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Pit Stories: Sweaty Hulk Hogan Shirt Satisfies An Illyrian Fan

Got a hunger for some more Pit Stories? Good, because we're ready to serve one up hot and fresh!

There's no bloody noses or broken bones in this story, as we instead see some odd behavior from metal fans that's not at all about violence or sex (well... it might have been about sex - I'll let you judge).

Brandon McNeil, guitarist / vocalist from Calgary thrash group Illyrian, recalls the story like this:

Alright, so, one of the main things that always jumps out at me is the opening round of the Wacken Metal Battle. It was 2014, I think, and we were looking for ways to shoehorn our way through the first wave of bands without resistance.

Those close to me, or even those who just have me on the ol’ Facebook, know that I like to borrow things from the pro wrestling world when it comes to fleshing out my stage moves, and it just so happened that, at the time, I was in possession of a retro, yellow Hulk Hogan “Hulkamania” shirt. Naturally, I made the decision that the time had come for its glorious end.

During the finale to the set, I made my way to the front of the stage, ripped the shirt in half with ease, and hurled it out into the crowd. Despite my best efforts afterward, I couldn’t locate the thing in the venue afterwards. The only thought going through my mind, “Why would anyone want a torn up, sweaty Hulk Hogan shirt?”

It wasn’t until months later at a another show in town, where I was approached by an older lady in the crowd who had, with a sheepish and almost suggestive tone, that she had been the one to find the shirt that day… after which she took home and still keeps this day as a sort of weird collectors item. It takes all types, man.

Illyrian's new album "Round 2: Fight!" is set to be unleashed on October 7th, 2016. Check out the new video for album track "Zeta Reticulan" below.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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