Archive for the ‘Quotes and Chatter’ Category

By Metal Dave Like a lot of American heavy metal kids, I was first introduced to the Scorpions by way of their 1982 breakthrough album, “Blackout” and its now-classic smash single, “No One Like You.” As they ripped across the Alabama airwaves, the Scorpions sounded positively earth-shaking alongside the likes of Blue Oyster Cult and […]

By Metal Dave My introduction to the Misfits came courtesy of Metallica. Until I saw the pimply-faced Metallicats wearing Misfits shirts in magazine photos, I had no clue about the greaser-ghoul punks from New Jersey. It was circa 1984 and if the Misfits were good enough for Metallica, then I owed it to myself to start […]

By Metal Dave In 2004, I took my wife to her first KISS concert. By then, of course, she had been subjected to the KISS albums, my off-limits collection of memorabilia and the ceaseless, to-the-grave blathering about the band’s indelible influence on my life. She listened and nodded at her oh-so-cute manchild, but I knew she didn’t […]

By Metal Dave (The following is dedicated with love to my Nana and Aunt Linda who bought me more KISS merch than my parents could stand) In March of 2000, I had one foot out the door when the phone rang. As part of the ongoing KISS farewell tour, I requested an interview with Gene […]

By Metal Dave (originally published circa 2001 on with 2015 apologies for the painfully long intro!) Iron Maiden soared to astronomical worldwide acclaim with vocalist Bruce Dickinson at the helm, but ask the members of Anthrax, Pantera or any of the corpse-grinding death metal merchants to name a favorite Maiden platter and the scales […]

By Metal Dave Before the budget started wheezing like Keith Richards, I was making good money as a regular contributor to online hard rock/heavy metal website The year was 2000-2001 and under the free reign of Managing Editor Frank Meyer (Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs), I interviewed a lot of my favorite rockers and spent untold hours transcribing […]

The following interview with Iron Maiden bassist and founding member Steve Harris originally published Aug. 6, 1999 in the San Antonio Express-News under my professional byline, David Glessner The bugle sounds and the charge begins Saturday when reloaded British heavy metal troopers Iron Maiden gallop into Sunken Garden Theater. The concert marks the much-anticipated return […]

By David Glessner Special to the American-Statesman Rob Halford has been sober since 1986, but that won’t stop him from scoring a fix when he lands in Austin this week. Worry not, however, as he won’t be breaking the law. “I love Mexican food,” said the 63-year-old Judas Priest singer, calling from his native Great […]

By David Glessner On tour promoting her latest album, “Sinner,” Joan Jett is rushing through (what else?) an airport when she phones for a quick interview on the eve of her recent fortysomething birthday. “Sorry,” the Philadelphia native says after a brief interruption. “I’m checking my bags and I’m getting hassled.” Since her teens in […]