||CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN
EPISODE ONE: A COLUMN ABOUT COLUMNS
So, when Steve Goldby, editor of Metal Talk.net, asked me to a column here I didn't really understand what he meant. Why me? What kind of column? What did he want me to write about?
Steve said he thought I'd be good just 'cos I spend a lot of time in the World of Heavy Metal. I play bass for bands on tour and in the studio, I roady for bands on tour and I DJ on TotalRock radio. He's right, I do spend a lot of time in the Metal World.
He said I could write a column about anything - maybe about artists I'd been on tour with or that I'd interviewed on TotalRock, things I felt passionate about in the Metal World, things I wanted to write about, anything at all he said.
So I asked if I could I write a column about writing columns? He said "No, you can't write a column about writing columns". "Even if it was a column about writing metal columns?" I asked. "No", he said. Yet here I am doing just that. I've slipped up already.
He said stories of life on the road would be good. I wasn't so sure. They're often the kind of things that were really funny at the time but you kind of had to be there to appreciate at their best.
"Besides," I asked, "What kind of things do you really want me to talk about on the road? The time I jammed Kiss songs with the Misfits?" He said "Yes, that'd be great".
"The time I was that close to joining the Ozzy band?" He said "Yes, really?"
"The time I got stoned with Lemmy while reciting Monty Python?" Steve said "Yes, that's the kind of thing."
"The time I was offered crack by the drummer in a name Bay Area thrash band?" He said, "No, never tell anyone about that". I said "OK, sorry". But I just have done. Sorry Steve, sorry name Bay Area thrash band drummer.
So there we go, I've broken both the rules already and with them probably blown my chances of ever getting a second shot at doing a column for MetalTalk.net.
But if you bear with me and give it another go, I promise I'll try to say good things in future.
MORE CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN COLUMNS HERE...
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November 2014: Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) RIP
October 2014: Mr. Big – Live Review at Koko, London
September 2014: Mr. Big: 'The Stories We Could Tell' album review
September 2013: Intensive Bass Course with Billy Sheehan
August 2013: Booking Agents vs Promoters
July 2013: Rock and Metal Pub Quiz
June 2013: Communication Tips For European Festivals, Or How To Learn A Language In An Evening
May 2013: Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) RIP
April 2013: Daily Mail Columnist Richard Littlejohn Sinks To New Low With Anti-Heavy Metal Article
April 2013: The Future Of Classic Bands
March 2013: Smashing Pumpkins Video Shoot
Febuary 2013: Ten Years On Total Rock
January 2013: Kiss Follow Up To Monster 2013
December 2012: Kiss Reformation Magick
November 2012: Exclusive Interview With Geoff Tate
November 2012: Morally Worrying Session
October 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Review
October 2012: The Best Invention Of All Time
September 2012: A Conversation With Rudy Sarzo
August 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 3
July 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 2
June 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 1
May 2012: Managers v Producers
April 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Album Preview
March 2012: London Venue's Nazi Past?
February 2012: How Not to Join the Ozzy Osbourne Band
January 2012: Metal Evilution
December 2011: Take Your Pick Competition
November 2011: The Pandora's Box Of Pop
October 2011: Tank Tour Diary 2011
September 2011: Festival Stage Collapses
August 2011: Bruce Air, The Early Days
July 2011: European Festival Round-Up
June 2011: Bernie Torme Proud To Be Part Of MT Ozzy Article
June 2011: Who's Your Favourite Ozzy Guitarist?
May 2011: Japanese Tsunami Disaster
April 2011: 10,000 Tank Albums!
March 2011: Death Metal Session!
6th February 2011: Gary Moore (4th April 1952 - 6th February 2011)
February 2011: Recording Bass at Steve Harris'
January 2011: A Column About Columns