While Hanneman was getting a lot of love, a couple of the evening's award winners had some words for haters -- both in the crowd and in the blogosphere. Song of the Year winners Black Veil Brides came up against some hecklers and singer Andy Biersack took it personally, first telling them if they didn't like it they should have voted more often, then hurling a choice expletive at the crowd as he left the stage. Accepting his Best New Talent award for his new band Device, David Draiman held his award in front of him and told hater bloggers "who sit in their parents basements and think they're journalists" that they can "suck on this." Earlier Draiman made a happier announcement -- he and his wife are expecting their first child and will find out its sex next week.
The Most Emotional About Winning An Award Award went to Best Vocalist Corey Taylor of Stone Sour and Slipknot, who openly sobbed after getting his trophy.
During the ceremony, Black Label Society was announced as the final band to join Megadeth's Gigantour, whose dates and venues were revealed earlier in the day. It will kick off July 3rd in Gilford, New Hampshire and end August 11th in Toronto, Ontario.
REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS: Performers, Special Guests and Song Highlights
- Metallica closed the show with "Disposable Heroes," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Rapid Fire," with special guest vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and "Seek and Destroy."
- Danzig performed a five song set, their own "Hammer of the Gods," "Mother" and "Death Comes Ripping" and, joined by former Misfits guitarist Doyle, two Misfits songs, "Last Caress" and "Skulls."
- Stone Sour performed "Gone Sovereign" and "Absolute Zero," before being being joined by Slipknot percussionists Shawn "Clown" Crahan and Chris Fehn for Black Sabbath's "Children of the Grave."
- Five Finger Death Punch opened with "Burn It Down," then were joined by Rob Halford, who's the guest vocalist on their upcoming single, "Lift Me Up," for that song. Another Rob, Zombie, and his guitarist, John 5, then joined them for White Zombie's "Thunderkiss 65."
- Halestorm performed "Love Bites (And So Do I)" and "I Miss the Misery," then were joined by Disturbed and Device singer David Draiman on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."
- The Dillinger Escape Plan played "Prancer" and "When I Lost My Bet," before being joined by Deftones singer Chino Moreno for a cover of Depeche Mode's "Behind the Wheel."
- Anthrax opened the show with "Caught in a Mosh" and "Fight 'Em Till You Can't," then were joined by two former Pantera members, singer Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown, for Pantera's "This Love," which they dedicated to the late Jeff Hanneman of Slayer.
REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS: The Winners ListThe following awards were handed out at Revolver Golden Gods Awards, held Thursday night at L.A.'s Club Nokia:
- BEST GUITARIST John 5 (Rob Zombie & solo)
- BEST DRUMMER Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
- PAUL GRAY BEST BASSIST Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
- BEST VOCALIST Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot)
- BEST NEW TALENT Device
- MOST METAL ATHLETE Triple H (WWE wrestling)
- BEST LIVE BAND Slipknot
- COMEBACK OF THE YEAR Tenacious D
- SONG OF THE YEAR Black Veil Brides, “In The End”
- MOST DEDICATED FANS HIM
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR Deftones, Koi No Yokan
SPECIAL ANNUAL AWARDS (previously announced)
- RONNIE JAMES DIO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Metallica
- GOLDEN GOD AWARD Rob Zombie
- RIFF LORD AWARD Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
ROLLING STONES: Experiment Worked
The Rolling Stones will finally start their 50th anniversary tour tonight, Friday, in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.
Mick Jagger says the decision to do five shows last November and December in London and the New York City-area was an experiment to see if they wanted to do a full blown tour this year. "If it went well then we do more and here we are doing more."
Right now they have 17 North American shows in nine cities followed by three in England in June and July. After Friday's opener in L.A., the 50 & Counting tour heads north to Oakland on Sunday.
METALLICA: Take Us Out to the BallgameMetallica will perform the "The Star-Spangled Banner" for their hometown San Francisco Giants Friday night. The first ever Metallica Night will be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco and see the band also throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tickets are still available and include a limited-edition Metallica/Giants hat. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Bill Graham Foundation.
Check out a video of Metallica hanging out with Giants pitcher Barry Zito at the Giants website.
GUNS N' ROSES: Adler Back in RehabEx-Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler is back in rehab.
The member of his band, Adler, posted a note on their Facebook page stating that the band's summer tour had been canceled and that "Steven has checked into an undisclosed rehabilitation center to continue working on his sobriety. We appreciate everyone's support and understanding. We hope to make the dates up soon."
Adler has been in and out of rehab multiple times, including appearances on VH1 programs Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Sober House.
VOLBEAT, ALL THAT REMAINS: Allegiance to the RoadVolbeat, All That Remains, HIM and Airbourne are teaming up for this summer's Rock Allegiance tour.
The producers of the festival have yet to announce the dates and cities for the festival. That info will be revealed next week.
KORN: Reunion With "Head" Continues in Studio
The reunion of Brian "Head" Welch and Korn has continued into the studio.
Korn announced Thursday that they're recording a new album with Welch for the first time in eight years. A video showing them in the studio debuted on RollingStone.com with a comment from Welch saying, "We knew we would have a blast playing together, because we love each other so much, but we really wanted to make sure the music felt right before we committed to making a whole album together. But since we got in the studio, everything just started pouring out. Now I can't wait until our fans hear this stuff!"
The reunited Korn kick off their summer tour on May 15th in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.
PEARL JAM, FOO FIGHTERS, KINGS OF LEON: Be Active, Win TixAn all-star roster of artists have joined the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, which hopes to increase social activism with free concert tickets. Fans can register at globalcitizen.org/tickets and earn points for each action they take to win tickets.
The list of artists taking part includes Alabama Shakes, Black Sabbath, Brandi Carlile, Bruce Springsteen, Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters, Gotye, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, Los Lobos, Michael Franti and Spearhead, My Morning Jacket, Neil Young, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.
BLACK SABBATH: So Why the Suggestion of Ginger?When it became clear that Bill Ward would not be drumming on the Black Sabbath reunion album, 13, producer Rick Rubin put together a list of possible replacements and one of them was Cream's Ginger Baker. Rubin says the reason he suggested him was "because I wanted to get someone who had grown up in the same world as them, and who jammed the way they did. There aren’t many of those people left. Most of them are dead... It’s a very different thing from the way hard rock and heavy metal drummers play today. That’s the kind of drummer I was looking for.”
The band did not agree and brought in Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine, who was also on Rubin's list.
13 comes out on June 11th.
EDDIE VAN HALEN: Go FigureGo figure -- now Eddie Van Halen is willing to make the media rounds.
When Van Halen released A Different Kind of Truth and toured behind it last year, Eddie did very little press. But he plays on two songs on LL Cool J's new album, Authentic, and he'll gladly discuss that when he appears with the rapper on Friday night's edition of CNN's Piers Morgan Live.
Eddie, who plays on the songs "We're the Greatest" and "Not Leaving You Tonight," says, "The thought of me playing guitar to hip-hop was definitely left of center, but I was intrigued and I agreed to meet and listen to what he had. I was not only inspired by the songs I heard, but LL's enthusiasm, his down-to-earth personality, the freedom he gave me to co-create and his willingness to, for the very first time, sing the chorus on 'We're the Greatest.' It was like a breath of fresh air that I needed as an artist and an individual."
Also on the album is Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. Piers Morgan Live airs weeknights on CNN at 9 p.m. ET.
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SLAYER: Guitarist Dead at 49
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died Thursday morning at a hospital near his Southern California home. He was 49.
The band issued a statement saying the cause was liver failure. Hanneman had not been active with the thrash metal band since January 2011 when it was revealed he had contracted necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as the flesh-eating disease. His last public performance with Slayer came at The Big 4 show in Indio, California when he joined the band for two songs during their encore.
Slash tweeted Thursday evening, "Tragic and shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for metal"
MEGADETH: Gigantour Dates and Final Band Coming TodayMegadeth will announce the dates of this summer's Gigantour today. Frontman Dave Mustaine told us where you should go to check out when and where the shows will be happening, and his plans to reveal one final band tonight that hasn't been announced yet.
As of early this week, the Gigantour lineup consisted of Megadeth, Device, Hellyeah and newcomers Death Division. Mustaine reveals a newly announced band and tells us more about opening act Death Division.
The Golden Gods Awards take place this evening at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.