Revolver Golden Gods
Ex-Guns N' Roses rocker Duff McKagan hit the stage to present the Riff Lord honor -- another new category at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods -- one "for six-string guitar shredders," as McKagan put it. And he was able to present the trophy to his former GN'R bandmate Slash, who beat out a field that included Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society, Scott Ian from Anthrax, Munky from Korn, Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters and Eddie Van Halen from, well, Van Halen.
It was fitting that three members of Slipknot hit the stage to present an honor that's new to the Revolver Golden Gods this year, and an equally fitting name for it -- the Paul Gray Best Bassist Award. Gray was, after all, Slipknot's bassist until his tragic death in May 2010 from a drug overdose, and a very skilled one at that. Bass players are often the unsung hero of the band, but nobody ever overlooked Gray -- during his life or after his passing.
The first honor to be handed out at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles on April 11 was for 'Best Guitarist.'