Al Beck

Jim Carrey recalls the first time he heard Pantera, how listening to loud rock music can actually aid in surgery, the most difficult Megadeth song to play on bass and the album that got Zakk Wylde into heavy metal this week in Midnight Metal News!

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  • Jim Carrey Recalls the First Time Hearing Pantera

    Jim Carrey isn’t a name you would immediately associate with heavy metal, but during an interview for ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’, he related a story about the first time he heard Pantera.
    “The first time I ever heard Pantera, I was driving down to San Diego and my manager, Jim Miller, put Pantera on. I had never heard anything like it and it hit me on such a level of extreme stimulation that I just started laughing uncontrollably for the entire trek.“ As if that wasn’t crazy enough, Carrey followed up with an epilogue to the story, “and then we went to check into the hotel, and the guys behind us in the line checking into the hotel were Pantera.”


  • How Listening to Loud Rock Can Aid in Surgery

    A German study in the ‘Archives of Surgery’ found that listening to loud music nearly doubled a surgeon’s speed while maintaining their precision. In the study, listening to AC/DC dropped the cutting time and increased surgeons’ accuracy. While listening to the Beatles helped them stitch up patients faster.




  • The Most Difficult Megadeth Song to Play on Bass

    David Ellefson named “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due” off ‘Rust In Peace’ as the most difficult song to play on the bass from Megadeth.

    “When we used to come out and start with it, back in the ’90s and you were kind of waiting for the little break where Marty does the flamenco thing, so you can go, ‘Ah,’ and shake it off. ‘Cause if you tense up, you get the Popeye arm.”





  • The Album That Got Zakk Wylde into Metal

    Zakk Wylde is no stranger to Ozzy fans, from playing with him to having his own Black Sabbath cover band, Zakk Sabbath, so when he was asked by Metal Hammer what album got him into the Metal genre the answer wasn’t much of a surprise.

    “It was [1975 compilation album] We Sold Our Soul For Rock’n’roll, so not even a real Black Sabbath record,” said Wylde. “I was beyond terrified; I’d been raised Catholic and by halfway through that record I’d turned full Satanist. By the end I’d gone back to Catholicism just so’s I could thank God for creating Black Sabbath.”


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  • Midnight Metal News as Heard on This Week’s Episode

    Here’s Midnight Metal News, as heard on this week’s show!