Tales from the Jugular

The Mouths That Roared - 100 Great Metal Quotes from 2003

By: Various
Published: Thursday, December 30, 2004
The Mouths That Roared - 100 Great Metal Quotes from 2003 (1-25)

  • Tommy Lee on Vince Neil: (referring to the "talent show" segment aired on a recent episode of "The Surreal Life"). "It such a waste of time!! So I won't waste much of it... After all, that is all we have here on this planet is time, right??!! ... I only said, 'Wow... rock stars don't do talent shows.' I didn't say [the show] sucked or judge it! I think Vince is at an all-time low even. doing that show... Dragging what's left of a once-great band upsets me!! C'mon man! ... Onstage with Corey Feldman?? Open your eyes guys!! Only my opinion..."

  • Lars Ulrich on Limp Bizkit: "I really like LIMP BIZKIT. I mean, I've said it for years — I don't know if anyone actually hears it — but I think LIMP BIZKIT are an awesome band. In terms of the rap-rock bands, or ANY bands out there, I think they really are truly among the best."

  • Photographer Ross Halfin on Metallica: "I'm not going to write any stories or anecdotes as I'm not particularly close to them any more (well, I'm superficially friendly and let's face it....so are they, when they want something). Let's just say Lars has a very annoying habit of coming up to see how you are and as he's shaking your hand and talking to you, he's looking over your shoulder to see if there's someone better he should be talking to...I'm not a big fan of them...they used to always find this quite funny. But success and money has given them humour bypass surgery — they don't laugh at themselves as much as they used to, or should."

  • Kirk Hammett on The Ramones: "[They] enabled the funniest, dorkiest looking guy to put on a leather jacket and feel cool. And that was me.... That was such a powerful thing because it gave me confidence."

  • Jason Newsted on Metallica and the Summer Sanitarium Tour: "It's a joke, I think METALLICA are just a joke...But that's the integrity down the fucking tube! Why can't they take out STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, why can't they take out IN FLAMES? What they are doing now is such an obvious cash thing and has nothing to do with the music that we're supposed to be fighting for."

  • Sharon Osbourne on Nu-Metal: "It's for the kids to determine. So if kids don't show up this year, then we know it's dead, but it's not for the media to say that it's dead."

  • Fred Durst on the Great White Fire: "I want to create some sort of benefit for the families of the ones who were lost. It feels right to get involved because I am a musician, I love music, and I love going to concerts. that could have been any of us!!"

  • Kid Rock on the Iraq War: "Why is everybody trying to stop the war? George Bush ain't been saying, 'You all, make shitty records.' Politicians and music don't mix. It's like whisky and wine. [Musicians] ought to stay out of it." He then said: ""We got to kill that mother-fucker Saddam," he says. "Slit his throat. Kill him and the guy in North Korea."

  • Alice In Chains, Layne Staley's final interview:
    "This fucking drug use is like the insulin a diabetic needs to survive," he said. "I'm not using drugs to get high like many people think. I know I made a big mistake when I started using this shit. It's a very difficult thing to explain. My liver is not functioning and I'm throwing up all the time and shitting my pants. The pain is more than you can handle. It's the worst pain in the world. Dope sick hurts the entire body." "I know I'm near death," he said. "I did crack and heroin for years. I never wanted to end my life this way. I know I have no chance. It's too late. I never wanted [the public's] thumbs' up about this fucking drug use. Don't try to contact any AIC members. They are not my friends."

  • Courtney Love on Fred Durst: "He's creepy — he's just creepy and he's also gone...Watching him struggle will be ugly, so turn your head."

  • Lionel Richie on Rob Zombie's remake of "Brick House": "I said,'Give me a microphone man . . . you can't have 'Brick House' without some howse in it. You're not saying howwwse right.'"

  • Chris Cornell on why Audioslave chose to play Lollapalooza this year as opposed to Ozzfest: "Because Ozzfest sucks.."

  • Lars Ulrich: "Three or four years ago, when Fred Durst came out of nowhere and was doing his thing, I just — to be totally honest — I didn't get it at first. And as usual, when there's things I don't get, I have a tendency to dismiss it as irrelevant. And then after a while, [I was like], 'I get it. It's pretty cool.'"

  • Fred Durst on Wes Borland: "I really realized after Wes quit, I had to pick up the guitar and write every single song myself, how much I really had to do with LIMP BIZKIT in the first place. That's why Wes wanted his freedom, because I really told him what to play — I wrote everything, did everything."

  • Wes Borland on Fred: "smart people can tell the truth from a lie"

  • Ripper Owens on Judas Priest/Halford rumors: "I'm the lead singer of Judas Priest."

  • Chris Holmes on Blackie lawless: "Somebody got into the money making part of the band and I found out that I was lied to by Blackie Lawless on some transactions and I questioned him about it and he said I was full of shit and what I found out was true, so I fuckin' left. I don't like liars. Why should I work with any?"

  • Lars Ulrich on the Iraq War: "Read the papers, go on the Internet, do what you've gotta do, formulate your own opinions, don't listen to some fuckin' drummer in a rock band about what to think about the war, you know what I mean?!"

  • Ted Nugent on many things: "Ozzy, God bless him, is super talented. He is a great man. He is a man of heart and soul and goodwill. He is a very funny man but he is a perfect poster child of why I have never touched drugs, alcohol, tobacco or fast food."

    "War is good when good survives and evil is crushed. If you don't crush evil then evil will get you. So, Dixie Chicks, I just recommend you shut up and sing and let the warriors take care of your freedom. You love to deny the truth and live in an insulated world of fantasy and then criticize the very system by which you can live free and brave. Suck me!"

  • Zack De La Rocha on the War: "Without just cause of reason, without legal or moral justification, and without a thread of proof that Iraq directly threatens the security of the United States, the Bush administration has headed to war..."

  • DJ Shadow on the War: "Our current administration's foreign policy strikes me as being reckless, inhumane, and hopelessly out of step with the so-called 'values' it claims to defend. We, the world's only superpower, have immense capacity to ease human suffering throughout the world, yet we choose to inflict it upon those who deem a threat to our agenda of empire."

  • James Hetfield: "rehab is like college for your head"

  • George Lynch on Don Dokken "[Don's] not an ethical human being, and I guess he's doing whatever he can do to get away with whatever he's gotta get away with...I'd much rather be me than him, so that's the bottom line. He's gotta live with himself and sleep with himself at night. You know, I never really understood those kinds of people — people that don't seem to have a conscience."

  • Great White vocalist Jack Russell on the club fire: ""Words will not now, nor will they ever, begin to express the sorrow we are all feeling not only for the loss of our Ty, but for everyone that was affected by this terrible tragedy."

  • Gene Simmons on Iraq War protestors: "Again, everyone who is marching today in a war protest, can line up to my left to suck my balls."

  • James Hetfield on rehab: "I was always so afraid of what was going on in my head," James laughed. "It was like, 'I don't want to know if I'm crazy or not! But of course, if you're thinking you're crazy, you're not, right? But I needed someone to tell me that, and I was afraid to ask."

  • James Hetfield on new music formats: "The record companies are history...unless they get with it".

  • MTV2 Programming Executive Alex Coletti on the new Headbanger's Ball: "We're not going to play hair bands circa 1989 for two hours..."

  • Lars Ulrich's advice to new bands: "These younger guys start complaining about playing 30 shows. We used to play 150 across America. Nobody plays Huntsville, Alabama or La Crosse, Wisconsin anymore. We've been there and done those shows. You have to get on with it and shut the fuck up."

  • Bruce Dickinson on Limp Bizkit pulling out of the Download Fest: "I don't think people are going to get any less for their money by not seeing Fred Durst with his baseball cap on the wrong way."

  • Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante on slow ticket sales: "This is not the way it is in Europe, they love and appreciate music, especially hard rock/metal. I know it's hard out here, ticket sales and record sales are way down, that's why we're keeping our ticket prices down. I'm hoping this will all pass and we will all rise above the shit that's being forced down all our throats."

  • Lars Ulrich on comments Made During NAPSTER Debate: "We went from being somewhat well-respected, well-liked, and then I woke up one day and all of a sudden I was the most hated man in rock 'n' roll. It was like huh? Me? What did I do wrong? I'm one of the good guys...A lot of that shit hurt and it was very bewildering because it was difficult to connect it to your own reality."

  • Philip Anselmo on the underground scene: ""I'm a lot more at home. I feel better, a lot less stress, a lot less bullshit. I wasn't happy back there (in arenas) for a really long time. I can't even think. I was just not a happy man. But I can say, for the first time in a while, that I am a happy fella."

  • Kirk Hammett on the lack of guitar solos on "St. Anger": "To put production stuff on top of that just didn't sound right. We tried to put guitar solos on, but we kept on running into this problem. It really sounded like an afterthought."

  • Ozzy on playing in Toronto: "Fuck S.A.R.S., man."

  • Producer Bob Rock on "St. Anger": " "I wanted to do something to shake up radio and the way everything else sounds...To me, this album sounds like four guys in a garage getting together and writing rock songs."

  • Scott Weiland on Stone Temple Pilots: "We haven't broken up. We're taking a long, extended hiatus right now."

  • Guitarist Zakk Wylde on the next Ozzy Record: "I'm telling you right now, there ain't gonna be no faggot-ass songwriters comin' in writing gay-ass fuckin' songs for the old man..."

  • Vince Neil on a Motley reunion tour: "There won't be any more tours. I know Nikki has been telling everyone that there will be a farewell tour, but he didn't bother to ask anybody and I really have no interest in getting back with MÖTLEY CRÜE... [Nikki] does things without telling anybody and it's pissed everybody off and now I have to get lawyers involved and you just don't do shit the way he's doing things...My CRÜE days are over. Like I say, I'm having way too much fun not having to deal with those guys as personalities."

  • Chino Moreno on on KORN: "As KORN go on, it's the same things — bad childhoods and mean moms. It gets too old after a while. How old is Jonathan? Thirty? How long has it been since he lived with his parents?"

  • Sammy Hagar on David Lee Roth: "I was all for Dave, but after going out there with him and seeing how he is on stage and listening to his voice… I mean, he can't do it. He's not what he used to be, and there's no question about it."

  • Alex Skolnick on "St. Anger": "There is no unity or cohesiveness to the songs. Some of them are downright funny, as if 'Saturday Night Live' was doing a skit making fun of them...this album represents what they are now: a sloppy mess.  And the heart of the matter is that this is not a good METALLICA album. I speak only as a fan. Sure, it's noisy and angry but something is seriously missing. It seems to represents a decline in the standards of this modern day and age, when we are bombarded with so much information we forget what true quality is."

  • Gene Simmons on Life: "Go through life and completely avoid and disregard what you've been told in terms of the Puritan ethic, which is to say that you're not supposed to be selfish. They're wrong — you are supposed to be selfish. You should be selfish above and beyond everything. And people that often say, 'Hey, it's not about you' — it is about you. 'Me' is the most important word you should ever get comfortable with."

  • Ozzy on drugs: ""I used to think they should legalize pot, but you know what? They should ban the lot," Osbourne told MTV News. "One thing leads to another. Coffee leads to Red Bull, Red Bull leads to crank."

  • Scott Ian on Priest reuniting: "WOO HOO!!!!! The Metal God is back!!!"

  • Rob Halford on "Finally, it all comes back to you — the fans. Many of you wished over and over for an opportunity to experience original JUDAS PRIEST, and it is a comforting thought to know we all get to ride the reunion side-by-side. I can't wait!...Thank you for your continued support, prayers and of course the relentless enthusiasm! I thank you with all my soul and heart

  • Phil Anselmo on Dimebag Darrell: "He's got a lot of personal issues in his life that he has to face, and once he does, I really, truly hope he becomes a better person — the beautiful person that I came to know and love."

  • Joey Belladonna on a reunion tour with Anthrax: "I just wish they would have considered me in a little more favorable way. They wanted to make me out as if I was just the flute player in the band and that I wasn't really that important."

  • Ace Frehley of KISS: "Physically and mentally, I've never been fitter. Just to set the record straight, I haven't had a drink or a drug in months. I've really gotten into a health kick, because I'm not getting any younger. I can't do the stuff I used to do in the '70s. That's insane. I fooled around with that stuff for years, but at this point in my life, it's not the right road for me to take."

  • Jason Newsted on the new Metallica CD: "As a fan, it's pretty hard to listen to, tonality-wise. I think it's not very pleasing to the human ear."

  • Robert Plant on The Osbournes: "I think it's kind of sadistic for the general public and masochistic by the artist — it's called entertainment...there's obviously some income there."

  • Phil Anselmo's response to Lars on touring with Metallica: "Give me a fuckin' break! I'm Philip Anselmo. I'm not some newcomer to the game. There's no fuckin' way METALLICA would do that, nor would they play a fuckin' show with PANTERA in the fuckin' States, because they know what would fuckin' happen. We would fuckin' eat them alive! That's the end of the fuckin' sentence. We would crush 'em."

  • Dave Grohl on touring with Zeppelin: "I learned to be a drummer by listening to the ZEPPELIN catalog. The most important thing is that if they do a reunion tour, they find the person most capable of filling in for John Bonham. Of course, I would cut off my cock to have that gig."

  • Gene Simmons: "Here's the question: Once you have all the girls and all the money you want, will you still get up at the crack of dawn and get in the ring? If you do, you're a champion. If you don't, you're just about the fame and the glory."

  • Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante: ""I just think music, in general, is at an all-time low. The past five years have been the worst time for music. There's not one bit of originality. I don't want to come down on all that stuff, because some good bands came out of all of that. But for the most part, no one had any identity."

  • Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian on the music industry: "It's not going to get any better until the whole system collapses."

  • Ripper Owens on Priest: "I pushed them to get (Halford) back. I'm a JUDAS PRIEST fan, so I'm glad they can get along and do this. People have been calling up like there's been a death in the family but I'm actually happy with the decision. My run was done."

  • Phil Anselmo on touring: "...it's better for me to play in front of a smaller audience, a more intimate audience. It feels better. I'd rather play three sold-out nights in a small fuckin' place than one sold-out night in a big, fuckin' giant place."

  • Lars on Fred Durst: "To me, I will not have Metallica and a bunch of second-rate bands. It's gotta be the bans who are innovators, and whether you like him or you hate him, Fred Durst is an innovator. Fred Durst is a fuckin' pioneer, and I will yell that from every rooftop."

  • Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian on fans: ""I think people in Europe are more passionate about music...The kids here when they first start listening to radio are bombarded with pop music and boy bands and whatever else is out there right now. In Europe it's not like that. You get people who have more of an opportunity to use their own minds and figure things out for themselves."

  • Ronnie Dio on Ozzy: "Ozzy's legacy is now incredibly tarnished...they have him as some guy with an affliction. To see this happen...it's sad. But it's what he wants and there's money involved. So who am I to say? It's just sad, because he's one of the guys who invented heavy metal."

  • Great White's singer on Gene Simmons: "This is not a rock 'n' roll tragedy. It's an American tragedy...Bands like KISS could donate the proceeds from one show and do more than we could donate all year."

  • Lars on the "St. Anger" snare sound: "Let's say every hard rock record that came out had a snare sound like 'St. Anger', right? Then all of a sudden, Metallica would put a record out that had a snare sound like, say, I don't know, 'The Black Album', everybody would sit there and go, 'What the fuck are they doing?' 'What's with this fuckin' 'Black Album' snare sound?' 'Why doesn't it sound like the 'St. Anger'…?'' You know what I mean?!"

  • Phil Anselmo on touring: "Stage work is strengthening. Sweating from head to toe is extremely good for you. Gets those toxins out of there. I dig the people. The fans. Oh fuck to hear those screaming lunatics sing every goddamn word, stage dive, pitskanking, bleeding...Jesus Fucking Christ! I envy the energy! Thank you bad asses."

  • Phil Anselmo on bands today: "As far as I'm concerned Pantera was extremely influential in heavy metal. Then white kids started rapping over the top of the music. The true rappers ought to be offended as well as the heavy-metal bands. Every genre ought to have its purity. There's nothing to what the bands today are doing. They're Pantera ripoffs with the cheesiest song progressions. Bands in the past had some style. Bands today are instrumentally sub-par and sub-par in their ideas. I can hardly listen to them.

  • Paul Stanley on the KISS retiring after the Farewell Tour: "Life is about having the option of changing your mind...A light went off in my head. I realized you can always go home. If it was OK with the fans, there was no one else I had to consult."

  • Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante on low record sales in America of their new CD: "I think that people [in America] are just stupid. They are not like the Europeans. The Europeans fuckin' love it, ya know? They love their music — they're loyal. See, over there, it's about the record, it's about the band. Over here it's about the fucking song. ... It just doesn't make sense to me sometimes. What happened here? It's sad."

  • Six Feet Under vocalist Chris Barnes on social issues: "...there should be another opinion out there other than government-controlled media which is sent through the airwaves and sent to everyone's homes through a little box that they worship like some kind of religion. People shouldn't believe everything you see on that piece of equipment."

  • Strapping Young Lad frontman Devin Townsend on sex: "I'm equally disgusted by both men and women. Personally, I'm heterosexual because I'm with my wife and I love her, but sex just isn't important enough to me to give it a whole lot of thought. Human beings are gross. We're ugly fucking pink things. To a certain extent, it's really funny that a life choice like where you're going to put your penis can be so significant in our society. On my list of priorities, sex is — like — really, really low."

  • Arch Enemy singer Angela Gossow on sell-out accusations: "'This is my band — I don't want to share it with nu-metal kids.' But we want to bring our music to everybody, and we want people to love the music, buy our albums and support the band...Either a band exists and they are going to need to make some money with it, or the band is not going to exist anymore."

  • AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young on a knife-pulling incident during the group's 1977 tour opening for Black Sabbath in Europe: "We were staying in the same hotel, and Geezer was in the bar, crying in his bear, '10 years I've been in this band, 10 years — wait till you guys have been around 10 years, you'll feel like us.' I said 'I don't think so.' I was giving him no sympathy. He'd had many too many [drinks] and he pulled out this silly flick knife."

  • Sammy Hagar on Eddie Van Halen: "He HAS lost touch. Otherwise, he'd be playing music. I mean this guy is a great musician. Not only does he play unbelievable guitar, he plays unbelievable keyboards of any kind and probably could play any instrument he puts his hands on. And the guy hasn't played music for I don't know how long. Something is really wrong."

  • Nevermore singer Warrel Dane on the music industry: "There are a lot of kids who are playing in metal bands, and they don't realize how cutthroat the music business is. It can totally destroy your faith in playing music. At some point you become a commodity and that can be pretty scary. You do it because you love the music — you don't do it because you want to be a businessman."

  • Tungsten singer Al Hodge to bands in the music industry: "...it’s 2003! Get a lawyer to look over your contract you fucking dimwits!"

  • Disturbed singer Dave Draiman on stopping file sharing: ""This is not rocket science. Instead of spending all this money litigating against kids who are the people they're trying to sell things to in the first place, they have to learn how to effectively use the Internet ...It's the way of the future. You can smell it coming. Stop fighting it, because you can't."

  • Sweden's Marduk on the War "We don't give a fuck! It's not our problem. Let the tanks roll..."

  • Vince Neil on touring with Motley Crue again: "Basically nobody likes each other in MÖTLEY CRÜE, so why would I put myself in that kind of position when I'm perfectly happy doing what I'm doing now?"

  • Wes Borland on file sharing: "When you download music, you are stealing directly from that person that made the song that you are downloading. And it's forcing the 'banks' (record labels) to merge with each other, becoming larger, more confused monsters that are afraid of the future, and that's a creature that I don't want to be around...The demise and collapse of everything that is still good about music. Keep it up, and you'll be able to watch it fall."

  • Bruce Dickinson on Fred Durst: Limp Bizkit are as dead as a doornail now. [Fred] couldn't write his way out of a paper bag. That new single ['Eat You Alive'] is just awful. He needs to listen to people telling him he's rubbish."

  • Gene Simmons on stuff: "I've heard people say money is the root of all evil, but of course they're nuts. Lack of money is the root of all evil...Love, unfortunately, is not the most powerful force in the universe...I'm happy to put KISS on almost anything."

  • Kirk Hammett on the lack of guitar solos on "St. Anger": "It feels like I've played a million guitar solos over the past 20 years. If they don't get a few on this album, they're gonna survive."

  • Kerry King on Metallica's MTV icon: "I knew it was going to be an MTV event and everyone was going to be sucking Metallica's dick, and it was going to be a huge snooze fest and I didn't want to be a part of it. I did watch the whole thing, I Tivo-ed it, and it took me like three or four sittings to get through it, because I couldn't stomach the whole thing. Then you see Lars grooving to the drums, doing air drums, and I'm like, 'What the fuck are you listening to, dude?'"

  • Kerry King on 'St. Anger': "I mean, I played that record twice, and that's all I am ever going to play it. I played it once, and then I had to make sure, but I just don't get it. This isn't Metallica bashing — I mean, I am holding back, trust me."

  • Steve Vai on fellow G3 guitarists Yngwie and Joe Satriani: ""Yngwie has probably the most control of the instrument in the way of chops and shredding and just sheer technical ability. Through it all, he comes up with some nice melodies occasionally, but it's staggering to just watch him and see the way he handles that instrument." "Joe has the gift of melody. He has complete control of the instrument. He's the elite of the elite."

  • My Ruin's Terrie B. on comments from an A&R guy from RCA Records: "[He said] do you have a problem with your weight? Because rock stars are supposed to be thin I'm afraid. So how much do you weigh?' And I said, 'You're fucking kidding me, right?' He says, 'I send my bands to personal trainers. To be a rock star now days you have to be thin.'"

  • Gene Simmons on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: "With all due respect to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's a popcorn fart for us. It doesn't mean a lot because it's not really representative of the American lifestyle. It's not democratic. It certainly doesn't represent the people.

  • Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard and Dio: "The real irony of that is I actually don't like hard rock music. I know it's a strange thing to say, but I don't really care about my past contributions. Even now I still get these guys coming up to me going 'Duuuuuuuude!', giving me the DIO devil sign and yelling 'Holy Diver!!' and 'Rainbow In The Dark, whoo hoo!!' and it's cool that they remember it, but that music never mattered to me — and still doesn't."

  • Vivian Campbell on Ronnie Dio: "Oh yeah, night after night, [Ronnie] was absolutely on the money. An incredibly strong voice and within that niche genre of dungeons and dragons and rainbows and midgets... You know, the sorta old school heavy metal, he's an incredible talent. But he's an awful businessman and way more importantly, one of the vilest people in the industry."

  • Queensryche singer Geoff Tate on social structures: "I think some people exist and stay here primarily because it's all they know. I think there's definitely a select group of people who call the shots and make all the rules and enforce them and push us in the direction we're going. Once we're all aware of that and accept that that is a definitely a possibility, maybe we'll be a little happier because we'll understand how the system works. That may be the biggest problem with this country too-we don't know how it all works. We're illiterate and watching 'Jerry Springer'… what's that do for ya?"

  • Bruce Dickinson on MTV: "We just got some bad news. Not that I care about MTV, but they told us that they won't show the 'Rainmaker' video because they say that our audience is too old for MTV."

  • Jason Newsted on St. Anger: "As far as the new record's listenability [is concerned] and your desire to put it on again and listen to it over and over again like you did with 'Ride The Lightning' and 'Master Of Puppets', I don't hear it… I don't hear it. To me, they were always leaders, and on this record, they seem to be more followers."

  • James Hetfield on "St. Anger": "It's a bummer. In Europe it's doing really good, and some other places ... It is what it is. We can't change that. We do our best and that's all we can do."

  • Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki: "I have my own way to lead Stratovarius and since being in this band since '84 (almost 20 years) I have had a very clear vision about the musical direction of Strato. To put it short and simple, this is my band."

  • Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul on Phil Anselmo: "...it got to the point where I didn't know which Phil was gonna show up to the gig. One night he would walk in and be a fucking animal. The next night, I'd walk backstage and he'd be lying in the corner and he'd say he was tired."

  • Devildriver frontman Dez Farafa on ex-band Coal Chamber: "[It was] a democracy where everybody ran the business together, and it just didn't work. They didn't want to go heavier and more balls out, and I did. My heart started turning black because I was doing something I wasn't happy with."

  • Gene Simmons on drug users: "I've often heard that using drugs is a cry for help. What a load of crap. If it's a cry for help, it falls on deaf ears. My suggestion to anybody who uses drugs is, it's a slow way of killing yourself, so do it the quick way. Don't torture yourself and everybody else, just go to the top of a building and get yourself out of the way. Either that, or straighten up and live right."

  • Ozzy Osbourne on sexual abuse: "I was sexually abused as a kid. Two boys used to wait for me to come home after school. They felt me and touched me. It became a regular thing on the way home from school — it seemed to go on forever. I was afraid to tell my father or mother and it completely fucked me up. When I was a kid, people didn't talk about these things like they do now. You didn't have chat shows talking about molestation. I worked it out with a therapist. But if you have a traumatic experience when you are young it does fuck you up."

  • Sharon Osbourne on Randy Rhodes: "When I talk about the early days of the love affair between Ozzy and me, I have to be honest — it wasn't just the two of us. Randy was a vital part of the tale. There was one time I was with Randy. Ozzy knows about it but has never wanted to discuss it. That's his way of dealing with it."

  • Ozzy on medication: ""I was wiped out on pills. I couldn't talk. I couldn't walk. I could barely stand up. I was lumbering about like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It got to the point where I was scared to close my eyes at night — afraid I might not wake up."

  • Justin Prager, director of music and programming for MTV and MTV2, on the revived "Headbanger's Ball": "We brought it back because there was a demand for it," Prager said. "Metal has always been here, but there seems to be a resurgence of it. The following continues to grow. Metal is the most exciting music out there right now. It seems like a faceless period for mainstream rock, but the headbangers follow every move of every band they like."

    "Without just cause of reason, without legal or moral justification, and without a thread of proof that Iraq directly threatens the security of the United States, the Bush administration has headed to war..." --Zack De La Rocha

    "Our current administration's foreign policy strikes me as being reckless, inhumane, and hopelessly out of step with the so-called 'values' it claims to defend. We, the world's only superpower, have immense capacity to ease human suffering throughout the world, yet we choose to inflict it upon those who deem a threat to our agenda of empire." --DJ Shadow

    "I really feel those guys...I really owe a lot to them for really going there to do the best and to prevent Iraq, and to keep our safety at home, and I told that to them as well." --SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera

    "I can understand that Americans don't like to hear this cover version ("Fuck The U.S.A."), likewise the world didn't want this war for oil! It's time for Americans now to speak out against this war and not to repeat Bush's war slogans! -- DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel Schirmer

    "I don't know if there's such a thing as pro-war, but if there is, that's me," Portnoy told Blistering.com. "I mean, nobody wants to go to war, nobody wants to see innocent people killed, but it seems to me that a lot of Americans are quickly forgetting the impact and the outcome of what happened on 9-11." --DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy

    "...people can say what they want but it won't make a difference...Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and they can say whatever they want. We were never disputing that fact. Like I said, our point was that no matter who speaks out, it wont make a difference because the Bush and Blair are working to their own agenda. They obviously don't give a fuck." --LOSTPROPHETS singer Ian Watkins

    "I pray for all of the people over in Iraq that are fighting in this war. And I pray for anyone who gets hurt or is killed in this war. I also pray for all of the American troops that are fighting this war...We have to support our country now because we are at the point of no return now. Go USA! Go freedom for Iraq!" --LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst

    "...we'd like to have the [video for the new SYSTEM OF A DOWN single] 'Boom!' . . .help change the way people think about the solution to our global problems. We want to make the idea of dropping bombs, of waging war seem as antiquated and ridiculous as it is today for an Afro-American to have to sit at the back of the bus." --SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian

    "We would also like to take the chance to express our opinion on the war against Iraq. It is wrong and should be stopped immediately!!!" --Swedish band AMARAN

    ""How many Iraqis per gallon?" and "Somewhere in Texas, a Village is Missing an Idiot" --message scrolled across the stage at AUDIOSLAVE concert

    "...we have the best troops in the world, so I mean they're just going to go over there and crush and dominate and then they can get everybody back home...They're a bunch of candy-ass little pussies. They may start doing that whole terrorism thing, you know what I mean. That's the only thing that may get a little sticky. Aside from that, I don't see how it's going to change much." --OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde

    ""The war in Iraq has begun. I am only speaking for myself, but I am for it. However, I do question the timing. We should have done this ten years ago and thereby spared the suffering of many Iraqi innocents who have died and suffered under one of history's great tyrants...On September 11 the United States woke up to the realization that defensive postures cost lives, and America would no longer wait for a disaster to happen..." --BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis

    "War is good when good survives and evil is crushed. If you don't crush evil then evil will get you...The way that you eliminate bad and ugly is either through activism and policy making that never tolerates evil — instead of the liberal politically correct policy of accepting evil and accepting other points of views that destroy lives. We the thoughtful, productive people of American have got to take our freedom back." --TED NUGENT

    "I would like to add my condolences to all the American and British and yes, the Iraqi families that lost loved ones in this struggle...while the American media (the New York Times, the Washington Post and other 'respected' newspapers) routinely trounced the war effort. "My heart goes out to people who suffer. And, although 'Might makes Right' does not necessarily follow, in this case it does. Better the good guys be Mighty, than the bad guys."  --KISS bassist Gene Simmons

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