Hive Five: Ways to Celebrate National Metal Day

Ozzy Osbourne performs with Black Sabbath in England, 1997. Photo: Mick Hutson/Redferns

Happy National Metal Day, y’all! Hadn’t you heard? Vh1 Classic declared 11/11/11 National Metal Day, and since any chance to celebrate the power of metal is a worthy cause, we’re on board. The day was picked as a reference to the famous Spinal Tap line about the amps going up to eleven, and because it’ll be 95 years before there’s another 6/6/06 and no date on the Gregorian calendar looks like this: \M/, so 11/11/11 is the next best thing. Here are some of the ways that metalheads around the world are celebrating, and preparing to nurse their Saturday-morning bangovers.

1. Black Sabbath is most likely reuniting

That’s the rumor, anyway. It’s hard to imagine what else is bringing Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler together after their most recent bout of litigation except for the long-rumored reunion of the band’s classic lineup. If this is true, National Metal Day is an instant success.

2. An awesome slate of programming on VH1 Classic

A Behind The Music on Megadeth? The first televised interview with Axl Rose in over a decade? The first in an 11-part miniseries called Metal Evolution that traces the roots and history of metal? That’s a serious look inside the metal DNA.

3. Radio stations around the country will be playing Iron Maiden and Dio

How often do you flip through the dial on your radio and land on “Holy Diver” or “Two Minutes To Midnight”? The answer, unless you live in Scandinavia, is “Not often enough.” Participating radio stations, including New Jersey’s WSOU, will rectify that on National Metal Day.

4. Metal ticket giveaways galore

Boston’s The Phoenix is leading the charge with this, though we doubt they’re the only outlet giving away a ton of tickets to various metal shows to celebrate. To enter their contest, all it takes is creating the most metal palindrome ever. If you can find a way to re-work “A man, a plan, a canal, Panama” so that it references Cannibal Corpse, you’re a shoe-in.

5. Adopt a pet and name it after a metal icon!

Metalheads are known for two things: Their love of Satan and their big hearts. Combine the two, and celebrate National Metal Day in your own way, by going to the local animal shelter and adopting a stray — and then saddling it with the most metal name you can think of. A Jack Russell terrier named Lemmy? Adorable! How about a kitten called “Ronnie James Meow”? You really can’t go wrong here.

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