Loudwire Music Awards @ The Novo – 10/24/2017
Following in the footsteps of The Revolver Golden Gods Awards (which disappeared a few years ago), Loudwire has brought a Hard Rock and Heavy Metal awards show back to Los Angeles. On Tuesday October 24, The Loudwire Music Awards took place at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles bringing together the best artists in the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal arena.
Starting off late in the afternoon with a “Black Carpet” event that had the likes of Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Sammy Hager, Ice-T (Body Count) and dozens of other musicians walking the carpet, posing for photos and giving interviews, the Loudwire Awards got off to an epic start. Moving inside at 7:00pm for the start of the show, the next 3 ½ hrs brought together the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal community – both artists and fans alike – inside The Novo for an intimate gathering to celebrate this special genre of music.
The top 10 Moments at The Loudwire Music Awards include:
Lzzy Hale and Halestorm
Lzzy Hale of Halestorm has taken the crown as the modern day queen of Rock n Roll. Not only did she give a powerful, touching speech about Chester Bennington with a theme of everybody helping each other to lift each other up when we are down, she invited the original female Rock n Roll badass Lita Ford onstage for an amazing version of The Runaways “Cherry Bomb”. Hale and Ford traded off lead vocals then some additional female rockers joined them onstage for the chorus that included Jill Janus (Huntress), Heidi Shepherd (Butcher Babies), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Ash Costello (New Years Day), Pearl Aday (Pearl), Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies) and Mixi Demner (Stitched Up Heart). Prior to this Halestorm rocked a beautiful tribute to Chris Cornell with a cover of “Fell on Black Days”.
Body Count & Dave Mustaine
Ice-T is no stranger to controversy and he and his band Body Count blasted through a killer version of “No Lives Matter” off their latest release Bloodlust. Next up the band had a special guest join them on stage during the song “Civil War” as Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine came out and delivered a blistering guitar solo even more ferocious than his guest spot on the album. Ice-T and Dave Mustaine together on stage – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Rob Halford & In This Moment
The show opened with an epic performance by In This Moment joined by none other than the METAL GOD himself, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford on the song “Black Wedding”. The song off of In This Moment’s recent album Ritual had Halford and Maria Brink in a dueling vocal war. Not only did Halford kill it on vocals but he was also the recipient of the “Lemmy Lifetime Achievement Award” later in the show.
Headlining the Loudwire Music Awards was Southern California’s own Avenged Sevenfold who won both the “Metal Artist of the Year” as well as “Metal Album of the Year” for The Stage. The band closed out this epic night with a four song set that included “The Stage,” “Nightmare,” “God Damn” and “Hail to the King.” Avenged Sevenfold is on top of their game as they spent the summer on tour with Metallica and there seems to be no end in sight for this young metal powerhouse.
The man who has been said to have invented Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath’s legendary riff master Tony Iommi was honored with “The Courage Award”. Having endured many obstacles such as cutting off the tip of his finger in the early days of Black Sabbath and most recently dealing with lymphoma, Iommi has conquered all and come out on top. Also the Loudwire award given out to all winners on this night is a mold of Iommi’s hand dubbed – “The Hand of Doom”.
The Red Rocker Sammy Hagar received “The Humanitarian Award” for his extensive charity work from Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and Chickenfoot bandmate Chad Smith. Smith gave a heartfelt introduction as Hagar came out and graciously accepted the award. A true Rock n Roll legend, Hagar defies the laws of ageing as at 70 yrs old he doesn’t look a day over 50.
One of the Big 4, Anthrax is like a fine wine that has gotten better with age. The band put on a super-duper high energy performance that included two songs – “Caught in a Mosh” (and yes it was cool to see a mosh pit at an awards show) as well as a KILLER cover of the KANSAS hit “Carry on Wayward Son”. Cover songs are not a new thing for Anthrax as they are without a doubt a band that has mastered covering songs while both adding their own thrash element as well as holding true to the original.
Zakk Wylde vs The Miz
Everyone knows the Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde is a modern day guitar hero but he is also quite the comedian. In quite a comical series of events, Zakk went up against WWE wrestler “The Miz” as the two battled it out in a game of WWE 2K18 as Zakk succeeded in kickin “The Miz’s” ass and won the match (this took place right on stage) and then Zakk gracefully let “The Miz” hold his Best Guitarist award he won earlier in the night.
Power Trip with Jamey Jasta
Definitely the heaviest part of the night was when “Metal Song of the Year” winners Power Trip took the stage and played the song that won them the award “Executioner’s Tax”. A crossover of thrash and death metal Power Trip was exactly what this show needed. Joining the band onstage for a ripping rendition of Motorhead’s “We are the Road Crew” was Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta. Jasta gave out props to all the fallen road crew members in recent memory as the band nailed the song.
Hosting the show was WWE wrestler and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho. A perfect fit to emcee the event, Jericho has it all – good looks, a sense of humor and an overall people person. He successfully steered the awards through 3 ½ hours of musicians taking the podium in between live performances. A job that one can only imagine is similar to herding cats. Kudos to Chris Jericho.
Miscellaneous Loudwire Music Awards Photos
HARD ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR (The Music Experience): STONE SOUR, Hydrograd (presented by FRANKIE BANALI of QUIET RIOT and TRACII GUNS of LA GUNS)
METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Razor & Tie): AVENGED SEVENFOLD, The Stage (presented by HOWARD JONES of LIGHT THE TORCH, JILL JANUS of HUNTRESS and CHUCK BILLY of TESTAMENT)