I have a confession. As a music style, heavy metal has completely passed me by. I don't understand it. I'm not even sure I want to. "Bring your daughter to the slaughter," bellows Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. Why would I want to do that? Why would I want to listen to anyone even suggesting I do that?
Having a gun pulled on you in Sao Paulo would be a frightening prospect if you weren't walking the streets with Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers, and the gun-wielder wasn't an autograph-hunter... oh, and a policeman.
A passenger train rumbling through the Czech Republic slammed into a collapsed overpass, causing the deaths of at least a half dozen passengers and the injuries of a few dozen more, according to a Czech News Agency account.
What do you do after fronting one of the world's biggest metal bands? Settle down and live a quiet life? Continue claiming that you are the cutting edge of music, even though you've only been releasing greatest hits records for the last ten years? Not if you're Bruce Dickinson.
Consider it the most fun you can have on a mountain without fear of breaking a leg: "SSX on Tour" is the latest in the popular extreme sports series that lets virtual snowboarders and skiers race down the slopes and perform over-the-top midair stunts.