The fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards presented by Epiphone will take place Thursday, May 2nd, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live on national television through AXS TV and broadcast in the US and key international markets through Xbox LIVE and Facebook. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Fozzy frontman and WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho will reprise his role as host for the fourth consecutive year. The nominees in 11 different fan-voted categories, plus the recipients of this year’s prestigious Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by Ernie Ball), Golden God Award (presented by Sumerian Records) and Riff Lord (presented by EMG Pickups), were revealed at a press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood in Los Angeles.
Host Chris Jericho was on hand, along with Sebastian Bach, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Maria Brink and Chris Howorth (In This Moment), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan) and Zakk Wylde to announce the nominees. Halestorm performed a special live set, including a guest appearance by Sebastian Bach on a cover of the Skid Row classic Slave to the Grind.
Fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for Best Guitarist (presented by Epiphone), Best Drummer (presented by Drum Workshop), Best Vocalist (presented by Rockstar Energy Drink), Album of the Year (presented by Orange Amplification), Song of the Year, Best Live Band (presented by Samson/Zoom), Best New Talent, Most Metal Athlete, (presented by Roadrunner Records), Comeback of the Year, Paul Gray Best Bassist (presented by Dean Markley) and Most Dedicated Fans (presented by Xbox LIVE).
Voting is now open at GoldenGodsAwards.com and ends April 15th.
The Golden God Award (presented by Sumerian Records), which is given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, will go to Rob Zombie, who commented, “What can I say? It is a complete honor to receive this award and have my name join the list of such legendary past winners as Alice Cooper and Gene Simmons. Pretty cool deal to be part of the Golden God club.” (The other previous honorees are Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.) Rob Zombie will be releasing his brand new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/Ume), on April 23rd, and his latest feature film, The Lords of Salem (Anchor Bay), on April 26th.
The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by Ernie Ball), will go to hard-rock and metal icons Metallica, who will release the 3D movie Through the Never in August. (Previous honorees include Rush, Motley Crue, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Ozzy Osbourne.)
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich commented, “Since the Revolver Golden Gods Awards is fast becoming THE most rocking awards ceremony in the hard rock world, we are beyond psyched to be at the receiving end of this shout out and in the distinguished company of Rush, Lemmy, Ozzy and Motley Crue. I was hanging out and presenting at the shenanigans two years ago and the energy in the room and the vibe backstage was beyond fucking cool, so Metallica is chomping at the bit to partake in this year’s event. Once again, we are honored to be recognized as achievers (!!) and we can’t wait to get up and jam onstage and sweat for and on everybody gathered.
The Riff Lord Award, (presented by EMG Pickups) is given each year to a legendary guitarist in the field of hard rock & heavy metal. This year it’s going to none other than Black Sabbath axeman, Tony Iommi, who had this to say about the honor, “What a great honor to receive the Golden Gods Riff Lord Award for 2013, especially with our new Sabbath album coming out. I hope there will be some new favorite riffs in these songs.” Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver won the award last year.
Adding to the celebration, the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards show will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honor both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night’s hard-rocking musical performances will include sets by Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Stone Sour, Dillinger Escape Plan and Halestorm, with more performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
Returning as well is the “Black Carpet” pre-show that will be hosted by legendary heavy-metal frontmen Sebastian Bach and Dee Snider. Bach and Snider will be interviewing all the nominees, honorees and performers on the Revolver Black Carpet before show time for the special, which will air on both AXS TV and Xbox LIVE.
The nominees for the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards presented by Epiphone are:
Best Guitarist presented by Epiphone:
• John 5 (Rob Zombie & solo)
• Stephen Carpenter (Deftones)
• Alex Lifeson (Rush)
• Misha Mansoor (Periphery)
• Brendon Small (Dethklok)
• Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
Best Drummer presented by Drum Workshop:
• Abe Cunningham (Deftones)
• Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
• Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
• Gene Hoglan (Dethklok & Testament)
• Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
• Neil Peart (Rush)
Paul Gray Best Bassist presented by Dean Markley:
• Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)
• Steve Harris (Iron Maiden & solo)
• Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
• Geddy Lee (Rush)
• Jason Newsted (Newsted)
• Sergio Vega (Deftones)
Best Vocalist presented by Rockstar Energy Drink:
• Phil Anselmo (Down & solo)
• Maria Brink (In This Moment)
• Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
• Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
• Chino Moreno (Deftones)
• Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot)
Best New Talent:
• Miss May I
• Of Mice & Men
• Young Guns
Most Metal Athlete presented by Roadrunner Records:
• Tom Crabtree (Green Bay Packers, NFL)
• Tanner Faust (Rally and drifting car racing)
• Clay Guida (Mixed Martial Arts fighting, UFC)
• Triple H (WWE wrestling)
• Geoff Rowley (Skateboarding)
• CJ Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, MLB)
Best Live Band presented by Samson/Zoom:
• Five Finger Death Punch
• Lamb of God
Comeback Of The Year:
• The Darkness
• Tenacious D
Song Of The Year:
• Asking Alexandria, Run Free
• Avenged Sevenfold, Carry On
• Black Veil Brides, In The End
• Dethklok, I Ejaculate Fire
• Halestorm, Love Bites (So Do I)
• In This Moment, Blood
Most Dedicated Fans presented by Xbox LIVE:
• Black Label Society
• Black Veil Brides
• A Day To Remember
Album Of The Year presented by Orange Amplification:
• Deftones, Koi No Yokan
• Gojira, L’Enfant Sauvage
• Halestorm, The Strange Case of…
• Marilyn Manson, Born Villain
• Soundgarden, King Animal
• Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones Part 1
Get ready for a raucous night of comedy, charity and chaos! Revolver and Guitar World are proud to announce the 2nd annual Rock & Roll Roast comedy series with honoree Dee Snider. The event, which is sponsored by Epiphone and Monster Energy Drink, will take place at The Grove in Anaheim, California, on Thursday, January 24.
The Roast is open to the public and will air live on AXS TV at midnight ET (9 p.m. PT).
A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares, a nonprofit organization of The Recording Academy that provides emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to music people in need. Snider was recently named one of the 100 greatest living rock stars by Revolver.
Roastmaster Penn Jillette and other metal-loving luminaries such as last year’s honoree Zakk Wylde, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Lita Ford, WWE legend Mick Foley and That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk, as well as comedy and roast veterans Jim Norton, Craig Gass, Jim Florentine and more will all take aim at the Twisted Sister frontman and reality TV icon, best known for his outspoken personality, his golden locks and his appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice. Jose Mangin (of Sirius/XM and Headbanger’s Ball fame) will also be on hand to serve as the evening’s official DJ.
Roastee Snider commented, “Roasters, remember: P.A.M.F. Payback’s A Mutha F**ker!” Rock & Roll Roast Executive Producer Josh Bernstein added, “They say you only roast the ones you love, but with Dee Snider, we’ll be making an exception.”
Beyond being the iconic lead singer of Twisted Sister, Snider has starred in several reality TV shows (The Celebrity Apprentice, Gone Country, MTV’s Rock the Cradle, A&E’s Growing Up Twisted) and frequently hosts programs on MTV Networks along with his own long-running nationally syndicated radio show House of Hair.
Never setting his limits, Dee has taken on the role of film producer, actor, voiceover artist, political advocate and, most recently, Broadway star with his run in the hit musical Rock of Ages. His autobiography, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, was released in the summer of 2012, and Dee returns to the small screen in March 2013 as part of the cast of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.
This show will kick off on the opening night of the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim. This live charity event is not open to the public, but if you want to attend and learn more about being a sponsor for this once-in-a-lifetime event benefiting a great charity and cause, visit rockandrollroast.comfor more information and sponsorship opportunities.
The Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2012 took place at the Nokia Theater in Hollywood this past Wednesday night (Apr.11) and for the first time ever, it was broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages.
Fozzy frontman and WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho, returned to host the show for the third consecutive year, with a who's who of the rock and metal world in attendance as presenters and guests.
The Golden God Award, given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, went to Gene Simmons of KISS. (Previous honorees include hard-rock and metal legends Alice Cooper, Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.)
The show featured performances and collaborations that honored both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night’s hard-rocking musical performances included sets by Marilyn Manson (in his first U.S. performance in nearly three years); Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators; Evanescence; SIXX: A.M. featuring Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, James Michael, acclaimed rock producer and songwriter, and DJ Ashba of Guns N' Roses (in their first performance in almost four years); Trivium, and 2011 “Best New Band” Golden Gods Award winner Black Veil Brides, who performed their only U.S. show of 2012 so far.
Here's an Artisan News Report on the evenings festivities:
Revolver Golden Gods winners:
-Best Guitarists: Jinxx and Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides)
-Best Drummer: Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)
-Paul Gray Best Bassist: Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, SIXX: A.M.)
-Riff Lord: Slash
-Comeback Of The Year: Slipknot
-Best International Band: X JAPAN
-Best Live Band: Avenged Sevenfold
-Best Vocalist: Amy Lee (Evanescence)
-Most Metal Athlete: CM Punk (WWE wrestling)
-Most Dedicated Fans: Avenged Sevenfold
-Album Of The Year: Korn’s 'The Path Of Totality'
-Golden God: Gene Simmons (KISS)
-Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: Rush
Here's a bunch of footage pre-show from the 'Black Carpet':
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm with Steven Adler and the guys from his new band ADLER, and much more:
Here's footage of Marcus from Epiphone with 'Headbanger's Ball' and XM/Sirius radio host Jose Mangin, Lita Ford, Ashley McCabe, Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot, Evans Blue, Dylan Rose, U.S. Navy servicemen and women, Dave Lombardo and his new band Philm, Yoshiki, the guys from Halestorm, James Durbin, Tommy Victor (Prong), Steve Vai, Ministry, Chris & Dave from Megadeth, Brendon Small, Matthew Heafy, Zakk Wylde, Dave & Rob from Machine Head, Jon 5 & Ginger Fish, and Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed:
Jo Schuftan HornsupRocks was on the Black Carpet with Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, Lemmy, Adler, Lita Ford, Jamie Jasta from Hatebreed, Dino Cazares of Fear Factory, Ministry:
Yngwie Malmsteen with U.S. Navy Color Guard on 'The Star Spangled Banner'
Here's more pre-show black carpet footage from
Here's Trivium's set on the show, with Corey Taylor and Robb Flynn of Machinehead on Metallica's 'Creeping Death'.
Zakk Wylde and Billy Duffy of The Cult give out the award for Golden Gods Best Guitarists: Jinxx and Jake Pitts of Black Veil Brides
Here's the Black Veil Brides set, with a special guest appearance from Dee Snider of Twisted Sister on 'I Wanna Rock'!
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspiritors
Marilyn Manson's set, with guests Johnny Depp and Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless
Here's some of the award presentations from the broadcast:
Zakk Wylde was backstage with a cavalcade of rockers at the Golden Gods Awards. Here's Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Glass talking about the greatness of the D!
Golden Gods "Father' Gene Simmons
Slash News: Special New York album release show, video shoot, Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance, new benefit single for Los Angeles Youth Network with 9-minute video and more
Slash has announced a special release show set for Tuesday, May 22, the release day for the new 'Apocalyptic Love' album in New York City at Irving Plaza. A fan pre-sale will begin tomorrow (Apr. 4) at 10:00 a.m., with the regular on-sale starting Friday April 6 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at SlashOnline.com.
Slash and his bandmates — Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, consisting of Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass) and Frank Sidoris (guitar), will shoot a "dark" video for the song "You're A Lie" with director Anthony Leonardi III this Saturdaay (Apr. 7). Leonardi is also helming the first feature film produced by Slasher Films, called "Nothing To Fear", which was recently picked up for distribution by Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Slash and the band will perform the already top 15 rock track 'You're A Lie' for the first time on american television this Tuesday, April 10 on ABC TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!.' Fans in attendance at the taping will also be treated to a mini-concert.
The next night, on Wednesday, April 11, Slash and the band will also be performing at the fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards presented by Epiphone that will be broadcast live around the globe on XboxLIVE.com from Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.
Slash's U.S. tour kicks off May 3rd in Baltimore and includes three U.S. festivals on the itenerary: Saturday, May 5th at Carolina Rebellion; Saturday, May 19th at Rock On The Range; and Friday, May 25th at Rocklahoma.
Slash is doing his part to support the Los Angeles Youth Network, a non-profit organization which helps runaway and homeless youth on the streets of Los Angeles, CA. The ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist has released a new version of his 2010 single “Gotten,” featuring vocals from Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, for the charity.
Go to Slash's website and donate $1 to get the track. All proceeds go to the Los Angeles Youth Network.
In addition, Slash has created a new video for the track. The nine-minute short film features a storyline that centers on a 16-year-old girl who runs away from home because her mother’s boyfriend is abusive. The girl lives on the street for a time, but eventually returns to the house to rescue her mother. The video stars CW TV show 'Hellcats,' movie actress and singer Amanda “AJ” Milchalka, 'True Blood' actress Kristin Bauer and 'The Breakfast Club' actor Judd Nelson, among others.
“This video was created to make people take notice of the homeless teen epidemic which is rampant in L.A. as well as in the rest of the country,” said Slash in a statement. “The story in this video is just one scenario amid millions of potential situations happening at any given time in Los Angeles alone. Everybody involved with the making of this video selflessly donated their time and talents to this cause. I thank them with all my heart.”
A new commercial for The fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show presented by Epiphone has been posted. The show will be hosted by Chris Jericho and take place Wednesday, April 11 at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages.
The promo features Jericho pimping the show (and himself) to the chagrin of the metal dignitaries surrounding him. As the 'shoot' wraps, Alice Cooper chimes in, as does Vinnie Paul and Zakk Wylde. It's an entertaining commercial, and a solid promo for the only Heavy Metal awards show.
Fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for "Best Guitarist", "Best Drummer", "Best Vocalist", "Album of the Year", "Best Live Band", "Most Metal Athlete", "Comeback of the Year", "Riff Lord", "Paul Gray Best Bassist", "Best International Band" and "Most Dedicated Fans". Voting starts today at GoldenGodsAwards.com and ends on April 1.
Gene Simmons of KISS will receive The Golden God Award, given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal.