Archive for the ‘Rewind’ Category

By Metal Dave Joey Ramone is on the phone and, man, is he ever pissed – at me! The year is 1994 and I’m sitting at my desk at the Galveston Daily News cranking out some paid-advertising fluff. Except for one of my heroes calling long distance to chew my ass, it’s just another day […]

By Metal Dave Restless and wild as a San Antonio teen during the 1980s, my music collection and high school memories were immeasurably impacted by legendary deejay, Joe “The Godfather” Anthony. In those days, radio was more Mi Tierra than McDonald’s, meaning a maverick like Joe Anthony could spike the homogenized mix of corporate overkill […]

GLAM GOOD TIMES!!: Backstage with Bret Michaels in 1999 (above), 2000 (below) and 2011 (bottom). Once Bret gets the party started, it can last a lifetime. By Metal Dave Glessner I’ve been a Poison fan since 1986 when I saw the unknown upstarts open for Cinderella and Loudness at Sunken Gardens Theater in San Antonio. Thirteen […]

I AM NOT WORTHY!: Ronnie James Dio signs my albums backstage in San Antonio on the 2007 Heaven and Hell Tour. My look of disbelief pretty much says it all. As promised, this is Part 2 of my tribute series marking the one-year anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s passing. I give you my 2007 interview with […]

WE ROCK!: My wife and I backstage in San Antonio with the legendary Ronnie James Dio in 2007. By Metal Dave Glessner Heavy metal hearts sank to the deepest depths a year ago today (May 16) when news of Ronnie James Dio’s passing sent shockwaves through the Internet. Who didn’t love this man? In a career that […]

When it comes to heavy metal, Ozzy Osbourne hung the moon. Not only did he and his Black Sabbath band mates invent the sludge-thunder genre of demons and doom, but as a death-defying solo success story, Ozzy also discovered and introduced us to a stellar slew of metal guitar shredders. As such, few of my countless […]

I still get bats in my belly knowing I talked to Ozzy Osbourne. Hell, he even tried his best to talk back! God love him. Making the conversations even more interesting was the fact that on both occasions, I was interviewing Ozzy for the San Antonio Express-News. Remember the Alamo? Duh! On the eve of […]

Sunglasses hold a lofty perch atop the list of rock-star accessories, but for Judas Priest guitarist Kenneth “KK” Downing, they also helped hide a nasty secret. When I interviewed KK in 2005 for the San Antonio Express-News, he came clean regarding his seemingly sudden fixation on eyewear. “Yeah, that was a bit of a horror […]

As a lifelong KISS fanatic, my interviews with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have always ranked among my highest honors. These are the rare interviews where I catch myself awestruck just realizing my childhood heroes have called my home phone. Really? Wow! Even my parents have to admit it’s pretty cool that their little KISS hellion pursued […]