Pointless. Spontaneous. Hazardous. Deadly. That’s what mayhem can be like for some metal musicians. Host Jon Wiederhorn dives into the daredevils of metal music’s outrageous pranks, destructive binges, violent outbursts and near-death experiences. And, sometimes, these antics are so outlandish, they couldn’t be true. From trashed hotel rooms and sunken boats to out-of-control tour buses, find out the truth behind the over-the-top exploits from Alice Cooper, Baroness, Quiet Riot, Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Pantera, Suicide Silence and more.


Baroness vocalist and guitarist John Dyer Baizley recalls a tour bus accident that nearly took his and his bandmates’ lives. Alice Cooper sets the record straight on the infamous chicken situation that occurred at one of his concerts. Ozzy Osbourne shares when one of his daughter’s teachers claimed he drank a bowl filled with the audience’s spit at one of his concerts. The late Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali talks about the pranks he played on Iron Maiden and W.A.S.P.. Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recalls the time a prank went wrong and he set drummer Bill Ward’s legs on fire. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recounts the band’s most expensive instance of destruction. Guitarist Zakk Wylde tells the story of when he and Ozzy Osbourne destroyed a hotel room and were left with an expensive bill for repairs. Pantera bassist Rex Brown recalls when he and Dimebag Darrell destroyed an expensive Japanese hotel room with loaded Uzis. The late Suicide Silence lead vocalist Mitch Lucker talks about the time his band trashed a fan’s house during a drunken knife fight.

Backstaged: The Devil in Metal is a production of Diversion Podcasts in association with iHeartRadio. Written and hosted by Jon Wiederhorn. Produced and directed by Mark Francis and Scott Waxman. Consulting Producer: Andrew Kalb. Production Assistant: Anita Okoye. Social Media Manager: Stephen Tompkins. Instrumental guitar music by Scott Waxman. Editing by Chris Schreiner. Technical Producer: Clem Fandango. Director of Marketing and Business Development: Jacob Bronstein. Executive Producers: Scott Waxman and Mark Francis. Special thanks to Oren Rosenbaum at UTA.

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