Loudwire’s Top ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ Videos
For the better part of a year, we’ve been asking rock and metal’s finest acts to set the record straight in a game we call ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?‘, and the series quickly became a hit with fans. Our Wiki video library has started to fill up quickly, so we’ve rounded up our favorite five ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ segments shot so far.
The idea for ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ came shortly after an interview with Anthrax at the 2012 Mayhem Festival. An update on Anthrax’s Wikipedia page read that the band had entered the studio to record their follow-up to ‘Worship Music’, but when we asked guitarist Scott Ian about the nonexistent album, embarrassment was the end result. After cursing at the heavens and some serious self-loathing, we couldn’t help but wonder what else on Wikipedia was complete fiction, so we decided to ask for ourselves.
Thus, ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ was born, creating some of our most popular video content to date! See our favorite ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ segments below and then click on the red button on the bottom of the post for even more episodes.
We had played around with the 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?' idea during interviews with Zakk Wylde and Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway, but the first time we chose to turn the feature into a signature segment was right before Philip Anselmo came by to visit our old studio. Granted, we didn't technically have a studio back then, just an extra office that would be empty once in a while.
After Anselmo played 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?', we knew this was a segment that needed to continue. Further cementing his status as one of metal's greatest storytellers, Anselmo used his deep, Southern voice to tell tales of nearly burning down his parents' house, dropping out of high school, his struggles with hard drugs + much more. As of this posting, the video is approaching nearly 300,000 views and has become an essential piece of Loudwire history.
Another memorable visit came when Runaways and solo legend Lita Ford dropped by. The female rock pioneer was promoting her 'Living Like a Runaway' album and then-upcoming concert release 'The Bitch is Back… Live'. As with every icon we have the pleasure of interviewing, we went deep into the life of our guest, but this resulted in the most emotional 'Wikipedia' segment to-date.
Before the cameras started rolling, Lita told us that at one point, Wikipedia got her name wrong. This began our tradition of double-checking the full names of our guests just in case. However, we quickly moved away from the basics as Lita poured her heart out, tackling subjects such as the dissolution of the Runaways, her failed marriage, estranged children and other deeply personal topics. After exploring such heavy subject matter, we chose to end the video on a high note as Lita contemplated the future of her own career.
Anthrax's Frank Bello
Anthrax bassist Frank Bello has torn through one of metal's most aggressive genres for the past 30 years, but few musicians stack up to Bello when it comes to being incredibly positive and sweet.
Frank Bello's 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?' segment was an emotional roller coaster from the very beginning. While the bassist disproved hilarious mistakes such as being forced to leave Europe after the Chernobyl disaster, Bello described having to live on bread and water while on tour, pressure to change the band's name after the 2001 anthrax scare, losing the band's gear in a fire, how Bello mourned the death of 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott + much more.
HIM's Ville Valo Mikko 'Migé Paananen
Finnish "love metal" titans HIM provided for an unexpectedly entertaining round of our signature game. Though their music is sonically gloomy, HIM frontman Ville Valo and bassist Mikko 'Migé Paananen brought a lighthearted vibe with their visit to our current studio.
In this clip, we went through the majority of HIM's career, starting with the meaning of HIM's band name and early recordings before the act's first studio album. Valo also confirmed that the woman on the cover of '666 Ways to Love: Prologue' is his mother and spoke about working in his father's sex shop as a youth. As for the funnier side of HIM, the duo spoke about the band's first logo parodying Bon Jovi, Ville being recruited to voice an animated hippo + much more while setting the record straight on various mistakes and half-truths on HIM's various Wikipedia pages.
KISS Legend Ace Frehley
This is only Part 1 of this 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?' segment, but the portion features one of the most iconic musicians to visit our studios to-date, KISS legend Ace Frehley. Not only is this possibly the most entertaining Wiki video we've published so far, it also exposes the most fictional Wikipedia pages we've ever tested.
While Frehley cleared up the majority of quotes brought to him, the original Spaceman offered nothing but gold while recounting incidents that would make Spinal Tap blush. From his gang life as a youth, expulsions from high school, an insane allergic reaction to his face paint, onstage electrocution + much more, Ace Frehley made for a brilliant game of 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?'.
Update: Part 2 is now available for your viewing pleasure!