Life is what happens when you are making other plans~ John Lennon
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind~Gandhi
The time is always right to do what is right~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, August 21, 2015

80s metal musicians then and now

As we know, we all age. Some age like fine wine in the eyes of some. Some age like milk in the eyes of some. I believe it's because we all see beauty differently. Where one woman might look at Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and think he's a rather handsome gentleman while another says he looks like he got repeated hits from the ugly stick. It all comes down to how we view beauty. So here are some then and now pics of some of our favorite 80s metal musicians.

Dave Mustaine
-Metallica, Megadeth
-He's handsome for his age :)
 Ozzy Osbourne
-Black Sabbath
-Awesome. It's so adorable how he and Sharon are still together after all these years, through thick and thin. Gives me hope about love :D
 Scott Ian
Lemmy Kilmister
-What a cool guy. I hear he's a charming man around the ladies. Awwww, how sweet!!
Glenn Danzig
Angus Young
-So cool!!

Tom Araya
Bret Michaels
-Hot as ever!!!

 David Lee Roth
-Van Halen
-Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver
-Yup, me likey!!
 Vince Neil
-Motley Crue
Axl Rose
-Guns N' Roses
 Bruce Dickinson
-Iron Maiden
-Never knew what he looked like younger. Kinda looks like he belongs in Deep Purple with that type of clothing, lol!!
 Eddie Van Halen
-Van Halen
 James Hetfield
 Kerry King
 Lars Ulrich
-For some reason, with that mustache, he looks like Dave Holland from Judas Priest, hahahahaha!
 Nikki Sixx
-Motley Crue, Brides of Destruction, Sixx A.M.
-Yup, me likey!!!
 Rob Halford
-Judas Priest
-Still handsome, even though he's gay. But that's awesome in its own way- the first openly gay heavy metal musician. Can you say AWESOME?!?!?
 Sebastian Bach
-Skid Row
-Still cute
 Tommy Lee
-Motley Crue
-Yup, still cute. Cute then and cute now

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Bruce Dickinson opens up on battle with cancer

While fighting cancer, the Iron Maiden singer says he felt like his "own science project".

In this picture, he looks sad
Bruce Dickinson recently spoke to Metal Hammer Magazine about his battle with cancer. In February, when he was originally diagnosed with a cancerous growth on his tongue, he later said that he had two growths removed from his neck. In May, he was, thankfully, declared cancer free.

He said to Metal Hammer "You end up with the metabolism of a hummingbird during this treatment because you're being cooked from the inside out. But your body's also trying to heal itself rapidly, and it goes into overdrive. I think that’s one reason why you lose weight. It’s simply because your system is banging away and then eventually it all dropped back down to normal. It’s fascinating. Basically, I am my own science project"

The full interview will be in issue 274 of Metal Hammer, which comes out tomorrow. Since Iron Maiden is gracing the cover, there will be extensive interviews with each member of the band. And just last week, they released a video for the song "Speed of Light", a track from their yet to be released album The Book of Souls, due out Sept. 4

All the Young Dudes: Bruce Dickinson

Never knew this existed. After listening to it, became immediately hooked. And then of course, that led to curiosity about Iron Maiden. And after seeing Maiden play on the Sonisphere 2011 music festival on TV and seeing them play "The Trooper", I had to check them out. I am actually shocked I never discovered these guys earlier. They are awesome!!! If my MP3 player kept track of how many times I listened to each song, this one would be up near the top with repeated plays, lmao. It's just that good and I love it that much, lmao!!!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Cute Guy Friday: Sung Kang

I seen bits and pieces of Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. This actor is cute too!!!
DOB: 4/8/1972
Where: Gainesville, Georgia

-Has played a character named "Han" in five movies, which happen to be directed by Justin Lin: Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
-Is American-born, but of Korean ancestry

-Pre-'Tokyo Drift,' I was like: 'Am I gonna play Yakuza #1 and Chinese Waiter #2 for the rest of my life? Is America even ready for an Asian face that speaks English, that doesn't do Kung Fu?'
-My belief system is that you laugh at racism, and that's how it goes away.

Cute Guy Friday: Leonardo Nam

This actor is also in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He's cute too!!!! I love it when there are cute Asian guys out there. Just goes to show how awesome and diverse our world truly is! Hey, I don't judge; if I think he's cute, then he's cute. No matter if he's Asian, Italian, English, etc.
DOB: November 1979
Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina

-Moved to Sydney, Australia at the age of 8
-Left to go to New York to pursue acting at 19
-Has a brother who is a choreographer and a sister who is a teacher in London
-Is of Korean descent

Cute Guy Friday: Brian Tee

If you've seen Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, he played DK. Some people think it's strange to think that men of Asian descent can't be good looking. I disagree otherwise; I don't judge :D If I think a man is cute and he just so happens to be Asian, sweet!!!!!! There are some really good looking guys of Asian descent, like this one below ;)
DOB: 3/15/1977
Where: Okinawa, Japan

-His last name, "Tee" is a stage name
-Was born to a Japanese father and Korean mother
-His film career started with a short made for TV movie called Remember Pearl Harbor
-His best known role to date was that of DK, the bad guy in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. His character had ties to the Japanese Yakuza
-Earned a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California at Berkeley

Thursday, August 6, 2015

How to quit your job like a pro

We all have had jobs where we want to quit because one coworker is a giant anal annoyance or other reasons. Here's how some people quit their jobs like pros.



100 facts about heavy metal 50-100

Think you know metal? Let's see if you do.

-Exodus, a thrash metal band from the Bay Area, had to drop early songs like "Impaler" and "Die by His Hand" because exiting guitarist Kirk Hammett reused parts of the songs for Metallica's "Trapped Under Ice" and "Creeping Death"
-Randy Blythe, front man for Lamb of God played the part of a church deacon with serious anger management problems in the horror movie The Graves in 2009
-Nocturno Culto of the band Darkthrone worked as a schoolteacher while his fellow band mate Fenriz held down a steady job with the Norwegian postal service for nearly two decades

-Glen Benton of the band Deicide not only burned an inverted cross into his forehead, but he promised he'd commit suicide by age 33. Since he's still with us and in his 40s, he's good

-In the 2003 movie School of Rock, a sticker for the band Cannibal Corpse can be seen on the bedroom wall of Jack Black's character

-1990s-era stoner doom metal band Sleep did an hour long album called Dopesmoker (aka Jerusalem) album and blew a seven figure advance from London Records on dope before breaking up

-For the front of Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power album, the fan whose face graces the cover had to endure 80 punches before the winning shot was made
-In August 2010, a religious group in Tempe, Arizona performed a play called Lamb of God and suddenly found themselves wondering why so many heavy metal fans with confused looks on their faces showed up for the first show. Apparently this group didn't realize there was a heavy metal band called Lamb of God

-Oderus Urungus and Beefcake the Mighty, members of the band Gwar, made a hysterical visit to Joan Rivers' daytime talk show in 1990 to discuss shock rock

-The band Cannibal Corpse dedicated their first album, Eaten Back to Life, to Alfred Packer, the first American cannibal

-The cover art for Obituary's Cause of Death album was originally supposed to be for Sepultura's Beneath the Remains album

-After leaving Anthrax, guitarist Dave Spitz became a master watchmaker trained by the world renowned Bulova school in Switzerland

-Carcass, known as the pioneers of grindcore metal, were known for exceedingly gory lyrics, so it could be considered ironic that the band members are vegans

-The bright red tights that Black Sabbath drummer Bill ward wore on the front of the band's Sabotage album belonged to his wife
-Napalm Death appeared on a UK children's TV show ironically named What's That Noise? Suffice to say those kids were never the same afterwards...
-The caricature of Anthrax on the front of their album State of Euphoria was created by MAD Magazine artist Mort Drucker
-The video for Iron Maiden's "Can I Play with Madness" featured a cameo from Monty Python star Graham Chapman, who later played a stubborn professor and died just over a year later
-Known as the "Father of Death Metal", Death's Chuck Schuldiner held a day job at a taco stand in Florida

-During his short stint away from black metal band Venom, bassist/vocalist Conrad "Cronos" Lant became a dedicated bodybuilder and health enthusiast

-Whiplash, a thrash metal band from New Jersey, had only three members: singer Tony Portaro, bassist Tony Bono and drummer Tony Scaglione.
-After Judas Priest was labeled a "death metal" band in 2014, Simpsons writers punished Bart Simpson by having him fill a chalkboard with the phrase "Judas Priest is not death metal" on the following week's episode
-Sepultura, a heavy metal band from Brazil, got their name from a Motorhead song called "Dancing on Your Grave", after translating the lyrics to Portugese and deciding that "grave" or "sepultura" sounded nice
Whoa, that guy with the bandanna on his head is HUGE!
-Vinnie Stigma of Agnostic Front threw himself off a band mate's shoulders on stage. He managed to nearly scalp himself when he hit the overhead monitors. He was rushed to the nearest hospital so doctors could reattach the skin to his exposed skull
-Napalm Death managed to get in to the Guiness Book of World Records for Shortest Song Ever Recorded. "You Suffer" which lasts only 1.316 seconds

-Kai Hansen of German power metal band Helloween was being honest when he wrote the song "I Want Out". Less than a year later, he quit the band and formed Gamma Ray
-80s thrash metal band Flotsam and Jetsam got their name from a chapter title in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

-The cover art for Dave Grohl's heavy metal side project Probot was designed by Voivod drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin, who designed the album art for his band's albums
-The skull used on the front of Megadeth's Killing is My Business was lost by Combat Records, who released the album. Instead they found a cheap plastic skull and some ketchup and tried to make do with that
-Jonas Akerlund, who played drums with a band called Bathory, became a successful pop music video director

-Dokken guitarist George Lynch shot the video for the song "You Just Got Lucky" on a real volcano. It erupted minutes after the final cut so the band and crew could escape to safety
-Zoltan Bathory of Five Finger Death Punch is a skilled martial artist, winner of numerous competitions not to mention he is one of the few civilians certified to be an instructor by the Pentagon and U.S. Army
-Joey DeMaio of Manowar became a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, which is said to have a nice coat of arms in 1998
-Judas Priest appeared in a 1984 ad for Sparkomatic car stereos, which claimed that it was like "having a concert in your car"
-It has been 43 years between Black Sabbath's No. 1 chart positions. First in 1970 with Paranoid and 2013's 13. This broke Bob Dylan's record of 39 years
-Milton Berle agreed to appear in the video for Ratt's song "Round and Round" because his nephew Marshall Berle was Ratt's manager at the time
-Blackie Lawless, front man for 80s metal band W.A.S.P. appears briefly in This is Spinal Tap, during the "Sex Farm" infomercial scene
Holy crap! This guy looks like Mick Mars of Motley Crue. Maybe they're long lost relatives, lol!
-Nergal, the front man for Polish metal band Behemoth, is a museum curator in his native Poland
-When Manowar, a so-called "true metal" band dismissed 80s metal rockers Twisted Sister as "sissy boys in makeup", Dee Snider and the rest of Twisted Sister challenged the loin-cloth wearing rockers to a street fight. Manowar didn't show up

Twisted Sister. Me and my sister both have favorites in this band. My sister likes Dee Snider in pink and I like Eddie Ojeda, the one in red
-The Stonehenge props that Black Sabbath were to use once were too big to fit in most conventional venues. This is due to the fact that Geezer Butler, the band's bass player, had jotted down the measurements in feet, not meters. But the designer reversed the measurements due to unfamiliarity with the metric system
-Prior to joining Iron Maiden as the drummer, Nicko McBrain appeared in their music video for "Number of the Beast" wearing a devil's mask and shaking a pitchfork
-King Diamond of Mercyful Fate got the skull used on the group's first album from a friend whose father was a surgeon
King Diamond with out makeup
-During the late 1970s, early 1980s, Ozzy Osbourne hired a dwarf to tour with him and named him Ronnie, a dismissive dig at then Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio

-Disturbed shot the video for their song "Stricken" in the same abandoned hospital used in scenes for A Nightmare on Elm St.
-During the recording of Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden producer Martin Birch was in a car crash and the medical bill came out to be, eerily, $666. Birch refused to pay until an extra $1 was added. Only since Maiden is British, the money was pounds
-The song "Nemo" by metal band Nightwish is based on the Latin word for "nobody". And because many fans associate it with the Disney movie, they toss toy clownfish around in the audience
-Testament guitarist James Murphy has no recollection of Testament's 1999 album The Gathering because he had brain surgery to remove a tumor shortly afterwards
-Accept, a heavy metal band from Germany, had their first major hit with "I'm a Rebel", a song written by Alex Young, the older brother of AC/DC founders Angus and Malcolm Young
-Motorhead's front man "Lemmy" Kilmister earned his moniker because he was always in the habit of asking people for money, as in "Lemmy a fiver"
-Rainbow and Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was a notorious prankster. He threw a javelin through the hotel room of Rainbow keyboard player Tom Carey
-The model who appears on the cover of Drowning Pool's album Sinner worked in the marketing department of Wind-Up Records
-Legendary British metal band Judas Priest took their name from a Bob Dylan song called "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"