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HAMMER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS
O2 Arena, London 14 June 2010
Chief Ligger Mark Taylor, jaded from a few nights in the great outdoors
at Download, compared notes with Def Leppard's Joe Elliot in the toilets
at the Golden Gods Awards, and where Taking Dawn had a whole new meaning
as he stumbled from the Crobar ... (But a surprisingly lucid
report - ed)
magazine was first launched in the UK back in 1986 and whilst other
magazines have followed the latest trends and strayed away from their
original intentions, Metal Hammer has always stayed true to it's metal
roots which now has claimed the number one spot for the biggest selling
metal magazine on the shelves.
Hammer awards are becoming an inaugural part of the heavy metal
calendar, normally hosted after a major festival when the biggest names
of rock are in town to accept an award, make a speech or to put in a
fine live performance.
the event are given away in competitions and some lucky winners are
treated to a trip down the Thames on the H.M.S Hammer in the afternoon,
including some live sets on board from Hellyeah, Nonpoint, Sonic
Syndicate and Rise To Remain.
that fun was going on, I was making my way back down the motorway after
spending a knackering weekend at the Download Festival, only arriving
back in London in time for a quick shower then onwards to the Indigo
venue located at the o2 Arena.
have much energy for the long night ahead, but after a few complementary
Jaigermeister's, I was soon back in full swing.
hosts for the awards are Steel Panther who started the evening
off with a perfect three song set of the now classics 'Death To All But
Metal' and 'Turn Out The Lights' followed by the new single 'I Want It
That Way', a cover of the Backstreet Boys hit done the Panther way.
nervous before the show the Steel Panther boys did a great job of
hosting the awards for the rest of the evening all done in their very
best non-PC humour.
It was a
change of pace after with Brit thrashers Evile playing some new
tracks from the recent 'Infected Nations'. Metal Hammer editor
Alexander Milas introduced the first award of the night for best new
band which went to Rise To Remain. I'm not going to go into every award
in detail for who won what and who introduced what. If you really
want to know everything then you're best buying the August edition of
Metal Hammer which has all the glorified details.
some A-list rock celebs here tonight to give a speech or to accept an
award including Def Leps Joe Elliot, Joe Perry from
Aerosmith who won the Riff Lord title, but the biggest thrill of the
night came when Tony Iommi introduced a real legend which sent
shivers down my spine and made my arm hairs stand on end. None other
than actor Sir Christopher Lee made his way on stage, still
looking refined at 88 years of age with grey beard and walking stick.
the media darlings upstairs who then gave a standing ovation to the
great lord of so many timeless classic movies, who also has had a hand
in metal narrating on albums by Rhapsody and being recently involved in
the Charlemagne album. Even the Oscars would have a hard job in
getting Sir Christopher Lee attending their event,so full kudos to Metal
Hammer. Horns salute at full mast.
action from Five Finger Death Punch who played explosive versions
of 'Burn It Down', Way Of The Fist' and Dying Breed' which started off a
massive circle pit. Skindred followed who were perfect for
getting this party pumping with the floor fillers 'Trouble', 'Nobody'
and 'Stand Up For Something. Singer Benji certainly made his mark as
being in da house.
more awards being dished out which featured appearences from Machine
Head's Phil Demmel, Celtic Frost main man Tom G Warrior
and Cathedral's Lee Dorrian , Tony Iommi made his way back on
stage and stated that Heaven & Hell will make one last performance at
the forthcoming High Voltage Festival with guest vocals from Glenn
Hughes and Jorn Lande: that put a smile on my face.
award of the night was presented by Vinnie Paul. Many thought the
Golden God award would posthumously go to Ronnie James Dio judging by
the cries of ''Dio,Dio,Dio'' , but these awards are decided way before
the event and the award went to guitar shredder Zakk Wylde who
was here to accept his mantelpiece decoration followed by an on screen
message from his former boss Ozzy Osbourne.
awards over it was left to Aussie rockers Airbourne to end the
evening on a high with a rousing thirty minute slot of their best
numbers who were joined on stage by FFDP singer Ivan Moody who by this
time was a little 'two sheets to the wind' and overstayed his welcome
like the last person does at your party.
evening over for many, for those with guest wrist bands it was time to
make our way over to the swanky nightclub the Embassy in Mayfair where
the aftershow was being held. Many of the big stars of the night
made their way back to their hotels for a cigar and a Cognac.
I made a dash for the gents where I found myself ... er...'hanging out'
with Joe Elliot. Later on I'll be chatting to the boys from Paradise
Lost and Will Palmer from Angel Witch, but by this stage I
wasn't in much good shape to be holding a sensible conversation.
there was more live action. I've stated in previous reviews that I would
like to see Taking Dawn in a club rather than support on the big
arenas like they have been doing recently supporting Airbourne and Kiss.
I'm glad to say that Taking Dawn kicked some serious ass in a hour long
tracks from their debut had so much more oomph to them in such small
surroundings. The band were in party spirit ending their long
European jaunt on a high. A cover of 'Black Diamond' paying homage to
Kiss simply rocked. Making the most of the area the band were
jumping on monitors, drum cases and even the bar.
jumped into the crowd during 'Take Me Away' without missing a note
headbanging away like it was going out of fashion. At the end of the set
Babbit jumps into the crowd again as the DJ starts up 'Highway To Hell'
with more serious headbanging from Babbit.
stage I decided that I had enough and went off to the Crobar for a
little night cap with a few other party animals. It wasn't a good idea
as we ended up having a little private party into the wee hours,
arriving home as the birds were singing and the milkman half way through
his day. So much for an early night.
Taking Dawn set list : Like A Revolution / Save Me / Stand Up And Shout
/ Endlessly / Time To Burn / So Loud / Black Diamond / Fight 'Em / Take
Me Away / The Chain
by Mark Taylor, except where indicated
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