Music News: 'The Tommy Wiseau of heavy metal' fools venues across Europe into booking unknown band

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People are calling him "the Tommy Wiseau of metal," in reference to the famously self-funded filmmaker behind The Room. Jared Threatin bought thousands of social media followers; faked press clippings and awards; made up a record label; and generally bamboozled venues across Europe into booking his eponymous band, which was in fact unknown.

Threatin hired band members for the tour, which kicked off on Nov. 1 in London for an audience of...three. When the music world started to wake up to the reality of what Threatin was (or, more to the point, wasn't), several of the booked gigs were canceled, while two out of Threatin's three bandmates quit.

The website Metal Sucks went in search of Jared Threatin's true identity and discovered that in fact he's a guy named Jared Eames from Moberly, Missouri. While he is an actual musician with legitimate connections in the metal world, his latest project was essentially unknown until he faked a fanbase and became infamous.

"What is Fake News?" writes Threatin in a statement on his website. "I turned an empty room into an international headline. If you are reading this, you are part of the illusion."

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Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
Threatin: "Identity"
Anderson .Paak feat. Snoop Dogg and The Last Artful, Dodgr: "Anywhere"
Mariah Carey: "Portrait"
The Smashing Pumpkins: "Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)"
Karen O and Danger Mouse: "Lux Prima"


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