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COREY TAYLOR Says GRAMMYS ‘Don’t Respect’ Heavy Metal Genre At All

SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has accused The Recording Academy of disrespecting the heavy metal genre by not including it in the televised portion of the Grammy Awards.

HALESTORM was honored with a Grammy in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, which were held last night (Sunday, February 10) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. HALESTORM was nominated for the track “Love Bites (So Do I)” , from the band’s 2012 album “The Strange Case Of…”

Writing on his Twitter profile shortly after the “Hard Rock/Metal” winner was announced, Taylor said: “I’m happy for HALESTORM, but sad because the Grammys don’t respect our genre AT ALL. We get one category and it’s not even televised.”

In an effort to continuously evolve its Grammy Awards process, The Recording Academy announced in April 2011 that it had restructured the Grammy categories across all genres and fields, bringing the total number of categories to be recognized at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012 to 78 from 109. As a result, instead of separate “Best Metal” and “Best Hard Rock” performance prizes, there is now a single “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” award.

IRON MAIDEN Singer At Queen Mary University In London; Video Interview Posted Online

Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of legendary rock group IRON MAIDEN, took to the stage of the Great Hall at Queen Mary university in London, England on November 20, 2012. Dr Dickinson, who is a Queen Mary History alumnus, rock star, airline pilot and aviation business owner, was keynote speaker at an event featuring entrepreneurs who studied or worked at the university.

Dickinson’s keynote speech focused on what it means to be an entrepreneur, from his first forays into business at 12 years old with a “rent a pencil” scheme at school. He advised guests at the Innovation Forum that to be a success they will have to show great determination and energy, sacrifice sleep and always remember why they started their own business in the first place.

While “most things have already been discovered,” Dickinson told budding entrepreneurs to look at things from a fresh perspective. “What an entrepreneur sees is opportunities and the world in a different way,” he said. “Most things in the world have been discovered, but an entrepreneur will see an opportunity and how to look at things from a different direction.

“Business is really about building and facilitating relationships,” he continued. “Remember that without the customer, your invention or idea is nonsense. You also need to know your limitations and what you can and can’t do, take time to pick the right partners and to trust them.”

Dickinson, whose father was a used car salesman and an engineer, advised guests to “look at the bigger picture” and get back up again after taking knocks. He also touched on the issue of illegal downloads, commenting that the music industry is “crying into its beer.” With music inevitably becoming a free commodity, he noted that there continues to be a demand for merchandise.

A video interview with Dickinson, conducted during his visit to the Queen Mary university, can be seen below.

Dickinson received an honorary doctorate in music from Queen Mary in July 2011 (see photo below). He was presented by Professor David Baker of the Centre For Neuroscience And Trauma in honor of Dr. Dickinson‘s contribution to the music industry.

Dickinson, 54, actually received a degree in history from the same college in 1979. His parents wanted him in the army, but he told them that he wanted to get a degree first. “That was what they wanted to hear so that was my cover story,” he later said. “When I got down there, I started immediately finding and playing in bands.”

Multi-talented Dr. Dickinson is not only a musician and songwriter, author, film script writer and TV broadcaster, also a champion fencer, entrepreneur and commercial airline pilot. In 2006, Dr. Dickinson flew 200 U.K. citizens home from Lebanon during the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in his converted Boeing 757.

Queen Mary is one of the U.K.’s leading research-focused universities, offering a broad range of degrees in humanities and social sciences; medicine and dentistry and science and engineering, with over 14,000 undergraduates, 2,000 postgraduate students and 3,000 staff.

OPETH – Fredrik Åkesson Guitar Masterclass Footage Posted

OPETH guitarist Fredrik Åkesson is featured in a masterclass clip below. It was posted by GuitarMessenger.com:

Opeth’s upcoming North American tour will make two special stops, the first in Worcester, Mass. on April 20th where KATATONIA returns to play the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, then in Clifton Park, NY on April 28th where acclaimed PORCUPINE TREE frontman STEVEN WILSON will join for the night.

A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

April
18 – Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
20 – Worcester, MA – New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
21 – Quebec City, QC – Capitole
23 – Halifax, NS – Halifax Forum
24 – Moncton, NB – Casino New Brunswick
26 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
27 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
28 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall (with Steven Wilson)
29 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
30 – Norfolk, VA – NorVa Theatre

May
2 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
3 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
4 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
5 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
6 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
8 – Lexington, KY – Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
9 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
10 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
11 – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
12 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
14 – Fargo, ND – The Venue
15 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
16 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
17 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
18 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
20 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
21 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
23 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
25 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon Club
26 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst