Every month, Metal Hammer manages to prise the deepest, darkest secrets from the minds of your favourite rock stars. No one knows how they do it. Maybe they do it stealthily, like Derren Brown. Or maybe they just asked nicely.
Here’s a directory of declarations from the TeamRock+ archives. What you’re about to read may shake you to your very core.
Or gross you out a bit. It all depends on you, really…
WHAT ANIMAL WOULD LZZY HALE LIKE TO BE?
“I think I’d be a Mantis shrimp. They’re freaking awesome – really colourful, very deadly, but unassumingly so.”
WHAT’S THE MOST RIDICULOUS OUTFIT LIAM CORMIER HAS EVER WORN ON STAGE?
“When we were on tour with Gwar I just bought some camouflage on Hallowe’en and went as an army guy, which is a pretty half-assed attempt at a costume. We were playing in Denver, Colorado, and people kept coming up to me and saying that I was Max Cavalera!”
DOES TOMMY LEE HAVE ANY WEIRD PHOBIAS?
“Bad music! And I’m not a fan of spiders and snakes. Those things freak me out. I mean the bigger snakes and the tarantulas. People have them crawling on their bodies, and I’m just… I’m pretty crazy and down with anything, but for some reason I just can’t do that!”
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN MAX CAVALERA MET LEMMY?
“We went to a London pub and he was there, playing one of those fruit machines, and I got kind of drunk and I went to bug him. I was like, ‘I’m from Brazil and I’m a big Motörhead fan.’ And he just said, ‘Leave me alone, kid. Can’t you see I’m trying to play?’ I kept bugging him, and so he grabbed his glass of whisky and tipped it over my head. I thought that was the coolest thing!”
WHEN WAS THE FIRST TIME JUSTIN HAWKINS FELT LIKE A ROCKSTAR?
“It was in the late 80s when I realised I had the same haircut as Joe Satriani. I was reading a guitar magazine and I saw an advert for a plectrum manufacturer, and Joe Satriani was endorsing them. I’m trying to think how you could describe the haircut… it was short at the front and long at the back – I’m sure there must be a word for it! But I had the same haircut and I saw my future as a rockstar in that photo.”
WHAT’S THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT THING SID WILSON HAS EVER BOUGHT?
“I got some pants in Japan and they’re big, baggy pants, almost like MC Hammer pants, and one leg is shorter than the other… they did that on purpose and it’s completely fucking ridiculous.”
WHAT’S THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS THING A FAN HAS EVER OFFERED BRIAN ‘HEAD’ WELCH?
“This guy offered me his dead racoon head that he carried around. He would have it in the front row at our concerts. He was this trippy guy who carried around a real racoon head. I was like, ‘Dude, what kind of germs does that have?’”
WHAT’S GINGER’S MOST DISGUSTING PERSONAL HABIT?
“I don’t wash my hair. I love having ratty-as-fuck hair when I’m growing it out and that works better if I don’t wash it. Thing is, I’ve been told my hair smells great even when I don’t wash it, and it does look pretty awesome when it’s all gnarly and feral. If I washed my hair when I grow it, and brushed it regularly, then it would look like Dave Mustaine’s hair, and I really don’t want to look like Dave Mustaine.”