Have you subscribed to the Loudwire YouTube channel yet? For those who have, you've probably seen a number of our most popular clips. For everyone who hasn't yet, here's a sampling of some of the best exclusive videos we have to offer so far.
We've been lucky enough to film exclusive interviews, signature segments and other clips of pure awesomeness for a couple of years now. Covering everything from mainstream rock to brutal death metal, pieces of essential Loudwire history can all be found all over our YouTube channel. To spotlight some of our favorite clips shot so far, we present this list of the 10 Best Loudwire YouTube Videos (So Far):
GWAR's Oderus Urungus Reads 'Goodnight Moon'
This video is the crown jewel of our YouTube channel. One overgrown misanthropic alien. One children's book. We combined the two to create a GWAR fan favorite and an essential piece of Loudwire history. In reality, Dave 'Oderus Urungus' Brockie had never even heard of 'Goodnight Moon' before we put the book in his hands, so not only was Brockie reading 'Goodnight Moon' for the first time himself, he was improvising every hysterical line with no prior knowledge of what he was about to read. Rest in peace, Dave. Goodnight, Oderus.
Philip Anselmo on 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott
If you think this video is intense, imagine being in the room when Philip Anselmo began this heart-wrenching monologue about late Pantera bandmate 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott. Our Greatest Metal Guitarist bracket competition had just ended with Dime coming out on top thanks to a massive wave of fan support, and when we mentioned Dime's victory to Anselmo, this was his reaction. No cuts, no preparation -- just Philip Anselmo and his words.
KISS Legend Ace Frehley on Rock Hall Induction
In 2014, KISS were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The months before KISS' induction were filled with mudslinging between current and former band members and conflicting reports claimed that all surviving KISS members (sans Vinnie Vincent) would be sitting at the same table during the ceremony. KISS legend Ace Frehley dropped by our studios the day after his induction, disproving news reports while addressing Gene Simmons' claim that Ace no longer deserves to wear the paint.
Falling in Reverse's Jacky Vincent Shreds
When Falling in Reverse vocalist Ronnie Radke and guitarist Jacky Vincent stopped by our old office, we were focused on interviewing the duo. We didn't even have a YouTube channel or camera equipment back then, so shooting the interview didn't even seem like an option. However, we busted out a little Flip recorder to get Jacky Vincent shredding on film. The guitarist blew our minds with the improvised solo, and the crudely shot clip has since surpassed 400,000 views.
Zakk Wylde on Lost Guitars and Retirement
This was one of our first interviews to really take off. Guitar god Zakk Wylde is one of our favorite people to have around. Whenever he stops by, the Viagra and Kim Kardashian jokes always fly, but given the right questions, Wylde isn't afraid to go deep. In this clip, Zakk talks about finding his long-lost, beloved 'Grail' and 'No. 3' guitars, the possibility of retirement and much more. This interview also showcases an early incarnation of our 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?' series.
Jason Newsted on Metallica's '...And Justice For All'
When fans reflect on Metallica's long history, very few subjects inspire debate like Jason Newsted's bass, or the lack thereof, on the '…And Justice For All' album. Newsted's bass parts were famously phased out of the record without Newsted's support, and right before the 25th anniversary of '…And Justice For All', we brought in the bassist himself for an exclusive interview. In an emotionally charged monologue, Newsted shared his current feelings on the record and how it's stood the test of time. For Metallica fans, this clip is a must-see.
Anthrax's Frank Bello - Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?
We've racked up plenty of 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?' episodes over the past year or so. The video series has blown up, becoming a staple of exclusive Loudwire content, and our segment with Anthrax bassist Frank Bello is one of our favorites. The interview is a true roller coaster of emotions and tackled subjects such as living off bread and water due to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, being pressured to change Anthrax's band name after the 2001 disease scare, handling the loss of 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott and much more.
Scream 'SLAYER!' for Jeff Hanneman
To celebrate the life of late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, we didn't just put together a tribute, we launched a worldwide campaign. The idea was that on the one-year anniversary of Hanneman's passing (May 2) we would create a worldwide echo chamber where not one moment went by without someone either yelling "SLAYER!" or hearing someone else yell "SLAYER!". For our initial video, we recruited musicians from Slayer, Exodus, Testament, Guns N' Roses and many others for an all-star compilation. In the end, according to YouTube analytics, we achieved our goal. On May 2, not one second passed without a yell of "SLAYER!" and we can't thank you enough for making that very tall order a reality.
Brian 'Head' Welch on Korn Reunion
Brian 'Head' Welch is now back as an official member of Korn, but there was a lengthy period of time where his return was in question. Both Welch and current Korn members had extended olive branches, which led to guest appearances from Welch at a few Korn shows. Still, it was a time of uncertainty, but Welch gave us a massive exclusive capitalized by one sentence. After a thoughtful and honest setup, Welch stated, "Hearts change and reconciliation is now, and it feels good."
Judas Priest - 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?
Perhaps the most legendary band to play our signature game is Judas Priest. Sitting down with the 'Metal God' Rob Halford along with ridiculously talented shredders Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner was an honor, and it made for one of our most entertaining 'Wikipedia' segments to-date. Halford was hilarious throughout the interview, impersonating the great Sir Christopher Lee and breaking out into a priceless lounge version of 'Breaking the Law'. Each member of the band provided fascinating answers while setting the record straight in a video we're extremely proud to host on our YouTube channel.