We were prescient when we wrote in our preview of the ninth annual Heavy Metal Food drive Sat 12/2, “Just when you think the annual Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive at the Beachland can’t get bigger and better, it does.”
The event, organized by Cleveland metal maven Bill Peters, who has hosted his Metal on Metal show on WJCU-FM 88.7 for 35 years, benefits the Cleveland Food Bank and Friends of the Cleveland Kennel. Although it’s free, headbangers are urged to bring food donations for human and animal, and an array of raffle prizes attracts eager ticket buyers.
Peters has now reported that this year’s event raised 8,833, exceeding the previous record of 8,803 in 2015. Even more impressive, a total of more than $10, 100 was raised. The previous record was $6,001 in 2015; in both 2014 and 2016, the money total was just shy of $6000, demonstrating both the loyalty and generosity of Cleveland’s heavy metal fans.
The Beachland also reported that for the first time, the show was a “sellout,” with the venue packed to capacity.
Bands performing on stages in both the Ballroom and Tavern included Granicus, Lady Beast, Breaker, Shok Paris, Gluttons, RadiatriX, Resistance, Olathia and Los Angels’ Night Demon whose 90-plus minute set was recorded for a live-in-Cleveland album.
Chris Emig of Olathia and Germany’s biggest fan of Cleveland metal, Iron Ingo Stührenberg, hosted, and comedians Cyndi Rice, Brad Bishop and John Hensler, the Red Hot Heathens and Playboy model Daniella Dior also appeared.
We were there capturing the action; view the PHOTOSTREAM here.