Thursday, May 17, 2012

Metalhead of the Day: Lady Gaga

Say what you will about Lady Gaga, she loves her metal. And not in an ironic way.

Yes, that's an Anthrax shirt.

I like this interview for Rolling Stone where she talks about her experience at an Iron Maiden show. Hearing the Gaga rant about the devotion and cordiality of Maiden fans, the band's international success without ever having a "hit song" and box seats being "so not metal" makes her sound like the kind of girl you'd meet at Lucky 13. Listen to her stand her ground when the interviewer tries to goad her into the omnipresent Priest vs. Maiden argument, and hear her reach the logical conclusion, "Maiden changed my life."

On a recent tour, she performed a dance routine to the music of Metallica. "Enter Sandman," right? Nope, she dusted off "Metal Militia," the blistering final track from Metallica's most aggressive album, Kill 'Em All.

By now, she's probably played that song in more arenas than Metallica has. Can you imagine telling these gangly teenagers who are still getting their instruments stolen that the world's biggest pop star will be introducing their song to thousands of people every night in 30 years?

Thank you, Lady Gaga, for making the world a safer place for metal, and for keeping it raw, raw, raw-raw-raw.

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