Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31

Training camp lust...

Extra points if you can match the name with the photo:

Joe Flacco – Tom Brady – Brady Quinn – Danny Amendola – 
Rob Gronkowski – Wes Welker – Victor Cruz

Answers (top to bottom):

Brady Quinn
Wes Welker
Victor Cruz
Joe Flacco
Tom Brady
Rob Gronkowski

Danny Amendola

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30

Boys of Summer: Part IV

Emmy Awards

Nominees for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards include seven openly gay men. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will broadcast the actual awards ceremony on September 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Zachary Quinto for American Horror Story: Asylum

Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory

Nathan Lane for both Modern Family and The Good Wife

Jesse Tyler Ferguson* (see below) for Modern Family

John Benjamin Hickey for The Big C

Dan Bucatinsky for Scandal

Tim Gunn for Project Runway

*Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his partner Justin Mikita were married July 20 in New York.

Monday, July 29, 2013

July 29

Boys of Summer: Part III

Rob Halford

Heavy metal singer Rob Halford (b. 1951) is an English-born rock star who is best known as the lead vocalist for the band Judas Priest. He is one of the pioneers of the operatic vocal style later to be adopted by power metal vocalists and regularly appears near the top in lists of the greatest rock vocalists/front-men of all time. Significantly, Halford came out in 1998, making him the first openly gay heavy metal musician.

Judas Priest was formed in 1974, and their first album was released that same year. A dozen albums later the band changed its appearance and sound. In 1990, with the release of Painkiller, the band dropped its synthesizer sound, and Halford unveiled his new look: tattoos, a shaved head and studded leather biker/S&M outfits. He claimed that this was an attempt to find an outlet for the angst caused by his hidden sexuality, while giving him a professional reason to frequent S&M shops. No stranger to shock value, Halford was known to ride a motorcycle on stage and fire a machine gun into the crowds (loaded with blanks, of course).

He later confessed that hiding his sexuality during his career with Judas Priest caused him a lot of depression and isolation, leading to alcohol and drug abuse. His personal struggles are reflected in the gay and S&M themes of some Judas Priest songs, such as "Raw Deal" and "Pain and Pleasure".

In 1992 Halford and Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis left the band to form Fight, eventually moving on to other projects. By 2003 Halford had rejoined Judas Priest and participated in their around the world tour (2005) to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary. In 2011 at age 60, Halford participated in what was billed as Judas Priest’s final tour. The band has sold more than 30 million albums and won numerous Grammy Awards along the way.

Halford has been clean and sober since successfully completing rehab in 1986 for a painkiller overdose. These days he resides in homes in Amsterdam, Phoenix, San Diego and his native England. Although he did not acquire a drivers license until he was 38 years old, he is an avid collector of classic cars, including a prized 1970s-era Aston Martin DBS.

Note: Thanks to blog reader André for suggesting a post on Mr. Halford.