Former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash and Black Veil Brides axemen Jinxx and Jake Pitts were the big award winners for the guitar categories at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which took place last night (April 11) at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. A full list of winners can be seen below.
In a night filled with surprises, shock rocker Marilyn Manson took to the stage with Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen before turning the crowd into a state of frenzy by welcoming renowned actor and guitarist Johnny Depp to the stage to perform the tracks ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘The Beautiful People.’ A video of the performance can also be found below.
As well as putting on a blistering live performance of ‘School’s Out’ with rock legend Alice Cooper, revered guitarist Slash also took home the ‘Riff Lord’ award, which was presented to him by his former Guns ‘N Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmate Duff McKagan.
One of the biggest upsets of the night came when Zakk Wylde and Billy Duffy presented Black Veil Brides guitarists Jinxx and Jake Pitts with the Epiphone-sponsored ‘Best Guitarists’ award. The duo was up against some seriously stiff competition for the award with Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook of Five Finger Death Punch, Willie Adler and Mark Morton of Lamb of God, Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel of Machine Head, Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick of Megadeth and Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu of Trivium all up for nomination.
The full list of winners are:
• Best Guitarists: Jinxx and Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides)
• Best Drummer: Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)
• Best Bassist: Nikki Sixx
• Riff Lord: Slash
• Comeback Of The Year: Slipknot
• Best International Band: X Japan
• Best Live Band: Avenged Sevenfold
• Best Vocalist: Amy Lee (Evanescence)
• Most Metal Athlete: CM Punk
• Most Dedicated Fans: Avenged Sevenfold
• Album Of The Year: Korn, The Path of Totality
• Golden God: Gene Simmons
• Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: Rush