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By Jamie Harvey
It's a night I look forward to all year long: the Revolver Golden Gods Awards at L.A.'s intimate Club Nokia. Now in its sixth year (and my fourth), the night lovingly referred to as the "metal prom" features a wide array of hard rock and metal heroes of the past, present and future, dressed up in their blackest best. Beyond stellar performances, collaborations, surprises, and fan-voted winners in a plethora of interesting categories (including Most Metal Athlete), to me, the night represents a spotlight on a genre that is oftentimes underserved.
Before the show, on the black carpet, I spoke with rockers such as Duff McKagan, Dee Snider, Zakk Wylde, John 5, and Five Finger Death Punch's Chris Kael, among others, about The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation's Music Educator Award. Each shared stories about teachers who inspired them on their path, as well as the important things they would teach young musicians who want to be in their shoes.
The show began with Marilyn Manson introducing a surprise performance by Slayer. Being a huge Slayer fan, the excitement of witnessing "South Of Heaven" and "War Ensemble" on such a small stage was matched by the opportunity to hear a new song, "Implode." Last year, while en route to the show, I learned that guitarist Jeff Hanneman had passed away, setting a sad tone for that particular evening. For Slayer, this year's tone was about moving on after suffering loss.
Jim Florentine, Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson, from VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show," served as hosts, and the trio told off-color jokes and tales of fan adoration to move the show along. The cast assembled included the expected musicians: Scott Ian (twice!), Ace Frehley, Tool's Danny Carey, Richie Sambora, and Dave Navarro; TV stars: Pauley Perrette, Joe Manganiello and Bam Margera; an athlete: Tony Hawk; a comedian: Andrew Dice Clay; and a surprise movie star: Nicolas Cage.
Cage presented Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The actor professed his longtime love for the L.A. band, including a story about how he saw them play at The Troubadour before their now-classic album Appetite For Destruction was released. "They played 'Welcome To The Jungle' and I was there. It was the first live performance of that and I never forgot it!" said Cage.
Slayer were followed by a variety of live performances, starting with pop-punk/metal band A Day To Remember and Suicide Silence, marking their first U.S. performance with new vocalist Eddie Hermida, who has taken over for the late Mitch Lucker. They ended in a performance of "Roots Bloody Roots" with Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera.
The Pretty Reckless, featuring frontwoman (and former TV star) Taylor Momsen, was followed by an In Memoriam segment featuring Wylde on piano performing the quiet Black Label Society ballad "In This River." Joan Jett — who received the Golden God(dess) award from Alice Cooper — & The Blackhearts played a set capped by their hit "I Hate Myself For Loving You," with Momsen sharing vocals.
The night ended with an hour-long set by Guns N' Roses, which had everyone, including me, writhing and dancing like it was 1989 and we were in tight leather pants. Their set, which included GNR standards such as "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine," was extra special given the presence of original bassist McKagan, who recently rejoined the group on their current tour.
At times, the awards seemed secondary to the live performances, probably because a lot of the winners were represented via taped video acceptances, the best of those being Avenged Sevenfold's Most Dedicated Fans win, where they brought a fan onstage at a concert and gave him their Stonehenge statue award. Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance and Arin Ilejay also took home the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist and Best Drummer awards, respectively. Five Finger Death Punch's Kael won the Paul Gray Best Bassist award and the group's "Lift Me Up" took Song of the Year honors. Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme won Best Vocalist while Comeback of the Year went to Deep Purple. Tony Iommi accepted Black Sabbath's Album of the Year award for 13 — fittingly, the top honor of the evening went to the band that essentially started it all.
"South Of Heaven"
A Day To Remember
"Right Back At It Again"
"End Of Me"
"All I Want"
"You Only Live Once"
"No Pity For A Coward"
"Roots Bloody Roots" (Sepultura cover with Max Cavalera)
The Pretty Reckless
"F***ed Up World"
"Going To Hell"
"In This River"
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
"I Hate Myself For Loving You" (with Taylor Momsen)
Guns N' Roses
"It's So Easy"
"Welcome To The Jungle"
"This I Love"
"You Could Be Mine"
"Sweet Child O' Mine"
"Knockin' On Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan cover)
(Jamie Harvey lives in Los Angeles and is the rock community blogger for GRAMMY.com. She has attended and written about more than 500 shows since 2007. You can follow her musical adventures at www.hardrockchick.com.)