Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville Announces 2017 Lineup

Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville Announces 2017 Lineup

Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville has announced its 2017 lineup.
Taking place on April 29 and 30 in Jacksonville, Florida, Soundgarden and Def Leppard will headline the event.
Additional performers include: A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Seether, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Pierce The Veil, Coheed and Cambria, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Amon Amarth, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, Dillinger Escape Plan, In Flames, Gojira, In This Moment, Motionless In White, All That Remains, Nothing More, Rival Sons, Beartooth, Every Time I Die, Attila, Starset, Dinosaur Pile-Up, I Prevail, Kyng, Crobot, Volumes, Sylar, Fire From the Gods, As Lions, Badflower, Goodbye June, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Cover Your Tracks, The Charm The Fury, and more to be announced.
Pierce the Veil’s Vic Fuentes said, “We can’t wait to hit the stage and kick off the World’s Loudest Month in Florida at Rockville festival! See you all at the show!”
Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy added, “We’re stoked to be kicking off the World’s Loudest Month at Rockville with Alter Bridge. It’s gonna be epic so don’t miss it!”

“Welcome to Rockville has grown from a single day event into Florida’s biggest rock festival experience of the year. The 2017 lineup is a celebration of all things rock, with legends like Soundgarden, Def Leppard, A Perfect Circle, and The Offspring balanced with the best of what’s current and hot in rock and metal culture. This is a greatest hits celebration for all ages,” says founder and producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents.

Specially priced tickets as well hotel and VIP packages will be available starting Tuesday, December 6 at Noon EST. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Discounted online hotel rates are also available through Curadora. Visit WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com for details.

Initial ticket prices will be as follows:
Weekend General Admission: starting at $89.50 + fees
Day General Admission: starting at $70.00 + fees
Single Day VIP: $140.00 + fees

VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stages; seated area with shade for dining; private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.

As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville partner GovX (www.govx.com).

For more information on Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville, visit their website, Facebook and Twitter.

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Motorhead’s Roadkill: Victory Or Die book out in December

Motorhead’s Roadkill: Victory Or Die book out in December

by Christina O’Neill

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Motorhead photobook Roadkill: Victory Or Die will be released in December, featuring contributions from Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Queen’s Brian May

Motorhead photobook Roadkill: Victory Or Die will be released on December 20.

The publication celebrates late frontman Lemmy and features backstage pictures and commentary from Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Queen’s Brian May.

The book also includes their 22nd studio album, Bad Magic, which launched last year. Pre-order the package on Amazon.

Metallica’s James Hetfield recently called upon the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to inaugurate Motorhead, who have been eligible for election since 2009.

He said: “There are so many great bands that haven’t been acknowledged – and if they do or don’t, it’s not up to me.

“It’s just a nod, a tip of the cap. What does it really mean to be in there? I don’t know. But to some of these bands it might mean the world.

“With the passing of Lemmy, it’s really, really important for me to see Motorhead acknowledged in that – because there’s no more rock’n’roll person on this planet than Lemmy.”

Meanwhile, Camerons Brewery announced they’ll release the Motorhead Road Crew beer later this year.

Vince Neil Set to Play

Vince Neil Set to Play Presidential Inauguration

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Vince Neil photographed on Sept. 12, 2016 in Las Vegas.

Vince Neil is set to perform at the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington D.C. on January 20.

The singer tells Billboard he was asked about his availability “months ago.” The longtime Motley Crue frontman will be performing with his own band. Neil is also set to appear on the next season of Celebrity Apprentice with Arnold Schwarzenegger, airing on NBC this January.

“The promoters asked if I was available, and I said yes,” Neil reveals. “So we sent all of the band’s passports to the Secret Service so everybody can get in, and all of the crew people, not knowing who was winning. But we were already scheduled to play.”

Neil said he was amused the night of the third debate in Las Vegas, when a guest that resembled him appeared at the end, igniting a debate on Twitter as to whether he was there. Even his 83-year-old mother believed it.

“My mom called me, and said, ‘I saw you shaking Donald Trump’s hand!’ [But] I wasn’t there! … The funny thing is I was invited to go and I just decided not to and watch it from home,” he says. “I think just because there was a guy with long blonde hair from Las Vegas, it’s got to be Vince Neil, right? ‘Hey, Vince, you shaved!’ Not really.”

As for what other bands are confirmed — or what he will perform, Neil says he’s still unsure.

“I don’t know how long I have to play. I don’t know if the Republican Party says which [songs] to play and what not to do,” he says. “It’s a little ways out. I’ll have more information as time goes on.”

 

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TODAY IN HEADBÄNGER HISTORY

TODAY IN HEADBÄNGER HISTORY

November 11, 1990 – A 21 year-old AC/DC fan dies after suffering fatal head injuries when a New Jersey State trooper tries to break up a fight in a parking lot after an AC/DC show at Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey.  The trooper hit the fan causing him to fall backwards and strike his head.  The trooper is eventually cleared of all wrongdoing, but the fan’s family later receives a $250,000 settlement payment on behalf of the state police.

November 11, 1969 – Jim Morrison is arrested by the FBI and charged with drunk and disorderly conduct, and interfering with the flight of an aircraft.  He and actor friend Tom Baker are flying to Phoenix, AZ for a Rolling Stones show when they start “attacking and sexually harassing” a flight attendant after a day of drinking.  They spend the night in jail but are released the next day on $2,500 bail; the charges are later dropped.  Baker later dies of a drug overdose in 1982.

November 11, 2012 – At the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, INXS drummer Jon Farriss announces, “Tonight is very likely to probably be the last show we ever do.” The next day, the band confirms that they are calling it quits after 35 years. Band member Kirk Pengilly states that it “was appropriate to finish where they had started 35 years earlier.”  The last song they perform is “Need You Tonight.”

November 11, 1968 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono release Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins which is the first of three experimental albums they produce.  The album features a cover photo of the pair naked, which many record stores carry in a brown paper wrapper.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:

November 11, 1950 – Jim Peterik, vocals, guitar (Ides Of March, Survivor)

November 11, 1953 – Andy Partridge, vocals, guitar (XTC)

November 11, 1957 – Mike Mesaros, bass, vocals (The Smithereens)

November 11, 1945 – Chris Dreja, guitar, bass (The Yardbirds)

November 11, 1945 – Vince Martell (born Vincent James Martellucci) guitar (Vanilla Fudge)

 

HEADBANGERS HEAVEN:

November 11, 2015 – Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, drummer of Motörhead, dies of liver failure.  He was 61.  Phil had two stints in Motörhead, from 1975–1984 and from 1987–1992. The Motörhead line-up consisting of Lemmy, “Fast” Eddie Clarke and Taylor is considered the “classic” line-up of the band.  Taylor had many physical mishaps during his lifetime – once he was dropped on his head, which broke his neck, and he also broke his wrist, causing him to play with his drumstick taped to his hand.  Taylor was eventually fired for “poor performance,” but reunited with the band several times prior to his death.

November 11, 1972 – Berry Oakley (born Raymond Berry Oakley III) is killed when his motorcycle hits a bus in Macon, Georgia.  He was 24.  Oakley was the bass player in the Allman Brothers band, and died only three blocks from where Duane Allman had died a year earlier. After the accident, Oakley claimed he was okay, declined medical treatment, and went home. Three hours later

, he was rushed to the hospital in terrible pain, and died of cerebral swelling caused by a fractured skull. Doctors at the time stated that even if he had gone straight to the hospital from the scene of the accident, he would not have survived.  Oakley’s bass lines in “Whipping Post” from the live album At Fillmore East display his musical prowess.

Donald Trump is Adolf Hitler

Donald Trump is Adolf Hitler, by Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford

by Tim Commerford

Rage Against The Machine/Prophets Of Rage/Wakrat bassist Tim Commerford tells us why Donald Trump’s recent election is the worst thing to happen in America’s recent history

I’m still digesting it. I’m still gripped on the television screen, and I haven’t even put it all into perspective yet. I’m as shocked as most people in this country are. I’ve been talking to my sons today, and it’s scary times – it’s mind-boggling how many people voted for him, and just how fucked up the whole system is. It’s messed up and it’s sad.

I hear so many people right now, like ‘Oh, you know, he’s going to change the country’, and blah blah blah, and all this bullshit. But the fact of the matter is the reason people voted for him is the 18% decrease in taxes. That’s it, that’s what it’s all about – it’s all about money. People want more money, and that’s the reason why things like this happen. That’s why it went down this way, and that’s why we have a very scary situation here. I was saying this when they were running – and I’ve heard other people say it too – that he’s like Adolf Hitler. He is Adolf Hitler. He’s fucking Adolf Hitler. And He. Is. Scary. All of us should be really scared, and all of us should be prepared for the worst.

Another facet of his election is racism. We had an African American President, and there’s a lot of racist folks in America who were pissed about that. So, they went out and voted for the white guy. They’re not going to vote for the woman, and they don’t care about Latinos; they’re racist. So, we have a money-driven, racist, white, fucking world that we live in, that puts money-driven, white, racist Presidents in office. That’s the way it is. It’s racism – it’s white people. I believe that white people were the reason why Trump was elected President, because white people didn’t want an African American, or a woman. It was white people who put him in office.

I fear for immigrants. I fear for Muslims. I fear for my children. The scary thing is, when you have children you tell them ‘Hey, look, don’t be a bully. Don’t say fucked up things about women, don’t be a racist, don’t do these things’. And here we have a person who’s doing these things that our children get to see. And you just hope ‘Oh, he’s going to get rejected at the polls’, and that’s going to drive that point home to my children that you just can’t be like that – but then that guy gets elected. And it makes it super hard to explain that to your children, and then your children go on, and become adults, and they have a different philosophy engrained in them. So that’s really my biggest fear – what this is going to do to the mentality of future adults.

But I fear on every level. It’s healthcare, it’s what’s going to happen with the 20 million people who do have healthcare – Obamacare wasn’t the greatest thing in the world, but at least the thought was there. And… We’re gonna build a wall?! Are you kidding me? Is this really going to happen? Are we going to go over there and start building a wall? I just can’t imagine it. And we’re going to start deporting Muslims, and… It’s scary times. Really, I’m scared on every level.

America – they say we’re divided, and you look at how close the result was, and we are. I just hope that the 49 million people that voted for Hillary, and the other millions that voted for other people, continue to take to the streets and protest. Maybe something great will happen from that; that’s my hope. To me, it means make more music. Music is the platform I’ve always used for activism, so this lights a fire underneath me to make more music, and try to politicise people with that music.


Wakrat’s self-titled album is out now.

 

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Do you earn less than $20 an hour?

Do you earn less than $20 an hour? White House warns your job is at risk

Top Story: Do you earn less than $20 an hour? White House warns your job is at risk

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We’ve been warning you for months now – robots could soon be taking over your job. They’ve already got the capabilities to put bartenders, hotel employees, housekeepers, factory workers, even writers, out of work for good. But now it’s officially official, as the White House has issued a warning to every American making under $20 an hour.

The White House’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) crunched the numbers and analyzed the data and came to the conclusion that your risk of being replaced by a robot is mainly dependent on how much money you make.

For example, if you make less than $20 per hour, there’s an 83% chance you will need to find a new job within the next few years. Meanwhile, for those who earn more than $20 an hour, there’s only a 31% chance, and if you make more than $40 an hour, there’s only a 4% risk of being replaced by robots.

The numbers are taken from the CEA’s economic report and a 2013 study on the risks of job automation. And surprisingly, even with the lost jobs, it’s not all bad news. It turns out that the robots are actually quite efficient. The study found that “robotics added an average of 0.37 percentage point to a country’s annual GDP growth between 1993 and 2007, accounting for about one-tenth of GDP growth during this time period.”

There’s also no reason to panic. Experts have said that while yes, robots are taking over low-wage jobs, the humans they are replacing are getting better, higher paying jobs with more responsibilities.

What do you think? Are you at risk or will you be welcoming robot workers? Let us know your thoughts

13 Genuinely Terrifying Bands

13 Genuinely Terrifying Bands Who Definitely Aren’t Faking It

Forget heavy metal’s pantomime dames – step away from the mainstream and you’ll find a litany of bands who will make you fear for your life

From Black Sabbath to Slipknot, sinister sounds and dark aesthetics have combined to produce a thrillingly horrifying impact on listeners. But these bands are invariably just nice, regular guys with an ear for a spooky riff or an eye for a creepy costume. This is a list of the artists that go beyond that surface level, the genuinely worrisome freaks whose mission seemingly involves actively soiled pants. If you’re not conviced, try listening in the dark through headphones.


Hantarash

Before Yamatsuka Eye formed Japan’s much-loved avant noise institution Boredoms in 1986, he was pushing the envelope of extremity in Hantarash. Apart from his intimidating physical spasms, his alarming stage antics included chopping a dead cat in half with a machete and driving a bulldozer onstage through the back wall.

Sadistik Exekution

The wayward madness/genius of these pioneering Aussie extremists could never be compromised; this wasn’t your standard blasphemous posturing, this was a gang of deeply antisocial drunken eccentrics with genuine mental problems and pathological transgressive urges, who lived in dungeons, whose gigs were usually cancelled after injuries sustained fighting or smashing up buses.

Sutcliffe Jugend

All murder-obsessed power-electronics has an impulse to horrify, but Sutcliffe Jugend took the biscuit with their ten-hour 1982 box set We Spit On Their Graves, with each side named after a Yorkshire Ripper victim. A breathtakingly out-of-order exercise in proto-trolling that still provokes anger, terror, nausea and headaches after 35 years.

Goatlord

Purveyors of typical sludgy black death/doom from Las Vegas, Goatlord always had some indefinably sick and wrong undercurrent to them that went beyond extreme late 80s demo titles like Unholy Black Slut and Sodomize The Goat. Then in 2015, founding guitarist Joe Frankulin killed his neighbour, then abducted and murdered her 8-year-old son.

TOMB

Standing for Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy, the Pennsylvanian sound cult, led by the mysterious No One, record in abandoned mental hospitals, bang human bones against crypt doors, even conducted “black noise necromancy” on the tombstone of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, whose ex-bandmate Hellhammer lends his percussive terrorism to TOMB’s latest recording.

The Caretaker

Any attempt to crawl inside the fragmenting mind of Jack Nicholson’s haunted psychopath from The Shining is likely to sound pretty horrifying. But when it’s done with the thorough, obsessive atmospheric detail of The Caretaker’s chilling debut, it’ll shit you up a treat.

Deliverance

Chaotically-recorded, animalistic occult thrash from an anonymous UK band whose 1987 debut sleeve featured the title Devils Meat scrawled in blood across a little girl’s forehead. Their true identities and agendas were a mystery, except that they were bringing Satan back into metal with an ambitiously deranged kitchen-sink sound “Recorded in the Pit of Doom”.

Burzum

Even if the convicted murderer, church burner and right wing extremist ’Count Grishnackh’ wasn’t black metal’s most notorious figure, the stark, eerie sounds he recorded from 1991-93 would still qualify Burzum for horrifying status. The approach was total, Varg Vikernes always searching for the worst equipment, and underscoring the scene’s isolationist, outsider elitism by playing everything himself.

Death SS

Beyond the Halloween fancy-dress aesthetic, these shadowy Italian occult trailblazers had some genuinely dark, unknowable magick going on, especially from 1977-84. Frontman Steve Sylvester belonged to Crowley’s Ordo Templi Orientis, while guitarist Paul Chain remains a law unto himself, reputedly joining the Jehovah’s Witnesses to atone for a life of sin.

Portal

A typically full-blooded, OTT Australian attempt to make black/death metal sound genuinely weird, insane and frightening again, after decades of cliche, compromise and commercial accessibility. Portal retain a crucial anonymity that compounds their unnerving mystique, clad in executioners’ suits and hoods based on 1920s silent horror movies.

Gnaw Their Tongues

The sour spot between black metal, death industrial and dark ambient tends to produce the most white-knuckle, sleepless-night, cold-sweat musical endeavours; none hit that spot more powerfully than this obsessively misanthropic Dutch project. It’s all the work of one troubled man, Mories, who has disturbingly masterminded 40 releases in 10 years.

Monument

Monument’s sole, crazed 1971 LP – recorded drunk in a single night – had sleeve notes describing their sound as “Haunting, eerie, mystical, even at times a little frightening to those outside the shadowy half-world of the occult” and boasted that the singer had founded “a thriving witches coven in Essex”. Their spooky organ-driven psych still exudes mad, orgiastic authenticity.

Diamanda Galas

Most savvy extreme metalheads will agree, the most genuinely horrifying sounds in music have emerged from this woman’s mouth. Debuting in 1982 with the alarming Litanies Of Satan, and subsequently focusing obsessively on the AIDS theme with a three-album concept trilogy and live Plague Mass, she continues pushing the envelope of petrifying avant garde voice projection into her 60s.

 

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Dave Mustaine Q&A: “When I think of Megadeth I think of blood and sweat”

Dave Mustaine Q&A: “When I think of Megadeth I think of blood and sweat”

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As Dave Mustaine launches Megadeth’s own beer, he explains how he balanced it with being an ex-addict

Given Dave Mustaine’s struggles with substances over the years, Megadeth aren’t the first people you’d associate with booze. But after successfully launching their own wine a couple of years ago, they’ve followed up it with a signature beer. Brewed by award-winning Canadian brewery Unibrou, A Tout Le Monde is described as as a “Belgian-style saison ale”. We spoke to MegaDave about the ongoing relationship between beer and metal.
Whose idea was it to launch a signature Megadeth beer?

“Well can I just say that, after doing a wine a few years back, this is not a natural progression. I’m not going to be taking up making drugs next. But it’s a fun venture. After the wine was such a success, I actually remember saying to myself that when it’s hot I don’t usually find myself reaching for a glass of wine. I’d rather have a nice cold beer. So I looked into it from various different breweries, which wasn’t easy.”
What were the problems?

“Well we went to the place that did Maiden’s Trooper beer, which I very much like but I wanted something that was less spicy than that. So that was a no go. We had a company that told me they couldn’t keep up with the orders that we were asking for, and another place told me they didn’t like my politics. Which I just thought… what a wanker! You go to a bar with your buddies and you talk sport, you talk about chicks, you talk music and you talk politics. The beer goes hand in hand with that. So we found this company in Quebec when we played this festival in front of 80,000 people and this guy brought me some samples and I loved it. I don’t know every single beer in the world but I’m getting a more educated palate. So, as we went on he would send more samples and one day he said ‘I think I’ve got it’ and I just loved it.”
How exactly do you sum up what Megadeth are about in a beer?

“Well, when I think of Megadeth I think of blood and sweat. I don’t really think of beer. And also this project stretches back to when we didn’t have the current line-up, so it was really just my own personal thing. It could have just been Mustaine beer, but I thought that Megadeth is such a strong brand with such a strong fan-base that we should have that logo and Vic [Rattlehead] on the bottle. It really makes it stand out. I think the design is beautiful.”
More and more bands are launching their own beers and wines. Is that a financial thing to make up for the fact that albums aren’t selling like they used to?

“Well, we’ve been really fortunate with our live performances. We’ve just finished a tour of the States and we ended with 10,000 people watching us. And so many of them reached out to tell us how blown away they were by our performance. Even if we didn’t have a great record behind us we’d still have that live show. So many bands of our era rely on their catalogue, fortunately for us Dystopia is one of our highest charting records. So the drop in sales is happening to everybody, but we are riding it out fine I think.”
It’s strange that an ex-alcoholic has his own range of beer. What’s your relationship with booze like these days?

“Well there are three types of drinker, there is a drinker who can say ‘no’, there is a heavy drinker that can get out of control but ultimately stop, and there is a drinker that cannot stop themselves. I was a heavy drinker, no doubt, but I had a life-changing moment. I had a problem and I addressed it. Now if I have a glass of wine or two I can stop. Does me having a couple of beers lead me to getting some coke and some hookers and getting arrested? No. My life is better than it has ever been right now, I’m happier than I’ve ever been. My problem was hard drugs, and I don’t do that anymore. I’m not part of that group any more. We survived that.”

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Rob Zombie cleared air with John Carpenter in ‘one second’

 

Rob Zombie cleared air with John Carpenter in ‘one second’

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Rob Zombie confirms that he and veteran film director John Carpenter buried the hatchet during quick phone call

Rob Zombie has confirmed that he and veteran filmmaker John Carpenter settled their differences quickly following a public war of words.

Zombie directed a remake of Carpenter’s 1978 horror movie Halloween in 2007, with the former White Zombie man claiming that the director was “very cold” towards him in documentary Halloween: The Inside Story.

That led Carpenter to call Zombie a “piece of shit” during an interview with film students. But last month, Carpenter reported the pair had buried the hatchet – a move Zombie has also now confirmed.

The singer tells Indie Wire: “It ended so quickly. Basically, I saw something online, and he was obviously upset about something I said. But I wasn’t sure what it was, because I love John. I’ve got nothing bad to say about him.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God – what could I have possibly said? How did it get misconstrued? What was it?’ I didn’t know. So I immediately called him up, we talked for literally one minute, and by the end of it, it was all good.

“It was just some misunderstanding and I said, ‘That’s not it at all John, I don’t know how it came across that way, but this is how I feel about that.’ He was like, ‘Okay, great, no problem, Rob, let’s just put it behind us.’ It was over in one second.”

Zombie’s latest film 31 is currently out across Europe, with a US release date of October 21. And Zombie reveals that he has something completely different up his sleeve for a future project.

He adds: “The project that’s been percolating for a long time is the Groucho Marx project – and that script is finished. I didn’t write it, but the script is finished. I just got it last week.

“I’m gonna start going out to actors and people, so that should be the next movie. Something else could pop up before then, but as of right now that is what’s gearing up to be the next movie.”

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Happy Gilmore

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Happy Gilmore

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This past February marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Happy Gilmore. Adam Sandler and company probably couldn’t have predicted that the success of this film and Billy Madison would kick off a production company (named after the two films), a series of financially successful (if not critically successful) films, and millions of dollars of box office revenue.

Happy Gilmore has a large, devoted fanbase, and it makes sense. The movie hits a perfect sweet spot of silly and heartful, and it is endlessly quotable. From Chubbs to Ben Stiller’s Hal to Happy himself, this story of a hockey player turned golfer has become a legitimate comedy classic. In honor of the release of Adam Sandler’s latest, The Do-Over, we decided to take a look back at some lesser known facts surrounding the 1996 comedy.

Here are 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Happy Gilmore.

12. Happy Gilmore was Based on a Real Person

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Happy Gilmore follows the story of a young hockey player with an anger management problem who turns to golf when he is expelled from the hockey league. The character of Happy is outrageous in a number of ways, so it came as quite a surprise to us to learn that he’s actually based on a real human being.

Adam Sandler based Happy off of his childhood friend, Kyle. Kyle was a hockey player who would get very passionate about the game. He also frequently played golf with Sandler and his dad. Kyle is now a teacher in Sandler’s hometown, where he coaches the high school hockey team. We’re unsure if Kyle has ever whacked a clown’s nose off his face at a mini-golf course, but it’s probably a safe bet that he has.

11. Christopher MacDonald Almost Wasn’t Shooter McGavin

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What would Happy Gilmore be without Christopher McDonald as Shooter McGavin? The actor’s smarmy performance as Gilmore’s villainous rival was essential to the film’s success. His chemistry with Sandler is uproarious, and their relationship ranks among the funniest protagonist/antagonist relationships in comedy history.

Surprisingly, we came very close to a version of Happy Gilmore without McDonald. He actually turned down the role twice, saying he was tired of playing villains. It wasn’t until he met with Sandler that he changed his mind. McDonald has since said that taking the role was one of the best moves of his career.

10. Kevin Costner Almost Was Shooter McGavin

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It’s hard to imagine now, but there was almost a time when Shooter McGavin would have been played by Dances With Wolves himself, Kevin Costner. The producers reportedly offered the villainous role to Costner, but he turned them down. He chose instead to make another golf comedy, Tin Cup.

Costner wasn’t even the only actor who almost stepped into Shooter’s golf shoes. Bruce Campbell apparently wanted the role, and lobbied hard for it. Eventually though, MacDonald took the role, and the rest is comedic history. While Costner certainly would have lent the film a level of class, and Campbell would have provided some campy fun, we just can’t picture Happy Gilmore without McDonald in the villain’s role. Can you imagine anyone other than McDonald hissing the line “You lay another finger on me, I burn the house down and piss on the ashes!” We certainly can’t.

9. Ben Stiller Was Uncredited

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Ben Stiller’s star was on the rise in the early 90s, but he chose to take the role of the nursing home orderly without receiving credit. In fact, if you pay attention, no characters in the film ever even use his character’s name. The only hint of his identity we’re given is the fact that his name tag says “Hal L.”

Credited or not, Ben Stiller is one of the funniest characters in a movie full of them. His character of a cruel orderly at a nursing home seems ripped straight out of an SNL sketch. In fact, we wouldn’t mind seeing an entire spinoff film focusing solely on Hal the orderly, provided he still gets thrown out a window at the end.

8. Bob Barker Did His Own Stunts, Was Generally Awesome

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Possibly the most famous scene in Happy Gilmore is the fist fight between Bob Barker and Happy. The scene is as funny now as it was when the movie premiered. You’ll appreciate the scene even more when you learn the insane backstory involved.

Bob Barker had actually studied Tang Soo Do karate for decades under none other than Chuck Norris. That’s right. The Price is Right host could probably break your nose without breaking a sweat. So when the time came to come to fisticuffs with Sandler, Barker insisted on doing his own stunts. In fact, he had refused to do the role until he learned that he wins the fight. If you didn’t love Bob Barker already, that’s more than enough reason to now.

7. That Fist Fight Won the First MTV Movie Award for Best Fight

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Not only did that iconic scuffle involve a former karate champion, it also led to an entirely new award at the MTV Movie Awards. The punch-out between Gilmore and the Price is Right host won the very first MTV Movie Award for Best Fight. The award has since been given to such glamorous kerfuffles as Will Smith vs. Edgar the Bug in Men in Black, Yoda vs. Christopher Lee in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and most recently to Ryan Reynolds vs. Ed Skrein in Deadpool. And it all started on the golf course in 1996.

And, while we certainly enjoyed Deadpool a great deal, we can’t help but feel that the first winner might be the best.

6. Adam Sandler Won a Razzie for His Performance

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Best Fight wasn’t the only “honor” awarded to Happy Gilmore that year. Adam Sandler was also nominated for a Razzie for his performance as the titular character. Sandler did not wind up taking the award home, though. That prize was given to Pauly Shore for Bio-Dome and Tom Arnold for three different movies he was in.

Happy Gilmore seems to have enjoyed a better reputation than any of the other films nominated that year. And truthfully, if the Razzie voters had known Jack and Jill was on the horizon, they might not have been so hard on Sandler for Happy Gilmore. Let’s hope they’re a little kinder to The Do-Over next year.

5. Happy Gilmore was a Box Office Smash

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Despite receiving some Razzies and some pretty scathing reviews, Happy Gilmore made a huge smash at the box office that year. The movie was made on a $12 million budget, and raked in about $42 million at the box office. The success of this film, combined with the success of Billy Madison, encouraged Sandler to start his own production company, Happy Madison Productions.

This movie also began the trend of Sandler’s movies basically being critic-proof. No matter what the reviews say, audiences tend to flock to his summer comedies in droves, seeing anything from Click to Grown-Ups. With Sandler’s new four-movie Netflix deal, we aren’t able to see the viewership he’s reaching, but it’s safe to say there’s still a large audience indulging in his particular brand of man-child humor.

4. The Price is Right Ratings Increased After Happy Gilmore

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We just can’t over-emphasize the cultural impact that that Bob Barker fight had on society. Not only did it imprint itself on the comedy landscape forever, it actually increased viewership for Barker’s game show, The Price is Right.

Nielsen ratings indicated a significant increase in viewership for the daytime game show after Happy Gilmore premiered, particularly in the young viewer demographic. It would seem all the teenagers who loved the movie wanted to see more of that white-haired karate expert. The ratings increase for Price is Right funnily mirrors the plot of the movie itself, with younger viewers tuning into a more traditionally old fashioned event (golf, in the movie’s case) after an outrageous star becomes involved. Sometimes fact follows fiction.

3. The Devo Frontman Did the Movie’s Score

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Mark Mothersbaugh, famously known as the frontman of the rock band Devo, actually composed the score for Happy Gilmore. That’s right, the singer behind “Whip It” put together the music for this Adam Sandler comedy.

Mothersbaugh is actually a very prolific composer these days, having done the music for a variety of films, from 21 Jump Street to The Lego Movie to a number of Wes Anderson films. Most recently he has composed the music for the Will Forte show The Last Man on Earth. We’re not saying these scores are as great as the Devo catalogue, but he certainly lends them a certain je ne sais quoi.

2. Adam Sandler is Terrible at Both Hockey and Golf

Sandler has done a number of sports comedies, starting with Happy Gilmore and extending to The Water Boy and The Longest Yard. And while you would expect such a sports fanatic to play characters with similar abilities, Sandler has admitted that the opposite is actually true.

Apparently, the former SNL star can’t play hockey or golf for the life of him. While Sandler may not be gifted on the ice rink or on the green, he does have a talent for playing tantrum-throwing man-children, and that’s really what’s most important to a film like Happy Gilmore. That said, we hear he’s a huge Yankees fan, so much so that he hired people on the set of Grown Ups 2 to bring a big screen TV and a satellite dish along with them so he can always enjoy the game, wherever he is.

1. Chubb’s Lost Arm is an In-Joke

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If you thought Carl Weathers looked familiar with his right arm missing, you’d be right. Weathers’ character in Predator famously gets his right arm blown off in a battle. His missing limb in Happy Gilmore is a sly reference to that classic film.

Weathers, who until this point had made a name for himself in action films such as Predator and the Rocky movies, says that his role as Chubbs in Happy Gilmore turned his career around. Weathers claims that it allowed producers to see that he had a knack for comedy as well as drama. Weathers went on to hilariously play a hilariously fictionalized version of himself in Arrested Development.


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By Andrew Martin