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2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards: The Best + Worst of This Year’s Ceremony

Guns N' Roses / Slayer / Joan Jett
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Another edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards has come and gone, paying tribute to rock and metal artists who otherwise may never get the media attention deserved. The full 2014 ceremony, which clocked it at around four hours, experienced many ups and downs. Thus, we’re recapping the most awesome and not-so-awesome moments from the show.

The show started off on a huge high note, with Marilyn Manson introducing a surprise performance by Slayer while the ‘Antichrist Superstar’ was shrouded in darkness. Slayer jammed ‘South of Heaven,’ ‘War Ensemble’ and even the never-before-heard track ‘Implode,’ which is now available for free download. After Slayer’s performance, however, the Golden Gods began to show some cracks which would plague the night from that point onward.

One shocker of a moment was when Deep Purple were awarded the Comeback of the Year award, beating out Black Sabbath in a controversial decision. Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, who announced the nominees, was visibly disappointed at the result. (Jethro Tull, anyone?) Ian even tweeted about the decision later on:

Additionally, Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody criticized the result while onstage, claiming that Sabbath should have won the honor. It should be stated that the awards were fan-voted, so it’s hard to knock the organizers when it came to the winners.

One embarrassing production error came during Zakk Wylde‘s piano performance of Black Label Society‘s ‘In This River.’ Photos of deceased rock and metal legends provided the backdrop for Zakk’s performance, but in a moment that infuriated fans, late Warrant vocalist Jani Lane was credited as a member of Motorhead:

Jani Lane Motorhead
2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards

There were multiple instances of uncomfortable silence as the Golden Gods production crew scrambled to prepare for upcoming performances, creating some painful lulls and derailing any flow of positive momentum. Suicide Silence with new vocalist Eddie Hermida were victims of the shoddy production efforts, but were able to wake the surprisingly conservative crowd up, performing ‘You Only Live Once’ and ‘No Pity for a Coward’ before inviting Soulfly / ex-Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera onstage for a rendition of the classic Sepultura anthem ‘Roots Bloody Roots.’

Ill preparation affected the show yet again after Alice Cooper presented Joan Jett with the well-deserved Golden God Award. The female rock pioneer was ready to jump into a performance of her own, but an unprepared staff left Jett high and dry. Jett even asked, “Did I do something wrong?” while the Golden Gods crew attempted to whisk Alice Cooper offstage. Cooper refused, sticking with Jett and the Blackhearts until the band was good to go. After some uncomfortable dead air, Alice Cooper finally introduced the band, who provided one of the night’s strongest sets.

Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen, who delivered a solid vocal performance with her band earlier in the night, joined Joan Jett onstage for ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You.’ Unfortunately, Momsen flubbed a vocal line, which actually led to Joan Jett and the Blackhearts re-doing the entire song. After the first performance of the track, Jett’s keyboardist said, “Hey everybody, apologies. We never did this song before with Taylor, we got a little mixed up. ‘For the TV show, can we do it over?” ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons even made an appearance onstage during the song’s second happening, although the bearded legend just sort of stood around and yelled, “Come on! Come on! Come on!” a few times.

For the show’s conclusion, both comedian Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay and Nicolas Cage honored Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, who was awarded the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. After a short and humble speech where Axl actually briefly thanked the Guns N’ Roses’ lineups past and present, the singer took to the performance stage, but once again, the Golden Gods crew were unprepared for the GN’R gig. Funnily enough, the only audio that made it onto the live stream for around 10 minutes was from the crew, who were checking microphones nonstop, using numbers to identify each input. Thus, for an hysterically long time, this is a small sample of what viewers heard:

A noticeable amount of attendees began leaving the show, but many endured the uncomfortable wait to witness Guns N’ Roses, with special guest Duff McKagan, in a live setting. However, when GN’R began playing, many fans reacted with disappointment due to Axl Rose’s lackluster vocal delivery. On top of that, the ceremony’s live stream cut entirely while GN’R were playing ‘November Rain.’ The feed came back after about five minutes, and Axl did have some nice moments during the set, plus it was cool to see him playing alongside Duff.

All in all, the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards will likely be remembered for its hiccups as much as its highlights. To watch videos from the event, head over to Revolver.

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