NYC Metal 2013

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  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Ross the Boss

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Ross the Boss

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Ross the Boss

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

Ross the Boss

Ross the Boss


The annals of New York rock contain at least two entries for this Bronx-born lifer. In the ’70s, Ross Friedman helped launch Gotham’s storied punk scene as one fifth of surprisingly melody-savvy cutups the Dictators, but it was his next act, as guitarist for the mighty Manowar, that cemented his metal-god status. No other band has embodied the genre’s core paradox—Neanderthal absurdity versus volume-worshipping transcendence—with such unself-conscious gusto. Friedman left the ’War back in 1988, but since then, he’s kept busy raising a family; running a batting cage for neighborhood youth in Middle Village, Queens; and, oh yes, traveling the world with his exuberantly over-the-top brand of metal, heard most recently in riotously fun supergroup Death Dealer.


What defines NYC metal?


"I would say back in the day, in the ’80s and early-’90s, the metal scene was L'Amour east and west (Queens and Brooklyn), the Ritz NYC and Don Hill's Cat Club. Why was this? Well, literally every day of the week there was always something goin' on—musically and socially speaking."


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Vinny Bochicchio/Signature  Riff
Vinny Bochicchio/Signature Riff

What does Eddie Trunk have to do with NYC Metal?........... He doesnt support True Metal..... You will never see people like him or Jose Mangin (Sirious XM) at any real shows...... only those corporate backed tours and such..... Eddie Trunk and That Metal Show wouldve been cool many years ago.... in todays terms, way outdated......... Everyone else featured in this article has my respect for sure............ Ultimate Salutes to Fred Passero, Colin Marston, Immolation and all the pure gentlemen associated with Saint Vitus Bar............... Horns Up

JIM DONOVAN
JIM DONOVAN

I CAUGHT FOGHAT THERE, AND JOE PERRY GONE SOLO, IT WAS A GREAT CLUB, A TIGHT FIT ON SOLD OUT NIGHTS. I PLAYED THE BIGGER VENUE IN QUEENS A FEW YEARS LATER.

Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson

A big shout out to Eddie for keeping a piece of Americana alive and well. Many thanks to him and his cohorts. Plus he is a fellow die hard NY Mets fan.

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