What a week it was. Monday started out innocent enough. The Gauntlet debuted its' long awaited comic strip "Metal Break" to some great reviews. Rammstein also confirmed another tour date in Montreal Canada (click here.)
From there, things took a more exciting turn. Longtime publicist over at Adrenaline PR, Maria Ferrero inadvertently sent out Jay Weinberg's home phone # in a press release title "Jay Weinberg's Phone #". The Gauntlet, not being one to let something like this slip through the cracks, decided to have a little fun. That night when I was a guest on The Dungeon Radio show, as I am every Monday night from 6-9pm PST, I called up Jay. Jay can be heard laughing about the whole thing and at one point even says "I love this". It wasn't until he realized what had really happened...that we, along with every journalist out their has his personal phone number. At this point, he disconnected the call and called up Maria for a nice friendly "What the fuck!!!" moment. Not sure if Maria was already in a foul mood having been dropped as Testament's longtime manager a few days prior, but from there, Maria called us on the hotline and began screaming and cursing like a longtime sailor live on the air...it was GREAT! She eventually figured out to not be on the air, she could simply hangup and that is what she did.
Then it was time for some fallout. The following day, I got a couple calls and emails from labels saying Maria is going around trashing The Gauntlet and requesting we aren't allowed to cover their bands. In the same calls from the labels she talked to, I was also asked "Can I be on your radio show too?" and "When can we book some of my bands" so I guess Maria's attempt kinda backfired. We also heard from about 20 other websites and labels saying how amazing our prank was...and one website saying we treated Maria badly...way to go Lambgoat! You can read more about what happened here and listen for yourself.