Archive for the ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ Category

By Metal Dave Glessner As the singer for Watchtower, Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth and a million others, Jason McMaster has made more connections than Tiger Woods during his decades in the heavy metal trenches. As his friend and part-time publicist for many of the past 16 years, I’ve often been along for the ride when Jason re-connects […]

By Metal Dave Glessner The above photo was taken at San Antonio’s Hemisfair Arena (RIP) when I snuck into soundcheck on the afternoon of an Iron Maiden/Anthrax gig in 1991. Armed with a stack of records, I literally walked into the empty arena and found Anthrax on stage performing Judas Priest songs. Pressing my luck, I […]

BEFORE THE ‘DOOKIE’ HIT THE FAN: Interviewing Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt “backstage” at Lollapalooza 1994. A few months after this photo was taken, the unknown band became international superstars on the strength of the smash album, “Dookie.” The rest, of course, is multiplatinum, millionaire, rock-star history. By Metal Dave Glessner Seventeen years ago this month, I […]

By Metal Dave Glessner With very special thanks to the idiot on the right, the only caption that suits these photos is “WTF?” The look on my face says it all. Taken during SXSW 2008 following a killer performance by Aussie rockers, Airbourne, on the back deck of Creekside Lounge, what should have been a […]

By Metal Dave Glessner Here’s a photo I like to call “Don’t Quit Your Day Job.” The shot was taken by Jerry Milton circa 2005 (?) at Headhunter’s in Austin, which has long been one of my regular haunts. On this night, a live band was playing karaoke requests behind shameless and willing wannabes such […]

By Metal Dave Glessner This is another photo I shot using a borrowed professional camera that was kindly pre-set to “Idiot Mode.” The fact that I framed Eddie so nicely and managed to capture that spotlight glow over his left shoulder was due to my many, many, MANY years of professional … dumb luck! The photo was […]

  ABOVE: Birthday Crew 2011, L-R: Frankie Nowhere, Johnny Venom, Abel Idle, Metal Dave, Natchet Taylor. By Metal Dave Glessner Back in the day, my birthday parties were the stuff of legend. Think “Animal House” meets Megadeth and you’ll start to envision the wreckage. Most of these black-tie affairs took place in San Antonio or just outside […]

By Metal Dave Glessner As someone who remembers buying “Back in Black” as a brand-new vinyl album when it was released in 1980, I can recall the days when rock magazines were as close as you got to meeting your favorite bands. Before MTV, Google and YouTube, there was Creem, Circus and Hit Parader. Naturally, […]

By Metal Dave Glessner When Kim and I drove to the hospital to welcome our son into the world three years ago, the soundtrack to our journey was Jesse Malin’s “Glitter in the Gutter.” As Jesse sings in that album’s opening track, it was indeed a “beautiful day.” As a fan of Jesse’s since his […]