We always suspected Vera Farmiga was a total badass, but we had no idea that she’s also, apparently, a big New Wave Of British Heavy Metal fan. The Hollywood actress, perhaps most famous for her role as paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in major horror film franchise The Conjuring, has also starred in the likes of Bates Motel, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and Marvel series Hawkeye. This past weekend, though, it looks like Vera was taking on a starring role of a different kind – fronting up a heavy metal band for a cover of classic Iron Maiden banger, The Trooper. The actress was taking part in a show put on by Rock Academy – a Woodstock, New York-based music school using rock and heavy metal to bring more young people into music. “This happened last night!” exclaimed Vera on Instagram, sharing a post featuring a video of the cover and a statement from Rock Academy that read: “Sometimes, Rock Academy lets the adults rock too. And sometimes, if you’re really lucky, you get to rock out with Scott Ian.” And yes, indeed, if you look a little closer at the video, you’ll notice that really is Scott Ian from Anthrax on guitar in the background. Also present was Vera’s husband Renn Hawkey, who metalheads will know as keyboardist in none other than Deadsy! The dream team we never knew we needed?!
Movies that get metal absolutely right
Hollywood and metal should be polar opposites. One’s a mainstream behemoth that dominates the entertainment industry; the other’s an obnoxious underdog that wants to piss on everything the mainstream stands for. Yet, occasionally the two can come together and create a miracle: a movie that both wows the masses and leaves metalheads beaming. Here are just ten of them:
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