We’ve asked a shit-ton of people from the world of heavy metal all sorts of old nonsense about Christmas. You give a shit, right? First up – Peter Ellis, (current) vocalist in White Wizzard.
Do you have any particular or unusual Christmas traditions?
Not any more but when I was a kid I would always go and sing Christmas carols door to door on Christmas and New Year’s eve every year. It’s a big tradition in Greece. Kids go out from the early hours of the morning on these two days and sing Christmas songs door to door for sweets or pocket money. I used to make a ton of money every Christmas doing that since people would usually give me more money that most kids because I had a good voice and I was doing it well – some of those kids were awful!
When did you find out Santa Claus wasn’t real and how did it happen?
I was 9 and all I wanted for Christmas was a WWE (WWF back then) replica belt. I would talk to my dad about it every single day for two months asking him to send my letter to Santa. One day he said he did, so I was really excited to get my awesome WWF belt that Christmas but Christmas came and there was no belt! Which proved my suspicions were real… Santa isn’t real and my dad is a filthy liar!
What was your best Christmas present ever?
When I was 10 or 11 my mother bought me the Bat-mobile from the Batman Forever movie. I still remember how happy it made me! I know the movie sucked arse but you have to admit, that bat-mobile was fucking awesome!
If you could have Christmas dinner with any 6 people, who would you invite?
Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington, Alex Jones, David Icke, Dave Chappelle and Rob Halford. Now that’d be one Hell of a Christmas dinner!
Turkey: are you a leg or breast person?
Definitely a breast person. I hate the leg.
What’s the furthest you’ve ever had to travel to get “home” for Christmas? Has touring ever forced you to celebrate Christmas somewhere else?
The furthest would have to be a couple of years ago when I was at this crazy Christmas party at Finsbury Park. So it was Finsbury Park to Barking which is not that bad to be honest, what’s impressive is that I actually made it home. I got completely cunted that night! This year is actually the first time I am going to have to spent Christmas away from home due to band related stuff as I am going back to Los Angeles in a few days to start doing pre-production for the next White Wizzard album.
Which metaller would you least like to see approaching you with mistletoe?
What would you get Kerry King for Christmas? You can’t choose Jagermeister.
A brand new, pink spiked wristband that would cover his entire arm with “I LOVE ABBA” written on it just for the lulz!
What is your favourite Christmas drink?
My favourite Christmas drink is beer. It is also my favourite Easter drink. Same goes for any other holiday! I like beer a lot basically…Mmm, thirsty now…
‘Shooting Star’, White Wizzard’s tribute to Dio, is the only song they’ve released with Peter Ellis on vocals:
If a bearded man broke into your house through the chimney on any other day of the year, what would you do?
Kick him in the nuts, then tie his arms behind his back as he lies on the floor and then make him stand up and dance while singing ‘My Little Pony’ while I am smacking him in the head….WHAT!?
What’s been your worst New Year’s Eve experience (because NYE always sucks).
My Grandma passed away the night of the Millennium believe it or not. That was by far the worst New Year’s Eve experience I’ve ever had.
What will your New Year’s Resolution be?
Fuck New Year’s resolutions, life is short, enjoy it!
White Wizzard plan on recording an touring a new album in 2011, so long as no-one else quits or Jon Leon doesn’t fire anyone. The band still have no word as to when they’ll get their hijacked website back, so for the time being, check out WhiteWizzard.net for more info.