The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is Bullet for My Valentine.
Welsh quartet Bullet for My Valentine have been taking cues from '80s metal bands and the punk-infused metal of the new millennium to make melodic, metallic, dark rock songs. Originating from Bridgend, South Wales, in 2003, the group came to be through a collaboration that started as childhood friends: Matthew Tuck (vocals/guitar), Michael Padget (guitar/vocals), Jason James (bass/vocals), and Michael Thomas (drums).
Calling themselves Bullet for My Valentine (their first name was Jeff Kills John), the group was signed at their second gig by London's Visible Noise label. They released a self-titled EP in the UK in November 2004, and their debut album, The Poison, was released just a year later. Soon thereafter, the group partnered with an American label, Trustkill, to distribute their recordings in America. As a result, Hand of Blood – essentially a deluxe version of the band's first EP – was released stateside in August. That same year, Bullet for My Valentine won Kerrang!'s Best British Newcomer Award and headlined the magazine's XXV tour. A nationwide tour supporting Rob Zombie followed along with the US release of The Poison. The album eventually went gold in America.
Scream Aim Fire, the band's second full-length album, was released in 2008, reaching the Top 10 album charts in sales. After touring in support of Scream Aim Fire, the band eagerly went back into the studio with Linkin Park producer Don Gilmore. Fever was released in 2010.
Below the band talks about their history, recording in the studio, and what some of their favorite items in the Museum collection are, including the Metallica exhibit and Cliff Burton's bass guitar, Keith Moon's shoes, Michael Jackson's Thriller jacket and Bruce Springsteen's Corvette.