10 Must-Follow Metal Musicians on Twitter
By Team HC |
by Anne Erickson
Pop stars aren’t the only ones ruling the Twitter world. If you’re a fan of metal music and on Twitter, you’re in luck, as a bevy of metal royalty make noise on the social network. Here are 10 metal musicians to follow on Twitter.
If you’re new to Twitter, the first thing you need to do is follow Slash. So, do it! The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist posts regular updates on Twitter, including photos from the road, news on new music, personal musings and updates on his horror film fetish. Another good reason to follow Slash on Twitter: Be the first to find out if he and Axl are going to put together a reunion of the original Guns N’ Roses lineup in 2016. Pretty please?
So, what’s the best reason to follow Ozzy Osbourne on Twitter? The metal icon posts some fantastic throwback photos—we’re talking vintage Ozzy pics. Ozzy also tweets out updates on Black Sabbath, show announcements, behind-the-scenes photos, personal statements and more. It’s metal mayhem.
If you follow Ozzy Osbourne on Twitter, then you have to follow Tony Iommi, too. Among Iommi’s mélange of tweets is Black Sabbath news, a “thank you” for receiving the annual Les Paul Award at the Q Awards, backstage photos, charity work and more.
When Richie Faulkner stepping into Judas Priest in 2011, he signed on as much more than just a touring guitarist—he became a full-fledged members of the band and helped write the band’s 2014 album, Redeemer of Souls. Faulkner breathed new life into Judas Priest, and his Twitter feed is packed with fiery photos from the road, interviews, plugs for his favorite gear (He’s a Gibson Flying V player, of course) and more. He’s very in touch with his fans and constantly RTs them.
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is a fun one to follow on Twitter. Hammett uses the social network to promote his friends (Corey Taylor and Scott Ian got recent shout-outs), profess his love for Halloween and all things horror and dish on Metallica news. He tweets out plenty of random photos, to boot. Following Hammett will surely spice up your Twitter feed.
Trivium singer and guitarist Matthew Heafy is a fun one to follow on Twitter. Not only is Heafy a consistent tweeter with a mix of professional and person posts, but he’s mega-interactive with his followers. He does plenty of RTing and replying to fans, plus interactive with Trivium supporters.
When you need your metal fix on Twitter, look no further than Alice Cooper. The shock rocker sprinkles his Twitter feed with throwback photos, show announcements, Coop-approved articles and more scary fun. He’s not the most regular tweeter, but still worth following.
Whether or not you agree with his beliefs, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine always has something to say. That desire to share his thoughts on everything from music to politics makes Mustaine a perfect candidate for Twitter. He’s is constantly on Twitter, and he’s interactive, tweeting and responding to fans’ questions, Megadeth rumors and much more.
Lacuna Coil frontwoman Cristina Scabbia has been on Twitter more than six years, so at this point, she’s something of a Twitter expert. Scabbia keeps fans posted on Twitter with album updates, show news, Instagram photos, personal musings and more. She’s also tight with fans and RTs often.
Kiss’ Gene Simmons likes to rock ‘n’ roll all night and party every day on Twitter. Simmons is all about Twitter, posting several times a day and promoting everything from Kiss news to his daughter Sophie Simmons’ music. There’s truly never a dull moment when you’re plugged into Simmons’ Twitter.
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Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A