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Last Updated on 3-9-02 with Smokin' Joe's Comments Below:

-SMOKIN' JOE RUZICKA--



METAL by the one known as THE GRIM REAPER (as told to Patrick Bresnahan)

MY TOP FIVE METAL BANDS
1. Black Sabbath
2. Judas Priest
3. Metallica
4. AC/DC
5. Guns -n- Roses

Honorable Mentions would be Tool, Led Zeppelin, and MOTORHEAD!!!


TOP 5 METAL ALBUMS
1. Judas Priest - British Steel
2. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
3. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
4. Guns -n- Roses - Appetite For Destruction
5. AC/DC - Highway to Hell


BEST CONCERTS AND VENUES
1.OZZFEST '96 (Sepultura, Danzig) - Starplex
2. Judas Priest '01 Demolition Tour - Tokyo Japan
3. AC/DC '00 - Yokohoma Civic Arena, Japan
4. Metallica '97 - Biloxi Mississippi Civic Center
5. Black Sabbath '99 - Virginia Beach, VA
6. Page/Plant '98 - Pensacola Civic Center, FL

BEST VENUE TO SEE A SHOW - Pensacola Civic Center, which seats 8,000. I saw KISS, Page/Plant (fourth row!), and many others.

METAL MEMORIES - Ripper Owens hitting the high notes on "Victim of Changes", KISS Concert in Ft. Worth, when R. Paul's car got towed!!! ...and Motley Crue/Scorpions at Starplex with the Brothers of Metal. It is important to note that Bresnahan organized the event, yet was unable to attend do to domestic issues at that time related to his eventual (and current) wife.


OTHER THOUGHTS - It is without a doubt that Black Sabbath set the standard in the late 1960's and early 1970's for all other metal bands to follow. Sure, there have been some great albums from some great metal bands since Sabbath (G & R, METALLICA, etc.) but none can claim to be the first. What amazes the mind is that this band continues to draw crowds today, much like they did 30 years ago. The true mark of any band is its ability to appeal to audiences throughout time. Black Sabbath has done this, and will continue to do this until they can no longer be rolled out on stage in their wheelchairs. If you listen closely, you can hear the wizard walk by, spreading his magic...


-PATRICK BRESNAHAN--


I love all types of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, from Bon Jovi to Mortician. It is very difficult for me to pick one favorite band, but here is a list of some of my favorites.
BANDS
Judas Priest Motley Crue Guns -n- Roses Sacred Steel Scorpions
AC/DC HammerFall Erotic Suicide L.A. Guns Tesla
OZZY Manowar W.A.S.P. "Old" Metallica Overkill
Dokken Accept Great White Poison Cinderella
DIO Def Leppard Quiet Riot Slaughter Iron Maiden


The Top 5 Albums of 2001
1. L.A.Guns - Man in the Moon
2. Kamelot - Karma
3. OZZY - Down to Earth
4. Quiet Riot - Guilty Pleasures
5. Creed - Weathered


HONORABLE MENTIONS 2001
Aerosmith - Just Push Play
W.A.S.P. - Unholy Terror


My Top 5 Albums of 2000
1. Sacred Steel - Blood Lust
2. Bar 7 - World is a Freak
3. Halford - Resurection
4. AC/DC - Stiff Upper Lip
5. Hammerfall - Renegade


HONORABLE MENTIONS 2000
Motley Crue Album: New Tattoo
Sammy Hagar Album: Ten13


-BRAD SIMONS-



Brad is the BOM#6 and he is the Wolf howling lonely in the night, he is the blood stain on the stage, he is a tear in your eye, been tempted by his lie, he is the knife in your back, he is rage.

TOP FAVORITE METAL/GLAM ALBUMS
Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil Guns & Roses - Appetite For Destruction Ratt - Out Of The Cellar L.A. Guns - L.A. Guns Metallica - And Justice For All

HONORABLE MENTION
Accept-Metal Heart


MY TOP FIVE METAL BANDS
1. Motley Crue
2. L.A. Guns
3. Guns & Roses
4. Metallica
5. PMT


HONORABLE MENTIONS
Kiss
Dio
Accept
Def Leppard
Ratt


BEST CONCERTS EVER!
1. Front Row WASP with Bresnahan
2. Front Row KISS Animalize at the Amarillo Civic Center
3. Front Row Motley Crue Shout at the Amarillo Civic Center


MY BEST SOUVENIRS
Blackie Lawless guitar pick
Wolfe's guitar pick - Accept
Quiet Riot Mask


MOST UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE
I was invited to join L.A. Guns on their tour bus during their stop in Amarillo in the mid 80's. They were opening for some pop band and were leaving the civic center when they were entering their bus.



-DILLON REID--



I have about three or four favorite bands, but at the moment I think it is LA GUNS. These guys after 13 years of grinding it out on LA's sunset strip, are still kicking as much ass as they did when they first began. They celebrated an acclaimed top 4O hit with "Ballad of Jayne" in the late 80's which put them on the map . . . but like many of their peers, they quickly fell off into the dark abyss of worn out hair bands as grunge rock took over. The Guns kept grinding it out during the 90's by releasing several CD's and experimenting with various sounds and line ups. The Millinium approached, and real rock n roll finally was coming full circle. The Guns understood this, reformed their original line up, and released their 2001 album "Man in the Moon," one of their best to date. Perserverence, longevity, and noble musicianship are fitting words for what the Guns represent. . . But the haunting vocals of Phil Lewis combined with the Hendrix-like poetry from Traci's Guitar is what makes them stand above all others. WDR

MY TOP FIVE METAL ALBUMS
1. Guns -n- Roses/Appetite for Destruction
2.LA Guns/LA Guns
3.Motley Crue/Shout at the Devil
4.Pretty Boy Floyd/Leather Boyz w/Electric Toyz
5.Metallica/Kill em All


ALTERNATIVES
Erotic Suicide*Abusement Park
Def Leppard*Pyromania
Ratt*Out of the Cellar
LA Guns*Cocked & Loaded
Poison*Look What the Cat Dragged In


-BRIAN J. MILLER-



I believe that Appetite for Destruction is the single greatest compilation of music ever assembled. Inasmuch as this statement might startle some readers, it is, nonetheless, fact. Indeed, there are those who would seek to destroy my credibility on this issue; and, time and time again, they find themselves unarmed in ensuing discourse. That is to say, they seem to feel the strange sensation of having placed their Genetalia upon the surface of Torn Earth, and of finding their Fist placed securely within the Rectum of a Mule.

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