And now part three of the 2012 TSHIT Olympics---the parts 1 & 2 being the stage dives and stage jumps on the prior entries-- We cannot leave out the banging of the heads, one of the most revered of the neck exercises.
The first Gold medal goes to a last-minute contender, just from last night at the Hillbilly Headbangers Ball at Slim's Last Chance Saloon (which has the best chili that I have ever had BTW) in Seattle. From the band Skelator, we have guitar player Rob Steinway (above). As the singer raised the Skelator flag (literally) and sang of travelling far and away to get to a metal show, Steinway's hair flew its own long-range distance.
Medal #2 goes to a TSHIT favorite, Black Breath guitar and bass players, Mark Palm and Elijah Nelson. From a show at The Comet in February. I had to work for it at this show including getting on a chair near the pit, falling off the chair into the pit, getting back up and shooting from the pit. This show also included the lead singer getting knocked out as he rocked out and Andy getting binged in the head by a quarter.
Number 3 is awarded to Red Fang guitarist Byan Giles. Speaking of travelling distances for bands, this was from a show in Portland at the Hawthorne Theater from May. Okay, it's not that far, but still counts as trekking it. There were many photos of Giles to choose from, but you get the general idea.
The fourth medal is for Orange Goblin's bassist Martyn Millard when they played at Studio Seven in Seattle last summer. Yes, it's not from this year, but the way that Millard flies his locks about makes it look like he has his own personal wind machine on full force. Even when we saw them prior to this show at the 2011 Maryland Deathfest-- when it was 90+ degrees and the humidity, oh the humidity-- his hair still aviated away perfectly. This one does count as travelling a long distance also for a metal show.
Finally, have to give the last Gold to Woodroe Weatherman of Corrosion of Conformity. I know drummer Reed Mullin may be the obvious choice for the hair in the air, but even though Woody has shorter hair at this time, he makes it take flight as far as it will go.
Well, this wraps up the TSHIT Music Olympics for 2012. As we look forward to the next four years of shows and all the musical athletes banging away --- all we can say is, "Stay gold, Ponyboy!"