Matt Wake

Judas Priest's Rob Halford

10 Rock and Pop Costume Designers Who Rule

Yeah, "the music is supposed to always come first," but don’t let anyone kid you: In popular music, a musician’s look is a very close second. Would Kiss have half as many fans if the band all dressed like Elvis Costello? Probably not. Do we want Lady Gaga looking like......
With a name like Yngwie Malmsteen

The 20 Most Metal Names in Rock

So you want to be a heavy metal star? You’re going to need more than a sweet Flying V, arena-crumbling anthems and a decent pair of leather pants. It also helps if you have a “metal sounding” name, preferably something that sounds vaguely European, larger-than-life and/or sinister. Some of these......
That Metal Show hosts Jim Florentine

Now That It's Been Canceled, Can That Metal Show Find a New Home?

Much like some VHS bootleg of a vintage Judas Priest concert, early on That Metal Show was something headbangers shared with their brethren over a sixer on Saturday nights. Yet a few seasons in, the VH1 Classic program — which in 2008 began beaming classic-metal heroes last heard rocking Fiero stereos......
Robert Mason

Inside the Strange, Hidden World of Offstage Touring Musicians

It looked like a big black tent. Offstage right and behind the bass bin speakers in a Stockholm arena, Ozzy Osbourne’s crew had set up a portable vocal booth. Inside the booth’s black curtained exterior was a microphone and stand, floor wedge monitor, and an intercom to communicate directly with the sound......
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine; Credit: Universal Music Enterprises/Tradecraft /T-Boy Records

Dave Mustaine on Megadeth's New Album and the Worst Bus Ride of His Life

The riffs are heavy enough to crater a parking lot but with just the right amount of math and post-Zeppelin exotica to them. The lyrics address such subjects as tyrannicide and “a post-American world." Yes, on their 15th studio album, Dystopia, Megadeth remains the thinking-person’s thrash-metal band. Dave Mustaine’s snarling vocals,......
Scott Weiland; Credit: Photo by Chris Victorio

Read Outtakes From Our Final Interview With Scott Weiland

In March of 2015, L.A. Weekly writer Matt Wake interviewed Scott Weiland while the singer was on tour with his most recent band, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts. We published the original interview on March 30, the day before the release of the Wildabouts' debut album, Blaster. (That same night,......