The biggest names in rock and metal came together at Club Nokia in Los Angeles Thursday night (May 2) to celebrate the genre and honor their peers at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2013.
Hard rock and metal’s answer to the Grammys, Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Awards is metal’s chance to show the world the strength of the genre and the camaraderie amongst its artists.
“We don’t get invited to the Grammys that often,” said Alice Cooper on the black carpet before the event. “They let us show up [here]. It’s something different than anything else.”
Marilyn Manson, who is Cooper’s tourmate for the 2013 Masters of Madness Tour (which hits Red Rocks Amphitheatre June 3), jokingly added, “We get to see a lot of people we usually tour with. Awards I don’t usually care about unless I get one. And I usually sell it for drugs or I give it to my father.”
Five Finger Death Punch front man and Denver-native Ivan Moody made a rare appearance on the black carpet to talk about the band’s upcoming two-album release.
“Man, we came up with so much material on this that instead of throwing it on the shelf it seemed like the logical thing to do was to just get it out now,” Moody said. “I’m so proud of it, I mean 24 tracks in four months—that’s a lot of work.” Moody will return to his hometown with FFDP to co-headline Mayhem Festival at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre on July 7.
The night was full of memorable performances, collaborations and some surprising winners including the award for Best Drummer, which Halestorm’s Arejay Hale took home, beating out Rush’s Neal Pert.
Another shocking win was also one of the show’s more colorful moments, as Black Veil Brides cursed out a booing crowd while accepting the Song of the Year award for “In The End.” The evening’s most poignant moment was Stone Sour/Slipknot front man Corey Taylor’s acceptance speech for Best Vocalist. An emotional Taylor fought back tears while accepting his award, humbly telling his peers and fans that, “I’ve dedicated my life to giving you everything I f***ing got.”
The biggest musical moments of the night were the multitude of on stage collaborations and cameos from some of hard rock and metal’s most legendary performers.
Anthrax kicked off the show with the night’s first collaborative effort, bringing Pantera’s Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown on stage for “This Love” (Pantera) and Slayer’s “Raining Blood”, which was dedicated to Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman; who tragically passed away earlier on Thursday.
The night ended with the award show’s highly anticipated performance by Metallica. The recipients of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award also took home the nod for biggest metal moment of the night as award-goers crowd-surfed across the Club Nokia floor. The set featured another Rob Halford cameo for a cover of the Judas Priest classic “Rapid Fire.”
Here is a list of the Golden Gods Awards 2013 winners:
John 5 (Rob ZombiE)
Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
PAUL GRAY BEST BASSIST
Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot)
BEST NEW TALENT
MOST METAL ATHLETE
Triple H (WWE wrestling)
BEST LIVE BAND
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR
Black Veil Brides, “In The End”
MOST DEDICATED FANS
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Deftones, Koi No Yokan