Music News Headline Answers With Disciples Of Verity's George Pond January 14th, 2020
Metal Pulp And Paper:Thank you, George, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. Before we get started, tell us a little about your band. And, of course, if you’ve got new music, or new music coming out soon, please tell us about it.
George Pond: Well we have a new single called "Lying to Myself" featuring Phil Demmel of Machine Head, Violence, Slayer, and a new record out early 2020 called Pragmatic Sanctions. MPAP: So, just in case the reader is new to this, and to make sure everyone is on the same page on how this works, we’ve pulled some recent music news headlines from the Metal Injection website and turned them into questions and 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 Lady Liberty And Justice For All shirt, and a caller called into the show and asked the host of it if Candiace 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?
George: 100 percent unless maybe if you passed out somewhere and lost all your clothes and one of yer homies bailed you out with a dope ass lil pump tee. Otherwise, if you buy a band tee, I would hope you would know who they are and what they sing, haha. 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?
George: I mean fuck yeah I have seen some shit, haha. I seen people cosplay, I seen people having sex. I've seen Dave Grohl bbq some ribs all day, then jump onstage, jam a few songs with his cooking apron on, then go back to the grill, lol. 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?
George: Well this is simple, it doesn’t have to do with anything other than logistics, pure numbers game; they pick entertainment that appeals to people from ages 6 to 70. 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?
George: Haha. Well, I mean I don’t do drugs and write music, but there have been many on some shit I am sure. Probably some of the most popular tunes in the world were done by people that were really fucked up. To each there own I guess, I don’t judge, it’s just not my thing. 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?
George: Hahahaha. I mean he has a point there, my man definitely needs a good resurrection especially since they are resurrecting the band for the tour that was never gonna happen again. He needs to put the cupcakes down and get a teleprompter so he can remember the lyrics. I would bring Dime and Vinny Back because the world of Metal isn’t the same ever since Pantera left us. They were Gods! 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?
George: Yes this has happened to me before, and I can assure you that I did much worse. I actually knocked knowing the person was inside and they did not come out, so I then took the garden hose and stuck it under the front door, turned it on and waited, knowing that they had only one place to come shut it off, haha. I waited more than an hour and they didn’t come out but I figured there was more than enough damage after the flood that he would not be doing that again, haha. I mean this allegedly happened. 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.
George: What band do you grind your teeth too, shave your dog too, dance with your grandma too, or simply pop balloons to the beat of. Who is "Disciples of Verity" Alex. 8. Oops! Stadium Accidentally Leaves Ramstein Song Blasting All Night, Annoying Neighbor 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?
George: Being stupid and forgetting to hit save and the computer crashing. I should know better, lol. 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?
George: My take is the more cell phones the better. The more posting, streaming and chatting and liking the better. I mean this is 2020, everyone is on social media and the more people posting or videoing the better. Shit you may increase your audience by 50 times just having people stream it. 10.Windhand Robed In Houston, Post 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?
George: I have everything GPS'd, insurance, a Ring doorbell, a guard dog, two knives, and a bullet with a name on it, and I let freedom ring with a shotgun blast. 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?
George: I guess I might be minority, but I have never seen a show stopped for something thrown; many other reasons like fighting, malfunctions, PA shutting down etc, lol, wish I had a great story I just don’t, haha. 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?
George: I would want them to shut down all the cell towers and internet connection so that people would actually have to talk to one another and see what human interaction is like. 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?
George: Ummm, Extraordinarius GeorgethemotherfuckinmanBassextrodinareMetallovingHitmakingmoneymachinePond. MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, George, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what your band, Disciples Of Verity, does to start out 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
George: Looking for a really big 2020 touring, and seeing you all out on the road. Thank you all for your support, I am really blessed to be able to play for you all, love and respect!