Friday, April 29, 2016


A few years ago, I was contacted by a dude from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio. Yes, you read it correctly! THE Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!! He asked if I had anything of Max's from his Sepultura days, for a display they were making called Bang Your Head. I smiled to myself...did I ever!!

He asked for a guitar and I chose a nice, red, 4 string BC Rich. I also had a special that rightfully deserved it's placement in the display. Years earlier, Max had given me a spiral notebook from when he was very young. It had lyrics for songs, but they were all in Portuguese. It also had the names of the band members. Max, Igor, Rob and Wagner...the original Sepultura. One page held the prize, however. The first time Max had ever written the band name, next to a demonic drawing, was staring me straight in the face! This was the beginning, the birth, the Big Bang, of Sepultura. It had to be shared. It had to be sitting at the round table with Van Halen, Judas Priest, Metallica, KISS, Alice Cooper, the other Metal legends.

Last year, the Hall invited us to visit and do photos of Max with the display. We toured the archives and saw leather jackets and personal items from Joey Ramone, The Clash, you name it, it was patiently stored. Bill Ward's snare took a nap on the table in front of us! They even brought Max his BC Rich to, hug?

On the way out, Max signed the Wall of the Hall and added his ink to years of artists' scribe, and the power of the Sharpies!! I felt like "what else is there?" This is the top of Mt. Everest....the Big Recognition...The Accomplishment! And then,  I looked at our sons, and I knew there was more...

Class dismissed.....