Ahh, the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. A time when the metalheads freaks and rock 'n' roll geeks gather in one small venue to pay tribute to all the artists in the industry who don't really get credit for their masterful guitar riffs, rumbling bass licks, incessant double kick drum, and vocals ranging from melodic to menacing.
This year's four-hour ceremony, held April 23 at the intimate Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, was full of highs and lows -- mosh pits, booze, old and new friends, and a handful of technical difficulties. And attending this year for the second time made me realize something important about the industry.
Many people were there specifically to see Axl Rose get the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award (and see whether he was going to deliver live), and to watch Joan Jett rock the stage and make history as the first female to receive the Golden God Award.
For me, the concept of the Golden Gods always delivers on some level. I truly enjoy seeing the variety of cameos and musical performances. But my main issue with the Golden Gods has always been this: The event, which is one of the biggest celebrations of heavy music, isn't supported by the industry nearly as much as it should be.
The world of heavy metal constantly complains about how the genre isn't taken seriously. Every single Grammy season, an influx of whining tweets, posts and sound bites go out in to the void about how heavy metal is blatantly disregarded. Hell, I even wrote a Metal Mondays post this year called "The Grammys Must Hate Heavy Metal."More »