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Butcher of Birth
07-30-2012, 08:46 AM
Jason Bittner and Joey Belladonna are both awesome. It was brief, but within 30 seconds of talking to them I knew they actually cared about what I had to say.

ravenheart
08-09-2012, 07:39 AM
So Blitz Ellsworth is the fucking man.

WOLVERINEKILLS
08-12-2012, 11:00 PM
The best of the best I have met - all super cool, down to earth and was more of a hang out session instead of a brief encounter:

Dimebag
Philip Anselmo
Rex Brown
Down - always cool dudes!!!
Rob Halford
Mastodon - especially Brent, he is hilarious
Dave Mustaine - one time he was very quiet the next time super cool
Joey Belladonna
Rob Zombie
Tommy Victor
Hank 3
Hatebreed - Sean Martin & Wayne Lozinak eras - very nice guys
KsE - Joel & Adam are hilarious
Chris Adler
Misfits - Michael Graves era

Others I've met that were nice but brief encounters:
Megadeth - Broderick era
Kerry King
Deftones
AiC - Duvall era
Korn - Jon Davis was weird, the others very cool, minus Munky
Lacuna Coil
God Forbid
In This Moment
Anthrax minus Dan Spitz
Machine Head
Kingdom of Sorrow
Witchburn
Josey Scott of Saliva
Kittie
Superjoint Ritual
Soilwork
Lamb of God
Shadows Fall
Arch Enemy minus Angela :( but with Gus G :)
Mikael from Opeth
Straight Line Stitch
Psychostick
Goatwhore
Dan Donnegan from Disturbed
Zakk Wylde
Evil J from Otep

slapguitarer
08-13-2012, 07:45 AM
After the Agalloch concert, I can confirm all the Cormorant dudes are super chill, and Haughm from Agalloch is super nice too.

Nater
08-13-2012, 05:35 PM
Sean Z and Mark Hunter from Chimara are both super awesome. Mark is a bit quiet but Sean will talk all night and playing Saints Row 3 with him is kickass

RampinUp46
08-16-2012, 12:11 PM
Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden was kind of off last night. He was cool enough to pose for a picture and shake hands, but he was a bit rude along with that.

...Maybe I just caught him on an off day.

Onioner
09-18-2012, 06:22 PM
I'm bored so I'll throw in the musicians I've met.

Steve "Zetro" Souza- Met him twice, once at an Armored Saint show in 2010 and at the Death to All show last June. Super nice guy, and happy to talk to fans no matter how nerdy they get (aka me two years ago). Also didn't talk shit about anyone, even when he was baited by some assholes.

Armored Saint- They did a signing at the show mentioned above. I ran into Joey Vera before and he apologized for moving the signing until after the show and was super stoked to see my La Raza LP. All the guys ended up checking it out and talking to me about it at the signing. Gonzo Sandoval even drew a little snare drum on the cover and John Bush happily personalized it even though I had to spell my name letter by letter for him.

Chuck Billy- Met him at a Halford concert two years back. I again fanboyed out because I still hadn't met a lot of musicians yet, but he was being really bugged by some older fans who wouldn't leave him and his wife alone and people baiting him for photos, so he wasn't in that great of a mood. He still talked to me for a little bit though and told me that Dark Roots of Earth (he obviously didn't refer to it by name then) was set to come out in Spring 2011. That obviously didn't happen haha.

Cormorant- I met Arthur at Slim's a couple weeks back and introduced myself as Justin Weis' intern. I think that made him happy to see someone who knew Justin and we talked about him for a bit, then I mentioned that I write for Metal Assault and asked if he would like to do an interview. He said sure and got everyone together after their set (after some Spinal Tap like backstage maneuvering haha). The interview was really fun- it was more like a transcribed conversation than an interview, but I think I managed to answer a lot of lingering questions at the same time. We all then talked about audio engineering, metal journalism, Billy Anderson and Justin Weis for a bit longer and they were all really really cool to me. Arthur's wife is also super sweet and made sure I could fit into the shirt I bought before she took my money.

Don Anderson from Agalloch- Very, very sweet guy. He hung out on the floor minutes after their show in SF last August and signed anything that fans wanted autographed. We talked about Marrow of the Spirit for a bit and about Justin Weis, who mixed and mastered the album. He also pointed me in the direction of Billy Anderson who engineered Faustian Echoes (and a fuckton of other amazing albums like Dopesmoker) and did the live sound on the last tour.

Billy Anderson- Nice guy, but seriously weird as hell. We talked a bit more about Justin (I literally came straight to the show after working at Trakworx that day) and about audio engineering careers and whatnot. He told me not to go to Full Sail University because they would steal all my inheritance. :eyes:

Aesop Dekker from Ludicra/VHOL/Agalloch- Also met him after the Agalloch show. Cool dude, very laid back. We talked about working for Justin, VHOL and Ludicra for a bit. He said I should go say hi to John Cobbett but I got lazy and wanted to go home.

Charlie Benante from Anthrax- I ended up getting to do a drum duel with him and another kid at the Metal Masters Clinic in LA last April. He was very chill and honest with me when I asked him a bunch of Anthrax questions (they're pretty much never gonna play Gung-Ho again :( ) and we talked about Van Halen oddly enough haha.

Dave Ellefson and Chris Broderick from Megadeth- Also at the Metal Masters Clinic. We talked about the American Carnage tour mainly, and about how I was at the SF show where they played My Last Words. Both were real friendly. As we were talking Phil Anselmo walked down and pretended to punch all of us and then said what's up haha.

Dave Lombardo from Slayer/Philm- Met him at the Metal Masters Clinic and also talked to him briefly at Slaughter by the Water. Dude tried to get me a pair of sticks after the drum duel but security booted me out of backstage before he could get me a pair. At SBTW I talked to him about Metal Assault and Andrew Metalhead for a bit, but he was setting up for soundcheck for Philm so he was in a hurry and couldn't really talk a whole lot. I think he's a cool dude to talk to when he isn't occupied with something, but if he's busy he can kind of come off as a jerk. He and Andrew were pretty good friends while he was still in LA so I know he's a good dude.

Lips from Anvil- The first time I met Lips was two years ago after an Anvil show in SF. It was a big crowd so he was super cheery and talkative. I met him again after seeing the band play in LA a year later. The police were blocking the band's van from getting out of the Sunset Strip, so he wasn't in a good mood at all. He still signed stuff for the kids though.

Impaled- The funniest fucking dudes I've ever met. Ross Sewage had a zinger for every question I asked him, and he and Sean McGrath are the perfect comedy duo. I exchanged emails with Raul Varela frequently when we were going over interview stuff and he was super nice and understanding when Metal Assault ran into some hiccups with the interview. I also talked audio engineering stuff with Jason and he had some very kind words to say about the interview when I asked him if there was anything I could improve on a few days afterward.

Death Angel- I met Mark Osegueda before their show in Santa Clara in 2011 and talked mainly about the tour with him. I mentioned that I was the guy he pointed out at their SF show who yelled "chug chug chug" and he got super excited and said he remembered me. My buddy also was doing a paper on the bay area thrash scene for a class and Mark happily gave him a few quotes to use. I talked to Ted Aguilar during one of the opening bands and we talked about the tour and his time in the band, he was also a very cool and laidback dude. I ran into Will Carroll after the show as well and he was super tired and in a hurry to load stuff up, so he didn't really want to talk much. I later met the whole band at a signing in LA before the Anthrax show and they were all super jolly and nice. I reminded Mark about me being the "chug chug chug" guy and everyone started laughing because they all remembered that and got super excited and stoked to see someone from the bay at the show. They all yelled "chug chug chug" as I walked out of the signing area haha. At the show I ran into Damien Sisson like twenty minutes before Death Angel went on. He remembered me from the signing and we talked about how he and Will joined the band and how the tour was going. He was also super outgoing and nice.

Matt Harvey from Exhumed- I ran into him after their set at Summer Slaughter last month. It turns out he and I have both lived in the same area of San Jose so we talked about the area for a bit, talked about the Napalm Death/Municipal Waste tour, a bit about Metal Assault and the current tour (dude said it was a clusterfuck).

Exodus- Gary Holt is at every other show in the Bay when he's not touring, so I used to see him around a lot. He's always been super engaged when I've talked to him and holds nothing back about his opinions. A few of my friends are close with him and his family and he apparently throws crazy parties haha. I've met Tom Hunting a couple times, once at the Bonded By Baloff show last March and again at a AC/DShe and Hell Fire show last Friday. He was super shy when I approached him as a fan, but when we were just hanging out backstage with friends he was really social and happy to talk drums with me for like 20 minutes.

Heathen- Dave White is one of the nicest dudes ever. I met him two years ago after an Exodus/Heathen show and I guess he wasn't used to meeting young fans at the time, so he got really excited and we talked about Heathen for a bit, went out of his way to learn me and my friends' names and what part of the bay we came from to see the show. I later met him again at the Bonded By Baloff show and he actually remembered me from two years ago and signed my Evolution of Chaos LP. He then asked me to be the first to autograph a notebook he bought for his fans to sign! I then ran into Kragen Lum at the merch booth and he was nice as well and pointed me towards Darren Minter and Lee Altus after signing my cover. Darren and I talked drums for a little bit, while Lee was busy with his friends and just signed my cover. A buddy of mine met him at another show and said he was talkative though, and he always invites kids up onstage to play his guitar when Exodus or Heathen do a big jam ending.

Paul Bostaph from Forbidden/Testament/Exodus-Met him at the Bonded By Baloff show. We talked Blackgates (his main project at the time) and his drumming on The Formation of Damnation for a bit. I didn't feel like bugging him for long, so I took off after a couple minutes. He was cool to me when we did talk though.

High On Fire- I met all those guys at a show in Santa Cruz a year ago. Jeff Matz's sister in law was my (awesome) boss for about a year, so we hit it off right away. Des Kensel seemed kind of crabby and just signed my Death is this Communion LP cover and walked off. Matt Pike talked with me and my friends for a little bit about Sleep, guitar and some other stuff and signed my LP cover without me even having to ask. Dude bailed super quick when one fan got really creepy and wouldn't let go of his hand after shaking it haha.

Holy Grail- Eli Santana is super talkative and nice- we chatted about Exodus and Armored Saint from what I remember. James Paul Luna is a lot quieter (I think he does it to save his voice) and didn't really talk a whole lot.

Vektor- I talked drums with Blake Anderson at the LA show in January or February and I interviewed David DiSanto recently. Blake is really nice and David's kind of an oddball haha. He's real nice too though, and posed for photos and signed a ton of stuff after the show.

YOB- I met Aaron Reiseberg and Mike Scheidt after their show in Berkeley a year ago. They're both the sweetest dudes in the world (Mike is a heavy metal wizard teddy bear) and signed all my stuff and talked to me for a good while and made sure to learn my name. My poster with their awesome signatures and doodles is hanging over my computer right now.


I've also met and hung out with a lot of smaller bands over this summer like Hatchet, Fog of War, Hell Fire and Witchaven. When I hung out with Witchaven at a friend's house it was like 4 in the morning and we just got super serious and talked about the economy and life as a working musician. This was all while they were passing around a bong haha. The Hatchet dudes are all buddies of mine and they've always been super chill to hang out with. The Fog of War dudes are all really laid back and fun, and the Hell Fire guys really know how to party haha.

street_burial
09-19-2012, 05:59 AM
Death Angel- I met Mark Osegueda before their show in Santa Clara in 2011 and talked mainly about the tour with him. I mentioned that I was the guy he pointed out at their SF show who yelled "chug chug chug" and he got super excited and said he remembered me. My buddy also was doing a paper on the bay area thrash scene for a class and Mark happily gave him a few quotes to use. I talked to Ted Aguilar during one of the opening bands and we talked about the tour and his time in the band, he was also a very cool and laidback dude. I ran into Will Carroll after the show as well and he was super tired and in a hurry to load stuff up, so he didn't really want to talk much. I later met the whole band at a signing in LA before the Anthrax show and they were all super jolly and nice. I reminded Mark about me being the "chug chug chug" guy and everyone started laughing because they all remembered that and got super excited and stoked to see someone from the bay at the show. They all yelled "chug chug chug" as I walked out of the signing area haha. At the show I ran into Damien Sisson like twenty minutes before Death Angel went on. He remembered me from the signing and we talked about how he and Will joined the band and how the tour was going. He was also super outgoing and nice.




jelly. I'd love to be able to meet them, let alone do all that haha

John The Drummer
09-19-2012, 12:22 PM
Just a quick addition to my list....

Tyr - The singer comes off as an EXTREMELY reserved and anti social guy, at least before they took the stage. I tried talking to him a little bit, but didn't receieve more than a nod or a single word response, oh well. Their drummer on the other hand is a very cool dude who wanted to talk-talk-talk-talk but had to take the stage :lol:

Ken from Abigail Williams is a very awesome and laid back person. I only talked to him for a few minutes since it was getting late, but he told me/my band to hit him up on the Facebooks and keep in touch, (I know musicians say that everyone, but still!) since he is moving to Portland, OR in a couple weeks.

Onioner
09-19-2012, 06:51 PM
jelly. I'd love to be able to meet them, let alone do all that haha

If they come by your town on any tour, you'll definitely be able to meet them if you want to, they're all really social guys. I'll be interviewing one of them next month, it'll be funny if Mark still remembers me at the "chug chug chug" guy haha.

Solarian13
09-21-2012, 01:38 PM
Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) did a free drum clinic here yesterday. He's a super nice guy, totally down to earth, and really inspiring to watch/learn from.

RampinUp46
09-21-2012, 06:14 PM
Goatwhore - All good guys from what I can remember, didn't mind me sitting onstage (had a torn calf - technically shouldn't have gone, but fuck you, it's Goatwhore). Louis in particular was really cool.

Kimberly Freeman (One Eyed Doll) - Really sweet, cares a lot about her fans and takes time with all of them. She even complimented my Opeth shirt (her band was opening for Otep - I was going with a friend and wore the shirt to play off the Otep/Opeth confusion).

The Colonel
01-20-2013, 03:46 PM
Gotta add the dudes from Sacred Reich to the list of super nice guys. Met Phil Rind quite a few times, he's pretty much a fixture at metal shows here in AZ. See the other guys around a bit too, but never officially met any of them until being introduced to Greg Hall at Down last week. Great dudes, and they always seem to be almost surprised that people like their band! Being a young punk/metal kid in Phoenix, Sacred Reich were gods to me back in the day, so meeting them and them being rad people is really cool for me.

ravenheart
03-26-2013, 02:16 AM
Add Udo Dirkschneider to the list of cool guys.

John The Drummer
03-26-2013, 12:30 PM
I didn't personally meet Karl Sanders, but my two guitarists did at the Nile show last week. They went up to him and said "We love your Mashall amps....." and then Karl proceeded to talk about amps with them and was completely cool. One of my guitarists asked if Karl was going to be using one of his guitars that my guitarist LOVES for the show, Karl replied with "No" but then offered to get it off of the tour bus and let my guitarist check it out.

Seemed like a really cool guy! I have heard some stories about him being a dick, so that was nice to hear something good. Also, George Kollias messed something up on his drums and Karl started a "DON'T BREAK YOUR DRUMS GEORGE" chant :lol: :lol: :lol:

christopher
03-26-2013, 06:32 PM
I didn't personally meet Karl Sanders, but my two guitarists did at the Nile show last week. They went up to him and said "We love your Mashall amps....." and then Karl proceeded to talk about amps with them and was completely cool. One of my guitarists asked if Karl was going to be using one of his guitars that my guitarist LOVES for the show, Karl replied with "No" but then offered to get it off of the tour bus and let my guitarist check it out.

Seemed like a really cool guy! I have heard some stories about him being a dick, so that was nice to hear something good. Also, George Kollias messed something up on his drums and Karl started a "DON'T BREAK YOUR DRUMS GEORGE" chant :lol: :lol: :lol:

I met Karl once outside of my first Nile show in 2008 and he seemed really nice.

PVH5150
03-27-2013, 04:48 AM
I can't ever recall meeting anyone that was a dick.
Here's a list of the nice ones I've met.

Doug Aldrich. Met him in 2011 in the parking lot of the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT on the 2nd date of Whitesnake's Forevermore tour. Super nice guy.

Gary Cherone. Met him in 2009 at the Regent Theater in Arlington, MA. Him & his brother, Mark, have a Who tribute band called Slip Kid that do a few local shows a year when Gary is free. I delivered 3 cabs to the venue for Mark's guitar rig. Got to talk with Gary about music for a half hour or so. Another wicked nice dude.

Rex Brown & Vinny Appice. Met them last summer at the Rock Junction in West Greenwich, RI at one of Kill Devil Hill's shows. They were just hanging outside the venue before doors opened. Both were awesome.

Mark Tremonti & Wolfgang Van Halen. Same place as Kill Devil Hill a few weeks later. It was actually the first ever Tremonti show. Wolf was called in as a last minute replacement, so I was stoked about that. Both super nice.

Lita Ford. Met her twice. During last summer, she was opening for Def Leppard & Poison. The afternoon before that show, she did a meet n greet at Guitar Center in Boston. There were maybe only 30 people that showed up, so she spent a few minutes talking to each fan. Such a sweetheart. The day after the Def Lep gig, she did a mini-solo set at the Newbury Comics in Norwood. Picked up her solo album & she and her whole band signed it. Mitch Perry, Pat O'Brien, Gary Hoey & Scotty Coogan are in her current band. All really nice people.

Ace Frehley. Met him at the Rock N Shock convention at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA in 2011. This was a couple weeks before his book, No Regrets, was due to be released. Got the book personalized to me & a picture. I was wearing my Ted Nugent shirt and Ace looks up and goes "Hey, that crazy bastard's a friend of mine." Real nice guy. Good to see Ace staying clean.

Sully Erna. I'd heard horror stories about him being a complete douche so I went not expecting much. Him & his solo band were doing a signing at the now defunct Daddy's Junky Music in Dedham, MA. Must've caught him on a good day. One of the nicest guys I've ever met.

Onioner
03-27-2013, 11:33 AM
Got to meet Joe and Martyn from Orange Goblin the other day. Both were super cheery, jolly and fun. They also kept offering me beer haha.

MetalMaxine
03-29-2013, 08:22 AM
I met Doro and some of the guys from 3iob and Goatwhore. They were all really cool. They all had shows here recently.

The guys from Mastodon were freakin awesome. Even Brent. He could be a dick.

Shadows Fall are cool guys too.

We also caught Zakk Wylde after a show here a couple years ago. Just by chance. My friends and me told him how awesome him and the show was and he said thanks and signed my friends chest. Lol

No dicks really except the drummer from Sepultura. It wasn't directed at me,but he was telling some fans after the show to go F themselves. Maybe they asked him for a kidney or whatever. Lol

We staked out Judas priest bus after a show but no luck. Lol

MetalIsArt
03-29-2013, 08:24 AM
I met Doro and some of the guys from 3iob and Goatwhore. They were all really cool. They all had shows here recently.

The guys from Mastodon were freakin awesome. Even Brent. He could be a dick.

Shadows Fall are cool guys too.

We also caught Zakk Wylde after a show here a couple years ago. Just by chance. My friends and me told him how awesome him and the show was and he said thanks and signed my friends chest. Lol

No dicks really except the drummer from Sepultura. It wasn't directed at me,but he was telling some fans after the show to go F themselves. Maybe they asked him for a kidney or whatever. Lol

We staked out Judas priest bus after a show but no luck. Lol

You mean Igor Cavalera?

Coma323
03-29-2013, 09:22 AM
William DuVall from AiC has always been super nice every time I've met him. The last time I saw AiC he hung out with my friends and I in the hotel lobby until well past 3am just chatting about music and everything else in life.

toolfansat
03-29-2013, 10:05 AM
It sounds like all metal band members should just be hanging out, knitting sweaters and discussing the grandkids!!

MetalMaxine
03-29-2013, 10:09 AM
You mean Igor Cavalera?

No. The guy who replaced him. I don't know his name. They came here last year with Death angel, Havok and I forget who else. Anyway we were just standing by our car and all out of nowhere we hear the yelling. Look over and it was the drummer. Maybe he wasn't actually a dick. I don't know what the guys said him. He just started yelling " get the f out, go f yourselves " Really going to town on them. The guys just walked away. Weird stuff. Lol

MetalIsArt
03-29-2013, 11:23 AM
No. The guy who replaced him. I don't know his name. They came here last year with Death angel, Havok and I forget who else. Anyway we were just standing by our car and all out of nowhere we hear the yelling. Look over and it was the drummer. Maybe he wasn't actually a dick. I don't know what the guys said him. He just started yelling " get the f out, go f yourselves " Really going to town on them. The guys just walked away. Weird stuff. Lol

:D

RampinUp46
04-05-2013, 06:40 AM
No. The guy who replaced him. I don't know his name. They came here last year with Death angel, Havok and I forget who else. Anyway we were just standing by our car and all out of nowhere we hear the yelling. Look over and it was the drummer. Maybe he wasn't actually a dick. I don't know what the guys said him. He just started yelling " get the f out, go f yourselves " Really going to town on them. The guys just walked away. Weird stuff. Lol

Eloy Casagrande?

ravenheart
04-05-2013, 07:40 AM
William DuVall from AiC has always been super nice every time I've met him. The last time I saw AiC he hung out with my friends and I in the hotel lobby until well past 3am just chatting about music and everything else in life.

Probably just too polite to tell you all to fuck off and go home ;)

Epidemic Reign
04-08-2013, 08:53 AM
Met all the guys from Soilwork yesterday. The only one I really had a conversation with was Bjorn (the singer) and he was cool. It was a really small venue so the whole band just hung out throughout the whole show. I'll post a set list and review later if no one beats me to it.

mastodon421
04-25-2013, 10:02 AM
From NEMHF:
Awesome:
Anthony Notarmaso (After the Burial)-fucking awesome dude, up there with Trevor Strnad, Shannon Lucas and Devin Townsend as the nicest musicians I've ever met.

Pretty Cool:
Ronnie Canizaro (Born of Osiris)

So high on some good shit (not talking weed kids) that he seemed confused as to what I was saying:
Cameron Losch (Born of Osiris)

Didn't talk to any of them, but the guys from Battlecross were upstairs for most of the day and they seemed like pretty awesome dudes as well.

RampinUp46
05-15-2013, 11:12 AM
Barney from Napalm Death was badass. My friend and I snuck backstage (accidentally, I swear), and he was more than happy to chat with us and actually said "Nah, they can stay" when a security guard asked if he wanted us removed.

Onioner
05-15-2013, 11:49 AM
Barney from Napalm Death was badass. My friend and I snuck backstage (accidentally, I swear), and he was more than happy to chat with us and actually said "Nah, they can stay" when a security guard asked if he wanted us removed.

Barney's awesome. One of the most polite musicians I've ever met too.

adamclark52
05-15-2013, 12:01 PM
Barney's awesome. One of the most polite musicians I've ever met too.

After a club show in Ottawa a few years back he exited the venue through the crowd and the front doors, signing, taking photos and chatting. And he didn't seem to be bothered to do it one bit. I was going to go get a photo but I lost him in the crowd.

hellawaits77ny
05-16-2013, 04:53 AM
Never met him, but have heard nothing but good things about Barney.

Addicted2metal
04-16-2014, 12:41 PM
All members in Digital Summer are very awesome guys!!!

MPF
04-16-2014, 01:33 PM
I haven't done this in a while:

Mike Mangini of Dream Theater: Very cool guy. A very intense guy when it comes to drums but awesome to talk to.

Hannes Van Dahl of Sabaton: One of the coolest drummers I have met in quite some time. Let me go up on the First Avenue stage and take pics of his drumkit. So I got to live out one of my biggest dreams thanks to him (being on the First Avenuestage behind a drumkit)

Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth- Another intense no bullshit guy. But a guy you gotta respect at least musically. I'll leave politics aside.

Matt Young Of King Parrot- The Henry Rollins of Grindcore. So humble in person and absolutely insane on stage.

Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan- Absolutely hilarious and a great guy to hang with.

Jorgen Munkeby of Shining- A very down to earth guy. Has incredible stage presence live but humble and very knowledgeable guy to talk to off stage.

TehBr00tulz
04-16-2014, 02:23 PM
Sven from Aborted is an absolutely hilarious guy to hang out with, and puts on an incredible performance with little to no practice or warming up.

Every member of each band on the Decibel tour were incredibly friendly and really nice guys, especially Jeff Walker from Carcass and Trevor Strnad from Black Dahlia (who was also drunk off his ass, but that's nothing new).

ravenheart
04-16-2014, 03:07 PM
Forgot all about this thread. Add Adrian Vandenberg and Glenn Hughes to the cool guy list. Adrian is just an all round nice guy. Glenn is cool, but you can tell there's a big ego in there.

John The Drummer
04-21-2014, 12:51 PM
Jorgen Munkeby of Shining- A very down to earth guy. Has incredible stage presence live but humble and very knowledgeable guy to talk to off stage.

THIS! I didn't personally meet him, but my GF took her kids to their meet-n-greet and were the only people there, so they hung out for a good half hour and Jorgen just wanted to know everything about everything and was very glad that SOMEONE came to hang out with them.

I briefly shook his hand while he was packing up and he wasn't a rockstar at all, "Thanks for coming!". More people need to be like him!

AnthG
04-21-2014, 01:31 PM
I think everyone i've met with the exceptions of a few people have been pretty cool and down to earth. Most of the time it's just for a quick "Hi/Can you take a picture/you were great tonight/etc.", but the ones that stood out:

Jon Howard from Threat Signal: Met him in 2007 at a Chimaira show in Toronto. Spoke to him for like 10 minutes. Talkative dude.

Brian Fair: He was near the merch table on the KsE tour in 2012 taking pics with fans. Just mention anything Boston sports-related to him and he'll talk.

Kevin Talley: This was in 2010 when Daath was touring with Chimaira. He was setting up Daath's sound stuff before the show started and recognized him. He tried to sell me DVDs of his Black Dahlia Murder and Slayer auditions.

Chris Adler: At a signing last October. Super nice guy, but I think everyone already knew that. And judging by his reaction, I think I was the first one to mention his work on the last Protest the Hero album.

Trevor Phipps and Ken Susi from Unearth: Susi's hilarious, and Trevor's a big Red Sox fan, so that was fun.

Brian Eschbach: I think he was just happy that I knew his Deadpool tattoo was of Deadpool, not Spiderman.


As far as ones that weren't really all that great, I haven't met anyone who was an outright asshole, but a couple who just seemed to show general indifference, a little annoyance by me saying "Hey, I enjoyed your set", or maybe even the subtle rockstar snub:

The dudes in Korn: I won a Meet & Greet pass during the Family Values tour in 2006. I chalk some of this up to their handlers who were very strict on the One item only and allowing you to take pictures of the members as they walk by, and not with them. So everything was rushed. Jonathan Davis didn't say one word, and just went by signing stuff. Munky was cool and talkative and actually the only one to seem genuinely happy and excited to meet fans. David spent the whole time talking to one of the security guys while he was walking up the line signing stuff. Fieldy was alright too, but seemed more focused on handing out bumper stickers of his clothing line or whatever. Considering they were my favourite band at the time and the first pro musicians I met that I liked, a bit of a bummer. Plus the Meet & Greet was scheduled during Stone Sour's set, instead of Dir En Grey's or Flyleaf's or something.


Alissa and one of the guitarists from the Agonist: Just genuinely indifferent to me saying "Hey, that was a nice set you played" and shaking their hand. Didn't ask for an autograph or picture or anything. In fact I think I was buying their CD from their merch booth when I approached their guitarist. Alissa in general just seems like an unpleasant person to be around at times.

dcmetal108
04-21-2014, 05:32 PM
Met Papa and The Nameless Ghouls - all INSANELY nice, really grateful to have you meet them, talkative, and the like. Papa is really talkative as are the Ghouls. Their so nice in fact that they all (Papa and EVERY Ghoul) shook my hand when I met them and shook it again when I was walking away while they all wished me a nice day and thanked me for meeting them.

mastodon421
04-21-2014, 05:43 PM
Everyone in Battlecross is the shit. Super nice, funny as hell and are genuinely appreciative of the support (Gumby's face lit up after the Protest show when I said that the was the best performance of the 3 times of I've seen them and complimented them on the progress they've made as a live act in the past year.)

John The Drummer
04-22-2014, 08:21 AM
Met Papa and The Nameless Ghouls - all INSANELY nice, really grateful to have you meet them, talkative, and the like. Papa is really talkative as are the Ghouls. Their so nice in fact that they all (Papa and EVERY Ghoul) shook my hand when I met them and shook it again when I was walking away while they all wished me a nice day and thanked me for meeting them.

I must admit, I am INSANELY surprised. I figured they'd be super pretentious and douchey, that's a nice thing to hear :)

Nick_to_the_face
04-24-2014, 02:59 PM
I didn't personally talk to him, because fuck Emmure. But I had a couple of buddies say Frankie Palmeri was actually a really nice guy. Which I find hilarious :lol:

John The Drummer
06-02-2014, 12:34 PM
John Pettibone, vocalist of (or formerly of, since they broke up) Himsa is a really cool guy! He works the door at one of the venues here in Seattle and just a really cool nice down to Earth guy. A lot of times venues get a bit dickish when you don't sell the amount of tickets they want you to sell, but Pettibone was always cool when I'd tell him the amount, or lack of, that we sold.

dcmetal108
06-02-2014, 04:34 PM
Singer from Bane is seriously awesome.

Butcher of Birth
06-02-2014, 08:33 PM
Nergal from Behemoth is very awesome, will have an actual conversation with you. Everyone else in Behemoth are silent and never really pose for a photo.

mankvill
06-02-2014, 09:09 PM
Martin van Drunen was very welcoming and held a conversation with me about Manilla Road at MDF. Tomas Lindberg was also very nice, hanging out with lots of people watching Incantation.

CreptorStatus
06-11-2014, 10:47 AM
Good:

James Malone and Noah Martin of Arsis - Both incredibly nice guys, fun to talk to and smoke cigarettes with.

Joe and Mario Duplantier of Gojira - Mario said Joey Jordison does too many drugs to be a good drummer.

Karl Sanders of Nile - Came up onto the stage once my band was finished playing, shook all of our hands and said "You guys were fucking incredible." Pretty awesome.

Fleshgod Apocalypse - All the dudes were super nice.

Not Necessarily Bad:

Michael Keene of The Faceless - After his set, me and my friend saw him walking to his tour bus and I called out to him saying "Hey Michael your set was fucking sick!" I guess my friend had said something similar at the same time and Michael looked at us and said "I CANT HEAR WHEN YOU BOTH TALK AT THE SAME TIME!" and walked off lol. Granted he looked pretty pissed off before we shouted at him.

Corey of Trivium - Me and a group of my friends saw Corey in the halls of some venue. My friend shouted "Hey Corey come smoke weed with us!" And Corey turned and looked at him for a minute giving him just the most confused look and then said "No!" super quickly. He then turned right back around and start chatting with some kids or something lol.

John The Drummer
06-11-2014, 11:41 AM
Good:


Karl Sanders of Nile - Came up onto the stage once my band was finished playing, shook all of our hands and said "You guys were fucking incredible." Pretty awesome.


Nice! I know we've met, but I forgot what band you were in :( (oh wait, maybe I am confusing you with a different North Westerner on here... not many of us on here lol)

When we opened for Nile last year one of my guitarists asked Karl if he'll be playing a certain guitar that he REALLY liked, Karl said "no" but offered to go onto their bus and grab it to let my guitarist look at it. That was pretty cool :)

AnthG
06-12-2014, 07:48 AM
Add Dan Gargiulo from Revocation to the super cool list.

AnataFan4Life
06-14-2014, 04:18 AM
Luc Lemay from Gorguts is one of the coolest musicians i've ever met. VERY nice and welcoming.

CreptorStatus
06-18-2014, 07:12 AM
Nice! I know we've met, but I forgot what band you were in :( (oh wait, maybe I am confusing you with a different North Westerner on here... not many of us on here lol) :)

Hmm I believe we met/played a show together at The Highline a year or two ago..? could be wrong lol. Eitherway we did meet at some point, I play guitar in The Devils of Loudun.

Add to the list nice dudes: the drummer of Havok - somehow my band mates lured him into our practice room to smoke weed but he just ended up indulging me with tour stories from Japan and their insane Central/South American tour for about an hour. Super nice humble dude, and an amazing drummer. Story Highlights: a Colombian fan trying to walk off with his ride cymbal saying it was the end of the tour and he wouldn't need it anyway lol.

LogicBomb
06-20-2014, 05:54 PM
Ethan from Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire/Primitive Man is an awesome, totally humble dude. It's kind of funny, alot of the time people in the harshest most negative bands tend to be the coolest.

kalfitegrdan
06-21-2014, 01:26 AM
Ethan from Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire/Primitive Man is an awesome, totally humble dude. It's kind of funny, alot of the time people in the harshest most negative bands tend to be the coolest.

Yeah, everyone from Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire is chill as fuck.

The Colonel
06-21-2014, 08:20 PM
Ethan from Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire/Primitive Man is an awesome, totally humble dude. It's kind of funny, alot of the time people in the harshest most negative bands tend to be the coolest.

Ethan is a rad dude. Funny story about how I met him. A few years back I'm at the entrance to MDF, 2008 I believe. This girl walks up to me and asks if she can take my picture. I ask why, and she says because she has a friend back in Denver who looks exactly like me and she wants to send my pic to him. A few months later, my old band Sunyata is on a bill in Tucson with Unholy Grave and Magrudergrind. A band called Death of Self jumps on the bill at the last minute. After the show, I'm approached by this big dude with dreadlocks who played bass in that band, and who happens to be wearing the same Rotten Sound shirt as me. He tells me that he was the guy who was sent my pic at MDF. We wound up hanging out and taking pictures the rest of the night. I see that dude every time my band hits Denver, and every time one of his bands comes here. Great, great dude.

ravenheart
06-22-2014, 03:01 AM
I noticed Wino and Dave Sherman from Spirit Caravan hanging out in the crowd for Unida last night, chatting and signing with anyone and everyone. Very cool guys.

PVH5150
06-22-2014, 08:14 AM
I noticed Wino and Dave Sherman from Spirit Caravan hanging out in the crowd for Unida last night, chatting and signing with anyone and everyone. Very cool guys.

Indeed.

Henry Vasquez, on the other hand, is a dick.

ravenheart
06-22-2014, 04:02 PM
Henry Vasquez, on the other hand, is a dick.

I totally get that impression.

Nausea
07-01-2014, 07:27 AM
The nicest band member I ever met is Joe Duplantier. He was just so humble and loved talking metal. I was surprised how long he stayed and talked with me too.

Based on interviews I've seen, I would imagine that Chuck Schuldiner might have been the nicest guy in metal ever.

Natrlhi
07-01-2014, 07:39 AM
The nicest band member I ever met is Joe Duplantier. He was just so humble and loved talking metal. I was surprised how long he stayed and talked with me too.

Based on interviews I've seen, I would imagine that Chuck Schuldiner might have been the nicest guy in metal ever.
I've had the same experience with Joe. Great guy.

I actually saw Death a few times when I was younger, but back then I was too starstruck by celebrities to try speaking to them, so I never actually met Chuck. I did get right up in his face to "help" him scream the lyrics to several of the songs at one or two of those shows, though - so I guess you could say I "almost" met him. :D

I did meet Schmeier once during that time frame, though - I gave him a dollar bill to sign since I didn't have anything else on me at the time. I still have that dollar somewhere, I'm pretty sure. :lol:

Nausea
07-01-2014, 07:53 AM
I've had the same experience with Joe. Great guy.

I actually saw Death a few times when I was younger, but back then I was too starstruck by celebrities to try speaking to them, so I never actually met Chuck. I did get right up in his face to "help" him scream the lyrics to several of the songs at one or two of those shows, though - so I guess you could say I "almost" met him. :D

I did meet Schmeier once during that time frame, though - I gave him a dollar bill to sign since I didn't have anything else on me at the time. I still have that dollar somewhere, I'm pretty sure. :lol:

\m/

I'm jealous. I never had the opportunity to see Death. Been a fan since I first started getting into music, but they just never tour'd anywhere close to my neck of the woods. Or if they did, I somehow missed it. It was harder to keep track of band tours before the internet :)

Natrlhi
07-01-2014, 09:27 AM
\m/

I'm jealous. I never had the opportunity to see Death. Been a fan since I first started getting into music, but they just never tour'd anywhere close to my neck of the woods. Or if they did, I somehow missed it.

It was harder to keep track of band tours before the internet :)
No doubt. Everything about getting into music is so much easier these days. I got into metal in the early 80's, so I was able to cut my teeth on albums like British Steel, Kill 'Em All, Reign in Blood, etc. when they were new (or recent) releases. Thus, I got to see Death when Spiritual Healing was new, and Slayer when South of Heaven was new, or Exodus when Bonded by Blood was new (which was the first album I ever owned on CD, by the way :fist:).

I had no idea then how lucky I was - even though getting new music meant you had to buy it based on a leap of faith (or some good word of mouth, if it was something popular), or swap cassette tapes with a friend (or just make a copy on your boom box that had dual deck cassette decks...:D). It was a different time back then, but it was the best of times, in many ways. The amount of effort required to get into new music meant that we appreciated it more than we do today, I think.

adamclark52
07-01-2014, 10:11 AM
I had no idea then how lucky I was - even though getting new music meant you had to buy it based on a leap of faith (or some good word of mouth, if it was something popular), or swap cassette tapes with a friend (or just make a copy on your boom box that had dual deck cassette decks...:D). It was a different time back then, but it was the best of times, in many ways. The amount of effort required to get into new music meant that we appreciated it more than we do today, I think.

:party: TESTIFY! :party:

Nausea
07-01-2014, 10:26 AM
No doubt. Everything about getting into music is so much easier these days. I got into metal in the early 80's, so I was able to cut my teeth on albums like British Steel, Kill 'Em All, Reign in Blood, etc. when they were new (or recent) releases. Thus, I got to see Death when Spiritual Healing was new, and Slayer when South of Heaven was new, or Exodus when Bonded by Blood was new (which was the first album I ever owned on CD, by the way :fist:).

I had no idea then how lucky I was - even though getting new music meant you had to buy it based on a leap of faith (or some good word of mouth, if it was something popular), or swap cassette tapes with a friend (or just make a copy on your boom box that had dual deck cassette decks...:D). It was a different time back then, but it was the best of times, in many ways. The amount of effort required to get into new music meant that we appreciated it more than we do today, I think.

Yep, word of mouth, and opening bands were the best way to find new music back then. I didn't start really getting into music until about 6th grade, and the album that got me hooked was Master of Puppets. My first concert was that year too- ... and Justice For All Tour which is still probably in my top 10 concerts all time.

MetalIsArt
07-01-2014, 10:39 AM
Yeah, Chuck must've been a very nice guy.

A few years before he died, a reporter of Aardschok magazine met him and told him something like "I never expected this" etc. Chuck replied "You never know what life brings!"

After he died, the guy wrote a little tribute to him and it only confirmed that he was very cool.

Natrlhi
07-01-2014, 10:56 AM
:party: TESTIFY! :party:
1JSBhI_0at0

I didn't start really getting into music until about 6th grade, and the album that got me hooked was Master of Puppets.
Wow, I think you and I are within about five years of age (I'm "40-ish" ;)). Welcome to an extremely small (but powerful :fist::D) minority on this forum.

Yeah, I remember when a buddy of mine got his first copy of MoP and we took it with us to the playground to crank it in his boom box while we were playing basketball. We were floored by what we heard. We played all day while listening to that album on a loop, and I swear it was some of the roughest hoops I ever remembered playing. :D

We played until the sun went down, and the only thing I remember that stopped us during that whole day was that we needed to send one of us go to the store to buy some more batteries for the boom box because we had drained the ones we had brought with us. :rocker:

Yeah, Chuck must've been a very nice guy.
I have absolutely no doubt. Everyone who has ever met him has confirmed this.

It only makes me wish I'd had the balls to talk to him back when I was a scrawny, pimple-faced teenager.

Nausea
07-01-2014, 11:47 AM
Yeah, I remember when a buddy of mine got his first copy of MoP and we took it with us to the playground to crank it in his boom box while we were playing basketball. We were floored by what we heard. We played all day while listening to that album on a loop, and I swear it was some of the roughest hoops I ever remembered playing.

My best Metallica story- 7th grade Earth Science. If we finished our test early we could turn it over and draw on the back. So I finished early, turned it over, and wrote out the lyrics to Fade to Black. A few days later, I am called down to the principles office during class. I walk into his office to find my mom in tears, the principle, vice principle, councilor, and a couple people I didnt recognize. They then start in on this intervention telling me I have so much to live for. And I say something like "What are you guys talking about?" which they then show me the test and I bust out laughing "Im not suicidal! That's just a Metallica song". It was pretty funny, but probably one of those 'you had to be there moments'

Natrlhi
07-01-2014, 11:51 AM
My best Metallica story- 7th grade Earth Science. If we finished our test early we could turn it over and draw on the back. So I finished early, turned it over, and wrote out the lyrics to Fade to Black. A few days later, I am called down to the principles office during class. I walk into his office to find my mom in tears, the principle, vice principle, councilor, and a couple people I didnt recognize. They then start in on this intervention telling me I have so much to live for. And I say something like "What are you guys talking about?" which they then show me the test and I bust out laughing "Im not suicidal! That's just a Metallica song". It was pretty funny, but probably one of those 'you had to be there moments'
:lol: I knew the way that story was going to end before I was even halfway through.

I knew somebody who had the exact same thing happen to him over the lyrics of "Suicide Solution".

Thank the fuck Satan we had caring adults watching out for our stupid asses back then, though - even if they were a little uptight and reactionary. :lol:

SomewhereInTime72
07-07-2014, 01:00 AM
:lol: I dunno I'd be pretty concerned for someone who randomly wrote Fade To Black's lyrics and gave it to me if I didn't know it was a song. :lol:

Nausea
07-07-2014, 11:28 AM
:lol: I dunno I'd be pretty concerned for someone who randomly wrote Fade To Black's lyrics and gave it to me if I didn't know it was a song. :lol:

In retrospect it probably wasn't my best idea, but honestly I didn't think my teacher would even look what was written on back. I was in 7th grade, wasn't exactly properly thinking things through before doing them. I didn't think it was absurd that they held this intervention, I just thought it was funny that they did.

treghet
07-09-2014, 12:55 AM
Based on interviews I've seen, I would imagine that Chuck Schuldiner might have been the nicest guy in metal ever.

I don't doubt that he was nice to his fans, but early on there were widespread rumors that he was a douche, which he routinely confirmed in interviews by insulting other people / bands. I've read that he calmed down a lot in his later years and made amends with many former members shortly before his death, but he was always known to be a volatile and extremely difficult guy to work with.

Addicted2metal
09-28-2014, 01:04 AM
I met Tony Kakko From Sonata Artica and everyone in Delain in a grocery store parking lot :lol: everyone was nice I even got a pic with Charlotte from Delain

MetalIsArt
09-28-2014, 03:43 AM
I met Tony Kakko From Sonata Artica and everyone in Delain in a grocery store parking lot :lol: everyone was nice I even got a pic with Charlotte from Delain

She hot, me jealous :allan: