Heavy Duty: Lesser-Known Facts About Famous Metal Artists

Jackson Sawa | October 11, 2018 2:48 pm

While there are many sub-genres in the world of heavy metal music, many consider these separate styles to be part of the same devil-horned family. Drawing influence from the rock and roll musicians before their time, metal bands have grown exponentially over the past decades, making quite a reputation for the genre and uniting “metal heads” under the same flag. While it’s clear the effect metal has had on the music world, it wouldn’t have been possible without the individuals that either started or continue to help keep the tradition alive. Now, take a look at some of the lesser-known facts and stories about your favorite metal artists for a behind-the-scenes peek into their lives and legends.

Ian Gillan of Deep Purple Was The Original Jesus In Jesus Christ Superstar

Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter, most notable for being the lead singer and lyricist for the band Deep Purple. In addition to his work in bands, he also sang the role of Jesus in the original recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. His music career began in the mid-1960s, where he fronted several local bands until he eventually joined Deep Purple in 1969.

Fin Costello/Redferns
Fin Costello/Redferns

It was during this time that he also found work in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera. However, his name is usually overlooked, since the role of Jesus is often associated with Ted Neely, who played him in the film.