Music News Headline Answers With Aftermath's Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis November 21st, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Well, thank you, Charlie, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. We're glad to have you back again. So, just in case the reader is new to this, and to make sure everyone is on the same page, this is what we've done... we’ve pulled some recent music news headlines from the Metal Injection website and turned them into questions to get your answers and reactions. We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, with different headlines each time, and it has been fun to read everyone’s answers so far. So, once again, please place seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, hang on, here we go.
1. Real Housewife Wearing Metallica Shirt Asked To Name 3 Of Their Songs, She Cannot
MPAP: Some talk show, on the Bravo! channel had The Real Housewives of Potomac star Candiace Dillard as a guest. She was wearing a Metallica’s Lady Liberty, ‘And Justice For All’ shirt, and a caller called into the show and asked the host of it if Candice could name three songs by Metallica. She pretty much had no clue who the band was, and obviously, she couldn’t name three songs by them either. Do you believe if you wear the band’s shirt, you should at least know maybe who the group is?
Kyriakos 'Charlie' Tsiolis: I think it’s pathetic that anyone would wear a band shirt as a fashion statement and have no clue who the band is. Having said that, if any celebrity wants to wear our shirts they can be found on our website – of course I’m kidding.
2. Mosh Pit & Wall Of Death Break Out During The Village People’s Set At Riot Fest
MPAP: You would have never really expected something like this too of happened now, would you? And to be honest, I didn’t know The Village People were still together and performing, but they are. That just shows you metal music fans can always have fun even if it is moshing to songs like "Y.M.C.A.," or "Macho Man" by The Village People at a music festival. Now, what is something you’ve seen happen while performing, or while at a show that you weren’t expecting to see or have occurred?
Charlie: We played our very first show in June of 1986. Thrash was still new then. Metal shows didn’t really have mosh pits at that time. We didn’t think the crowd would create a wild pit. We start playing the first song and the crowd went crazy. My brother, who is our manager, was up front and the crowd goes crazy, he gets smashed from behind, his glasses going flying onto the stage. He jumps on stage to find his glasses. I look over see him on stage and was thinking, what the fuck is he doing, I didn’t see his glasses fly on stage. Dude just wanted to find his glasses. To have a pit and stage diving at our first show was something that we didn’t think would happen. To have him crawling around looking for his glasses is something I’ll never forget.
3. Reminder: Metallica Will Never Play The Super Bowl
MPAP: Every year when the Super Bowl announces who is going to be their half time show, metal music fans are pissed off because it’s never a metal band or even a hard-rock band for that matter. For almost five years fans have wanted Metallica to host the Super Bowl halftime show. Fans also started a petition to get them to play at the 50th Super Bowl halftime show in 2015. Metallica would be an excellent choice to be a part of it, they’ve won Grammy awards, they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and have toured just about everywhere in the World, and just recently they were named the World’s biggest touring act. What are your thoughts on this? Why do you think metal music is always going to get snubbed at the Super Bowl?
Charlie: Metallica would be the perfect band to play. It’s a violent sport and having those lame acts at halftime is pathetic. All those lame dance routines by lip syncing horrible pop acts and the crappy rapper that joins them make it all so sad. I think the NFL wants to appeal to housewives, and for some reason they think pop acts will do that. I don’t think they understand that women love metal also.
4.Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Doesn’t Believe Drugs & Alcohol Makes You Write Better Music
MPAP: What are your thoughts? Do you think drugs and alcohol bring out the creativity in a musician or can kill it?
Charlie: Well Corey is wrong. If you listen to all the great albums by the greats from the Beatles, to Sabbath, to Aerosmith, all those amazing records were written when those dudes were fucked up on something. I’m not saying you can’t write great music sober or straight, I am saying that the best records seem to have been written when the bands were partying. Drugs can open up areas in your writing that may not be there if you aren’t high.
5. Steel Panther Frontman: If I Could Bring One Musician Back From The Dead, It’d Be Motley Crue’s Vince Neil
MPAP: This headline started some mudslinging between both of the bands because obviously, Vince Neil isn’t dead; he’s just a bit overweight and can’t sing like he used to be able to do as he did in the 80s and 90s. I don’t see them ever going out on tour together anytime soon, but anyway, if you could bring any musician back from the dead, who would you choose, and why?
Charlie: Freddie Mercury. I almost want to pick someone else because it seems so cliché to say that now. He was the greatest vocalist ever and it would have prevented Brian May from going on with a American Idol contestant. Queen without Freddie is fucking wrong. (Editor's Note: We totally agree!)
6.Green Jelly Track Down Deadbeat Promoter And Get Paid
MPAP: A promoter stiffs Green Jelly after they performed at Old East 765 Bar & Grill in Canada, and vocalist Bill Manspeaker, as he states in his cellphone video made looking for Marcus the promoter, ‘I ain’t the guy to fuck with.’ So, the band tracks down the promoter and finds his home and demands the money owed to them. It’s funny to watch because at one-point Manspeaker is knocking on his door, saying, “Little pig, little pig, let me in.” In the end, Marcus ends up paying the band half of what money was owed to them, but at least he walked away with kneecaps still in place. So, has anything like this happened to you before, and would you do something like this?
Charlie: I would have done the same thing. We actually did a gig at this famous club in Chicago called the Thirsty Whale years ago. It was the first thrash show ever at that club. The promoter that did the gig claimed he lost money on the show. He was so full of shit, the place was packed. He thought he would get away without paying us. We tracked him down in the parking lot and were going to beat him badly. He paid us. Most promoters are great people that really love music and do it because of their passion for live music, it is the few that deserve a beating.
7.Morbid Angel & Obituary Featured As An Answer On Jeopardy!
MPAP: Jeopardy has featured answers on other episodes about popular metal bands such as Megadeth, Rob Zombie, and Five Finger Death Punch, but never had any answers quite like this one. One of the writers on the hit television show has to be a metalhead for sure! So, in case you missed this episode, Alex Trebek said, 'Morbid Angel and Obituary are popular bands in this genre,' and contestant Dhruv Gaur answered with 'What is Death Metal.' Pretty cool when things like this are showing up on a popular television show. Now, if you or your band were to be mentioned on Jeopardy, what would the answer and question be? Let’s see how creative you are.
Charlie: It is great to see metal getting recognized. The answer would be: 'What is thrash metal' or 'What is one of the first crossover bands'?
8. Oops! Stadium Accidentally Leaves Ramstein Song Blasting All Night, Annoying Neighbors
MPAP: Someone at Budapest’s Puksas Arena just happened to leave the sound system on blasting the song "Deutschland" all night long, over and over. It’s an open-air stadium that’s under construction, so the loud music bothered all that lived nearby. That worker should have had a bigger playlist than just the one song; maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad then, right? So, since the subject of the headline is about something that annoyed people, let’s find out from you; what annoys you, whether it’s out on the road, at a show, in the recording studio, or even when you’re at home, what annoy's you the most?
Charlie: Our latest album There Is Something Wrong is all about what annoys me. I’m annoyed by the way this world is run and control by the evil cabal. On a more mundane level what annoys me is how they can never get the order right at any drive thru.
9. Tool Threatening To Eject Fans From Shows If They’re Caught Using Their Phones
MPAP: Once again, cellphone use at concerts makes the headlines. If you don’t remember, but a couple of years ago during a performance of Maynard’s other band A Perfect Circle, 60 people were kicked out for filming the show with their phones. And even Jack White (The White Stripes) has a no cell phone policy at his shows. So, what’s your take on it? Are cellphones that much of a distraction to where the fan should be kicked out? Do fans need to watch the show instead of looking at their phones? Does it even matter since they paid for their ticket already?
Charlie: I remember being a kid and going to a concert and no cameras were allowed. Later no video cameras were allowed. Bands didn’t want fans recording shows and selling them as bootlegs. They didn’t want bad pictures out there either. I understand that feeling. As a band, especially for some bands, the image is important and losing all control over that is a problem. Today, with smartphones, the ability to prevent that is way harder. I think if a band has a policy of no phones, then the fans should follow that. There are plenty of bands that don’t care if you record them. Filming the show or going live with it is one thing, when they are busy on their phones texting or whatever that could be annoying I guess. I know standing behind someone with their huge smartphone blocking my view when I see a band is annoying. I know most people feel that way. Take a photo and put the phone down.
10. Windhand Robbed In Houston, Posts List Of Stolen Gear & Belongings
MPAP: This happens way too often, it seems. It’s hard enough to make a living being a musician, and then you have a douchebag, or douchebags, break into your trailer or van and steal all your stuff while you’re out on the road. So, when you are out on tour, what extra precautions have you taken so that this hopefully doesn’t happen to you?
Charlie: We try and keep the gear in the venue as long as possible. If we need to load the gear into our van before the gig is over if we are opening, then we check on it.
11.Machine Head Show Paused, Partially Ruined After Fan Throws Beer On The Soundboard
MPAP: This happened at a show at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, England, and a fan, more like an asshole, threw a 32-ounce beer on the soundboard. After a 20-minute delay, Machine Head was able to finish the show, but not with the highest quality sound after that. First off, what a dick move to do something like that, almost ruining it for a sold-out crowd, and second, I’m sure soundboards aren't cheap, and third, who throws a 32-ounce full beer? I don’t know what beer costs there in London, but in the US, a beer that size would cost more than likely $30. So, what a waste to throw a beer. Anyways, has this ever happened to you where you saw something was thrown from the crowd, and it abruptly stopped the show for a while, and what happened?
Charlie: I’ve been to over 1000 shows in my life. Not counting ones we played. I have never seen anyone throw a beer at the soundboard. Fights have stopped or paused shows.
12. Australia To Shut Down Highway For AC/DC Tribute Bands In 2020
MPAP: How cool is this? On February 19th, 2020, marks the 40th anniversary of vocalist Bon Scott’s death, and the city of Perth is celebrating by shutting down six miles of the Canning Highway to celebrate so AC/DC tribute bands playing live on slow-moving trailers can drive through like a festival parade. In your hometown, what would you like the city to shut down for you or your band so everyone can celebrate?
Charlie: Well that won’t be happening in Chicago anytime soon for us, but if we must pretend, then I would say Clark Street in Chicago because the legendary venue the Metro is on Clark, but also because all the Cubs fans would freak-out since Wrigley Field is on Clark.
13. Brazilian Researcher Names New Spider Species After Iron Maiden, Scorpions, & Angra Members
MPAP: Christina Rheims is a researcher in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and recently discovered four new spider species and happens to be a big fan of heavy metal music. Can’t get any better than that. She named the four new species Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni, Extraordinarius klausmeinei, Extraordinarius rickalleni and Extraordinarius andrematosi, after Iron Maiden's vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine, Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen, and Angra's vocalist Andre Matos. If she happens to find another species of spiders and you’re next in line to be named after, what would you wanted the spider’s scientific name to be?
Charlie: Extraordinarius Zoidy after our mascot.
MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Charlie, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band, Aftermath, does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Charlie: Thanks for the chance to comment on these pressing topics. Always fun to provide my two cents. If you haven’t heard our latest record, please do so. Have a great holiday season. Eat the Elite.