The fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show which is presented by Epiphone® will take place Thursday, May 2 at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. America's only hard-rock and heavy-metal award show is back and for the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live on national television through AXS TV and broadcast in the United States and key international markets through Xbox LIVE and Facebook.
FOZZY frontman and WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho will reprise his role as host for the fourth consecutive year. The nominees in 11 different fan-voted categories, plus the recipients of this year’s prestigious “Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award,” (presented by Ernie Ball), “Golden God Award” (presented by Sumerian Records®), and “Riff Lord” (presented by EMG Pickups®), were revealed at a press conference held at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood in Los Angeles.
Host Chris Jericho was on hand, along with Sebastian Bach, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Maria Brink and Chris Howorth (In This Moment), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan) and Zakk Wylde to announce the nominees. Halestorm performed a special live set, including a guest appearance by Sebastian Bach on a cover of the Skid Row classic “Slave to the Grind.”
Fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for “Best Guitarist” (presented by Epiphone®), “Best Drummer” (presented by Drum Workshop®), “Best Vocalist” (presented by Rockstar Energy Drink®), “Album of the Year” (presented by Orange Amplification®), “Song of the Year,” “Best Live Band” (presented by Samson®/Zoom®), “Best New Talent,” “Most Metal Athlete” (presented by Roadrunner Records®), “Comeback of the Year,” “Paul Gray Best Bassist” (presented by Dean Markley®) and “Most Dedicated Fans” (presented by Xbox LIVE®). Voting is currently open and ends on April 15.
Nominees include Aerosmith, The Darkness, John 5, Anthrax, Lamb of God and Soundgarden and more.
Honorees this year will include Rob Zombie, Metallica and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.
Performing at the awards will include sets by Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Stone Sour, Dillinger Escape Plan and Halestorm, with more performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
Sebastian Bach will be hosting the pre-show with Dee Snider. Bach and Snider will be interviewing all the nominees, honorees and performers on the Revolver Black Carpet before show time for the special, which will air on both AXS TV and Xbox LIVE.
I spoke with Sebastian at the press conference after the nominations announcement. Click on the video link to see what he had to say about the awards and his upcoming plans.
Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster, at www.axs.com/venues/101912/club-nokia
To cast your vote now at www.goldengodsawards.com