Lowdown: July 2013

By Brian Fox ,

BRIAN FOX I TELL YOU WHAT, OUR FRIENDS AT REVOLVER KNOW HOW TO THROW ONE helluva hootenanny. At the 5th Annual Golden Gods Awards in downtown Los Angeles, the hard rock faithful came out in force to bang their heads at what host Chris Jericho called “The Antichrist of Awards Shows.” Armed with a photo pass and jacked up on a potentially lethal cocktail of adrenalin and energy drink, I happily hit the “black carpet” at the evening’s opening festivities. David Ellefson, Rob Trujillo, Jason Newsted, Frank Bello, Rob Blasko (who contributed this month's cover story), Rudy Sarzo, Rex Brown, and Lemmy Kilmister were but a few of the bassists to walk the walk, pausing gamely to throw devil horns at the horde of photographers gathered.

Upstairs in the VIP lounge (yeah, you know how I roll), the hang got even heavier, with the aforementioned lords of the low end rubbing shoulders and pounding fists with the likes of Jack Black, MMA superstar Chuck Liddell, and Alice Cooper. When Gene Simmons unceremoniously strolled into the room, I knew the night was on.

After a few pleasantries from the Club Nokia stage, Anthrax lit a fire that would burn thought the night, fanning the flames with a guest spot by Rex Brown. Literally breathing fire and raining blood on the stage (from an injury sustained in his unhinged stagedive entrance), Dillinger Escape Plan front man Greg Puciato tore into the audience with a set powered by tunes from the band’s new album. You’ll be seeing more of DEP bassist Liam Wilson, who anchored the insanity around him, in the September issue of BP. Halestorm and Five Finger Death Punch—with Josh Smith and Chris Kael on bass, respectively—cranked the energy ever higher. Johny Chow with Stone Sour and Steve Zing with Danzig kept the crazy train on its tracks until headliners Metallica, powered by the indomitable Robert Trujillo, finally tore the roof off the place.

Major kudos to the Revolver crew for a killer show, and thanks for the hookup. And now, I’m off to see my audiologist.

Robert Trujillo (left) and Metallica. Lemmy Kilmister (left) and Phil Campbell of Motörhead walk the “black carpet” at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Lemmy strolled home later that night with this year’s Paul Gray Best Bassist Award. Got a light? The Dillinger Escape Plan bringing the heat.