Backstaged: The Devil in Metal

Backstaged: The Devil in Metal

“Backstaged: The Devil in Metal” is a time machine through decades of metal that examines the origins of metal music, its connection to darkness and decadence, the lifestyle of many of its followers and how the genre has upped the ante on the phrase sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. It might be the colossal doom of Black Sabbath, the cutting precision of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden or the graphic lyrics of Slayer, metal is The Devil’s Music. Some fans have fallen under its seductive spell, turning them into rebellious beasts. Bestselling author and music journalist Jon Wiederhorn is the host of “Backstaged: The Devil in Metal.” Through insightful and sometimes outrageous interviews with musicians over 30 years, we’ll take a trip through the various tropes of metal and examine and sometimes celebrate the elements that make metal so appealing. Hear from members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Anthrax, Motley Crue and many more as we hunt down the devil within and discover why it’s okay, and even necessary to keep metal alive.


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Jon Wiederhorn
Jon Wiederhorn

Jon Wiederhorn is a veteran music journalist with more than 30-years of writing experience and the author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales from the Lives of Metal Legends and the celebrated classic Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (with Katherine Turman). Wiederhorn is a former editor at Rolling Stone and a former writer for MTV News and the co-author of My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory with Roger MiretMinistry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen with Al Jourgensen and I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax with Scott Ian. He has written for Rolling Stone, SPIN, MTV, Guitar World, and Revolver, among others.