Top 10 Facts About Metal Musicians


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21 Tom Araya of Slayer likes Spongebob

Is it true? Interesting. - zxm

He does?! - Metalhead1997

22 Alexi Laiho founded Children of Bodom at 14
23 Fenriz of Darkthrone was elected as councilman of Kolbotn
24 Bathory drummer Jonas Akerlund now works as a music video director for artists such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Coldplay
25 In the 80s Metallica moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco because "the glam metal scene in Los Angeles sucked"
26 Metallica bought the rights to the film 'Johnny Got His Gun' to continue showing the music video to their song 'One'

In the video for the song ONE Metallica used scenes taken from the anti-war film Johnny Got His Gun. And because their video was played a lot, Metallica were routinely required to pay royalty fees to continue showing the music video. So Metallica bought the rights to the film. Simple, eh? - Metal_Treasure

27 Rob Halford of Judas Priest is gay

Everyone pretty much knows that but there's no shame in gay musicians being in the music industry. - Metalhead1997

He came out as gay publicly in 1998, on an interview with MTV News:

"I think that most people know that I've been a gay man all of my life, and it's only been in recent times it's an issue that I feel comfortable to address (...) something that I feel has a moment, and this is the moment to discuss it." - Metal_Treasure

28 Fernando Ribeiro of Moonspell has a University degree in Philosophy
29 Fernando Ribeiro of Moonspell published two poetry books

That's why his lyrics to Moonspell songs are so good. My favorite line is from the song White Omega: "It's when life's so precious that every moment hurts". - Metal_Treasure

Update: 3 poetry books already - Metal_Treasure

30 Cozy Powell of Rainbow raced for Hitachi on the UK saloon car circuit and was quoted as saying "I drive like I drum - madly"
31 James Hetfield of Metallica loves to skateboard

Thanks to whoever added this.
Yes, he loves that but he has broken his arm a number of times while skateboarding, which prevented him from playing guitar on stage, and subsequently caused Hetfield's management company to add a clause in Hetfield's contract forbidding him to ride a skateboard while Metallica was touring.
Hetfield actually enjoys a variety of other activities such as hunting, snowboarding, water-skiing, jet-skiing, sketching, customizing cars and motorcycles in his garage, watching the Oakland Raiders, and going to hot-rod shows. - Metal_Treasure

32 Roy Khan of Kamelot studied opera singing for 3 years
33 Richard Christy left Iced Earth to join the Howard Stern Show in 2004

Thanks for this addition, Ryan.
It's a miracle this band survived in the early 2000s - remember Matt Barlow also left to become a cop...
God bless Jon Schaffer! - Metal_Treasure

34 Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy is an animal rights activist and has been a vegan since 1998

She received a Libby award from PETA for her work in an international campaign advocating against the hunting of Canadian seals. - Metal_Treasure

35 Kerry King of Slayer did the guitar riffs and solo on the Beastie Boys song No Sleep Till Brooklyn
36 Manowar appeared on Livewire (a Nickelodeon talk show from the early 1980's)

They also had Twisted Sister, The Ramones, R.E.M. and other musicians.

37 Tobias Sammet didn't want to be a singer but the band had no singer and told him at the 2nd rehearsal that he was the singer

The band members were so right! - Metal_Treasure

38 Chuck Schuldiner founded Death at 16
39 Frederik Ehmke of Blind Guardian also plays bagpipe and flute Frederik Ehmke of Blind Guardian also plays bagpipe and flute Frederik Ehmke is a German metal drummer, who has been the drummer for the German metal band Blind Guardian since 2005.
40 Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian wanted to become a guitarist and not a singer

Hansi: "When I started making music I had a stronger tendency to become a guitarist. That changed when I met André Olbrich in school and he was the one realizing my potential as a vocalist. During one of our high school parties I was screaming parts of Ian Gillan and MSG songs. André somehow liked it."
And Hansi became a singer and also a bassist but never was officially a guitarist. - Metal_Treasure

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