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Legendary Radio Personality, Metal Music Promoter FRANK WEBB (aka BLACK FRANK) Inducted Into LOUISVILLE ROCK & METAL HALL of FAME

By: Donnie Hardin

In 1986 my older brother Kenny had taken me to my first real concert at the age of nine to see Ozzy Osbourne at the old Cardinal Stadium. A young band of dirty haired, ripped jean wearing, greasy-haired thrashers called Metallica, unknown to me, opened the show. Cliff Burton would die in a tragic accident a couple of months later.

By the time 1993 rolled around I was a teenage headbanger, while proudly toting my beloved Walkman cassette player to school, getting geared up for the day with the sounds of Metallica, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax, Megadeth, and a selective assortment of others, I was hungry for more.

Frank w/ Lajon of Sevendust

Frank w/ Lajon of Sevendust

There was nothing quite as awesome as brand new 10-pack of shiny, blank cassette tapes. When you ripped off the packaging they had a unique smell. Brand new plastic. Untouched. By the radio we would sit patiently waiting for that one song, but it would only be hard rock at best, like Guns-N-Roses, Skid Row, or Whitesnake. There were no metal tunes on rotation. (Not until Metallica released ‘One’ off ‘…And Justice For All’ in 1989. But never would you hear Slayer, Pantera, Testament, Sepultura, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, or any of the heavier bands. You had to first read about new releases in Metal Edge or Hit Parader magazines, which were expensive, or be lucky enough to have an older brother who had friends with jobs and played in bands. But it was all spread about, for me anyway.

On August 8, 1993, that would ALL change when our local rock radio station, The Fox, had hired a disc jockey by the name of ‘BLACK FRANK’, and gave him a show originally called ‘The Metal Pit’, later renamed ‘The Attitude Network’, complete with eerie background sounds such as grinding metal, power saws, and spooky, cool noises behind this seriously incredible radio voice. This guy knew his shit too. he wasn’t playing songs off of a list passed down from some geek in a suit and tie somewhere high up the corporate food-chain at Clear Channel Productions.

Dave Mustaine w/ his pal Frank (1995)

Dave Mustaine w/ his pal Frank (1995)

It was Frank’s list, metal news, release dates, tour dates, and various metal happenings worldwide, scrawled out on a legal pad. I would sit in my bedroom with a fresh cassette tape every week waiting for midnight to strike because he would likely play something by a band I had never heard of, that I would love, like Machine Head, Biohazard, Skinlab, Corrosion of Conformity, Downset, Korn, Voivod, Fear Factory, on and on.

Frank Webb aka Black Frank (I wouldn’t know his real name for about twenty years later)… He had the perfect voice for any radio station covering any genre in the country, and we, the hard-edged thrashers, slammers, fist pumping armies of the 502, 270, and 812 area codes, we were the lucky ones because he was one of the biggest reasons, if not THE biggest reason amazing national acts started coming out of the woodwork to play Louisville Gardens, The Brewery Thunderdome, or The Palace Theater, shaking up our previously tame and humble river city, inspiring would be musicians as an unstoppable collective, eventually kicking ass with our own brand of metal, as the incredible local scene would take hold in the mid-to-late 1990’s, producing nationally relevant acts such as My Own Victim, Primer 55, and Flaw along with local titans Faceplant, Incursion, Shapeless Matrix, Luther, Factor 9, Engrind, and so many more. more, all of which FRANK WEBB promoted, pushed, pimped out, and believed in as much as anyone could have.

Frank getting loose w/ The Bobby Burns of Primer 55

Frank getting loose w/ The Bobby Burns of Primer 55

I have heard many of my peers talk about the old days, before we all had the luxury of Google, You Tube, when Black Frank could be counted on every single week to play some groundbreaking metal. Then when we started making the metal ourselves, he enabled us, whether you were Dimebag Darrell or unknown me, he would, and continues to carry on a great conversation with anyone whether they are a rock star or unsigned drummer of a garage band in the south end.

I ramble, but I ramble for a good reason.

Thank you FRANK WEBB for your service to this very fortunate metal music community. You may not have been born in Louisville, but you are LOUISVILLE’S BLACK FRANK.

It is about time that Frank Webb hits the airwaves again.

Phil Anselmo explaining to Frank that he needs to get back on the air!

Phil Anselmo explaining to Frank that he needs to get back on the air!

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‘Louder Than Life’ Organizers: Seek Bands Such As DEFTONES, FLAW For This Years ‘LOUDER THAN LIFE’ Music Festival In Louisville, Kentucky


By: Donnie Hardin

To: Danny Wimmer Presents, (promoters of festivals such as Rock On The Range, Louder Than Life)

I have been a Deftones fan ever since I saw the Southern California band open for KISS all the way back in 1996. The concert was at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, a noisy, cracker box-shaped basketball arena built for the college basketball dominant Kentucky Wildcats, which was opened in 1976. It is a dreadful venue to see any kind of concert. It was built so that its basketball crowds were especially loud. Therefore, has terrible acoustics for loud music. Anyway, that did not matter when the energetic, fresh groundbreaking act known as ‘Deftones’ took the stage amongst a sold-out crowd. As a musician and fan, that day kinda of changed my life.

Deftones have not let up and have built a stellar career as hard rock / metal icons. So now… it is 2015, and if you have not noticed, there has been a most definite resurgence of alternative metal bands, from a genre that dominated from 1997-2003, and which many people refer to as the ‘nu-metal era‘. It was 2014’s Korn that really sparked things, having co-headlined with metal hot-shots, Avenged Sevenfold on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. Members of Avenged Sevenfold were the first to admit that following Korn was a “tough act” after the performances they belted out on that tour. Korn went on to play at 2014’s Louder Than Life, as they were the band a good majority of attendees came to see. A major success. So keep it going. Louderthanlife

Deftones are the same kind of band people want to see play a big festival. Their innovative sound, style, and years of hard work have constantly, and steadily, built one of the strongest fan bases in North America.

I am not alone in my feelings about the Deftones. Especially here in Louisville, where the band has played several times and has built a strong following.

Deftones are currently adding the finishing touches to a new album, which they expect to release sometime this fall. Through May and November they are slated to tour and play various summer / fall festivals internationally. They are the perfect festival headliner, and after hearing many fans suggest this very idea, I have taken it upon myself to write this little op-ed piece or whatever you want to call it.

For a brand new festival such as Louisville’s Louder Than Life, where in its first year, last year, brought such bands as Korn. Judas Priest, Hell Yeah, Mastodon, and Flaw to name a few, it is so very important that organizers keep the momentum going with appealing to the hard rock and alternative metal crowds.

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Flaw performing at Louder Than Life (2014)

Deftones are exactly the kind of band that the young festival needs which appeals to the modern rock crowd, as is the band Flaw, which just happens to be based out of Louisville and has resurfaced, and is preparing to take the nation by storm. Flaw, the former Universal Recording artists who released their 2001 debut album ‘Through The Eyes‘ and then their sophomore follow-up, ‘Endangered Species (2004), will be headlining the Reawakening Tour (May-June) and has released a brand-new upbeat, energetic track titled ‘Bleed Red‘ exclusively on Sirius satellite channel Octane.

Of course, at the time of writing this article, I have no idea what plans management for these fine acts have in mind at the time Louder Than Life 2015 will occur, in fact, I don’t even know what the dates are for this upcoming years event. I am just pleading with organizers to look into these two bands. If they have an opening in their schedule which makes them a possibility, go after them with all you have!

Maybe this gets read by organizers, and is considered and looked into, maybe it is not. As a fan of Deftones and Flaw, I have at least gave it a whirl. you never know right?17120_1422541334716840_3594990772297819467_n

Donnie Hardin,

Daily Rock Report


Beyond Threshold’s Todd Paluzzi Discusses His Passion For Music, Doing What He Loves & The Thrill of Causing Beer Splashing Mayhem

Todd Paluzzi - Beyond Threshold

Todd Paluzzi – Beyond Threshold

Interview conducted by: Donald R. Hardin

Beyond Threshold is a brilliant metal talent that induces chaos amongst its intense, appreciative audience at every live show. The band provides a unique blend of modern metal with a powerful brain rattling punch of classic thrash guitar styles melted down and reconstructed with a tastefully, crazed coordination of brutal adventure and metal originality.

  Guitarist Todd Paluzzi brings the power of the metal, as his equally gifted band-mates do as well on the album ‘Who We Are’. Which blindsided this particular metal laden journalist, after conjuring up the bizarre revelation that the first musical artist mentioned by Todd in the below interview is non other than ..you guessed it... Vanilla Ice. Wait? What? You know you jammed that shit too, if not that than Michael Jackson or Blue Oyster Cult, you know, the shit metal heads usually never admit to.
It becomes abundantly clear that Todd is a fun and easy-going guy with a splendid sense of humor, yet more than likely, when called upon, can party with the metal-ist of rugged, rough-necked metal heads. Todd is refreshingly open-minded about the gift that is music while liking everything from reggae , to blues, to hip hop and so forth. Ah, yes, open-mindedness. No metal-elitist propaganda comes from this cat. Faith in humanity, restored at last! Anyway… here is Todd’s love for music in so many words. Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
Q) When you were a kid, what was the first musical act you remember really getting excited about hearing? (Be honest!) 

Oh. man that is a tough question.. When I was a kid I loved cheesy shit like Vanilla Ice lol. The first metal band I heard that actually got me excited about music was Metallica. I got the ‘…And Justice For All’ cassette when I was nine-years-old or so, and I was like.. “What the fuck is this?!”  I played that tape so much it fuckin broke! That pretty much opened the door for me!

Q) At what age did you finally get your own guitar? What kind was it? Describe the excitement, you just knew you were cut out to play guitar in a metal band didn’t you?

My dad is a musician so when I was fourteen he gave me his old busted 66′ Epiphone. The neck had been broken off and repaired so the strings were like an inch off the fretboard lol. I got a little amp at a pawn shop and would lock myself in my room for hours. I would play real quiet until 4 am and then go to school at 7 am. I was obsessed.  Playing metal was what really inspired me. Although I love all kinds of music,  I knew I was destined to be in a metal band!

Q) When did you first get together with other people and try to play live as a band? What was it like? Was it chaos?  Was it frustrating or did you feel like a bunch of primal concrete sledged badasses?

I think I was sixteen or so, I hooked up with some friends from school and we decided we were going to save the world with the power of rock lol.  I thought we were pretty bad ass at the time, but in all honesty, we probably sucked pretty bad haha

Q) When and where was your very first live gig? What was the band called? How many people were there? What songs did you play? How did it go?

My first show was at a sixteenth birthday party in a friends back yard. There was about twenty people there and I was so scared I thought I would my shit myself!  We were called Silky Salty Sperm!  We played some covers and some originals.  We played “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “Snap Your Fingers, Snap your Neck” and even an original called “Sluts” that we re-wrote and put on the first Beyond Threshold album!

Q) In 2006 Beyond Threshold was born. How did you end up in the band? What was that very first band rehearsal like? I have read that you were the guy in the band influenced by “thrash“,  would you say you are the one who brought the power of the metal riff to the band? How did the bands unique sounds evolve? What kind of sound did you guys really strive for at first?

I have been friends with Erik for years. We were both in different bands at the time that were both on hiatus. I had recently moved into an apartment complex with my now fiance, and here comes Erik walking out the fucking building!  He asked me if I felt like jamming and I was like.. “Fuck it ..why not?”  I only had one request, that he had to let me solo on every song hahaha.  He looked at me like I was crazy.

 Erik was more into the hardcore type of nu-metal bands, and I was more into thrash and groove. So we pretty much made a baby together called Beyond Threshold. We never really strived to get a certain sound, we just played what we loved and treated each song as its own entity altogether. That’s one thing I pride myself in…  we can go from thrash rhythms to breakdowns, to acoustic, and back to groove, etc. It’s very hard to put us in one category. Even more so in the new album we are writing!

Q) Coming up in the Illinois metal scene, what was that like? Was it more of a joined forces kind of thing or was the scene very competitive? 

In Rockford, Illinois we have a very good music scene. It was definitely a joined forces kind of thing. We would always put on shows with ten or more bands and just blow the fucking roof off of everywhere we played. Of course, there was drama every now and then… but where isn’t there?

Q) You have played a lot of gigs and toured with some of the baddest metal and hard rock bands in the world, what are some of the most memorable moments for you personally? 

We’ve played some really killer shows on gigantic stages in front of thousands of people, but the shows that I’ve always loved are the packed hole in the wall bars in front of a hundred or so people packed shoulder to shoulder. It’s much more personal. To get to play with Korn last year at Rock USA was amazing, so was playing with Killswitch Engage at Dirtfest.

To get to share the stage with legends like that is incredible, but I love the chaos! Seeing people get pushed into speaker stands, beer spilling all over the stage and people reaching to touch my guitar… nothing beats it for me.

Q) The band has steadily gained more and more recognition over the past couple of years and has some raging chaotic, passionate, and most notably, loyal fans. How does that make you feel when you are sharing the stage with those larger than life, kickass bands, yet the crowd lets you know you belong there as well?

It is honestly the greatest feeling in the world. We’ve been very fortunate to share the stage with some of the bands we’ve been fans of for years. Seeing the crowd lose their minds, winning them over, and having them accept us is an absolute honor.

Q) I know you guys have some great gigs lined up through May with powerhouse acts such as Soil, Hatebreed, Blackstone Cherry, (hed) PE and Powerman 5000. How fucking stoked are you guys about this spring and summer? Are there any shows lined up after your two Hatebreed gigs in May? What will the band be doing later in the summer?

We have some KILLER shows lining up at this very moment. Unfortunately we can’t announce them just yet. So keep checking back at our Facebook page or our website www.beyondthreshold.com for updates!

Q) I am sure you guys are constantly writing, when can we expect a new album from Beyond Threshold? Is there anything you can tell us that is generally unknown by your fans?

We’ve been writing and recording all winter. We still have some work to do, but we’re hoping to have a release date sometime during the last quarter of the year. Prepare yourselves!

Q) As of today, who are your biggest influences musically? Do you have any guilty pleasures that aren’t hard rock or metal that you enjoy listening to?

That’s funny you ask because you would never even know I was a metal head if you didn’t know of my band. I love reggae, jazz, blues, rap, pop, classical, etc etc etc. I love music so much that I can’t even comprehend how people can only stick to one genre. As far as my biggest influences these days, I always go back to the timeless music I’ve always loved, from Pantera, Megadeth, Black Sabbath to The Wailers, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Steve Vai, etc. Good music will never die

Q) What kind of gear do you use? If you could have any gear you wanted, what would be in your dream arsenal?

I have an old 60’s Ampeg head that I’m running a Boss GFX8 and a Bad Horsie 2 wah pedal out of. For guitars I use Dean, and Jackson guitars. I don’t really have an aspiration for other gear because I think I’ve got my tone pretty dialed in at this point. But what’s great about playing music is you are always open to something better. I’m sure I’ll be switching up gear countless number of times in the future. You can never try too many things! 

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SOIL’s Tim King Describes Experiencing The Fear of 9/11, His Former Band Oppressor & Starting a Side Project called SOiL


Exclusive Interview With Soil’s Tim King

By: Donald R. Hardin

Tim King is the epitome of a true hard-working veteran musician, having been in a pretty successful death metal band in Oppressor, throughout the 1990’s. The band toured with black metal vets Cradle Of Filth and death metal icons Cannibal Corpse, not a shabby resume’ for any working musician for a lifetime.

As a new decade approached, Tim and Adam Zadel (also of Soil) still members of Oppressor started a little side project, the name, SOiL. They would go on to become hard rock heavyweights for the entire next decade and a half, which brings us to 2015, and the band is showing no signs of letting up anytime soon.

In the interview below, you will read about Tim’s description of having their major label break-through album (Scars) released on September 11, 2001, and finding out about the attacks just as they exited their plane while on tour and fearing that the very airplane which they were on could be involved.

Ladies and Gents, bassist Tim King of SOiL…

Q) Describe the first time you actually got together with other people and decided you were going to start a band. How chaotic was it when it became time to attempt jamming? Did you guys think you had it from the start or was there a bit of frustration involved? Describe the overall feeling of starting a band, what was the name of the band?

My first official band was called Live Wire. I was sixteen-years- old and there was a drummer, guitarist, and singer but no bass player. So I was like “I’ll get a bass”. Lol. We sucked super bad!

Q) When and where was your very first gig. What songs did you guys play? How did it go?

The first gig of my life was at a party in someone’s basement. We had 3 bands set up there and we just each played songs back and forth. It was pretty fun actually.

Q) In 1991 you started a death metal band with SOil guitarist Adam Zadel called Oppressor, which came out of the gate very seriously as a force to be reckoned with, recording a couple of demos, an EP, and eventually releasing three studio albums under two different labels, and a live album. Describe the Oppressor era, the joy of recording, playing shows, etc. What was your most memorable moment(s) in Oppressor?

It was pretty amazing. It was our first test of being in a real band. We went on to tour Europe with Cradle Of Filth and did numerous USA tours with Cannibal Corpse and Malevolent Creation. It was my first time singing and playing bass. It was a blast. Had a lot of fun in that band.

Q) If I am correct, while still working as Oppressor, you and Adam started SOiL as an alternative rock project in 1997 with vocalist Ryan McCombs, whom you discovered on a compilation cd. The 90’s proved to be extremely influential all the way around, what bands would you say inspired you and Adam to start something different? Was the intention to start a side-project or were you just as serious going into SOiL as you were about Oppressor? Or was Oppressor still your baby? If so, when and how did that change?

We got kind of sick of the whole “how true and brutal are you?” type stuff and black metal was on the rise. So we decided to get back to our roots and form a band in the vein of Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Corrosion Of Conformity, and Metallica. Soil was born as a side project that just kept getting bigger and bigger.

Q) SOiL went on to release a couple of EP’s and the debut album Throttle Junkies via MIA Records. MIA would go on to disband, and you guys released a song called ‘Halo‘ which was getting a lot of radio air play, which in turn led to the interest of several major labels. What was this bidding was amongst labels like for you and the band? Certainly, it was very exciting and most likely a bit grueling due to the anticipation. What was it like when you finally signed to J Records.

It was pretty amazing to see a song of ours just explode and have all these major labels fighting over us. Probably the best time musically of my life. The sky was the limit back then and money was flowing. It was really an exciting time that I’ll always hold dear to me.

Q) The bands major label debut, Scars, was released September 11, 2001. Obviously you were touring at this point I assume. For obvious reasons, this had to be a very odd, memorable day in your life, filled with a roller-coaster of emotions. What was going through your mind the night of September 11, 2001? Where were you? What was the bands general mood?

We were actually on a plane coming back from a sold out record release show the night before in Orlando, Florida. We touched down to everyone freaking out and thinking our plane was in the attacks. It was a horrible time for our album to come out and it messed up promotions in a lot of ways.

Q) Ryan McCombs left the band in 2004 and returned in 2011. What was the mood when he decided to leave the band in 04′? Was the band shocked? And ultimately, what was the vibe upon his return in 2011?

It was a tough time. And even tougher to go on with a new singer. Him coming back was the best thing that could have happened and it’s been fantastic ever since. It feels like “Soil” again.

Q) You are endorsed by Spector, and have your own signature models, the Legend 4X Classic, and the Forte 4X, what is it like to be endorsed by such a highly regarded producer of quality basses?

They are amazing and my rep PJ Rubal is amazing. I love those basses. They are a true bass company. Not a guitar company making basses as an afterthought.

Q) Tell us a bit about upcoming tours and when we may see the next Soil album. I suspect there is lots of material already, if you want to get into that at all.

We are going back to Europe with Coal Chamber in May and then back to Australia. No plans on a new album quite yet. WHOLE is still fairly new and we are going to work it for a bit longer.

Thank you so much for your time Tim, go out there and kick some ass.

Cheers! Thank you!

The Misadventures Of Black Frank (The Life of a Metal Radio DJ) – PART ONE: The Night We Stole KORN

By: Frank Webb

#1 – The Night We Stole KORN

        People are always telling me what a great storyteller that I am. That comes with having a lot of great stories. I have decided to share some, no particular timeline or order. This one will say a lot about how rock radio was back then and how different it is now compared to back then.
       It was early 1995 and I was amazed by what was going on around me. I had been at my part-time job as a deejay on 100.5 The Fox for over two years. The metal show that was given to me almost as an afterthought, The Metal Pit, had taken off and was achieving great ratings. My first program director, Buzz Casey, who gave me the show, told me that the show was good for our image as a station with an attitude, but that the audience would be small, mostly pimply faced kids with black tee shirts calling me all night screaming “SLAYER”. Well, we had plenty of them but, to the surprise of station management, we got a lot more than that. Sure, I played the Slayer and stuff that nobody thought that they’d ever hear on the radio, the Obituary’s and the Six Feet Under’s, but I also realized that there were bands that were starting to appear that I felt were the future of rock on the radio. Their songs had good hooks and melodies, things that you had to have in order to get airplay, but they were also incredibly aggressive and incorporated elements of growling “Cookie Monster” vocals and even the evil Rap.
          I knew that the rock programmers and consultants were uncomfortable with the new stuff that was starting to be impossible not to play on a rock station. On my very first Metal Pit, I played 2 bands that had never been on the radio here, Tool and White Zombie. Within weeks, both were in regular rotation, so I knew that I had something.
        They tried to fight back. Buzz was gone and our new program director, Peter Smith, had no choice but to do what the management told him and flood the airwaves with Hootie and the Blowfish. It didn’t work. Ratings went down. Rock radio was at war with itself over what else to play besides the grunge that was and still is so popular.  Personally, I think that the darkness of Cobain and the like may have opened the door for the genuinely angry shit that followed. I hated hearing Hootie on my station, so I knew what I had to do. I joined the nu metal army. One by one, in addition to the real aggro stuff, I started putting in the new bands. Not everyone liked it. I did get some calls from the more hardcore people telling me to “stop playing that shit and play Pantera“. I felt that I was saving rock radio, so I faded the heat and continued playing the new bands. Korn was one of them. In late ’94, I got a single from them called “Blind” I liked it, especially the little jazzy break at the end of the song. I played it. I did not give a fuck what people thought.
          Lots of things changed as 1995 began. Enter Michael Lee as program director of the Fox. He was local, from Lexington, and had worked here as a deejay on the old Rock 102 so he understood the Louisville market. He also understood that we’d become too tame so he began to make us heavier. The fact that our morning show went from Bob and Tom to the much more edgy Howard Stern didn’t hurt either.
          We had competition now too, as the boys across town started WQMF, or Q2, to try to knock us down a peg. Their PD, Rick Jamie, was a very competent guy who was almost obsessed with finding ways to get the Fox. The first official Korn single, “Chutes and Ladders” comes out and, for some reason, Michael decides to hold off on playing the song. That gave Rick an opening at Q2 and he jumped on it, putting the song into heavy rotation. A show was booked at Louisville Gardens and the record company, pissed off at us, gave the presents on the show to Q2.
       I’ll always give Michael the props for being a great card player. He called everyone’s bluff. Weeks passed. Q2 was not really promoting the show that hard, their ratings were far below ours anyway, Korn had a following, but they were still a new band. With a couple of weeks until showtime, things looked like a train wreck. Advance ticket sales were not that good, so the promoter freaked out and moved the show to the smaller Brewery Thunderdome (popular venue in Louisville during the late 1990’s). Right around that time, a conversation was had between Michael and the record label, who obviously sent out the S.O.S. I wasn’t in the room, but I will say this, all of a sudden we start spiking the Korn song, giving away tickets, and talking about THEIR show. They never took presents away from Q2, they said it was too late. I was also asked to hammer Korn on the Metal Pit over the weekend and give away some tickets. I gladly did so.
          The night of the show, it was all hands on deck. Our entire staff was there and, with the added promotion by The Fox and the smaller venue, the place is packed to the rafters. Korns‘ tour bus is parked directly behind the stage and there’s a door that goes from the bus right to the middle of the stage. Inside the Brewery, Jamie and his staff are prancing around like proud peacocks, taking undue credit for the big crowd. At one point, he approached me and sneered “Hey Black Frank, hope you’re having a good time at OUR show.” What Rick Jamie didn’t realize was, at that very moment, Michael is on the bus with the band and the record rep making a deal. While the backup band is playing, Michael comes running to me and pulls me to the side. I’m with my girlfriend, he’s new to the station and doesn’t know me that well, so he looks at my girl and asks her “How big are his balls?” “Pretty big” she replies. Michael turns to me and asks “Do you wanna steal this show?” “Fuck yeah!!! is my response of course. Then I get the plan. He goes back on the bus and seals the deal. I am to take a couple of big guys, Metallica Tom was one of them, and go stand by the stairs next to Jamie, who’s getting ready to go do stage announcements in front of a crowd that’s literally crawling over itself in anticipation of Korn coming on. I was to watch that backstage door. If Michael stuck his head in and give me the sign, my buddies were to block Rick and I was to bum rush the stage, grab the mic, and let it loose for one minute, promoting The Fox and making sure to tell people to go out and buy the CD, which had just come out.
           The four of us just stood there with all the chaos going on around us. Rick was so caught up in the moment and probably rehearsing in his head what he was going to say while holding his prop, a longneck Budweiser in his hand. He never saw it coming. In an instant, Michael stuck his head in the door and gave a thumbs up sign and it all worked with military precision. The boys never put their hands on Rick, but they did not let him pass. I hopped over them, ran up and snatched the mic and began screaming at the top of my lungs. I introduced myself, got the crowd to chant “Fox Rocks”, told ’em to go buy the CD, and had ’em chanting ‘KORN KORN KORN’ as I put the mic down and ran off the stage as the band came filing through the back door.
        Rick Jamie was last seen that night slamming his beer down and running out the front door wondering who’d screwed him and Michael and the rest of our staff piled on me like I had just scored the winning touchdown. It was one of the greatest moments of my career and the real birth of the nu metal era on The Fox. Hootie was dead.