The fifth annual¬†Revolver Golden Gods Awards will take place Thursday, May 2, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. ¬†For the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live on national television through¬†AXS TV¬†and broadcast in the US and key international markets through¬†Xbox LIVE¬†and¬†Facebook.
Tickets are available via¬†Ticketmaster.
Fozzy¬†frontman and¬†WWE¬†pro-wrestling legend¬†Chris Jericho¬†will again act 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 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¬†(The 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 bySamson/Zoom), “Best New Talent,” “Most Metal Athlete,” (presented byRoadrunner Records), “Comeback of the Year,” “Paul Gray Best Bassist” (presented by¬†Dean Markley) and “Most Dedicated Fans” (presented byXbox LIVE).
Voting is now open at¬†GoldenGodsAwards.com¬†and ends April 15.
The Golden God Award (presented by¬†Sumerian Records), which is given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, will go to¬†Rob Zombie, who commented, “What can I say? It is a complete honor to receive this award and have my name join the list of such legendary past winners as¬†Alice Cooper¬†and¬†Gene Simmons. Pretty cool deal to be part of the Golden God club.” Rob Zombie¬†will be releasing his brand new album,¬†Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor¬†on April 23, and his latest feature film,¬†”The Lords of Salem”¬†on April 26.
The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by¬†Ernie Ball), will go to hard-rock and metal icons¬†Metallica, who will release the 3D movie¬†”Through The Never”¬†in August.
The Riff Lord Award, (presented by¬†EMG Pickups) is given each year to a legendary guitarist in the field of hard rock and heavy metal. This year it’s going to none other than¬†Black Sabbath¬†axeman¬†Tony Iommi, who had this to say about the honor: “What a great honor to receive the Golden Gods Riff Lord Award for 2013, especially with our new¬†Sabbath album coming out. I hope there will be some new favorite riffs in these songs.”
Returning as well is the “Black Carpet” pre-show that will be hosted by legendary heavy-metal frontmen¬†Sebastian Bach¬†and¬†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.
Also announced today was the launch of the first-ever¬†Revolver Road To The Golden Gods Tour. ¬†Featuring¬†Stone Sour¬†and¬†In This Moment, the 30-city national tour will kick off in March and conclude at the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards Show.