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Legendary Radio Personality, Metal Music Promoter FRANK WEBB (aka BLACK FRANK) Inducted Into LOUISVILLE ROCK & METAL HALL of FAME

By: Donnie Hardin

In 1986 my older brother Kenny had taken me to my first real concert at the age of nine to see Ozzy Osbourne at the old Cardinal Stadium. A young band of dirty haired, ripped jean wearing, greasy-haired thrashers called Metallica, unknown to me, opened the show. Cliff Burton would die in a tragic accident a couple of months later.

By the time 1993 rolled around I was a teenage headbanger, while proudly toting my beloved Walkman cassette player to school, getting geared up for the day with the sounds of Metallica, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax, Megadeth, and a selective assortment of others, I was hungry for more.

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Frank w/ Lajon of Sevendust

There was nothing quite as awesome as brand new 10-pack of shiny, blank cassette tapes. When you ripped off the packaging they had a unique smell. Brand new plastic. Untouched. By the radio we would sit patiently waiting for that one song, but it would only be hard rock at best, like Guns-N-Roses, Skid Row, or Whitesnake. There were no metal tunes on rotation. (Not until Metallica released ‘One’ off ‘…And Justice For All’ in 1989. But never would you hear Slayer, Pantera, Testament, Sepultura, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, or any of the heavier bands. You had to first read about new releases in Metal Edge or Hit Parader magazines, which were expensive, or be lucky enough to have an older brother who had friends with jobs and played in bands. But it was all spread about, for me anyway.

On August 8, 1993, that would ALL change when our local rock radio station, The Fox, had hired a disc jockey by the name of ‘BLACK FRANK’, and gave him a show originally called ‘The Metal Pit’, later renamed ‘The Attitude Network’, complete with eerie background sounds such as grinding metal, power saws, and spooky, cool noises behind this seriously incredible radio voice. This guy knew his shit too. he wasn’t playing songs off of a list passed down from some geek in a suit and tie somewhere high up the corporate food-chain at Clear Channel Productions.

Dave Mustaine w/ his pal Frank (1995)

Dave Mustaine w/ his pal Frank (1995)

It was Frank’s list, metal news, release dates, tour dates, and various metal happenings worldwide, scrawled out on a legal pad. I would sit in my bedroom with a fresh cassette tape every week waiting for midnight to strike because he would likely play something by a band I had never heard of, that I would love, like Machine Head, Biohazard, Skinlab, Corrosion of Conformity, Downset, Korn, Voivod, Fear Factory, on and on.

Frank Webb aka Black Frank (I wouldn’t know his real name for about twenty years later)… He had the perfect voice for any radio station covering any genre in the country, and we, the hard-edged thrashers, slammers, fist pumping armies of the 502, 270, and 812 area codes, we were the lucky ones because he was one of the biggest reasons, if not THE biggest reason amazing national acts started coming out of the woodwork to play Louisville Gardens, The Brewery Thunderdome, or The Palace Theater, shaking up our previously tame and humble river city, inspiring would be musicians as an unstoppable collective, eventually kicking ass with our own brand of metal, as the incredible local scene would take hold in the mid-to-late 1990’s, producing nationally relevant acts such as My Own Victim, Primer 55, and Flaw along with local titans Faceplant, Incursion, Shapeless Matrix, Luther, Factor 9, Engrind, and so many more. more, all of which FRANK WEBB promoted, pushed, pimped out, and believed in as much as anyone could have.

Frank getting loose w/ The Bobby Burns of Primer 55

Frank getting loose w/ The Bobby Burns of Primer 55

I have heard many of my peers talk about the old days, before we all had the luxury of Google, You Tube, when Black Frank could be counted on every single week to play some groundbreaking metal. Then when we started making the metal ourselves, he enabled us, whether you were Dimebag Darrell or unknown me, he would, and continues to carry on a great conversation with anyone whether they are a rock star or unsigned drummer of a garage band in the south end.

I ramble, but I ramble for a good reason.

Thank you FRANK WEBB for your service to this very fortunate metal music community. You may not have been born in Louisville, but you are LOUISVILLE’S BLACK FRANK.

It is about time that Frank Webb hits the airwaves again.

Phil Anselmo explaining to Frank that he needs to get back on the air!

Phil Anselmo explaining to Frank that he needs to get back on the air!

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Random Q&A’s With FLAW Guitarist Jay Daunt

By: Donnie Hardin

I caught with my homie, Flaw guitarist Jay Daunt, and asked him some laid back kind of questions. So… what does Jay say?

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Jay (w/ pager) and his Flaw band mates in the late 90’s. (Because Pager)

Donnie Hardin (DH): I know you are a big fan of mixed martial arts. Who are some of your favorite fighters to watch?

Jay Daunt (JD): I am a huge MMA fan more in person than televised but t.v. is cool. I have preferred weight classes more than fighters. I like middleweight and up as I prefer more damage and slower pace to the fast lightweight fighters that provide few violent finishes. We have a song on the UFC game but would love to get music on more fighting items.
DH: Do you have any favorite t.v. shows you like to watch and / or recent movies you would suggest? Favorite actors?

JD: I watch little tv, more of a gamer. I do watch ancient aliens and sleep to discovery or science channel. For genres I am a horror guy. For gaming I prefer character development role playing games. I am playing Dragon Age and Elder Scrolls Online on the ps4 currently.

DH: Since you passed the bar exam and are a lawyer, I assume that you have had to read a great deal. Do you like to read? Do you have a favorite writer? Favorite books?

JD: In general I don’t enjoy curling up with a book. I much prefer to play an instrument or work on my love for studio engineering/mixing. Oddly enough I love to read instruction manuals and such. I will download manuals for studio gear and software even when I don’t own the particular thing. Feel I learn and works well with my extreme adhd.
DH: When preparing to hit the road for a long stretch, what are your essential needs?

JD: Time with family as will be Factime only for awhile. Pack my portable pro tools studio setup. Get a new game or 2. Prepare our live show and set so we kill each night and give fans what they pay for and deserve.

DH: Other than Flaw, what is the last thing you listened to?

JD: Asking Alexandria……fucking love ’em! Also some Suicide Silence and the new Breaking Benjamin.
DH: I’ve recently become a fan of the low “F” tuning that Meshuggah and Stef Carpenter from Deftones are using now. Have you considered buying an 8-string? (If you have not already) Or discuss any other new toys or gadgets you’ve recently purchased.

JD: I have been using 8 strings for some time but I tune to a low E. Fucking love the tuning and I still am able to do all our prior material. I will be using pretty much only 8s on the upcoming tour.

DH: The band has been touring a lot and about to hit the road again, what can you tell us about recording / new album / or releases? (Hey, I had to ask)

JD: Coming asap. Album is more than written just getting label backing in place. Believe me we are as anxious as fans.

DH: Did you ever go skydiving with Volz (Flaw singer)? If so.. what was that like? What do you like to do for thrills? (other than music)

JD: We have been delayed but will get it on soon. I like anything that pushes adrenaline. Bring that shit on…..
DH: I am wanting to start recording at home, what recording program(s) do you recommend? Drum program? (i.e. Fruity Loops) Sell me a guitar, the most beat down, Jay Daunt special you have.

JD: Pro Tools is the best bet as you will end up there eventually. Mac or PC, your call but I have gone mac. I started with pc due to costs but once you go Mac you won’t go back……..sounds oddly familiar :-)
I use addictive drums to program and trigger 2 for any drum blending or replacement. I never sell my gear……but for you who knows. …

DH: Favorite word?
JD: Fuck…….most of the 4 letter love bombs!

DH: Least favorite word?
JD: Sleep

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SLIPKNOT Frontman Not a Fan of Comments Made By KANYE WEST During Live Performance

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From www.blabbermouth.net

Corey Taylor:

“,,,And he (Kanye West) goes…’You people are witnessing the greatest living rock star of all-time!!!,’ and then proceeds to mess the words up to [QUEEN’s] ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ — in England! Are you kidding me?’ where I’m just, like, ‘Look… just stop.”
-#8’s feelings about seeing Kanye in concert.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/corey-taylor-says-all-the-hoopla-surrounding-his-kanye-west-comments-is-ridiculous/#M1C4e0Jp4BGhoFPL.99
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/corey-taylor-says-all-the-hoopla-surrounding-his-kanye-west-comments-is-ridiculous/

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The Misadventures Of Black Frank (The Life of a Metal Radio DJ) – PART ONE: The Night We Stole KORN

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By: Frank Webb

#1 – The Night We Stole KORN

        People are always telling me what a great storyteller that I am. That comes with having a lot of great stories. I have decided to share some, no particular timeline or order. This one will say a lot about how rock radio was back then and how different it is now compared to back then.
       It was early 1995 and I was amazed by what was going on around me. I had been at my part-time job as a deejay on 100.5 The Fox for over two years. The metal show that was given to me almost as an afterthought, The Metal Pit, had taken off and was achieving great ratings. My first program director, Buzz Casey, who gave me the show, told me that the show was good for our image as…

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THE MISADVENTURES OF BLACK FRANK – Pt. 2: Shopping With Lemmy (Yes, THAT Lemmy)

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SHOPPING WITH LEMMY
By: Frank Webb
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When I arrived in Louisville, Kentucky from the Bay Area, I had a wife and a young son. I immediately got a job as assistant food and beverage director at a big hotel downtown. It sucked, but I had to do it. Then, rock radio station, 100.5 The Fox happened to me, which led to ‘The Metal Pit’, an hourly metal genre based radio show I hosted at midnight on Saturdays. The boss at the hotel thought I was Satan. Oh well, didn’t like the job anyway.
Now, with a family to support, I had to find another job, fast. One of the main sponsors on the early Fox was a fellow from the east coast named Marc Suna. He ran a number of bars over the years, like Club Caddys’, and now he had taken over the old Grand Theater in

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‘Louder Than Life’ Organizers: Seek Bands Such As DEFTONES, FLAW For This Years ‘LOUDER THAN LIFE’ Music Festival In Louisville, Kentucky

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By: Donnie Hardin

To: Danny Wimmer Presents, (promoters of festivals such as Rock On The Range, Louder Than Life)

I have been a Deftones fan ever since I saw the Southern California band open for KISS all the way back in 1996. The concert was at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, a noisy, cracker box-shaped basketball arena built for the college basketball dominant Kentucky Wildcats, which was opened in 1976. It is a dreadful venue to see any kind of concert. It was built so that its basketball crowds were especially loud. Therefore, has terrible acoustics for loud music. Anyway, that did not matter when the energetic, fresh groundbreaking act known as ‘Deftones’ took the stage amongst a sold-out crowd. As a musician and fan, that day kinda of changed my life.

Deftones have not let up and have built a stellar career as hard rock / metal icons. So…

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