As we continue to get the metal and punk world back into the mainstream minds of the world we are happy to have another Celeb Metal Head interview. This time we are pleased to have NFL lineman and rocker from the metal band Free Reign, the one and only Cory Procter.
Examiner (Keith Ashley): Thanks for doing this interview, for the average reader tell us a little about yourself, let the readers know who you are.
Cory Procter: My name is Cory Procter and I'm an offensive lineman in the NFL. I'm currently a free agent but I've played for the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, and Miami Dolphins. I'm also a part of a metal/rock band called Free Reign that involves other NFL lineman as well. Leonard Davis is our bassist and Marc Colombo is our rhythm guitarist and lead singer/screamer. Justin Chapman rounds out our group as the lead guitarist and a killer songwriter. Marc, Leonard, and I all played together in Dallas with the Cowboys and as soon as we found out each other played an instrument we started jamming and having a good time!
Examiner: Its nice how you guys got together like that, music is always a way to get people together. What band or bands got you interested in the hard rock & metal world?
Cory Procter: I'm a young guy so my interest started with more mainstream bands in high school. Metallica, Slipknot, Disturbed, and Rage against the Machine are just a few that I loved from the get go. The more I listened, the more I like it all!
Examiner: What was the best concert that you have ever attended? What is your best concert memory?
Cory Procter: I've been to a bunch of shows but one of the best was Bon Jovi. Of course their songs are huge hits so everyone in the crowd was singing the whole time. Chris Daughtry opened up for them and I was actually impressed because they have some heavy songs they play live that aren't on their albums.
Examiner: We've all been to shows and were shocked at how much we liked the openers, that’s always good. What band or bands would you have loved to see live but never had the chance.
Cory Procter: Hands down would have to be Pantera. Vinnie Paul has been a great friend to us in the band and supported all we did. To see him live with his brother and the crew would be sick! Not too many metal bands have been able to influence the rest of music like they have.
Examiner: Pantera seems to be one of the bands we always get as an answer, true icons in the metal world no doubt about it. How do you feel metal/punk music can get the ever important “push” in today’s world of prefabricated acts & cookie cutter talent show pop acts?
Cory Procter: You say cookie cutter and I instantly think of Justin Beiber. Ha! That question is tough because I don't think it's going to be one big thing that swings the masses. It'll be a gradual shift that comes from the crop of bands that come along. Even though you and I may like lots of the current bands there aren't many that can start a movement or get the labels out there that'll back them up like they would a potential pop star. I understand it also because good business goes where the money is and right now that's where it's at! Katy Perry is proof of that.
Examiner: Very true and well put! Thanks again for joining us, is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
Cory Procter: Thanks for having for this interview! You can follow me on Twitter where I post a bunch of stuff. I post a lot about my new radio show every Thursday so watch for that stuff. Randomly my wife will post stuff on there that I like ponies or something girly. You should be able to recognize what's me and what's her trying to be funny (which it is).