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13th November 2017

danica roem

Danica Roem, the longtime lead singer of Heavy Metal band Cab Ride Home, last week became the first openly transgender person elected to a United States statehouse seat.

Roem, a Democrat and former journalist for the Montgomery County Sentinel and a lifelong resident of Manassas, Virgina, defeated Republican Bob Marshall, who is known best for his socially conservative views including his vehement opposition to LGBT rights.

Marshall, 73-years-old and a thirteen term incumbent who refers to himself as "Virginia's chief homophobe", reportedly refused to debate Roem and referred to her with male pronouns.

Roem raised nearly $500,000 in donations for the campaign from all over the country, much of it coming from national LGBT groups and other progressive organizations. This figure was over three times that of Marshall.

Cab Ride Home released their debut album, 'Crash The Gate', earlier this year.

Danica told Noisey in June:

"Just because I sing in a Heavy Metal band while spinning my head in circles and getting paid to do it, why can't I run for government? Why would I have to change who I am in order to run for government? I've already had to go through transformative change."

Danica was three-years-old when her father, John Paul Roem, took his own life. She began her physical gender transition in 2012 and three years later, she legally changed her first name from Dan to Danica.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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