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By Jamie Harvey
In February 2012 I was en route to the Pre-GRAMMY Gala when I received news that Whitney Houston had died. I was en route to the Fifth Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards on May 2 when I learned that founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman had died. This news made heavy metal's biggest night even heavier.
The show started off strong as Anthrax performed one of metal's classic anthems, "Caught In A Mosh." One of the biggest show highlights for me came early when half of Pantera — Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown — joined Anthrax to form Panteranthrax and perform my favorite Pantera song, "This Love." Considering Pantera were my first metal show, I suddenly felt 16 again. The supergroup finished with the opening riff to Slayer's "Raining Blood" as a tribute to Hanneman. Later, while presenting the award for Best Live Band Slayer's Kerry King brought out two shots of Jägermeister, one of which was for Hanneman, and called for a "moment of noise," a fitting somber tribute for a member of Slayer.
The first award announced was for Best Guitarist, which went to Rob Zombie's John 5, one of my favorite musicians. Then it was time for Dillinger Escape Plan, who started with two songs from their upcoming release, One Of Us Is The Killer, before being joined by Deftones' Chino Moreno for a cover of Depeche Mode's "Behind The Wheel," which completely blew my mind. During this performance, vocalist Greg Puciato, whose face was covered in blood from an injury that happened at some point between jumping off the Orange amp stack and crawling across the stage, lit a torch and breathed fire. Chino's presence onstage reminded me of the recent passing of Deftones' bassist Chi Cheng. Coupled with seeing half of Pantera and remembering the late Dimebag Darrell and the news of Hanneman still fresh on my mind, that made the night even more heavy.
Stone Sour later performed a cover of Black Sabbath's "Children Of The Grave" with members of Slipknot, conjuring memories of another loss to the metal community — Slipknot bassist Paul Gray. Speaking of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi was honored with the Riff Lord Award. Lemmy Kilmister took home the award for Best Bassist in Gray's name, and Gray was surely on lead vocalist Corey Taylor's mind as he delivered an emotional speech upon accepting the award for Best Vocalist.
Halestorm, featuring the night's Best Drummer award recipient Arejay Hale, performed their GRAMMY-winning track "Love Bites (So Do I)," and subsequently delivered one of the most surprising moments of the night — a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" with Disturbed frontman David Draiman. Later, Draiman's new project Device were named Best New Talent over my favorites Ghost B.C. and Kvelertak (hilariously written on the screen as Kuh-veh-ler-takk). The award for Most Metal Athlete went to the WWE's Triple H and Best Live Band went to Slipknot. GRAMMY-nominated comedy duo Tenacious D were named Comeback of the Year.
Five Finger Death Punch debuted a new track, "Lift Me Up," with an epic performance featuring Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. Five Finger Death Punch were also joined by Golden God Award honoree Rob Zombie and John 5 for a cover of White Zombie's "Thunder Kiss '65." Between that set and the Pantera performance, I had a partial recreation of my first metal show in 1996 ... 17 years later!
After the award for Song of the Year was presented to Black Veil Brides for "In The End," Danzig performed with Doyle as the Misfits, ushering in the part of the show everyone was really waiting for — the presentation of the Album of the Year award. The anticipated trophy went to one of my favorite albums — Deftones' Koi No Yokan.
Then it was time for Metallica, who were also honored with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award.
"We're going to play a combination of songs from our history," Metallica vocalist James Hetfield told me earlier that evening. "We're not going to be too mushy about it and just go kick some a**." And that they did, beginning with "Disposable Heroes" and leading into "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and Judas Priest's "Rapid Fire" with Halford before finishing with "Seek & Destroy." I couldn't help but think of original Metallica bassist Cliff Burton.
In what may have been the heaviest night ever for heavy metal, I was reminded that life is short. To quote Black Sabbath, "Is it the end, my friend?" For these metal kings we have loved and lost, their memories live on in the music they left behind.
"Caught In A Mosh" (with "Earth On Hell" intro)
"Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't"
"This Love" (Pantera cover featuring Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown with "Raining Blood" outro)
Dillinger Escape Plan
"When I Lost My Bet"
"Behind The Wheel" (Depeche Mode cover featuring Chino Moreno)
"43% Burnt" (outro)
"Love Bites (So Do I)"
"I Miss The Misery"
"Whole Lotta Love" (Led Zeppelin cover featuring David Draiman)
Five Finger Death Punch
"Burn It Down"
"Lift Me Up" (featuring Rob Halford)
"Thunderkiss '65" (White Zombie cover featuring Rob Zombie and John 5)
"Children Of The Grave" (Black Sabbath cover featuring Slipknot's Chris Fehn and Michael Shawn Crahan)
"Hammer Of The Gods"
"Death Comes Ripping" (Misfits cover featuring Doyle)
"Skulls" (Misfits cover featuring Doyle)
"Last Caress" (Misfits cover featuring Doyle)
"For Whom The Bell Tolls"
"Rapid Fire" (Judas Priest cover featuring Rob Halford)
"Seek & Destroy" (with "The Frayed Ends Of Sanity" jam at the end)
(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.)