Today (11/11) is National Metal Day and for today’s From The Vault here are my top 11 choices from the 80′s: Continue reading
Rock pioneer Lou Reed has died from as-of-yet unknown causes. Reed underwent a liver transplant in May, but sources have not confirmed an official cause of death. Continue reading
27 years ago on September 26, 1986, Cliff Burton was killed in a bus accident at the age of 24 while on tour with Metallica in Europe. His loss has left a void in the metal world forever. Continue reading
Good morrow, Hearers of Evil! It’s Throwback Thursday, and you know what that means, don’t you? In the immortal words of Overkill, here’s to the old school!
Mercyful Fate, “A Dangerous Meeting”
Witchfinder General, “Burning A Sinner”
Black Sabbath, “Sweet Leaf”
Testament, “Alone In The Dark”
Znowhite, “War Machine”
Overkill, “Electro Violence”
Diamond Head, “Lightning To The Nations”
Warlock, “All We Are”
Saxon, “20,000 Feet”
In today’s From The Vault we wish a Happy Birthday to a few metalmen celebrating birthdays. The roll call as follows: Continue reading
Today we take a trip back to 1990 to a song off the Lights…Camera…Revolution! album by Suicidal Tendencies and a song that is one of my personal favorites, You Can’t Bring Me Down. Continue reading
Today we celebrate the birth of two metal icons who continue to add so much to the metal world. The birthday drumroll please:
KERRY KING – SLAYER
Today marks the 49th birthday of the Slayer guitarist. Born Kerry Ray King in Los Angeles, CA, King who formed Slayer with Jeff Hanneman, began his career in a Pat Boone cover band. Needless to say after meeting Hanneman, the rest is history and King along with Slayer, has made several guest appearances with many bands including the Beastie Boys, Megadeth, Anthrax and Metallica to name a few. Kerry continues to be an unstoppable force in the metal world.
Today also marks the 49th birthday of Dorothee Pesch, better known as Doro Pesch. Doro born in Düsseldorf, Germany, had always been interested in music since she was a little girl. After recovering from a life threatening form of tuberculosis, she decided to dedicate her life to singing and formed Warlock in 1981. While the band put out 4 albums during their tenure, she eventually ended up losing the rights to the name Warlock and was forced by the record label to record under the Doro name. Doro however has not let anything stop her and she continues to record and tour and perform duets with many artists including Lemmy, Udo Dirkschneider, Saxon and Twisted Sister to name a few. She released her latest album, Raise Your Fist in 2012.
Happy Birthday Kerry and Doro!! Thanks for all the great music!!
As a woman involved in the metal scene, I feel almost obligated to formulate an opinion on groupies. Before I begin doing so, I’ll give you my personal definition of a groupie, since it varies wildly from person to person and I want to make sure we’re all on the same page here.
A groupie is a person, usually female, who follows bands around in the hopes of obtaining some form of sexual gratification, whether it’s flirtation, attention, or actual sexual activity. The sexual aspect, as well as the general apathy toward the quality of the band’s music, separates the groupie from the fanboy/fangirl. Groupies care little, if at all, about looks or physically-oriented sexual attraction — they will have sex with a band member specifically because they are in a band, and that goes double if the band member is a vocalist or guitarist.
Do I have this right? Please correct me if I’m wrong here.
Now, I’m a single woman who frequents male-dominated spaces, I receive a non-zero amount of male attention. Some of this attention has come from members of bands. Some of it has been wanted. Some of it has been reciprocated. Some of it has led to interesting situations. Does any of this make me a groupie? Eh, perhaps — perhaps not.
But let’s switch things around, shall we? Let’s say I go to see a show and there’s a hot guy in one of the bands. Let’s say, just for the purposes of the story, he’s the frontman of the band. Let’s say I take it upon myself to flirt with the guy, and one thing leads to another. Am I a groupie then? How forward do I have to be, and how famous does the hypothetical guy have to be, before the judgment starts rolling in?
We’re all familiar with slut-shaming, right? If not, let me break it down in simple terms. Slut-shaming is a phenomenon in which a woman is faulted, blamed, or made to feel guilty for enjoying her sexuality in a way that hurts no one but may involve sexual activity with a person other than a spouse or significant other. Obviously, men are not held to the same standard, and “manwhore” (which is another term I have several issues with) lacks the same negative connotations as “slut.” A “groupie,” as I understand it, is just a music slut.
Allow me to come clean — I don’t think that groupies really, truly exist, at least not as I described them. I have met people of all genders whose interest in music goes so deep that anyone displaying musical talent automatically gains a few attractiveness points, myself included. People attracted to power and status aren’t exactly unheard of either. Even if there did exist a person who had an exclusive musician fetish, I really can’t bring myself to care. People fuck for all sorts of reasons, including but not limited to physical attraction, boredom, pity, trying to make someone else jealous…the list goes on. No one’s using my genitals to do it, so I’m pretty fine with two or more adults consensually fucking under just about any circumstance.
Am I alone here? What do the rest of you think about groupies and their ilk?
Rock N’ Roll Heaven Record Store and Old Bridge Metal Militia are uniting to present the highly anticipated Reunion Concert and Fundraiser to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy. The concert will be held on May 11, 2013 at Encore Event Center in Freehold, NJ. Continue reading