All photos and content for Finding Your Neverland by Heather Koepp.
Rock History was made this week, with the hosting of the inaugural LoudWire Music Awards in downtown Los Angeles. The celebration started outside where musicians of all calibers, ranging from up and coming artist to rock and roll legends took to the black carpet. We had the pleasure of speaking to some of the nominees and performers about what they’ve been working on and what they have in store for the future, as well asking some fun questions along the way.
Our first interview of the evening was with Nominees for “Best New Artist of the Year” Ded. Their album Mis-An-Thrope was released in July and has been receiving rave reviews in the rock world. The group had the honor of touring with Stone Sour on the Serenity of Summer tour and is gearing up to perform at Ozzfest meets Knotfest next weekend in Southern California. With the return of The Walking Dead we had to ask, “The zombie apocalypse breaks out, who survives and who dies first?” In true band fashion, they all agree that they all survive together, however, frontman Joe Cotela points out that they are already dead… so maybe the apocalypse has already begun?
Speaking of Stone Sour, the group took home two coveted awards, “Hard Rock Artist of the Year” and “Hard Rock Album of the Year”. We were able to catch Christian Martucci and Roy Mayorga on the black carpet, and when asked about the band dynamics Roy states, “We’re a total brotherhood. That has to be there, it’s so important for us, otherwise what’s the point?” When asked what they would be doing if they weren’t musicians Christian grins and says, “Trying to be a musician. Some things are just in your blood.”
But the most impactful interview of the evening was with the incredible Lzzy Hale of Halestorm who took the time to speak with us on a very important issue, mental health. A subject that is very important to us here at, Finding Your Neverland.
FYN asked, “We know you are a huge advocate for mental health, how important is it for you to be able to spread that message with your fans?”
“It’s very important, I am in a very lucky position where people take what I say seriously now, but you have a choice, the words that you say could absolutely hurt somebody or help somebody. I just choose to spread positivity whenever I can. Music is one the most powerful tools and I’ve seen first hand how it changes people.” Lzzy commented.
She even went the extra mile to send out an encouraging message to a fan, Kelsey, who struggles with her mental health daily and has found solace in Halestorm’s music. When we reached out for a quote from Kelsey we were absolutely touched by her words, she wrote:
‘This band [Halestorm] has managed to get me through some of my darkest times. Most recently, a messy divorce revolving around an emotionally abusive marriage. I’ve listened to ‘Familiar Taste of Poison’ and ‘What Sober Couldn’t Say’ countless times, sitting in my car crying. ‘I Am the Fire’, though, is the song that gave me courage, the courage to be who I want to be, and not let anyone keep me from that. The courage to say enough is enough, to put down my foot and demand that I be treated in a way that I deserve.
“I am more than this” isn’t just a lyric. It’s a life lesson. I am more than my illness. I am more than he says I am. Through this divorce process, understanding just what it is that I’ve gone through, trying to come to terms and deal with it all, I have been having one of the worst years of my life. Suicidal thoughts are a common place occurrence, and I tend to have multiple panic attacks daily. As of recent, I’ve wanted nothing more than to give up. Mental illness is painful, and it is exhausting. But ask anyone who suffers these diseases, and they will tell you that one of the best ways to keep going is to grasp at any small thing to keep you going. “Who will feed my dog?” “I want to listen to my favorite song one more time” “I have to see the rest of this season of my favorite show”. Small things. Things that may seem arbitrary. But they’re not.
In her shout out, Lzzy told me that she believes in me, to keep rocking and keep my chin up. Some may find this to be a generic response, but to me? This was life altering. At the end of her shout out, she said “I can’t wait to see you”. So I’m holding on. At least for a little while longer. And that’s something. ‘
Later on in the evening, Lzzy went on to deliver an incredibly moving speech in the honor of the beloved Chester Bennington.
“I’d like to take this moment, in front of all of you to remind everyone tonight that you are not alone. Life is f*cking hard. It is, and all of us have terrible beast and demons and vices that we battle daily. And as humans we have a responsibility to everybody, to each other, to lift each other up because we are all in this life together.”
We couldn’t agree more Lzzy.
The LoudWire Music Awards went on to host a series of incredible performances from bands such as In this Moment featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Body Count with Dave Mustaine of Megadeath, Power Trip with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, Starset, Halestorm with Rita Ford, and closing out the night: Avenged Sevenfold.
We here at Finding Your Neverland were truly honored to be apart of such a monumental night in rock and roll history and cannot wait to see everyone on the black carpet next year!
Our exclusive Black Carpet photo gallery, featuring: Ded, Tommy Victor, Jill Janus, Red Fang, Oni, Steel Panther, Butcher Babies, Zakk Wylde, Body Count, Sammy Hagar, Vinnie Paul, Nothing More, Rex Brown, Avatar Country, Howard Jones, Of Mice & Men, HollyWood Undead, Atreyu and so much more!
THE COURAGE AWARD (Ultimate Classic Rock):
WINNER: TONY IOMMI of BLACK SABBATH (presented by ZAKK WYLDE)
THE LEMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Eagle Rock):
WINNER: ROB HALFORD of JUDAS PRIEST (presented by ANTHRAX)
THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD (AXS TV):
WINNER: SAMMY HAGAR of VAN HALEN (presented by CHAD SMITH of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS)
HARD ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Frontiers Records):
WINNERS: STONE SOUR (presented by LEAFAR SEYER and DAVE PARLEY of PRAYERS)
METAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR (BlackCraft):
WINNERS: AVENGED SEVENFOLD (presented by BEARTOOTH)
HARD ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR (The Music Experience):
WINNERS: STONE SOUR, Hydrograd (presented by FRANKIE BANALI of QUIET RIOT and TRACII GUNS of LA GUNS)
METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Razor & Tie):
WINNERS: AVENGED SEVENFOLD, The Stage (presented by HOWARD JONES of LIGHT THE TORCH, JILL JANUS of HUNTRESS and CHUCK BILLY of TESTAMENT)
BEST GUITARIST (PRS Guitars):
WINNER: ZAKK WYLDE, OZZY OSBOURNE/ZAKK SABBATH/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY(presented bySTEVE VAI, JOHN5, GARY HOLT of Exodus/Slayer and ALEX SKOLNICK of TESTAMENT)
BREAKTHROUGH BAND (Apple Music):
WINNERS: BEARTOOTH (presented by DAVID ELLEFSON of MEGADETH and REX BROWN of PANTERA)
BEST BASSIST (Indigo Hotels):
WINNER: STEVE HARRIS, IRON MAIDEN (presented by ANDY LEO, HAYDEN TREE, BRANDON HOOVER of CROWN THE EMPIRE and JAKE LUHRS and MATT GREINER of AUGUST BURNS RED)
METAL SONG OF THE YEAR (Apple Music):
WINNERS: POWER TRIP “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)” (presented by DEMON HUNTER)
HARD ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR (Apple Music):
WINNERS: I PREVAIL “Alone” (presented by HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD)
BEST LIVE BAND (eONE):
WINNERS: IRON MAIDEN (presented by LEIGH KAKATY of POP EVIL and MLNY PARSONS of ROYAL THUNDER)
BEST VOCALIST (Fearless Records):
WINNER: CHESTER BENNINGTON, LINKIN PARK (presented by VINNIE PAUL of HELLYEAH/PANTERA and JOEYJORDISON of VIMIC/SLIPKNOT)
BEST DRUMMER (Rockin’ Roastin’Coffee):
WINNER: MARIO DUPLANTIER, GOJIRA (presented by JOEY KRAMER of AEROSMITH)
BEST NEW ARTIST (Century Media):
WINNER: GRETA VAN FLEET (presented by DERYCK WHIBLEY & FRANK ZUMMO of SUM 41)
MOST DEDICATED FANS (BMG/RISE):
WINNERS: BABYMETAL (presented by ASH COSTELLO of NEW YEARS DAY, BRITON BOND of WAGE WAR and JAYDEN PANESSO of SYLAR)
In This Moment and Rob Halford, “Black Wedding”
Halestorm, Lita Ford and Friends, “Cherry Bomb” (Runaways cover)
Anthrax, “Carry on My Wayward Son” (Kansas cover)
Anthrax, “Caught in a Mosh”
Halestorm, “Fell on Black Days” (Soundgarden cover)
Power Trip, w/Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, “(We Are) The Road Crew” (Motörhead cover)
Power Trip, “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)”
I Prevail, “Come and Get It” (Live) video premiere
Nothing More, w/Of Mice & Men’s Aaron Pauley, “Show Me How to Live” (Audioslave Cover)
To check out the remaining official clips, please visit the links for:
Nothing More, “Go to War” – https://youtu.be/K3lhXU60qbY
Nothing More, “First of the Year (Equinox)” (Skrillex cover) – https://youtu.be/kxdmydEOOaE
Body Count and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, “Civil War” – https://youtu.be/DxLJ9ePNdjw
Body Count, “No Lives Matter” – https://youtu.be/BW1aL23oSus
In This Moment, “Roots” – https://youtu.be/tr0zX85sZwo