Dirt - Friday, Feb 05

                                          Backstage at Irving Plaza with David Draiman and Ben Burnley.  Photo by Rhiannon Burnley

Wow!  Last night, I had THE best time hanging out with Disturbed’s David Draiman, who just HAPPENED to be at the Breaking Benjamin show at Irving Plaza here in NYC. Can’t tell you EXACTLY why he was there yet, but if you were there, you saw he joined Ben Burnley and the band for an acoustic version of David Bowie‘s “Under Pressure.” Ron DeChant from Starset joined them.  (Thanks Loudwire)  (It was fun in the dressing room as they rehearsed the song. We all got to sing along!)  Ben was singing the Freddie Mercury parts while David handled the Bowie side of the vocals.  It was a treat hanging out with them all.  Nicer folks you will never meet, believe me!  Also got to hang out with Starset’s Dustin Bates and Ron DeChant.  And met their cello player Mica.  Was the first time I got to see them live, although it was not a normal set, since they were acoustic, it was great.  They did their Bowie cover of “Space Oddity,” which you can also find on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel!!! Lovely that both bands wanted to do tributes to David Bowie.  Wonder what the plan is at the Grammys this year.    Anyhow, on Monday, we will have a big announcement, so stay tuned!

Blabbermouth reporting today  Slipknot is featured in the latest episode of the British art magazine show “Artsnight,” airing tonight (Friday, February 5) at 11 p.m. on BBC2.

The program, which explores why artists wear masks, includes new interviews with frontman Corey Taylor and percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan. They discuss the origins of their masks and why they wear them as part of their art. Taylor talked about how seeing Slipknot perform two years before he joined the band made such a lasting impression on him. He said: “I was there for the very first Slipknot show. I was in the audience. This was before I’d joined the band. It was so many different things all at once. It was visual, it was visceral, it was antagonistic, it was dangerous, it was powerful. I’d never seen a band like that before. It was taking everything that had been done creatively, artistically, visually and, to me, taking it to such a different realm. And I loved the fact that every mask was different, because it represented a different person. It wasn’t all linear and just kind of thrown together. It really felt like everyone had put a lot of time and thought into what they were doing. So when I did join, after some trial and error, I came to emboss that theory on to the mask that I was wearing.

He added: “The mask, for me, has always been that physical representation of the person inside me who just never had a voice. It allows me to be me. I mean, that’s what it’s all about. You talk about that representation of the person on the inside. I’m showing you more than I’ve ever revealed.  Everyone who wears a mask, embrace it, because you’re not being somebody else; you’re being yourself. And the closer you can get to that middle, to getting to know that honesty, is better for everybody, because then you can actually be yourself.”

Crahan, who is also the art director for Slipknot and directed their DVDs, explained how his iconic clown mask was the one that started the whole idea. He said: “I had gotten a version of this mask when I was 14. And I was just drawn to it, and it was awesome. And I just never knew why it was in my world, but it was always around me. And then one day, it just so happened, it was that moment of clarity [that helped me] decide what I wanted to project. I’m being taught something, more and more and more, and I haven’t even figured it out yet. This thing has no fucking limits.”

Celebrating life this weekend!   Today:  Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses is 52.  Saturday, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is 54, Sunday Sully Erna of Godsmack is 48, Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit is 41 and comedian Chris Rock is 51.


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