedias. Thanks to the internet, you no longer have to buy these books, and you can find ones that cater specifically to the rock music fan.  Here are a few of the better ones…

Gibraltar World of Progressive Rock has a link to every major Progressive Rock group, past and present in the world today. Progressive World and Axiom of Choice are two examples of major links connecting you to reviews and concerts.

Encyclopaedia Metallum features over 100,000 metal bands, which demonstrates that metal music is a global phenomenon.  The site, which has been around for 14 years, features thousands of reviews.

 

 

 

   INFERNO OF ROCK TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

If trivia is up your alley, make sure to check out the Inferno of Rock Trivia Card Game available on Amazon or worldwide from Rock From Hell.

 

NOVEMBER 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

Which record company started the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame awards?

 

Which band has a female and male vocalist? A. Halestorm B. The Runaways C. White Stripes

 

Which band is using a puppet play for their new single and it has become a huge success on the Internet?

 

OCTOBER 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  • Who bought out the rights for usage of the movie entitled School of Rock to be used for a play that will open in London`s famed West End starting October 24th?  [A] Tim Rice  [B] Andrew Lloyd Webber  [C]  Bono

 

  • What is the present name of Richard Christy`s metal band, and why do we know his name even though his band is unsigned? Charred Walls of the Damned / The Howard Stern Show

 

  • Which artist does not have a direct relationship with horror movies? [A] Rob Zombie  [B] Thousand Foot Krutch [C] Kiss

Inferno of Rock Report – OCTOBER 2016

Inferno Of Rock ReportBy Ian Liberman

 

THE CROWDFUNDING TREND

There was a time when artists and creative types had to rely upon larger entities to bring their projects to fruition.  The challenge in the creative process in those situations was having to worry about corporate influence.

As a result, some artists will use crowdfunding campaigns that take the corporate influence out of the equation by going directly to the fans.  The goal of these campaigns is to have a compelling enough sales pitch that fans will want to contribute to help fund various projects (albums, tours, books, movies, etc.).

I am going to keep an eye on two specific crowdfunding campaigns over the next few months and report back on the results in future Inferno Of Rock columns.

 

Rockfest In The Park 2017 – Get Ready For Action

The first project is called Rockfest In The Park 2017 – Get Ready For Action.  This two-day festival will take place the first weekend of April in Sunrise, Florida.  Last year’s lineup included a number of well-known ‘80s hard rock artists.  Click here to check out the Kickstarter campaign.

 

The History of Metal and Horror

The second project is a film called The History of Metal and Horror.  The filmmaker for this project is Mike Schiff, whose resume includes working on The Howard Stern Show for eight years.

In this documentary, both horror and metal artists will be discussing the integration of the two genres into horror movies.  A number of interviews with metal and horror artists have already been conducted to date.  For a complete list of the people that have been interviewed, check out the project’s Indiegogo campaign.

 

 

THE ROCK OPERA REVIVAL

I have always defined a “rock opera” as a collection of rock, hard rock or metal tunes linked together by a specified thematic storyline or the metaphorical contrast of sequential ideas that were held together through characterization.  My personal favorites include: The Who`s Tommy, Green Day`s American Idiot, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell, and 2112 by Rush.

A recent addition to the rock opera category is Dream Theater’s latest release, The Astonishing.  The album tells the story of a dystopian United States of the next three hundred years, brought on by political change.  The band will be performing this rock opera on the road over the next six months.

At long last, Jim Steinman’s rock opera, Bat Out of Hell, will be turned into stage musical. This is the great supernatural love story will be start in previews on Feb. 17, 2017 at Manchester Opera House in England and will eventually play in Canada as well.

Avatar will be touring with their new rock opera entitled Feathers and Flesh, where animals become metaphors for humans.

And of course, with the Christmas season fast approaching, Trans-Siberian Orchestra will once again be performing their annual rock opera, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.  This is the ninth year of the performance that has become synonymous with Christmas.

 

 

“THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK”

Featuring actual words from the band and audio dissertations of those who surrounded them, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week is a movie that chronicles the band’s touring years between 1962-1966.

Viewers get to watch a whole concert as the tour progresses through different cities.  Ron Howard chose to focus the movie from an era of The Beatles where there was an emphasis on the guitar.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week is now available on DVD and on demand.

 

 

THE BEATLES’ INFLUECE ON HARD ROCK MUSIC

Two hard rock bands that were influenced by The Beatles are Ozzy Osbourne and Slipknot.  Ozzy has stated in an interview that The Beatles’ music had a tremendous influence on much of the early Black Sabbath material.

Most Nu-Metal bands of a younger generation found The Beatles to be outside their line of fire, but not Slipknot.  They recognized the band’s creativity and implemented their style into their own music.  Corey Taylor has stated in recent interviews that Slipknot’s next album will take on the same ambiance and style as the classic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

 

 

INTERGALACTIC HEAVY METAL

Billionaire entrepreneur, Elon Musk (Tesla Motors, PayPal, Space X) is getting ready to organize a colony on Mars.  The heavy metal band Raptor Command has devoted a whole cd to to the life and times of Elon Musk.

 

 

LEGENDARY ROCK AND ROLL ADULT COMIC BOOKS

Comic books are not just for kids, especially some that pay homage to rock legends who passed away earlier this year (Motorhead’s Lemmy and David Bowie).

Lemmy: Colour the Ace of Spades and David Bowie: Colour the Starman are both collections of adult comic books based on these talented, creative, deceased rockers. They are biographical in nature, and reflect a personal look at both stars’ personal interaction with the music and people that they encountered during their respective lifetimes.  The comics are manufactured by Feral House comics and will be available for Christmas.  Click here to read the entire story.

 

 

   INFERNO OF ROCK TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

If trivia is up your alley, make sure to check out the Inferno of Rock Trivia Card Game available on Amazon or worldwide from Rock From Hell.

 

OCTOBER 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  1. Who bought out the rights for usage of the movie entitled School of Rock to be used for a play that will open in London`s famed West End starting October 24th?  [A] Tim Rice  [B] Andrew Lloyd Webber  [C]  Bono

 

  1. What is the present name of Richard Christy`s metal band, and why do we know his name even though his band is unsigned?

 

  1. Which artist does not have a direct relationship with horror movies? [A] Rob Zombie  [B] Thousand Foot Krutch [C] Kiss

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  1. Name the band that is not a punk band… [A] The Jam, [B] Killing Joke, [C] Gentle Giant

 

  1. Who replaced Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple for a temporary time in the ’90s? [A] Slash, [B] Joe Satriani, [C] Randy Rhodes.

 

  1. The Tragically Hip got its name from a movie filmed by a member of The Monkees.  What movie and which Monkee?  Elephant Parts / Mike Nesmith

 

Inferno of Rock Report – SEPTEMBER 2016

Inferno Of Rock ReportBy Ian Liberman

 

“TRAGIC”  END OF A CANADIAN ROCK ERA

On August 20,2016, the loyal and deep-rooted fans of the Tragically Hip had the chance to listen to them perform one of their final concerts as part of a tour that would be their last of their 30-year career.  Gord Downie (lead singer/songwriter) of the band was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in May.  Playing famous songs like “Three Pistols” and “Bobcaygeon,” and their latest album entitled Man Machine Poem, the band weaved a tapestry of Canadian culture and history as they played to tens of thousands of fans.  Playing in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario, at the Rogers K-Rock Centre, the concert (which was aired live on CBC networks) had fans of all ages in attendance.  Although the band will eventually break up, it will always be part of our Canadian culture (like maple syrup without the calories).

 

HOMER GOES MESHUGGAH

In the 8th episode of the 26th season of the Simpsons, Homer learns how to play bass to the lush sounds of the metal band Meshuggah.   The band consists of Homer with Kirk Van Houten, Reverend Lovejoy, Dr Hibbert and Apu.

 

TRENDS/OPINIONS

40 years of Punk Rock Music

What makes the rock genre such a versatile and creative form of music is its subgenres.  One of those subgenres will be celebrated in London, England this year.  Major libraries, art galleries, concert halls, small theaters and museums will be commemorating “40 Years of Punk Rock Music.”

British Library has collected a huge archive of audio, video, print material and other artifacts associated with punk rock.  Journalist John Savage has donated an assortment of his collectables to the British Library collection, entitled “Punk 1976-78” (which includes classic Sex Pistols paraphernalia and a rare copy of the bands “God Save the Queen” single).

The Punk Rock movement began in two cities that are separated by the Atlantic Ocean in the late ‘60s.  In New York, at CBGB, bands like the Ramones and MC5 led the movement, while in London, the raw energy of the Sex Pistols and the Clash attracted young people to their anti-establishment views and music.

In England, much of the music was directed at the economic policies of Conservative PMs Jim Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher, due to horrendous levels of poverty that had a serious effect on the younger generation.  Despite the serious economic situation, many punkers loved Thatcher (aka “The Iron Lady”).

The outrageous music, fashion and artwork that surrounded punk rock helped to draw attention to the plight of the disenfranchised.

Some of the lesser-known bands in the U.K included The Strangler, Buzzcocks, and The Damned, while across the pond, artists like The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, The Cramps and The Stooges helped to shape the punk rock scene.

In news from the U.K, it has been reported that Joe Corre – son of legendary Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren – is so outraged that punk has become conventional, that he plans to burn a collection of punk memorabilia worth an estimated $9 million dollars.  He plans to do this in front of the tourists coming to Camden, London, on November 26th (the 40th anniversary of the legendary Sex Pistols single, “Anarchy In The U.K.”).

In the spirit of punk, on July 18th, Viv Albertine (of the punk group the Slits) mutilated (or as she called it, “edited”) part of a punk exhibit in the British Museum to protest the lack of information about British female punks on display.

 

John Gribbin, is an astrophysicist, musicologist and science writer, who has also written songs for various versions of the Bonzo Dog Band, including the single   “Punktuation”.  The book that he is most proud of writing is his biography of Buddy Holly, entitled Not Fade Away. Gribbin’s expertise of the Punk Era is quite extensive.  When I asked him what his favourite punk band was and whether he thought that the punk movement had a significant social effect on society, he replied…

“My favourite punk band is/was The Clash.  Their lyrics had a more thought out ‘message,’ especially on ‘London Calling,’ although some people refer to the song as ‘post punk.’  I also like Siouxsie and the Banshees.  In my view, music never changed anything, but it reflects the times in which it is being made.”

     

              

INFERNO OF ROCK TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

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SEPTEMBER 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  1. Name the band that is not a punk band… [A] The Jam, [B] Killing Joke, [C] Gentle Giant

 

  1. Who replaced Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple for a temporary time in the ’90s? [A] Slash, [B] Joe Satriani, [C] Randy Rhodes.

 

  1. The Tragically Hip got its name from a movie filmed by a member of The Monkees.  What movie and which Monkee?

 

AUGUST 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  1. What was so special about Kiss Comic number 1 by Marvel in 1977?  Members had their blood in the ink.

 

  1. Sharon Osbourne spends a lot of her free time with her favorite charity now that she is separated from Ozzy. What is the charity? The Pink Army is the U.K woman`s group search for the cure for cancer. If you said MS Society, you get a point too.

 

  1. Metal Poet Henry Rollins, in a video for Funny or Die, reads what Dr. Seuss classic?

        [a]  The Cat In The Hat     [b]  Green Eggs And Ham    [c]  Oh The Places You’ll Go

 Inferno of Rock Report – AUGUST 2016

Inferno Of Rock ReportBy Ian Liberman

 

COREY TAYLOR’S SOCIAL COMMENTARY

With the unrest, shootings and protests in the news recently in the United States, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) shared his thoughts about how rock music can help in peoples’ lives in a recent article on NME.com…

“Anytime you think and feel that maybe things are too much, you’re being made to feel like things are too different, things are too overwhelming, you feel like you’re not strong enough to stand up not only for yourself but somebody else, just remember that music and life bring us all together.”

Taylor also discussed the Black Lives Matter movement in the article

 

 

“THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD”… AND HIS ART COLLECTION

David Bowie’s art collection will be sold by his estate in November of this year by Sotheby’s in London.  Wealthy fans will have the opportunity to select from 120 sculptures and 300 paintings.  Fans who cannot afford to participate, but want to indulge in fantasy, can click here to see the pictures of the collection.

 

 

QUICK HITS

Sean Lennon says that if you play the Beatles album Revolver over and over again, you will go into a trance.

Body Count with Ice-T recently did an impromptu cover of Slayer`s “Reign In Blood.”  Click here to check it out!

 

 

SORRY DONALD!

Both Queen and Third Eye Blind were none too thrilled with Donald Trump using their music during the Republican National Convention, and let him know that it wasn’t acceptable.

 

 

TRENDS/OPINIONS

The Shunning of Rock and Rap/Hip-Hop

Rock and rap do not get the attention that they deserve in the mainstream.

The Grammys have only have four categories each for rock and rap/hip-hop, despite the fact that these two genres make up between 75-80% of all CD/vinyl sales.  Pop music, which is well-represented at the Grammys, only makes up approximately 10% of CD/vinyl sales.

As if it isn’t bad enough that these two powerhouse genres are largely ignored in the general categories, they also have to suffer the indignity of having pop acts creep into the handful categories that belong to them.  Furthermore, the awards that they do receive are not even featured in the television broadcast.

The other institution that shuns both genres is The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Though there is some debate as to what is actually “rock and roll,” it can certainly be argued that rap/hip-hop artists deserve their seat at the table before acts that are pure pop.  NWA got inducted this year, but not without a fight, and disdain from Gene Simmons.

The hard rock and metal industry has blasted the RNRHOF for their biased attitude towards the genres that clearly should take preference over pop, R&B and disco artists.

Is it time for these two outsiders to team up and form their own awards show to get the recognition that they deserve?

Rock and rap/hip-hop have a long history of musical peer acceptance and admiration, so this idea has more credence than you might think at first blush.  We’ve seen collaborations between Linkin Park and Jay-Z, Rage Against The Machine and Cypress Hill, Anthrax and Public Enemy, Aerosmith with Run-DMC and others.

My suggestion is that both of these ignored genres band together to promote and recognize each other’s talents through a peer award system.  The money, music, sales power and talent are there already, and there are cable stations and content creators (like Netflix) that offer the potential to reach rock and rap/hip-hop audiences directly.

Let us know what you think…

     

              

INFERNO OF ROCK TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

If trivia is up your alley, make sure to check out the Inferno of Rock Trivia Card Game available on Amazon or worldwide from Rock From Hell.

 

AUGUST 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  1. What was so special about Kiss Comic number 1 by Marvel in 1977?

 

  1. Sharon Osbourne spends a lot of her free time with her favorite charity now that she is separated from Ozzy. What is the charity?

 

  1. Metal Poet Henry Rollins, in a video for Funny or Die, reads what Dr. Seuss classic?

        [a]  The Cat In The Hat     [b]  Green Eggs And Ham    [c]  Oh The Places You’ll Go

 

 

JULY 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  1. What was the famous Jack Black movie that puts rock music back into the field of education? What is the actual song that wins the class the prize?  School Of Rock, “It’s A Long Way To The Top” (AC/DC)

 

  1. One very famous hard rock band has a lead guitarist who loves to throw axes in axe competitions. What is the name of the band?  Killswitch Engage.  Lead guitarist, Joel Stroetzel

 

  1. Which metal band will be joined on stage by an 82-year-old vocalist for a few gigs in this summer of 2016?  Drowning Pool

 

 

 

 Inferno of Rock Report – JULY 2016

Inferno Of Rock ReportBy Ian Liberman

 

INFERNO OF ROCK NEWS

IN MEMORIAM

The perspective of this month’s report will no doubt have a different tone, due the horrible tragedy that occurred in Orlando, Florida.  Everyone around the world is profusely saddened and angered by the acts of the terrorist, and touched by the empathy of those who gave any support, whether emotional, medical or financial.  I will not discuss the possible causes, but rather the metal and hard rock community’s reactions to the incident via Twitter.  I send my condolences out to the families of the victims, and I just want them to know they are not alone.

All statements below were made on June 12, 2016:

     Slash (@slash): “There aren’t words enough to express the sadness I feel for the victims & their families of this tragic & horrific Orlando incident.”

 

Kiss (@KISSOnline): “Our hearts & prayers go out to all those in Orlando terrorized, injured or murdered in this unspeakable act.”

 

Papa Roach (@paparoach) :

“Praying for the Orlando shooting victims and their loved ones.”

 

 

GOLDEN GOD AWARDS UK

As far as I can observe, the Golden God Awards are going to be with Metal Hammer in the U.K. because Revolver has stopped advertising any promotional connection with their U.S partnership.  The awards took place on June 14th, with a diverse amount of new hard rock and metal artists ready to compete for their attention in the social media circus.  The London-based show also included a tribute to Lemmy and Motörhead. I’m including an extensive list of winners here (which is definitely better than the usual crap offered up at the Grammys and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame):

Best New Band:  Creeper

Best Underground:  Enslaved

Best UK Band:  Asking Alexandria

Best International Band:  Ghost

Breakthrough Artist:  Beartooth

Best Live Band:  Lamb Of God

Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award:  Lizzy Hale

Best Album:  Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

The Inspiration Award:  Anthrax

Icon:  Nikki Sixx

 

 

MORE LEGAL ISSUES FOR METALLICA

Metallica’s No Life ‘Til Leather demo tape reissue has been delayed due to legal issues…again.  The demo tape was to be released in CD, cassette and vinyl formats (in an expanded version), but legal problems ensued and they just figured it was easier to move on to the next reissue, which is Kill `Em All. (Anti-Music June 15, 2016)

 

 

A WHOLE LOTTA AXL

AC/DC and Axl Rose wrapped up a 12-stop European tour in Denmark.  Check out this video of Axl Rose demonstrating that he has the ability and the talent to take over the band.  I was in deep shock watching him jump and gyrate and duplicate Brian Johnson’s voice.

 

 

 

TRENDS/OPINIONS

The Collectible Market for Rock

At least once a month, there is a Toronto/ Mississauga Musical CD/Vinyl Show that has demonstrated an enormous patronage.  There are many similar ones throughout North America.  Numerous high-quality rock collectables can be found on eBay.  When I sold my vinyl collection to a large dealer (for close to $1000), they stated that the vinyl had to be “pure rock.”  They had no interest in country or pop vinyl, but they did purchase my vinyl classical music collection.  My own rock board game, Rock Trivia, from the ‘80s sells for a higher price now on the collectible market than it did when it was on sale thirty years ago (it has tripled in price!).  Rock collectibles seem to have followed the same trend as rock music.  One of the oldest and largest online music collectable catalogues for sale is The Record Cellar in Canada (which was created in 1998). Their most significant demand sales are for rock albums.

Pop music, on the other hand, does not fare as well as a collectible because of low brand loyalty after a few years.  If you want to visit and see memorabilia, you can go to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame or the Hard Rock Café.  Rockabilia is an excellent website for purchasing rock items.

Be careful to shop around and compare prices when looking for rock memorabilia.  If you are selling, keep in mind that there is an extensive market for classic rock.

 

     

              

INFERNO OF ROCK TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

If trivia is up your alley, make sure to check out the Inferno of Rock Trivia Card Game available on Amazon or worldwide from Rock From Hell.

 

JULY 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  1. What was the famous Jack Black movie that puts rock music back into the field of education? What is the actual song that wins the class the prize?

 

  1. One very famous hard rock band has a lead guitarist who loves to throw axes in axe competitions. What is the name of the band?

 

  1. Which metal band will be joined on stage by an 82-year-old vocalist for a few gigs in this summer of 2016?

 

 

 

JUNE 2016 TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWERS

  1. What band is being sued (as of May 2016), and has been called “The greatest cover band in all history” by the lawyer doing the suit? What is the classic tune causing the controversy?  Led Zeppelin – “Stairway To Heaven”

 

  1. What was the name of the rock band that Johnny Depp put together for the 2016 Grammy Awards? Hollywood Vampires

 

  1. What was special about the video for “Before I Forget” by Slipknot?  The video is shot without masks, but you cannot discern who is who.

 

COMING IN AUGUST

Can Hip-Hop, Hard Rock and Metal create strategic partnerships that will result in a formidable music industry force?  Check back in August and find out!

 Inferno of Rock Report – JUNE 2016

Inferno Of Rock Report

By Ian Liberman

 

INFERNO OF ROCK NEWS

IN MEMORIAM

John Berry, founder of the Beastie Boys, died of dementia on May 19th.  He integrated the rap/rock/punk genre, with songs like “No Sleep till Brooklyn” and “Fight for your Right.”
 

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza died on May 21st at the age of 51.

 

 

CLASSIC ROCKERS

Within the next few months, Pink Floyd is preparing to make available to the public, in vinyl, 1967’s The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and 1968’s A Saucerful Of Secrets.  I can hardly wait to hear those scratches.

 

 

ROCKERS UNITED AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Nikki Sixx and the late Lemmy Kilmister are featured in a PSA for Rockers United, an organization that is fighting against human trafficking.  Sixx warns…

“One million children a year in the US are kidnapped and forced into a life of sex slavery.”  Click here to watch the PSA.

In other Lemmy news, he will be honored at the British Golden God Awards on June 13th, and Motorhead has just released a live CD/DVD entitled Clean Your ClockClick here for details.

 

 

RISKY BUSINESS

Some bands like to take chances with their sound, while others like to play it safe and stay the same (their signature sound).  Bands that break away from their signature sound run the risk alienating fans.

Bring Me the Horizon, a fairly hard alternative rock band, has introduced a more synthesizer sound into their recent release.  The risk appears to be paying off at radio, but how do long-time fans feel about the change?

Bullet For My Valentine has stated that BMTH’s musical shift was wrought with risk and danger.  They’re glad that it worked out for the band, but they subscribe to the motto…“if it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix it!”  Needless to say, BFMV has no plans to break away from their signature sound.

 

 

HOLLYWOOD SPOTIFY?

Spotify announced it is going into the land of video expressionism, hoping to increase it`s now 300 million signed listenership (a figure that places them first in the world of streaming).  Spotify is going to be doing thematic video specials about the histories of bands (including Metallica).

 

 

TRENDS / OPINIONS

Are Metal Fans Brighter than the General Population?

There is a controversial hypothesis that states that metal music fans are brighter than the general population.

A study by Prof. Adrian North (Heriot-Watt University) found that rockers seem to be similar to classical musical listeners in both creativity and intelligence, exhibiting a higher-than-normal level of productivity in those areas compared to the average pop listener.

Click here to read the article in Science Daily.

A study from The National Academy of Gifted and Talented Youth (University of Warwick) elicited data that the majority of the brightest minds listened to metal.  Could this possibly be true or is it an aberration?

 

In order to get some scientific input, I interviewed two thought-provoking science experts in this area.

 

Dr. Virgil Griffith – a scientist with a PhD at the California Institute of Technology in Computation and Neural Systems – was the subject a 2008 New York Times article entitled, “Internet Man of Mystery.”  He has created this amazing site called Music That Makes You Dumb, which correlates musical genre tastes to SAT scores.  He published the evidence and allows you to derive your own conclusions.

When we discussed the hypothesis of music or metal having any effect on intelligence, he stated…

“Causation is almost assuredly not there, and yet, the correlation is hilarious enough.”

 

He did say something that was very interesting…

“I can imagine music reinforcing low-IQ interests.”

 

Dr. Griffith is a very intelligent individual who is also linked to many other universities in studies.  He wanted to give a shout-out to Immortal Technique – a creative and controversial musical influence, who started as a MTV rapper…

“Immortal Technique actively challenges me.  If nothing else, he rhymes with words not in my vernacular.”

 

 

I also interviewed Neil Bates, an illustrious science writer and 30-year Mensa member, who has also been a Mensa proctor for 20 years.  Bates shared his insight on the subject…

“I think that intelligent, but anti-authoritarian young people, do have a certain attraction to hard rock/metal music and intense art.  I think that pop music is more favored by conventional people, who may be smart, and can get good grades, but not as likely to figure out a way to hack something or write their own code, etc. “

     

              

 

 

INFERNO OF ROCK TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

If trivia is up your alley, make sure to check out the Inferno of Rock Trivia Card Game available on Amazon or worldwide from Rock From Hell.

 

JUNE 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  1. What band is being sued (as of May 2016), and has been called “The greatest cover band in all history” by the lawyer doing the suit? What is the classic tune causing the controversy?

 

  1. What was the name of the rock band that Johnny Depp put together for the 2016 Grammy Awards?

 

  1. What was special about the video for “Before I Forget” by Slipknot?

 

 

 

ANSWERS TO MAY 2016 TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  1. Which 2011 Academy Award Winner for Best Actor loves drumming to metal music since his last movie, which included Pantera, Metallica and Mastodon? Christian Bale

 

  1. Who pilots the Ed Force One? Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden

 

  1. Led Zeppelin, Korn, and Metallica are the favourite bands of which pop artist:
  • Taylor Swift
  • Bruno Mars
  • Justin Bieber

 

  1. What is the common thread between Bad Company and Led Zeppelin?  Both bands were signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records.

 
NOTE:  Answers to May trivia questions will appear in the June Inferno of Rock Report.  If you think that you know the answers, e-mail us at info@hardrockdaddy.com.  You may just win something pretty cool!

 

LOOKING AHEAD…

Coming in July – Is the rock collectible market expanding or dying?

 Inferno of Rock Report – MAY 2016

Inferno Of Rock Report

By Ian Liberman

 

INFERNO OF ROCK NEWS

IN MEMORIAM

Prince died on April 21, 2016.  Although his songs don’t fall under the category of hard rock/metal, his guitar playing (particularly on the Purple Rain soundtrack) would have easily fit within the genre.  Perhaps that is why the tributes from metal heroes have been pouring in since his passing, including:  Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Nikki Sixx, Tom Morello, Corey Taylor and more.

 

 

Nickelback – The band that critics love to hate

Why do critics and large groups of rock listeners hate Nickelback?  Salli Antonen (of the University of Eastern Finland) comments on this topic in her paper on the critics of the band. She found that that the critics decided that the popularity of Nickelback’s tunes demonstrated a lack of authenticity due to a formulation of songs, which was geared for the charts, rather than as an expression of the band.  However, Antonen offers another perspective…“by nullifying Nickelback’s authenticity, critics are actually authenticating themselves.”  Click here to read Antonen’s article in its entirety.

 

 

And in this corner…

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony had a lot of bad feelings (as usual). Personally speaking, I think that Gene Simmons was right on the mark when he questioned whether NWA should be have inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a hip hop group. However, Simmons was wrong about hip hop’s artistic merit; it is creative and durable.  Ice Cube said that rock is an attitude, not a genre, but he is also totally wrong.  Rock, metal, hard rock, alternative rock are all integrated genres that are part of the same family, but hip hop doesn’t function in the same way.  It has no “rock spirit,” because there is no such thing. Aside from the Simmons/NWA tension, Steve Miller let it be known that he was treated like crap by the RRHOF, and Ritchie Blackmore was discouraged from showing up and playing with the original incarnation of Deep Purple.

 

 

 

TRENDS / OPINIONS

The “Metal-tation” Movement

When I was enrolled in York University, in the ’70s, I registered for a comparative religion course that that was rooted in Zen Buddhism.  We had a teacher who indulged us all in the process of Zen meditation and the physical art or, as they liked to label it, hatha yoga.  I knew that that the meditation center around the corner would charge me hundreds of dollars to give me a mantra, and extend the spiritual learning for weeks, while I really only wanted some legitimate info on meditation and stress relief.  I got that info from the coolest teacher that I ever had.  He demonstrated how breathing, and any word, could be the key to spirituality without the supernatural.  This attitude would once again rear its scientific head again in the ’90s under the name of “mindfulness.”

There are two major forces in popular rock culture (meditation and yoga) that are ubiquitous throughout North America: Rage Yoga and Black Yoga.  They may appear, on the surface, to be overbearing or immature, but they are actually highly enjoyable methods to reach “nirvana” while listening to Nirvana.

Rage yoga originated in a pub in Calgary, Canada, where the creator (Lindsay Istace) decided to liven up a particular type of Vinyasa Yoga with metal music, beer and swear words as mantras. The Pied Piper of Yoga attracted many to her web-based cerebral enlightenment, which inspired a Kickstarter campaign to make these classes available everywhere.  The soundtrack to these classes varies from Metallica to Black Sabbath.

Black Yoga is a movement that integrates dark, heavy metal with Vinyasa movements and meditation.  In the U.S., the musicians from the band Black Yoga are members of the movement.  They curate metal and industrial music sets to coordinate with the meditation and yoga.

Their goal is to help people with drug addictions, mental illnesses, family problems and relationships through support and yoga.  As they say…“you cannot appreciate the light until you understand the darkness.”

The first Black Yoga class started off in urban Pittsburgh, PA.  The movement is now spreading out throughout the U.S.   Click here for more information about Black Yoga.

For those of you who already practice meditation, and want to delve into the “dark side,” get a new mantra and a set of curated metal for mindfulness, you can use streaming services Spotify or Slacker and choose your own set.  Apple also offers Yoga for Metal Sets.  I personally meditate to Metallica and the Beatles, and my mantra is really devilish. \m/
 

 

 

INFERNO OF ROCK TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

If trivia is up your alley, make sure to check out the Inferno of Rock Trivia Card Game available on Amazon or worldwide from Rock From Hell.

 

May-2016 Trivia Questions

  1. Which 2011 Academy Award Winner for Best Actor loves drumming to metal music since his last movie, which included Pantera, Metallica and Mastodon?

 

  1. Who pilots the Ed Force One?

 

  1. Led Zeppelin, Korn, and Metallica are the favourite bands of which pop artist:
  • Taylor Swift
  • Bruno Mars
  • Justin Bieber

 

  1. What is the common thread between Bad Company and Led Zeppelin?

 

 

ANSWERS TO APRIL’S TRIVIA QUESTIONS

[1] What was the highest-selling album in the last twenty-five years? Metallica’s Black album

[2] What Hammer Films horror actor had a successful metal music career until his death in 2015?  Christopher Lee

[3] Which late night comedy talk show marked the first television appearance by The Who in North America?  The Smothers Brothers Show in 1967.  

[4]  Disturbed’s video for “Land of Confusion” was animated by a famous artist. Who was he or she?  Todd McFarlane

[5]  Who was the famous artist that created the album cover for Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery?

A. Keith Thompson

B . R. Giger

C. Dado

D. Ito

NOTE:  Answers to May trivia questions will appear in the June Inferno of Rock Report.  If you think that you know the answers, e-mail us at info@hardrockdaddy.com.  You may just win something pretty cool!

 

LOOKING AHEAD…

Next month, I will discuss the viability of the rock collectible business, and delve into whether metalheads have superior intelligence.