Classic Metal Show co-host Chris Akin is leaving the program to focus on a new, internet-based political talk show, podcast and website.
The news and views won’t be new ground for him. He’s woven politics into the show over the years, jagging Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, badgering S.O.D.’s Billy Milano and matching wits with Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine. Akin says 13 years of talking metal has been great, but it’s become a job. And he’s ready to move on.
“In the last show of the year, we interviewed [Queensryche singer] Geoff Tate for the 13th time,” explains Akin. “And all I had for him and Queensryche — a band I’ve loved for over 20 years — was, ‘Man, we talk to you a lot.’ Simply, I’ve done what there is to do with it.”
Now the inflammatory and unpredictable mouthpiece is planning a show that, he promises, will go beyond punditry and left-right wars to offer in-depth discussion of issues.
Akin describes himself as “more Republican than Democrat. But that said, I’m much more oriented in issues than I am in which side of the line I stand on. I’m definitely anti-tax, pro-war, pro-gun, pro-freedom of speech and expression, pro-abortion, anti-big government. I’m pro-death penalty. I believe in the Illuminati and the Bilderberg group. I think [the Federal Reserve] is a treasonist organization. I believe Obama is a socialist, and at the same time I believe that Dick Cheney was a terrible president the last eight years.”
Akin’s website is already live, with a homepage that juxtaposes mainstream news links with original headlines like “President Obama — Liar!” He plans to launch the talk show in March. —D.X. Ferris