At long last, someone has finally combined the Olde English power of William Shakespeare with the modern English power of Iron Maiden into one awesome whole: Metal Shakespeare. Bandleader Jason Simms came up with the concept in college, when his Shakespeare class collided full force with his love of metal in bar and he sang some lines over a Maiden song in a jukebox. He met his guitarist when he heard him shredding through an open window shades of Romeo and Juliets balcony scene there and the rest is history. Or historically based metal, anyway.
The band drops songs based on Shakespeares greatest hits, from a Hamlet piece titled To Bleed or Not to Bleed to a power ballad taken from Measure by Measure. We select those which we find to be most metal in subject matter, Simms says. Our perhaps heaviest song is taken from Sonnet 66, one of Shakespeares most despairing sonnets. Tis but a list of qualities of the world he hates and that cause him to wish to die.
Metal meets metre tonight at 10 p.m. at the Old Curtis Street Bar, 2100 Curtis Street; tickets are $5. And if you cant make it tonight, the band will be appearing tomorrow at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder. For details, call 303-292-2083 or visit www.myspace.com/ocsb303 or www.metalshakespeare.com.
Tue., Aug. 4, 9 p.m., 2009