Written By Jason Voorhees
"And with the 53rd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft...the Philadelphia Eagles select (QB) Jalen Hurts." Commissioner Goodell's words rang out; and with it a chain reaction of utter shock engulfed the entire Eagles fan base.
The Eagles have made a lot of questionable draft picks throughout their history but none of them trumps the bombshell that was dropped this past Friday during the 2020 NFL second round draft. In fact, this may go down as the most controversial draft in Eagles history.
Coming into the draft, the Eagles had many holes to fill. The goal would be to maximize return on investment by combining a mixture of best players available while addressing its most immediate needs.
The first round saw the Eagles select TCU wide receiver, Jalen Reagor in the first round with the 21st pick. While many analysts claimed that this was a reach, the fact remains that they did address their gaping need of a play making wide receiver.
But then in the second round it happened. While just about every person watching (fans, players, analysts, other teams, etc.) expected the Eagles to take a DB, or OL, or LB, or maybe even another WR, Howie Roseman shocked the world. The Eagles selected a quarterback. And with it, Roseman showed his propensity to zig while everyone else zags.
The initial reaction was feelings of confusion and disbelief. Is this some big mistake? Was this somehow a dream? Had they selected a CORNERBACK? Are my eyes playing tricks on me? All of these questions and many more were bandied around by any and all parties.
The confusion quickly turned to anger.
And then that night during the press conference...Howie Roseman made reference to the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles are a "Quarterback Factory." Those that are familiar with Roseman know that he loves to hear himself talk while spewing out eloquent rhetoric.
While many people were ready to drive their cars off of the Walt Whitman, Mr. Roseman continued to play the company line as he laid out an inadequate spin on the sad state of affairs.
Day 3 of the draft saw Howie go back to his days as a magician. The mad scientist was back on his game. As each round came and went, Howie did his best savior imitation. He turned water into wine while turning loaves into fishes; during an all out blitz that saw a series of trades to acquire multiple picks, as well as getting wide receiver Marquise Goodwin from the Niners.
While the draft as whole seemed to come together and on paper looked pretty successful, the elephant in the room still remains. Why on earth would you draft a quarterback in the second round, especially when you had so many other holes to fill?
The football draft will always be a crapshoot. Its the law of averages in its simplest form. You take as many darts as you can and throw them hoping to hit as many bulls eyes as possible. Unfortunately, more of these players miss than the ones that actually become star players.
The fact remains that you don't win the draft on the third day. Although 60-65 % of players come from those rounds, its the first two days that traditionally produce it's most productive players.
With that being said, its so important to draft someone that's going to be a plug and play; not someone that your going to have to groom in a developmental lab. When judging the Jalen Hurts pick, I think we are trying to rationalize something that just simply does not make sense.
Of course there are those that drink the green Kool Aid that will never question the all mighty front office. But that's not me. When I see something I am going to call them out on their bullshit. As a die hard fan, I am going to ask the tough questions. I am going to criticize moves when they don't make sense.
Unfortunately, the "stepford fans" are sadly blinded. They wouldn't know the difference between Byron Evans and Bob Evans. Nor could they tell the difference between Reggie White and Betty White.
The bottom line is that in the last ten years, the Eagles have only had six players (post second round) to become significant players or starters on this team. This is a serious issue folks. The Eagles just cannot draft. And when your trying to become relevant again, in a division that has saw all of the other teams get significantly better, the draft is that much more important.
The second round has been particularly good to the Eagles in past history. Players like Sheldon Brown, Wes Hopkins, Zach Ertz, Randall Cunningham, Desean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Eric Allen, Brian Dawkins, Dallas Goeddert, and Miles Sanders have all been drafted in the second round.
Knowing this fact makes taking a quarterback here all the more infuriating. The second round is not where you take luxury picks. The second round allows you a great opportunity to add a significant player. And by taking Jalen Hurts, you unfortunately wasted that opportunity.
Nothing that the Eagles brass can say will make any sense out of this obvious gaffe. And I mean this with the most brutally honest sincerity. This is no disrespect to Jalen Hurts. Jalen is a very talented kid that has a bright future in the NFL. But this isn't about Hurts.
This is about Howie Roseman and his arrogant smug attitude.
This is about Philadelphia Eagles brass trying to reinvent the wheel. This is about a culture of holier than thou renaissance that ignores the intelligence of the every day, die hard fan. And most of all, this is about the Eagles lack of commitment to their franchise quarterback.
Only time will tell what the meaning of all of this is. There are analysts that love Jalen Hurts and even they are shaking their heads. There is no logical reasoning behind this madness. Carson Wentz once again must look over his shoulder. Jalen Hurts will be unhappy because he is not starting. No one wins in this scenario.
The only thing good to come of this will be endless debate in a time where we are starving for the next headline.
As we look to the rest of the offseason, there will be nothing but scrutiny. From the annals of "Stupid Money", Howie has went completely off of the rails.
You better have answers because we're not buying your lies. The fact remains that you wasted a great opportunity to improve the roster. Ultimately Jalen Hurts will either make you or break you. The time has come and your time is short Howie. If this doesn't work out it will be time for you to take out an insurance policy. Fans are running out of patience. The Quarterback Factory is now on the clock.
Written By Jason Voorhees
The world has been overcome by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are living in unchartered times...something that most people could have never imagined. As we continue along on this journey...many people have been forced out of work which means a lot more free time to kill. Some have implemented home workout programs. Others have began binge watching their favorite programs. There has even been a comeback for old school movies and documentaries...and then there are people like myself who enjoy writing.
As I clamor for the next headline, I thought it would be cool to take a look back at a time period that is near and dear to my heart. That time period of course was eighties metal...more specifically the glam metal sunset strip movement.
For me, this is where my passion for heavy metal first began....yes that's right. A time when bands were most known for their hair spray infested long hair and their playboy modelized makeup. An era where bands were measured by how many groupies they could fill a bus with. Groups that were fueled by a steady diet of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Glam metal became one of the quintessential genres of the 1980's.
Sometimes referred to as "hair metal", the glam era was a subgenre of heavy metal that mixed pop like hooks and riffs with 70's style glam rock. Please note that I truly don't prefer the term "hair metal" as it really is a derogatory term that only came into existence after the grunge movement had started.
So who are the top glam metal bands of all-time? We are looking for the definitive list of the top ten metal bands of the glam era...
Please take note...I have excluded bands like Def Leppard, KISS, Van Halen, Guns n' Roses, Skid Row, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi among others who, while they were huge during the era and may have even gone "Glam" during that time period; they were not truly glam bands because they predated the scene, transcended the scene, or just really were not glam metal bands at all by definition.
Honorable Mentions- Autograph, Stryper, Quiet Riot, Tesla, Hanoi Rocks.
Without further ado...here is the definitive top ten glam metal bands of all-time...
Straight out of the suburbs of Philadelphia, Cinderella quickly rose to the top of the glam scene. The band produced several multi platinum albums, while many of their songs became a mainstay on MTV. The album 'Night Songs' sold 50,000 copies per week during a long stretch when it debuted in 1986. Lead vocalist Tom Keifer could sing with the best of them while Jeff Labar remained one of the most underrated guitarists of that era. This is a band that is so much better than they have ever gotten credit for. One of the true giants of glam for sure.
W.A.S.P. was one of the original bands to make it big from the "Sunset Strip Movement". Their stage show was a mix of glam and goth; violent and energetic. The lead vocalist Blackie Lawless would throw raw meat into the crowd. The band's song "Animal, Fuck Like A Beast" landed them on Tipper Gore's filthy fifteen list. This was the beginning of parental advisory labels on albums; which ironically only made the kids want to buy the album more. Their video "I Wanna Be Somebody" was an MTV stalwart which readily fueled their popularity. One of the greats!
George Lynch is one of the quintessential guitar players in glam. Dokken pumped out single after single during the MTV glam era. Don Dokken was one of the best vocalists of that time period as well. The band became popular with MTV smash hits like "Burnin' Like a Flame" and "Into the Fire." They are also known for their heavy ballad laden tracks like "Alone Again." Another single "Dream Warriors" became the lead single for the hit 3rd film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Unfortunately the band's legacy was marred by constant infighting between band members.
7. L.A. Guns
L.A. Guns formed out of the ashes of Guns n Roses and centered around the hot shot guitarist Traci Guns and vocalist Phil Lewis. The band was a sleazy mix of glam and punk. Their sound truly defined the epicenter of the era. They were not as raw and edgy as their counterparts of GNR, but still added that dangerous energy. Traci Guns appearing with short hair in the "Ballad of Jayne" video and all tattooed up in the "It's Over Now" video seemed way ahead of it's time while truly foreshadowing the new look 90's. Probably the most underrated glam metal band of all-time.
6. Faster Pussycat
Faster Pussycat was such a huge part of the Sunset Strip metal scene as no list would be complete without them. Lead vocalist Taime Downe co-owned the "Cathouse" with Riki Rachtman of Headbanger's Ball fame; the NUMBER ONE hangout for all metal heads, bands, and groupies during the 80's along with the "Rainbow Bar and Grill." The band was the epitome of sleaze and razzle with their long hair, denim and outrageous getup. Their biggest moment came with the hit single that became MTV royalty..."House of Pain." Glam metal in it's truest form here folks.
5. Twisted Sister
Dee Snider became the larger than life clown figure that put metal all over MTV during the 1980's. Their videos "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" gained them glam metal royalty as MTV played them out. For awhile, the band even became one of the most popular bands in the world. Dee actually led the charge in court to defend metal and rock and roll in general; against Tipper Gore and her cohorts who were trying to attack the music scene. After the album 'Stay Hungry' their popularity would quickly decline and unfortunately they faded away. When they were on though their was no stopping them!
They were one of the true kings of the Sunset Strip movement. RATT were one of the first original waves of bands to have their records paraded all over MTV. Singles like "Round and Round", "Lay it Down" and "You're In Love" set record after record on MTV glory. The band continued to release hit singles throughout the eighties. Not too many bands can boast the catalog that these monsters cranked out with their first three records...all selling over one million copies...their debut album 'Out of the Cellar' going 3x platinum. Metallica once opened for them before taking their act to San Francisco. Definitely among the best of the best!
Jani Lane is arguably the greatest songwriter of the glam metal era. Warrant not only had the glam look, the hit songs and the hooks, but Jani Lane's lyrics were emotional, heartfelt and at times riveting. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is one of the most epic songs the band has ever produced and is a shining example of how far ahead they truly were at telling a story. Songs like "All My Bridges Are Burning" invoked themes of addiction with lyrics that told the truest of tales. Although the band really became defined by their hit single "Cherry Pie" they truly were so much more. Definitely one of the supreme leaders of the Sunset Strip montage.
No band perhaps defines this era more than Poison. They were one of the hardest working bands of all-time, earning every inch of fame through that strong ethic and dedication. No band looked more glam than Poison and they backed it up with amazing live shows and hit singles; which came quicker than you can say mingle. They are one of the most popular bands and even the slightest of fans can name every band member without hesitation. Bobby Dall once said that "I never wanted to become a musician, I wanted to be a Rockstar, and that's what I became!" Poison were the seminal Rockstars!
1. Motley Crue
The fountain of decadence. Sleazy and dangerous. No band had more of an impact on the glam metal scene than these guys. Motley Crue didn't just do drugs, they did all of the drugs. Motley Crue didn't just pimp women, they owned them. The glam metal scene was about excess and no one defined that more than The Crue. Another original member of the Sunset Strip to make it big. No band from this list can match their success. While their exploits and relationships away from the band make tabloid fodder, they have also enjoyed many other avenues besides music. Simply the best. Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars...Long Live the Crue!
Written By Jason Voorhees
It's just another day at the local supermarket except it's not.
Yes the buildings are the same. The employees still have the same job functions...namely stocking the shelves, servicing the customers and providing excellent customer service. Yes, the latest edition of elevator music continues to echo on loop over the system sound speakers. And yes, the latest deliveries still arrive on an almost daily basis, carrying it's most precious cargo to fit the latest needs of today's shoppers' wish lists.
Let me repeat, its just another day at the local supermarket except it's not. While many of the above characteristics remain a staple of these employee's every day work lives, the very existence of their true identity has been turned upside down. As COVID-19 Corona Virus continues to wreak havoc across this nation, supermarkets reign among those front line entities along with first responders and health care workers.
While most of the country remains on lockdown due to stay at home restrictions, these true heroes risk their lives daily in order to provide essential services to those in need. So while the essential job functions of these employees remains very much the same, the fact is that their every day work life is really very different.
First of all, most of, if not all of these employees are gripped with fear. Fear of the unknown. Will one of us be the next victim to contract the virus?
Skeptics have been slow to acknowledge the science behind the spread of this novel corona virus.
With that being said, many health experts have now warned that asymptomatic "silent carriers" could be transmitting the virus as data suggests this is indeed occurring. Whether it's someone being asymptomatic or whether it's someone that is pre-symptomatic, the bottom line is that supermarket employees remain in the line of fire. Estimates show that 18-30% of all COVID-19 infections are indeed asymptomatic. In other words, its very possible that many of these employees have already contracted the virus and don't even know it.
Not only do the associates fear getting the virus themselves; but more importantly they are scared that they will contract it and then pass it on to a loved one. Many of the workers have discussed these fears openly; its truly gut wrenching to see their pain and the "unknown" entity only enhances these concerns.
Furthermore; the situation is only exacerbated, by the lack of shopper limits that we are seeing across a wide range of companies throughout the country. Many chains have begun to start enforcing these limits but too many are still ignoring this factor. To be quite honest, this could be a game changer in mitigating the spread.
Buying food remains an essential function but it's certainly not essential for families of five and six people to participate in that shopping trip. It's also asinine for the same shoppers to buy three cart loads of food every other day even while their refrigerators remain above capacity already. This is the problem. People are truly not taking this virus seriously and its sadly at the workers expense. This factor can be measured by the increase in foot traffic that we are seeing on a daily basis. Some supermarkets are up two-three hundred percent in sales on a weekly basis and that's no exaggeration.
Plain and simple, companies must restrict shoppers and must institute strict limits on the amount of shoppers in the store at one time. State and Local governments must step in and enforce these guidelines by whatever means necessary. Local police departments and or military should be called upon to ensure that these limits are being followed. That would be an excellent step in mitigating the spread and would definitely aid in decreasing the anxiety that every supermarket employee is feeling at this moment.
Another key challenge that grocery store associates are facing today is dealing with rude and nasty customers. While the majority of shoppers continue to remain pleasant and thankful for the job that these workers are doing, many of them have had to deal with insensitive and selfish customers who show no regard for human respect and dignity. Grocery store employees are risking their lives the very moment they walk through those four walls so please show a little more courtesy.
Associates are yelled at on a daily basis. They deal with insults and obscenities on the regular. Their private space Is invaded more often than not. The six foot rule continues to be a figment of our imagination. In most cases, social distancing is non existent. The incompetent questions like, "Why don't you have toilet paper?", or "How come you ran out of milk?," or "When will you be getting hand sanitizer in stock?" are all too familiar. We have even saw some customers coughing while not covering their mouth or (inadvertently) spitting in associates faces while talking.
And then there are the patrons who continue to ignore the special time that has been set aside for the elderly and immunocompromised customers as well as the first responders and health care workers. Blatant disrespect folks. Also the uneducated shoppers wearing masks and gloves who continually cross contaminate on a minute by minute basis; which mind you actually enhances risk of exposure or exposing others. Then there are the customers who feel it's necessary to touch seventeen varieties of the same item before putting them all back to then only grab six more.
Next just take a look at the parking lots and sidewalks that remain littered with customers vile, disgusting, germ infested gloves and masks. Yes, grocery store employees have been subjected to some very rude and offensive treatment and the list can go on and on.
Many of these associates have been working around the clock for three weeks and counting. Its like groundhog day. Burnout is today's next recipe. Even when they are tired, these employees still show up every day and give three hundred percent effort. The amount of freight that is coming in is sometimes two-three times as much as a normal day. Shelves are beginning to get back to capacity and then it hits again.
Panic driven shopping round 2. When will it end? No one truly knows. However; one thing remains emphatically clear. Life in the supermarket business has drastically changed. The day in the life of a true hero; because that's exactly what these employees are. They are absolute heroes and should be praised for their strength and courage.
Supermarkets have become the epicenter for essential business and as a result the lives of its employees have become more complicated. As the unknown nature of this pandemic continues, so to does the anxiety that the associates will face on a daily basis. Hopefully the Social Distancing measures that have been put into practice will help to stop the spread of this viscous disease and life can go somewhat back to normal.
In the meantime, keep up the great work brothers and sisters! You are among the most important people in society today along with healthcare workers and first responders. Put on that armor daily and keep grinding. Although your work identity has changed, your character remains the same! And its that character that has allowed you to thrive during one of our countries most darkest hours. And to all those customers that are coming to the supermarkets to shop...please show a little respect.
Remember; only shop individually and not as an entire family. Only buy what is necessary...no hoard shopping.
Please be kind to all fellow customers and associates.
Respect the six foot rule...yes that one. Remember...social distancing?
Only ask legitimate questions while refraining from incompetent no brainers (Ex. Why don't you have toilet paper?). Please respect everyone's personal space...do not come up into employees faces. If your gonna cough please cover your mouth (you should be wearing a mask anyways). When talking...please don't spit in the employees face.
If your going to wear gloves or masks...please educate yourself and become informed about the dangers of cross contamination and the proper use of said protective equipment. Respect the set aside time periods that companies have instituted for our elderly and immunocompromised individuals as well as first responders and health care workers...don't be ignorant.
And finally, please do not litter. Your vile disgusting habits will not be tolerated. Clean up your mess and please throw your gloves and masks in the trash can or dispose in your vehicles...not the supermarket parking lots.
Written By Jason Voorhees
It's a great time to be alive if your a fan of heavy metal. Metal and hard rock enthusiasts will have their pick of the litter as far as concert tours go in 2020. Tour announcements have been coming fast and furious on an almost daily basis it seems. This should be one bad ass year for metal music mania.
Of course, the grand daddy of them all is Guns N Roses. The rock legends kick off their summer tour with two shows in England beginning on May 29th. The band will be joined by grunge stalwarts The Smashing Pumpkins for a select group of shows. It was only a few years ago that many thought the prospects of a Guns N Roses reunion was only a pipe dream fantasy. Now for less than $200, you can see your childhood idols once again.
If your taste and diet is more on the heavy side, then you can always check out the Megadeth/Lamb of God tour instead. Megadeth, one of the architects of thrash metal, is looking to come back with a vengeance after its leader Dave Mustaine had been temporarily out of commission due to cancer. Well, he is now fully healed and they will join the speed/groove metal kings Lamb of God for the co-headline gig which will also feature Trivium and In Flames. This tour kicks off on June 14th in Raleigh, NC and you will not want to miss it.
Of course, if hair metal feeds your fancy then you just hit the jackpot as Motley Crue has decided to come out of retirement. Taking its cue from it's name (The Stadium Tour), this show is an arena rock junkies Willy Wonka. The tour features Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett. You can't get more glam than this folks. There will be Girls, Girls, Girls in a state of Euphoria looking for Nothing But a Good Time in hopes of shedding their Bad Reputation. This haymaker begins on June 18th.
The Metal Gods themselves have also joined the fray. Judas Priest and Sabaton will be patrolling venues everywhere beginning in May. Although K.K. Downing has left the band and is now planning on fronting his own version of Priest, its always a treat to witness Rob Halford Screaming For Vengeance as the band spews Firepower that's more potent than British Steel. Sabaton as an opening act is far from shabby as well.
Then of course there is Rage Against the Machine. If your not afraid of breaking the bank then this one's for you. This tour is actually right around the corner and should be epic. This band has always brought down the house and this should be no different as the bring their Evil Empire to The Battle of Los Angeles. These Renegades are ready to rock out and rock on.
Ok...you say that you want EPIC. Well Faith No More and KORN are bringing their talents together as a Co-Headline blockbuster. Neither of these bands need an introduction as this ticket is in high demand. This one came From Out of Nowhere and just when you felt that your life was Falling to Pieces you then realized it was just a Midlife Crisis. Follow the Leader as you travel into The Nothing, this one could get dicey. KORN + Faith No More= Life is Peachy!
And the hits just keep on coming. Other tours that have been announced include Ratt/Cinderella's Tom Keifer/Skid Row/Slaughter, Slipknot, AC/DC (Brian Johnson reunion), Dokken/Lynch Mob, among many others. These tours that have been listed are absolute top of the line shows. This does not include the ones that have not been announced yet. Could you imagine if we got a surprise Metallica tour message!!!
No matter what, 2020 is shaping up to be a heavy metal fans dream and the prospects can only get brighter. So get your popcorn ready, open up your checkbook, adjust your credit line on apple pay, and get ready for some heavy metal purity. I want to see ten million heavy metal maniacs prowling these venues throughout the summer; enjoying our favorite past time like its nobodies business.
For those about to rock....we salute you!!! Rock on Mates!!! It's party time in 2020!
Written By Jason Voorhees
The 2020 NHL Trade Deadline was today and the Flyers were able participants.
On Monday the Flyers added (F) Nate Thompson from the Montreal Canadians in exchange for a 5th round pick. The Flyers then traded prospect (F) Kyle Criscuolo and a 4th round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for (F) Derek Grant.
These were certainly not the household names that Flyers fans were craving. This was not Jeff Carter or Wayne Simmonds. It was certainly not Vincent Trochek and was most definitely not Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
Those were the sexy names that most Flyers fans wanted to hear on deadline day. While Thompson and Grant are not the fancy names that everyone wanted...I will promise you that these guys are just what the Dr. ordered.
And of course you will say...how is that? The fact of the matter is that this is not a popularity contest. This is the NHL. This is a league where TEAM probably most represents every aspect and facet of the sport. These are two role players that bring veteran leadership to a still very young team and that is a welcomed addition in my book.
This Flyers team has definitely surpassed all of my expectations thus far. I firmly believe that this has already been a successful season under the leadership of first year coach Alain Vigneault; and the sky is the limit.
Everything else that happens from this point is gravy. Anything can happen. With that being said, I am not saying that this organization is without fault and that they have not made mistakes. However; they are definitely moving the needle in the right direction.
I have been extremely critical of the Flyers organization over the past few seasons and rightfully so. I have probably been one of their harshest critics. As a diehard fan I have earned that right. However; any realist must admit that this team is trending in the right direction. This team is playing with an edge and you have to love it.
Anything can happen in the NHL playoffs and you don't have to look further than last season when the upstart Blues won the Stanley Cup. Carter Hart has the talent and wherewithal to go on a run and this team definitely has the talent to win it all. Adding two role pieces to this kind of team could be exactly what gets them over the top. There is a much different vibe with this team under AV's leadership...something that has been missing since can I dare say it...2010.
Nate Thompson is a two way player that brings versatility to the forward position. He can play multiple positions and he is an excellent penalty killer. Likewise, Grant is another versatile forward that can also put the puck in the net (14 goals). While Thompson is probably a fourth line center that will see time on the PK, Grant can play 5-5, PK or even the power play.
Neither of these players are guys that are going to light up the scoreboard on any given night. They are not star players that are going to get the fans excited with energy. However; these are exactly the types of players that bring success and can definitely help this team moving forward. Thompson and Grant are veterans that add depth to a team that really didn't have much besides the youth waiting to make their entrance in the NHL.
Will the Flyers win the Stanley Cup in 2020? The answer is probably almost certainly no. Can this current team win a championship though?? Absolutely.
If you look back at trade deadline moves, the big name players more often than not do not make a difference in winning a team a ring. In fact, its usually the opposite. There are countless examples of role players that have been traded at the deadline that have gone on to help their new team win the Stanley Cup.
Only time will tell if this Flyers team is ready to move to the next level.
However; Chuck Fletcher did an excellent job today with preparing for that very task by adding two veteran role players that will provide depth and leadership down the stretch. And that is a breath of fresh air for a consistent critic like me.
I have had my issues with this team but I can honestly say that I love the direction that this team is moving. And its under the radar trades like today that could catapult this team over the top and for that I am thankful. Here's hoping that two minor moves could be the start of something huge. No matter what happens down the stretch, the sexy or fancy name will not be the deciding factor...but instead it will be the role player that gets it done.
Written By Jason Voorhees
So the year is 2020. You are the most sought after music producer on the market and are trying to make a "huge splash." Eddie Trunk from "That Metal Show" comes to you with the idea of a lifetime.
His proposal: He wants you to arrange the biggest and baddest heavy metal musical festival in history. This event should feature the best of the best in Heavy Metal...new and old. The criteria...the bands that you choose must have name notoriety as well as multi platinum status. The band should also fit into the general metal category but could also be hard rock.
Eddie wants a commitment of 40 bands as the festival will be a two day event featuring 20 bands per day.
All of the money and proceeds from this festival will be used to help fund the war against Cancer. The festival will be called METAL GODS OF THUNDER AND LIGHTNING. The festival will be played at the iconic Woodstock grounds in Bethel, New York.
At this point its being labeled the concert of the century...and the anticipation is building. The only major criteria is that the bands must fit the heavy metal category (Hair Metal, Grunge Metal, Death Metal, Thrash, Speed, Industrial, etc) in some way shape or form.
Ok...so you as the next musical guru have a month to get the lineup created. Eddie has secured Black Sabbath and AC/DC as the two headliners. Sabbath will perform on Saturday (first night) and AC/DC will perform Sunday (second night). You are also given the option of having a band that has retired to reunite. More importantly...maybe even secure a band that has lost one or more founding members.
This opportunity is one for the ages and will either make or break you. Eddie wants you to try and assemble the bands in order of musical lore and importance to the greater cause. You have been given unlimited funds and also an expert team of stellar recruiters. Your team includes some of the greatest musicians of yesterday as well as today. The team is composed of Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne (who will be performing with Black Sabbath), Billy Idol, Jimmy Paige, Alice Cooper and Steven Tyler.
The team sets out to recruit the best of the best and the results are gold. After weeks of work the following bands have been assembled to participate in this festival of all festivals...
Guns N Roses, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Aerosmith, Van Halen (featuring Sammy Haggar and David Lee Roth), Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Pantera (featuring Zack Wylde on guitar and Chris Adler on Drums), Lamb of God, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, Anthrax, Overkill, Alice In Chains, Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, Skid Row (featuring Sebastian Bach), Tool, Ratt, Whitesnake, Poison, Cinderella, Alice Cooper, KISS, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Faith No More, Sevendust, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Marilyn Manson, KORN, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Bon Jovi, and Dokken.
Along with those bands, there will be a few special performances by Jimmy Paige/Robert Plant, Billy Idol and The Rolling Stones; during an opening ceremony on Friday, September 11th.
After assembling the bands, Eddie agrees that this is a very impressive lineup and that this could be a potentially epic event. Forty of Metals best. The Beasts of Metal. Some hot reunions; Star Studded Talent up and down the lineup.
After failing to secure the Woodstock grounds, the team has now settled on the New York Yankees stadium as the venue. The tickets will hold a $300 dollar price tag which will be non refundable. The $300 dollars covers the entire event (3 days). As mentioned...all proceeds will be donated to Cancer research and helping cancer patients.
The show will be held Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th with a special opening ceremony on Friday September 11th.
Along with the bands, there will be plenty of refreshments as well as donations and sponsors from Pepsi, Frito Lay, Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and many others. The entire cast of "That Metal Show" will be on hand as well and will film a three day live show at the event. Guest appearances will also be made by BEYONCE, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez, David Chappelle, porn's best, "The Hangover" cast, Jim Breuer, as well as other team members, Billy Idol, Jimmy Paige, The Rolling Stones and Steven Tyler.
Your team has struck gold. Eddie Trunk Salutes you. You are now a METAL GOD! Stay tuned for the show. Get your tickets as they are hot for the take. Rock on America. This is more than a fistful of metal...its more like a DUMPSTER FULL. Here is the three day lineup for the festival that is coming at the end of the year....
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11th
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12th
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13th
About Jason Voorhees
Jason resides in Norristown, PA and writes about all things sports and heavy metal music.