BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Nick Catanese recently spoke to writer Deb Rao about his favorite concerts/records and metal memories from the year 2005. The brief question-and-answer session follows: What was your favorite gig this year? BLACK LABEL SOCIETY had so many great shows this past year, what show stood out among them all?

Nick: "God, that's gonna be tough, 'cause we played so many fuckin' shows this year, but I'd say the show in Finland stuck out for me in a lot of ways. By that time in Europe, we were all so fried mentally from the traveling, every drive was not under 18 hours, it seemed. But when we got there, it was really cool. The crowd was amazing, but the thing that stuck out was it never got dark. It was always somewhat daylight — even at 10:30 p.m., we still had shades on. Really weird." What is your rock and roll prediction for 2006. What will the trend in metal be?

Nick: "I think it's just gonna get bigger again. You hear metal on everything now, from football to NASCAR to wrestling. It's in more demand now, I think, and the BLS army we have now is just growing, it shows every Ozzfest and every tour we do, it just gets bigger, which I am totally grateful for." What will BLACK LABEL SOCIETY fans have in store for them in 2006?

Nick: "I think the usual and maybe more. We are just becoming more of a band now and it's amazing. The jams we have and the shit we do feels and sounds so good to us, [I] just hope it sounds as good to the fans." What were some of your favorite albums in 2005?

Nick: "[I] loved the new CROWBAR, and not just 'cause I am biased that the badass Mr. Nunenmacher [Craig, BLS drummer] played on it. Kirk [Windstein, CROWBAR frontman] is amazing and always rips me up. The new SEVENDUST kicks ass. as well as COC." With the year coming to a close, what was your favorite New Year's Eve gig memory, and do you have any New Year resolutions?

Nick: "Well, BLS has never played on New Year's, but its always a weird night for me. I get bugged out thinking of what the new year is gonna bring. Good or bad. But every year I do the same thing — me and my folks go gambling, then ring in the new year either broke or have some fuckin dough." Nick, What was your favorite metal moment of 2005?

Nick: "Probably watching [actor] Will Smith headbang on the Ozzfest [laughs]. 'Cause WICKED WISDOM played, with his wife Jada singing. They kicked ass."


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