Music News Headline Answers With Pyretta Blaze's Shanda Hopkins November 27th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Thank you, Shanda, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. So, just in case you or the reader are 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’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?
Shanda Hopkins: Yes, if you wear a bands shirt you need to know who they are at the very least, you should know a good majority of their songs and some of their history also, otherwise you're just a poser. 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?
Shanda: Well, nothing too crazy has happened while performing that I've noticed, but the craziest thing I saw at a local show was a drummer, in the middle of the bands set jump off stage and start beating this guy up who had been hassling his girlfriend and a bunch of others all night, the guy who got beat definitely deserved it. Then when I saw Faith No More a few years ago on their Sol Invictus tour, they broke into "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oats, that was pretty weird and unexpected, but if you know anything about Mike Patton, you should expect anything and that was pretty tame, he is a man that has some crazy stage antics. 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?
Shanda: I think Metallica would be an amazing half time show, the only reason I can think that they keep getting snubbed is because the people in charge are trying to draw a younger audience, but they don't realize that Metallica fans are far and wide and many young people do dig Metallica. I think Metallica would save their half time shows because the last few years they were just okay, nothing astounding, no one was clamoring over how great it was. They really should give Metallica a shot. 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?
Shanda: That's a tough one... drugs and alcohol bring out different emotions that you may not be able to access unless under the influence, but writing also comes from personal life experiences, which I guess could also be in subsequent to being under the influence. So, I guess I would have to say it depends on the person. Some can put themselves in those creative spaces without needing help from anything else, while others sometimes need a nudge to open that gate. I've known both and written with both. I don't think you should always rely on being drunk or high to write, it shouldn't become a crutch. 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?
Shanda: David Bowie, hands down, he was amazing. He was like no other, and I never got to experience the live Bowie show. A Ziggy Stardust show would be even better. 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?
Shanda: Nothing to that degree necessarily, but in my old band, Small Town Harlot, there was this one bar that had a reputation for not paying bands and most would just leave. We were new, and this was our 2nd or 3rd show and we weren't going for that. So, our guitarist persisted about getting paid, the owner of the bar lived upstairs and was passed out drunk and all the bartenders seemed to be a tad tipsy too. Well she kept on and the male bartender ended up putting her in a headlock and saying if we lied about getting paid he would find us, he was under the impression we had already been paid, I guess. Once we noticed what was going on, we went up there, he let her go and ran off upstairs, we got our money for all the bands there that night, left and never played there again. She also ended up writing a song about the guy called "Assey McGee." 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.
Shanda: Question: What band took their name from a song featured on Type O Negative's 1999 album World Coming Down? Answer: Pyretta Blaze! 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?
Shanda: Well, it takes a lot to annoy me, but probably people wearing band shirts that they know nothing about, that's pretty annoying. Didn't realize how much it did annoy me until you asked me about that in the first question. 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?
Shanda: I can kind of understand where the bands are coming from. I think kicking people out is a bit much, but I really don't think they are that big of a distraction. Those people paid for their ticket and it's probably just for them, for their memories of the show. 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?
Shanda: We just try to make sure to keep an eye on our stuff and keep it locked up. I know that doesn't always help but luckily, we haven't ran into anything happening like that. 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?
Shanda: There was one time a long time ago, when I went and saw KISS on their Psycho Circus tour where someone in the crowd had a laser pointer and pointed it at Paul and hit him in the eye. Paul stopped the show, called the guy out and the entire crowd around the guy descended on him, he was removed shortly after and the show went on. 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?
Shanda: Shutting down main street would be pretty sweet for my band to celebrate. I'm from a small town, so it wouldn't take much. 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?
Shanda: Extraordinarius shandahopi. MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Shanda, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band, Pyretta Blaze, does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Shanda: Thank you so much, I had a lot of fun with this. I just want everyone out there to check out Pyretta Blaze, we are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reverberation and Sonic Bids, we are getting ready to do a music video and we will be back out playing in January!