As we wipe the Grammy’s spit off of his grave, today’s edition of Massive Metal Monday is dedicated to the memory of metal’s greatest vocalist, Ronnie James Dio.
The last shred of any credibility that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences ever held amongst the metal community was put to rest last night when the Grammy for “Best Metal or Hard Rock Performance” went to Tenacious D for their cover of Dio’s “Last In Line.” Don’t get me wrong, I love Tenacious D, but they are, at best, a reverent parody of heavy metal. The fact that Grammy voters think that this, or any cover version, is more worthy of recognition than that of any of the hundreds of absolutely stellar original performances turned in across the metal spectrum last year is nothing short of disrespectful and appalling. SHAME ON YOU NARAS!
Meanwhile, let us crank up the legendary original recording of the title track of Dio‘s second album, The Last In Line and salute RJD with the devil horns on one hand and NARAS with a single digit of the other.
Whoa, man! I just realized that this year marks the 15-year anniversary of The Big Lebowski. Crazy!
Well, to celebrate, as an occasion such as this should be celebrated, we here at Geeks of Doom have once again partnered with the super groovy crew behind the annual Lebowski Fest, to give away a dozen tickets to two of their exclusive 12th Annual Lebowski Fest parties coming up in just two weeks.
The 12th Annual Lebowski Fest is taking place in Louisville, KY on July 19th & 20th, and we’ve got three pairs of tickets to the Movie Party, which features musical performances by The Kyle Gass Band (the man behind one full half of Tenacious D), Kentucky Prophet, and a screening of the movie that started it all, The Big Lebowski!
AND, we’ve got another three pairs of tickets, this time to the Garden Party, which features Lebowski-themed games, music by Leftover Cuties, March Madness Marching Band, Taylor Brashears w/ Va Va Vixens, and Squeeze-bot!
Too much awesome to contain!
Both of these events take place this month in Louisville, KY. Keep that in mind. We’ll provide the winners with the tickets, but travel expenses and such are totally your responsibility, ya dig?
Also, Â¡muy importante! We’re gonna need you to specify exactly which party you’d prefer to attend in the Comments field of your entry. So, say “Movie Party” or “Garden Party” or if you can make it to either one, say “Either one.” If you don’t fill in the Comments field, you ain’t got much chance of winning.
Three (3) winners will receive:
Two (2) Tickets to the Movie Party with music by Kyle Gass Band and special guest Kentucky Prophet, and a screening of The Big Lebowski. The Movie Party takes place on Friday, July 19th in Louisville, KY.
Three (3) winners will receive:
Two (2) Tickets to the Garden Party with music by Leftover Cuties, March Madness Marching Band, Taylor Brashears w/ Va Va Vixens, and Squeeze-bot. The Garden Party takes place on Saturday, July 20th in Louisville, KY.
Prizing provided by Lebowski Fest; Total prizing valued at $270. (Thanks, Wil!!)
(2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit your entry. Please include your choice of first prize event in the Optional Comments section of the form below. Be aware that this event takes place in LOUISVILLE, KY, and you will be responsible for your own transportation and any other travel-related expenses. (Form is here after the jump.)
With a jetpack fueled by insomnia and an easily amused mind, It Came From The Interwebs scours and sifts through everything that has ever appeared on the internet (more or less) to find a few things that you should know about every week. These things come from the interwebs, hence the clever name.
This week, we return from riding on the back of Falcor to bring you the time lord jedi ninja of web junk columns, featuring: a stabby eagle, fruit rape, board game movie mashups, and another Lazy Sunday.
In anticipation of the release of their forthcoming CD The Rize of the Fenix (their first in six years, due out this May) the greatest rock band in the world has returned for their first music video in what seems like ages. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Tenacious D – the folk metal duo consisting of musically gifted funnymen Jack Black and Kyle Gass – are back to rock our socks off with more rock guaranteed to melt your tits.
You can check out their epic promotional short film “To Be The Best” here below.
The D first appeared in a three-episode HBO comedy series that aired from 1997 to 2000. They released their first full-length album in 2001 and within four years it had gone platinum. In 2006, the duo made their big screen debut in the hilarious rock musical Tenacious D In The Pick of Destiny, but the film was a box office flop. Since its release on DVD it has become a cult film. Black and Gass also released a soundtrack album packed with original songs.
While on a flight recently, I caught an airing of VH1 Rock Honors – The Who, a 2008 tribute concert to the British classic rock band that featured performances by Incubus, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Flaming Lips, Adam Sandler, and Tenacious D. The surviving members of The Who — singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend — also performed their hits “Baba O’Riley,” “Who Are You,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” and “My Generation.”
The entire concert is actually online at VH1, and you can watch it all here below.