Golden Gods Awards 2013: How Gene Simmons Gets Out of Interviews and Other Black Carpet Tales

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The most awkward moment was with Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, regarding whiskey. How is that even possible? Well, it is. I froze and asked him where his Jack Daniel's was. He said, "my hat." I asked him to share. He wanted nothing to do with it.

Who knew that Gene Simmons gets out of interviews by telling reporters to look behind them to see his sister and say hi, and then scampering away before the reporters turn around?

And Rob Zombie avoided interviews quite deftly, though I didn't mind much since I interviewed him so recently. However, I did stalk his wife, Sheri Moon, trying to find the right moment to throw her into the backseat of my car.

The actual awards show was full of performances that were not to be missed.

It kicked off with a few songs from Anthrax, who then paired up with Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo of Pantera to bust out "This Love."

Next was Dillinger Escape Plan, definitely one of my favorite performances of the evening. Singer Greg Puciato cut his forehead open, climbed every structure in sight, ripped apart pieces of the Golden Gods set, and breathed fire during the hardcore band's performance of two songs from their forthcoming new album. Next was a heavy version of Depeche Mode's moody "Behind the Wheel," with Deftones singer Chino Moreno.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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