I grew up in a town where almost every kid wore a jean jacket and worshiped at the altar of Ozzy Osbourne
blared from garages and Skid Row
was played over the loudspeaker at our city's annual carnival. Needless to say, I know a thing or two about metal, which might have something to do with why I find myself watching "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic
even though I'm not what anyone would call a metalhead.
Honestly, the longhairs in my town looked for any reason to kick ass and this created a fear of metal fans that lasts to this day. Most dudes (cuz there ain't no girls into metal) I know these days who are into metal are super cool people and not the sorts who want to start fights. Still, when I think of the genre, I think of that older kid who lived around the corner from me. He had a bad teenage moustache and he'd spray the hose at us anytime we walked past his house.
Maybe that's why I dig the show so much. Behind closed doors, I can listen to hosts Eddie Trunk
, Jim Florentine
and Don Jamieson
talk about shredding guitarists and wailing singers without feeling like I'm about to get a beat down.
Hopefully no fisticuffs take place on Friday night as comedians Florentine
bring their stand-up act to the Rhythm Lounge
in Long Beach
. I've seen Florentine
before (even hung out with him for a bit although he'd never remember me) and if Jamieson
's act is even half as funny as Florentine's, then the show should be the equivalent of watching Slayer
play South of Heaven
while making out with Lita Ford