Headbanger là gì

"You can see it in their eyes," says Jerry Mele. Searing, seething eyes boiling over with carefully contained aggression. Bright Machồng truông chồng headlights mounted on an otherwise placid face. Jerry Mele learned how to gauge the danger lurking behind such ominous orbs during a two-year hitch in Vietnam giới, where the astute G.I. quickly achieved leadership rank for his ability to lớn trang chủ in on brewing trouble. Living in New York City for most of his 43 years, "where you gotta check your pockets every few feet khổng lồ see how much you just got ripped off," Mele became an expert at spotting ired eyes and cooling off would-be aggressors with some well-chosen words &, sometimes, swift moves. Then, ten years ago while driving a limo for some visiting rock stars, Mele finally got to put his knaông xã for disaster detection to profitable use. Spotting a crazed-looking fan moving in quichồng on his employers for the night, Mele managed to get to the rabid rocker and somehow instantly cool his aggression without knocking his lights out. "It was just a matter of using your mouth instead of your fists, y"know?" says Mele (rhymes with "melee"). He speaks in an accent so thichồng it would make Andrew Dice Clay sound lượt thích a Stanford professor. "Talking the guy down before things could erupt inlớn a nasty situation. It went from something that looked lượt thích an oncoming tornabởi to something just blowing in the wind." The b&, whose name the maddeningly modest Mele refuses to lớn drop, immediately noticed the leaping limo driver"s talent for tornavì twisting and asked hyên, on the spot, if he"d like khổng lồ come on tour as their chief of security. "I was instantly put in charge," marvels Mele. "I was thrown right into the fire. There was no `we"re gonmãng cầu work you into this." It was lượt thích, `Pow! This is your job, man. Take care of it."" Now, after ten years as the head of security for every name from Duran Duran khổng lồ his current assignment on the Slayer/Anthrax/Megadeth "Clash of the Titans" tour that will stop at Veterans" Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, May 23, Mele has become known throughout the industry as rock"s Great Mediator. It"s a title he wears proudly, if a bit awkwardly.

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"I don"t know why I"m being fingered out," shrugs the shaggy-maned security czar, sipping coffee in the spacious backyard of his plush Scottsdale trang chính. Although he"s lived in the house with his second wife, Angela, for the past two years, his booming business has kept hlặng on the road for all but three weeks of that time. "A lot of people seemed khổng lồ have noticed the shows I"ve done, and they"re seeing that you can vị a concert where everyone can have sầu a good time without getting hurt. Bands and promoters are telling other people, `Try this guy." But I"m not really doing anything new," insists Mele.


"I just try khổng lồ get everytoàn thân working as one unit--the bvà, the fans, the security guys, the police, ushers, first-aid people. I"m the guy who tries lớn get everybody to lớn realize we"re all here to have sầu a good time. Not to see how many kids we can bust." IT WAS SLAYER, headbanging headliners on the current Clash of the Titans tour, who persuaded the normally press-shy Mele khổng lồ go public with his secrets of successful security. "I don"t like khổng lồ drop names of people I"ve sầu worked with," grimaces Mele. (It is believed, however, that they include a top Irish band that starts with a U and a famous British pop chameleon whose name rhymes with Zowie). "And I don"t feel comfortable doing interviews. But this time, the bvà said lớn me, `Do it, man. Talk about what you vày. It"s gonna make a change for the kids, & it"s gonmãng cầu make a change for security."" While Mele professes lớn dislike blowing his own horn, in truth, self-promotion is one of the main ingredients to lớn his success. Long before any concert begins, in the early morning hours when the most fanatical stage rushers are lining up outside the aremãng cầu doors, Mele is there, pressing the flesh, letting the kids know who he is & what his security team"s all about.


"Basically, we try khổng lồ phối a tone right from the beginning," Mele says. "We let the fans know we"ll be working with them lớn make sure everybody toàn thân enjoys the concert without getting hurt." The personal contact, Mele says, disposes of the "us" versus "them" thinking that often results in conflict between the security personnel và the fans. "What we"ve achieved around the country is we"ve sầu got a lot of these fans on our side now, simply because they know we"re on their side, too. And how they show it is they point out the wiseguys. They point out the guys who are starting trouble." Once Mele gets hold of a harmful hooligan, his approach is again slightly different from that of the average arena bouncer. "For one thing, I don"t use five guys to lớn haul hyên ổn out," Mele says, noting that it"s futile to lớn play a numbers game with a crowd of thousands. "I tap hyên on the shoulder và say, `C"tháng, let"s take a walk." When he says, `Why?" I say, `I"ll explain it khổng lồ you outside. I can"t hear over the music." That gets him out of the crowd, so if he wants to lớn be a tough guy in front of everyone, you"ve sầu just knocked 99 percent of his power out of hlặng. Now the only one he"s got to get tough in front of is me." Usually a polite but firm talking-to will turn a front-row bully into a teddy bear. "I just talk lớn people lượt thích I wanna be talked to lớn," Mele says. "I show "em as much respect as I possibly can--at first." The security honmang lại will happily serve coffee khổng lồ drunks and walk off a buzz with drug-doers before turning them over lớn the facility"s rent-a-cops. "But sometimes talking & kindness doesn"t work. Sometimes you have sầu lớn involve certain people lớn get a guy to underst& what you really mean." Then Mele calls in his staff or the concert hall"s police "to restrain them. Not lớn whale on "em, just get them out the door." Here, too, Mele has khổng lồ watch out for wiseguys. "Just lượt thích there"s always that 3 lớn 5 percent of the audience that"s gonmãng cầu give sầu you trouble," he says, "5 percent of the security guys you hire are gonna wanna hurt sometoàn thân. But they"re weeded out fast." Most of today"s barricade bouncers, in fact, are serious professionals, Mele says. "It"s not the same old `goon squad" it used khổng lồ be. Some of the guys I hire now are college graduates, retired policemen, even school teachers. Teachers lượt thích doing this as a sideline, so when their students go, `You don"t know what"s happening," they can say, `Oh yeah? I watched you last night headbanging, asshole!" "You"re dealing with more professional people now. It"s not lượt thích the old days, when you"d go, `Let"s grab the ten biggest guys outside & put a tee shirt on "em."" MELE DREAMS OF A DAY when his security services are billed below the band"s name, just like light shows were touted on psychedelic concert fliers in the late Sixties, when Mele was going khổng lồ concerts himself. Certainly a "Security by Mele" mention would signal lớn fans that they"re dealing with the concert world"s coolest cop. But the security biz is not a field where one can rest on his laurels. "I"ve never had a kid give sầu me one of these," says Mele proudly, hoisting the famous one-finger salute in the air. "But you never know what"s gonna happen at the next concert. It"s like you"re starting over every night. "I have sầu meetings every day, with the building manager, the police department, the fire department, first aid, ushers. Even if we"re doing multiple gigs. I"ve done eight shows in a row at the same venue. Every day at the same time, there"s a meeting. Guys"ll go, `Jerry, we just talked about this yesterday!" And I"ll say, `Yeah, but I wanmãng cầu make sure you rethành viên it." Every day"s a new ball game."


"I"m the guy who tries to lớn get everytoàn thân lớn realize we"re all here to have a good time."

"I show "em as much respect as I possibly can--at first." "Five sầu percent of the security guys you hire are gonmãng cầu wanmãng cầu hurt somebody.

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