This dude is awesome.
I’m not sure if he really feels that he’s helplessly addicted to metal, or if he’s yanking the Swedish government’s proverbial crank, or what… but dude is almost as metal as Lemmy for this insanity.
Is it a way to cheat the government? A publicity ploy for his bands? Does he really feel that his compulsion to attend shows, dress like a metal-head, and listen to loud music is more than just his preferred lifestyle?
I call shenanigans in that there are plenty of places to work where you can dress like a metal-head & listen to loud music. If there was such a thing as a record store any more, I’d suggest there… but what about a guitar store? Stoner coffee shop? A concert venue? A bar? On a road crew? The dish-washing thing reminds me of that Poison video…
That being said, if the government is dumb enough to dole out the money… Roger & his employer would be even dumber in not taking it. The question of their accommodation/compensation being akin to paying an Oxycontin addict for working in a pharmacy still remains, but oh well. At least we know for sure that Black Sabbath is a powerful & dangerous gateway drug into the heavy metal lifestyle.
I’d watch a reality show or documentary about this cat. Even better, I’d like to see it turned into a movie… somewhere between Anvil! The Story of Anvil and Airheads. Imagine the hilarity that would ensue in 10-years worth of trying to get an addiction to metal recognized as a serious medical condition? Not to mention, a killer soundtrack! Are you paying attention Hollywood? We need this story before we need a Crow or Last Dragon remake. Sho’ nuff! If you need a writer, I’m all about it. I vote for Robert Downey Jr. or Johnny Depp in the lead role.
Also… can I get my money, Uncle Sam? I’ve been going to concerts for years, buying merchandise, buying merch from small bands on tour, losing money by playing in local bands, ferociously collecting bootlegs, B-sides, & rarities for my favorite bands to satiate that completest appetite. (Thanks RoadRunner for that US/Japan/UK bonus track crap where I buy the same album 3 times – and thanks Metallica for putting out 30 singles for each song with 17 demo/live b-sides.) I wear t-shirts with skulls on them, and used to have blue hair. I not only suffer form heavy metal addiction, but also a general punk rock addiction, spanning everything from horror punk to pop punk to street punk. There’s also my hard rock addiction, which I seem to be getting over. The bands with which I seem to have the biggest problem are…
…and all of their related bands; Guns ‘n’ Wankers, Billy No Mates, Hollywood Rose, Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver, Loaded, Danzig, Graves, Gotham Road, The Undead, …and I deserve some kind of metal for buying a Kryst The Conqueror album, Chinese Democracy, & St. Anger just to have “complete” collections.
I’d love to see Roger’s playlist, CD/Record/Cassette Tape/VHS/8-Track/DVD/MiniDisc/BluRay/LaserDisc/Whatever collection… or his ticket-stub book if he’s got one. Who are his favorites? I need to know! I unfortunately am unable to check out that video linked-to from the Blabbermouth article. I think it may have crashed their site, or it’s a bad link?
So, what do you think? Is this guy super-awesome or super-lame? Is he a genius, or a loser? Is he some combo of all of the above?