Aiden's Big Night Out at The Kerrang! Awards Part 2


The story so far... Aiden have hired a big kick-ass limo to take them to the Kerrang! Awards... They're up for the Best International Newcomer award and hopes are high, but will they win? Watch part two of our very special and exclusive podcast, in which YOU can take an Aidens-eye view of meeting the fans, walking up the red carpet, dodging the paps and enjoying the craziest night out in rock! Plus, see Bullet For My Valentine pissed up on booze. Uncensored!

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Aiden's Big Day Out at the Kerrang! Awards part 1


Join the ghouls from Seattle as they take the trip of the lifetime to the most debauchery awards ceremony in the world… See the band tucking their shirts in, getting ready for a drinking competition re-match with Bullet For My Valentine and taking the limo trip from hell… It's part one of the brand new Kerrang! Video Podcast. And there’s more to come later this week, so stay tuned…

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The Aiden / Bullet summit


All talk of a vicious drinking competition between the boys from the valleys and the ghouls from Seattle is put to one side as the two groups settle down to ponder the Kerrang! Awards for Kerrang! TV. Kerrang! TV has exclusive access to all the rockers from this years Kerrang! Awards so check it out this weekend on Sky - 354, NTL - 819 and Telewest - 332



Last night, (Thursday 24 August), London's East End was taken over by the dark side, with The Kerrang! Awards 2006 at The Brewery EC1. The good, the great - and the downright legendary - names in rock and metal both new and old gathered at the 550 capacity venue to hear the hugely anticipated winners of the 13 categories, and to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Kerrang! Magazine. With the recent ABC figures showing that Kerrang! Magazine is now the world's biggest selling weekly music magazine (with 80,186 readers per week) there was certainly much cause for celebration!

From 6pm on the night of the Awards, guests were treated to a stunning display of weird and wonderful sights that formed the theme of this year's Awards - "Twisted Carnival". Brought to the proceedings by infamous burlesque and cabaret company Torture Garden Productions, a carnival sideshow consisted of acts such as 'Vivid Angel Wolf Girl, 'Johnny Flaming Fun', 'Lenny Fire Dwarf' and 'Psycho Cyborgs', in addition to the beautiful Ring Mistresses Tasha and Valeria. Host of the Awards, Kerrang! Radio's Stuart Cable, joined in the bizarre circus by taking his role as Ring Master very, very seriously...

"Coherent thought is always a struggle in the aftermath of the greatest rock 'n' roll party of the year, but this year's Kerrang! Awards was a truly special night,” says Kerrang! Editor Paul Brannigan. “In Kerrang!'s 25th year, our world has never been stronger and the bands who've picked up awards tonight will be at the forefront of the international rock scene for the next 25 years. Here's to repeating this carnage in 12 months time..."

Young at heart, rock at the core

"It's not metal anymore!" says one band member when we go and nick some of their booze. Just to even the balance, here's Angus Young to pick up his Legend award. But dude, where's the schoolboy uniform? Dry cleaners? Nobody cares, they're screaming a standing ovation. "I just want to thank my mum and dad for letting me out," he grins mischievously. We salute you sir.

Bullet continue on the Jag

No glasses necessary!

Stuart Cable gets catty

Announcing the nominees of Best British Band: "Past winners include Funeral For A Friend and The Stereophonics. Back when they were good." Miaow!

The Five K: Services To Metal Award


Before the evening drew to a close, and the guests began their journey to the Kerrang! Aftershow, a very special surprise Award was announced. Presented by Killswitch Engage's Adam D and Trivium's Matt Heafy, The Kerrang! Team received a very special Five K: Service To Metal trophy, in honour of the magazine's impact, influence, success and legacy within UK rock music over the last 25 years.

The Kerrang! Legend

Voted by a select K! Awards Judging Panel



Presented by Paul Brannigan

A very special appearance was made at The Kerrang! Awards 2006 by a man who is integral to Kerrang! Magazine's history. His band graced the first EVER cover of the magazine back in 1981, and are on the tip of every one's tongue when discussing the most important and influential rock bands in history. To help celebrate the 25th birthday of Kerrang!, on the night of the Awards, was AC/DC's Angus Young, who in turn was presented by Kerrang! Editor Paul Brannigan with The Kerrang! Legend accolade. AC/DC are without a shadow of a doubt one of the biggest rock bands ever, and this Award represents the important relationship that the band and Kerrang! have enjoyed over the last 25 years.

Kerrang! Hall Of Fame

Sponsored by Island Records

Presented by Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy) and Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)

The Kerrang! Hall Of Fame award, presented by Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow and Lacuna Coil's Christina Scabbia and sponsored by Island Records, went to long-standing metal titans Slayer for their inspiration and bludgeoning innovation over the last two decades. Forming in the same year that Kerrang! first hit the shops, Slayer have been integral to the development in metal over the last quarter of a century. 1986's Reign In Blood album was called 'the heaviest album of all time by Kerrang!, and twenty years on the band are still going strong - working once again with legendary producer Rick Rubin for their new album Christ Illusion. Tom Araya, Kerry King, Dave Lombardo and Jeff Hanneman have been finally honoured by the magazine that has followed them from their beginnings right up to 2006.

Best Band On The Planet

Sponsored by Kerrang! Radio
Voted for by the readers of Kerrang! Magazine and

My Chemical Romance
Fall Out Boy
Avenged Sevenfold
Lacuna Coil



The Best Band On The Planet Award this year went to a band that has seen their musical career soar to extraordinary heights within the last two years. New Jersey goth-rockers My Chemical Romance have enamoured a massive fan base very quickly, and with the hit singles 'I'm Not OK (I Promise)' and 'Helena' tapping into the mood of disaffected youth everywhere, they've maintained a steady rise through the ranks to become one of the most popular alternative rock bands world-wide.

Good Yorkshire boys

"Have we thanked our parents?" asks one of Bring Me The Horizon. Yes lads. Yes you have. Bless. "They've spilled beer on my dress!" says Sarah Cawood petulantly. Boo hoo love.

Best British Band

Best British Band (sponsored by Roadrunner Records)
Voted for by the readers of Kerrang! Magazine and

Bullet For My Valentine
Hundred Reasons
Funeral For A Friend

Presented by Emma Griffiths

Kerrang gets 5K award!

Roadrunner Records gives mag award for Services To Metal, presented by Matt Heafy. And ed Paul Brannigan gives props to you, the readers. Hooray for us!

Spirit Of Independence

Sponsored by Cadiz Music)
Voted for by a select K! Awards Judging Panel
Presented by Phil Alexander

The Spirit Of Independence Award (sponsored by Cadiz Music) has gone to a band that has raised plenty of controversy within their career, not least regarding the decision to give them a Kerrang! front cover in 1996. The Prodigy (Liam Howlett, Maxim and Keith Flint) came out of their Essex scene at the start of the 90s and assailed the nation's ears with their inimitable blend of hardcore rave, electronica and raw, savage guitar work - particularly evident with 1997's album The Fat Of The Land. It was only proper that this Award was given to the band on the night by Kerrang!'s Editor-in-Chief Phil Alexander, who made the decision to put them on the front cover and was forced to defend the magazine against some criticism for putting a predominantly non-traditional rock band in this position. Given that The Prodigy are edgy, anarchic, loud, and controversial, most would agree that they're plenty rock n' roll enough to have been given this honour.

Meatloaf preaches

As the mighty 'Loaf presents the best video, he says the assembled crowd is making less noise than a christian Bible group in a frankly loony rant. Calm down, sir!

Best Video

Voted for by the viewers of Kerrang! TV

Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
Fall Out Boy - Sugar We're Going Down
AFI - Miss Murder
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
Green Day - Jesus Of Suburbia

Presented by Meat Loaf

Classic Songwriter

Voted by a select K! Awards Judging Panel



Presented by Ugly Phil from Kerrang! 105.2

The Classic Songwriter Award, presented by Kerrang! Radio's Ugly Phil, went to a band who have consistently produced hit singles and albums since breaking onto the UK music scene back in the mid 90's. Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steve Hewitt, aka Placebo, have retained a huge following since their early material, including popular single 'Nancy Boy', was released. Subsequent singles ('Pure Morning', 'Every You Every Me', 'Special K', 'Infra Red') have proved Placebo's admirable standing within alternative music.

Best Album

Sponsored by Virgin Megastores)
Voted for by the readers of Kerrang! Magazine and

Fall Out Boy - From Under The Cork Tree
Taking Back Sunday - Louder Now
Muse - Black Holes And Revelations
Lostprophets - Liberation Transmission
Bullet For My Valentine - The Poison

Presented by Jordan and Chad from New Found Glory

Snakes on a Kerrang

Now, if this were a spider, you wouldn't see us for dust.

Best Single

Voted for by the readers of Kerrang! Magazine and

Fall Out Boy - Sugar We're Going Down
Bullet For My Valentine - Tears Don't Fall
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
Trivium - Dying In Your Arms
Lostprophets - Rooftops
Placebo - Infrared

Presented by Masuimi Max and Howard Jones from Killswitch Engage.

The America-Wales battle reared its head once again in the category for Best Single, which was presented by burlesque artist Masuimi Max and Killswitch Engage's Howard Jones. An even split between British and international bands competed for this honour, with Fall Out Boy, Bullet For My Valentine, Muse, Trivium, Lostprophets and Placebo all hoping for a win. In the end, Wales rose to the top with Bullet For My Valentine taking away the trophy for 'Tears Don't Fall'. However, the coin was soon flipped when the winner for Best Video (sponsored by Kerrang! TV) was announced shortly afterwards, with Chicago's Fall Out Boy winning with 'Sugar, We're Going Down'. This Award was presented by the mighty Meat Loaf.

Best Live Band

Sponsored by Carling)
Voted for by the readers of Kerrang! Magazine and

Bullet For My Valentine



The Prodigy are on the carpet, Liam Howlett looking weirdly like Ewen Mcgregor. Slayer are coming up...

Best International Newcomer

Voted for by the readers of Kerrang! Magazine and

Panic! At The Disco
The Academy Is...
Angels And Airwaves
From First To Last



Presented by Nick Oliveri and Sarah Cawood

The Best International Newcomer Award was given to the band Aiden, who have emerged onto the hard rock scene with their album Nightmare Anatomy, delivering a high voltage blend of theatrics, metal and earnest lyrics. Aiden were victorious over some worthy opposition (Panic! At The Disco, The Academy Is... , Wolfmother, Angels And Airwaves and From First To Last). This category was presented by Mondo Generator's Nick Oliveri and TV face Sarah Cawood.

Meat Loaf

The Bat's brought a selection of ladies along with him. Wise, wise man.

Best British Newcomer

Sponsored by
Voted for by the readers of Kerrang! Magazine, and

Bring Me The Horizon
The Automatic
Enter Shikari
The Blackout
The Answer
Presented by Bullet For My Valentine

This year's Best British Newcomer category saw seven bands compete. Votes were cast across Kerrang! Magazine and Online, as well as via, who also sponsored the Award. On the night, this award was taken by fast-rising thrash rock band Bring Me The Horizon, who have become very popular very quickly within the Myspace generation. Last year's winners Bullet For My Valentine presented BMTH with their trophy - many will be waiting to see if their career takes the same successful path as Bullet's did.



We bought a t shirt with Place bo on it once. Let this be a warning against buying from the wrong side of Camden. Brian is really tiny. We never realised how tiny until now, but they all look dapper so that's ace.


Before the ceremony starts, members of Trivium, Bullet.. and Fightstar (among others) receive gold discs for their contribution to K!'s Master Of Puppets cover CD - the biggest selling issue of Kerrang! this year. Good work, fellas.

Who's fitter, Lostprophets or Fightstar?

No really, Ian or Charlie. Aargh, our brain is melting.

Almost forgot Adam TBS

Steady now ladies!

Bring Me The Horizon

There's some serious tattoos out in force this evening but BMTH might just beat them all as theirs are a) new and shiny b) clearly obtained under age. Not that we're condoning that. No.

Angus Young

The ACDC guitar legend doesn't feel like posing

It's Trivium!

Matt and co confront the media. They don't look too bothered, bring on the whisky.


The inventive metal masters pose like the best of 'em

Stretch Armstrong

That's one talent he didn't get in school...

Panic! At the Kerrang Awards

No really they are!

Bullet and shots

Shots on the red carpet! Yeah, Jagermeister

New Found Glory

Wearing the sharpest suits this side of Oxfam. Style!

Mr Loaf speaks to the people


Then - in a remarkably similar manner to a bat out of hell - he'll be gone.

Eagles... and Placebo


Jesse kindly offers some excess moustache hair to keep Brian's newly shaven head warm.

Eagles attack


Monster 'tache.

Panic! press the flesh


Aiden on the red carpet


The Automatic

Whats that coming over the carpet? Hmm, might need to rephrase that

Aiden arrive!


The boys from Seattle pose with their PR Jenny after rocking up in a limo. Angel has now earned the nickname "Chubbs" because his jacket and t-shirt combo led other members of the band to consider that he looked like something out of Miami Vice.

Deadly beauties!

Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow and Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia get pulses racing!

Sign of the beast

Nah, they're quite nice really.



...from Hundred Reasons.

Hundred Reasons

Surrey's finest join the festivities


The impossible metal troopers unleash fire on the press (possibly)