See more from the Golden Gods Nominations in Erin Broadley's photo gallery.
It's one thing to hang out at the legendary Sunset Strip haunt Rainbow Bar & Grill and try to soak up as much metal as humanly possible. But when you're there in the afternoon for the announcement of Revolver's Golden Gods nominees and you realize that the guy who walked past you is Rob Halford, the experience is a bit more surreal, for both the musicians and us onlookers.
"Out of respect, I would never consider myself a heavy metal musician, but I've been very affected and moved by heavy metal for many years," says Andrew W.K., who is co-hosting the April 8 award ceremony with Chris Jericho. "So now I'm here and meeting real heroes. To be able to meet them and be here is a real privilege."
Several of the nominees were in attendance at Wednesday's event, including Dave Mustaine and Zakk Wylde, who have both received nods in the Best Guitarist category. Also in attendance were Rob Halford, who was named this year's Golden God, and Lemmy Kilmister, who will be receiving a lifetime achievement award. You can vote for your Golden Gods over on Revolver's website.
After the nominations, we had the chance to chat with several of the musicians on hand.
Zakk Wylde on Saturday Night Live
"You've got the Jonas Brothers on Saturday Night Live now...I know these guys sell tons of merchandise, tons of records, but it's on at 11:30 at night and then the Jonas Brothers are going to be on at midnight. First of all, their whole fucking audience is in bed by then. Then they're trying to get the crowd going and everyone's sitting there. If I were to wake my daughter up or my son to watch the Jonas Brothers, then when Weekend Update comes on with political satire and goofy-ass jokes, they're not getting anything. They're seven years old, what the fuck do they know about the President of the United States. Who's the music the director? It's a part of pop culture, I know, but put on Pearl Jam or REM. There has to be another popular band right now."
Dave Mustaine on his award collection
"I have a fish tank that I put a bunch of other awards in...The funny thing is that after a couple of days, the metal started to peel off. Then our fish started dying. It's got to be the awards. The poor fish. It was a red oscar and a couple of baby sharks. Those are the best. I was so mad. You get those little sharks and they're so neat, you just stare at them fascinated. Like Mr. Limpet, that stupid fucking movie with Don Knotts, do you remember that movie?"
Do you still have any fish?
"No, the fish all died, so I got a scorpion instead."
Lemmy Kilmister on the loudest band he's seen live
"Probably The Who. No, Slade, at an Awards Ceremony in London. Usually you get clues, not that one. I had never heard anyone that loud in my life, except my own band, obviously, but you don't think that because when you're doing it, it's alright."
Vinnie Paul on his Revolver advice column
"The crazy thing is I get more [advice questions] now from prison. I didn't even know they let prisoners have magazines. I get tons of stuff from people in prison. "I want to play in a band, all I want to do is rock 'n' roll, but I'm in prison for the next ten years. What do you suggest I do?" Dude, get on kitchen duty and start banging on the pans. That's about as close as you're going to get to a drum set.
"I try to be a little serious, give some decent advice, but there's also a lot of humor involved."
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Andrew W.K. on politicians
"I've been very inspired by politicians. Starting around 2006, 2007, I started to realize that politicians were performers. I don't know if I would call them entertainers, but they're certainly performers. They're entertaining people even when they don't realized that they're being entertained. They rile some people up. They really please and satisfy other people at the same time. They get some people angry and up in arms and they justify other people's points of view. I can imagine that some of the pressures that a politician feels are similar to someone going out to sing a song. I try to learn a lot from those guys. It helps me relate to them more as a human being instead of an ideology or a point of view. It's very easy to confuse a politician with an ideology. It's easy to forget that they're a person first and foremost, who doesn't have any particular idea. They're an open canvas. That's the person I want to relate to. Otherwise, it's very hard to relate to certain politicians on their ideologies."