April Fools! Did We Get You?
We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday as much as we did! In our long-standing tradition, we devoted the entire day to fake news and spoofs. We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our ninth year of the tradition, even when we start off with some very plausible (yet fake) stories. Many thanks to those of you resisted blurting out “April Fools!” In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's April Fools stories here.
There are a couple particular stories I want to talk about briefly:
It was quite hilarious to see Dream Theater's facebook wall spattered with questions from fans about them using a drum machine! I had this story prepared ahead of time and was fully expecting the band to ruin it for me by announcing a new drummer before April 1st. There was just too much drama around the drummer position (ever since Mike Portnoy's departure) to pass it up.
Making things a little tricky, some people saw Metal Insider's story about Slayer disbanding and took it - along with our story - as corroborating evidence that the news was true (despite their April Fools link on the end of it). This was totally unplanned and unintentional, and we're sorry if we worried anyone for real. We love Slayer, and wish Jeff the best and dread the day that Slayer calls it quits.
To those who got all worked up about it, we've been doing this for a LONG time now. The bands that get spoofed are either easy targets or ones that we like. And sometimes the stories practically write themselves! It's all in good fun, and no harm is intended.
If you'd like to check out our past years' April Fools stories, you can do so at the links below:
- April Fools 2010
- April Fools 2009
- April Fools 2008
- April Fools 2007
- April Fools 2006
- April Fools 2005
- April Fools 2004
- April Fools 2003
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