Wednesday Steel

Welcome to a special Veterans’ Day edition of Wednesday Steel, wherein I bring you some metal musicians who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Maynard James Keenan: Army

Fred Durst: Navy

Ice-T: Army

That’s right, you owe your Freedoms to the guys who sang “Stinkfist,” “Hot Dog,” and “KKK Bitch.”



  1. Kris Kristofferson was a helicopter pilot who had also earned his Ranger tab.  This means that Kris Kristofferson was metal as hell.

    Nobody Wins.


  2. Jimi Hendrix 101st Airborne (General discharge)

    “He has no interest whatsoever in the Army … It is my opinion that Private Hendrix will never come up to the standards required of a soldier. I feel that the military service will benefit if he is discharged as soon as possible.”

    Jimi’s Platoon Sgt

    • I got to see the “room” where Hendrix used to play in a seedy dive on Printer’s Alley in Nashville when he would get weekend passes from Fort Campbell.  I put room in quotes because holy shit was that place small.  The stage was barely 10 feet wide and only about 8 inches off the floor.  The room itself was maybe 20 x 20.

  3. Not metal… but.

    “I’m not going to start World War 3 for you!”

    Captain James Blunt’s commanding officer General Mike Jackson telling General Wesley Clark to stuff it after ordering him to take out a Russian military unit that occupied the position Blunt’s unit was supposed to move into in during the Kosovo Crisis.

  4. Def Leppard served in the Rock Brigade and lived to tell the tale!


  5. I’m an army of one

  6. well sorta… phil was training to be a marine when a serious ankle injury got him discharged honourably

    (why yes…i had to google that…i just remembered something something military about him)

    • I didn’t include him because he’s kind of a dick. 🙂

      • lol..i make it a point to not know anything much about the musicians ive heard


        but i still pick up snippets…in this case i heard about something military and missed kind of a dick

        i figure all that info is need to know

        and i dont

        (edit) oh by the by….if you havent seen it might enjoy this

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