GENE HOGLAN Announces He's Gay, Would Rather Spend Time With Sweaty Men Than Tits

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD drummer Gene Hoglan has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Happy Halloween, ya freaks! Well, we made it to Minneapolis, and we're playing The Quest Club tonight, which was originally owned by Prince. Tonight, it gets owned by a band with an equally goofy logo — US! That's right!...

"We played House of Blues Chicago last night, and that gig was weird. Ordinarily, we figure if the crowd is not getting into it, they're just either standing there with their jaws dropped, or they hate us. Last night was just in the middle. We're cool with people hatin' us, hell, we love it. But, the 'no reaction' is what throws us...So, Dev [Devin Townsend, SYL guitarist/vocalist] got obnoxious, and I flipped off the crowd non-stop. I think people thought we were serious. Some dude comes up to me as I'm wandering around the crowd and says, 'Fuck you, and fuck Canada. Go back there!' To which I thought, 'Well, I suppose that latter admonition is inevitable, we end the tour there,' and smiled. I guess he couldn't grasp the power of the Dev. Hell, he was pretty old, so a bit of ancient jingoism musta been coursing through him at the time. I know the jokes musta gone flyin' over his head...

"A couple nights ago, at Pop's, after the bands are done, it's customary to re-open the club around midnight for a sorta disco night thingy. I watched the house band's drummer just TEAR IT UP! I mean, he was saddled with playing cover tunes, but JESUS, did he crush! His name was Chris Banks, and he later related to me that he's PINK's drummer, to which my first retort was gonna be, 'Is she as grody as she looks?' but I kept it on the drum-tip. I knew the guy couldn't have been just some ham'n'egger, not with skills like his...

"I didn't make it to any of the aforementioned strip clubs. I figured I'm probably turning gay or something. I'd rather spend time on the tour bus, surrounded by sweaty men, than go see boobies! What's up with that? Oh, I can see the Blabbermouth headline... 'Hoglan Announces He's Gay - Would Rather Spend Time With Sweaty Men Than Tits.' Heehee!

"Our bros Doug, Steve, and Chris cooked us up big barbecue all night long in the parking lot, damn, lotta grub! And I got to see my buds Jon and Ashley. That's always a pleasure. One thing I dig aboot touring, getting to see my friends all over the world.
"For those SYLementalists who are into collecting all mag articles on us, The brand new Metal Edge has gotta whole whack of cool stuff aboot us. 'City' took '2nd Best Album of All-Time', And SYL is listed as 'Best Metal Band of the Current Crop', and Dev took '8th Best Vocalist' (and I'm thinking, 8th? 8th?! Who kills Dev?! NOBODY!), as well as '4th Best Guitarist', and yours truly copped 'Best Drummer'. To which we all say, 'Thanks a lot, and somebody musta really handed oot some stylin' blow jobs on STRAPPING's behalf for all this!' Oh yeah, and Byron [Stroud, bass] won 'Sexiest Pin-up', but for some reason that page is missing. From every issue...but I know it's there! ;-)"

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