Famous actor Nicolas Cage spoke in an interview with LouderSound and revealed the story about why he came together with Rob Zombie, Johnny Ramone, Kirk Hammett and Eddie Vedder.
Here’s the story:
“We were very close because we had interests in horror films. Johnny [Ramones] was a huge horror fan and would come over to my house and look at the great old horror comic books and posters I had.
I would go over to his house and he would play me a very extensive video collection of horror that he had collected over the years. Rob [Zombie] was a friend of Johnny’s and he brought Rob into my life, so he and I became friends. So we had this connection with horror and music.”
“My friends were Tom Waits and Kirk Hammett from Metallica. So I brought them to the table and Johnny brought in Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam. We all became friends together, this circle of horror movie fans and music fans. That was a great time. It was a lot like the old French salons, where we were talking art, film and music.
Eddie and Johnny would do this funny thing called ‘The Mentalist’, where Eddie would start reading people’s minds – I don’t know how they did that but that was one of their jokes. Tom went on and did a cover of a Ramones song. It was a very creative, give-and-take experience that I was proud to be a member of.”
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