Top 10 Winners and Nominees of the Metal Storm Award "Best Metal Drama"Metal Storm Awards were established in 2004 so they include only new stories.
The award "Best Metal Drama" is pretty funny because it awards the most "wonderful" scandals in metal that journalists love very much, especially because drama in metal is relatively rare.
Yes, scandals and drama in metal happen less often than in the other music genres - drama in metal just can't compare with rap, pop, grunge and rock, but there are some interesting stories.
For some reason in 2009 there were more scandals than usual and even the honorable mentions were "better" than some winners in other years.
Seems most of the negativity was concentrated in 2009 because in 2010 and 2011 there were no major scandals and there were no winners/awards.
The Top Ten
Sharon Osbourne invited Iron Maiden to participate in Ozzfest but then she sabotaged their performance by orchestrating these things:
1) The beginning of Iron Maiden show was interrupted by loud chanting 'Ozzy, Ozzy' recorded on tape and played from the soundboard (this was repeated a couple of times during the show)
2) The power was cut off seven times during their show
3) Ozzy fans in the front row (including Kelly Osbourne) were throwing eggs, bottle caps, beer cups, and similar at Iron Maiden (security did nothing, they were obviously instructed)
4) Eddie, the band's mascot, was purposely delayed, only briefly appearing in the end of a song
5) During the performance of The Trooper, where Bruce always brings the English flag on stage, Ozzy fans rushed the stage with American flags. Mrs Osbourne missed the point because the song is about a battle of 1854 where no Americans participated
6) Then Bruce escalated the heat by a hard-hitting rant ending with this: ...more
In a band meeting, which singer Geoff Tate didn't attend, the band fired Tate's wife, their band manager since 2005, and Tate's stepdaughter, from running the fan club. Two days later, before a show in Brazil, Tate had an argument with his bandmates about the firing of his family. The confrontation became heated and Tate threw over the drum kit and physically assaulted Rockenfield and Wilton. Tate was expelled from the band and Todd La Torre was the new singer.
Tate and his wife filed a lawsuit against his former bandmates, claiming that he was illegally fired from the band.
The best part: the court ruled that BOTH parties may use the brand Queensrÿche until a court ruling or settlement would arrange otherwise. As a result, both parties had a band that used the name and brand of Queensrÿche from 2012 to April 2014. During this period both QueensrÿcheS toured and released an album.
Final verdict: Tate lost the brand Queensrÿche to Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson. Tate ...more
This is like a T.V. series that had over 1,000 episodes, sometimes changing the genre - from drama to action, to crime drama, to melodrama, and psycho thriller...
Timo Tolkki (guitarist) and Timo Kotipelto (singer) got pissed at each other and at a point used their lawers for communication.
Timo Tolkki is a talented guitarist and songwriter, as well as founder of Stratovarius. But he had personal problems such as chronic depression and suicidal feelings. Besides, in 2004 he was already an alcoholic which partly explains his behavior. Later, when he was sober, Tolkki realized what he had done and promised to be nice with his bandmates.
Back to 2004:
Timo Tolkki: "The band is mine! Jens may stay... everyone else - get the hell out! " But Jens Johansson pissed on Tolkki's leg while the band was performing "Forever" in Spain. This was Jens' way to express his loyalty to Tolkki.
Also, some fans believed that it was Tolkki who should've quit the band and events escalated. ...more
In 2009 Ozzy took legal actions against Tony Iommi, "to protect Iommi from taking sole ownership of the Black Sabbath name". Ozzy claimed that the band was "literally in the toilet" and only thanks to his management company (I.e. Sharon, his wife) the net value of the "brand" name was resurrected.
That was ugly because:
1) Ozzy was kicked out of Black Sabbath in 1979 and Iommi was the man who tried to keep the band alive during all those 30 years
2) In the meantime, Ozzy was a Reality T.V. star in the Osbourne's, MTV star (solo), Pepsi pitch man, etc.
3) But Ozzy thought Iommi did nothing for the net value of Black Sabbath's "brand name"?!? What?
Former keyboardist Mustis and bassist ICS Vortex left the band together but this wasn't the most dramatic thing although rarely 2 members quit at the same time.
What made journalists happy was that the band members aired their dirty laundry in a way that "exceeds any Tolstoy's masterpieces in length and perhaps matches the Encyclopedia Britannica in word count."
It was the winner of 2009 because usually metal musicians don't do this.
Gaahl and King ov Hell (Gorgoroth) tried to kick out Infernus.
Gaahl and King ov Hell "sent a text message through Satan's Message Service to Infernus saying his pale corpsepainted ass was kicked out of the band." Gaahl and King claimed the rights to the band name, with King having made a trademark application the previous month.
However, they forgot one thing: Infernus is the sole founding member of Gorgoroth (he founded it in 1992). In March 2009 (I.e. after 1 year and a half) a court verdict recognised Infernus as the legitimate user of the name and that "Gaahl and King had excluded themselves from Gorgoroth upon attempting to remove the founding member."
Former band members Burton Bell and Dino Cazares, who had left the band, decided to get the band back together. So Burton and Dino reformed as Fear Factory.
But Christian Wolbers and Raymond Herrera, the other half of Fear Factory, were still active as … Fear Factory.
Herrera said the four original members (Bell, Cazares, Wolbers, and Herrera) were contractually regarded as Fear Factory Incorporated, and, "it's almost like them two against us two, so it's kind of a stalemate".
Fear Factory ft Bell and Cazares was due to make its live debut in 2009 in Spain but the show was canceled "at the last minute" because of the legal complications referenced by Herrera. Many other planned shows in 2009 had also been canceled - in the UK, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.
Cazares said he could never work with Wolbers and Herrera again because "they were too money-driven" and criticized the music they recorded on Archetype for being too similar to the band's earlier output. And so ...more
Anthrax frontman Dan Nelson was kicked out of the band. Benante told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that Nelson was a bully. Nelson denied.
Events escalated when Nelson claimed Anthrax gained fans because of him and when he filed a $2.65-million lawsuit against his former bandmates.
This is like a soap opera - Immortal just reunited in 2007 after a split in 2004 but members were involved in a legal battle with each other over the rights to the Immortal trademark.
In March 2015, Abbath left the band and decided to go solo. Immortal members accused Abbath of stealing the material written between 2010 and 2014, and using that material for his self-titled solo debut. Abbath replied [xyz], they said [xyz], and so on...
Journalists were disappointed because there was no drama in 2010 and this was... the biggest drama of the year (same for 2011).
John Haughm caused a sudden breakdown in the relationship between the band members by kicking out the other three members.
Rhapsody had to change their name due to copyright and trademark issues. Changing a band name is always more or less dramatic but the guys from Rhapsody made the process even harder for the fans by choosing the name "Rhapsody Of Fire". Not all fans liked it.
But one thing can't be denied - Luca Turilli probably said the most 'power metal' words ever: "The power of the dragonflame will burn brighter than ever before".