Legendary rock photographer Mark Weiss to be inducted into The Metal Hall of Fame in 2021
Renowned rock photographer Mark “Weissguy” Weiss will be inducted into The Metal Hall of Fame sometime this year.
The Metal Voice spoke to CEO Pat Gesualdo of The Metal Hall of Fame on January 17, 2021 who confirmed that the 5th year edition will take place in some capacity. Gesualdo stated (as transcribed by The Metal Voice): “You have places like Florida that are completely open and then other places like New York that are closed, these are all issues and are things that play into everything. So we are going to do a combination of things that we are working on right now that we are going to be rolling out. New updates to the website, new major partnerships. We will probably do a combination of things, definitely a live event will happen and the Gala in certain ways as we have a partnership with Amazon as well as streaming in other areas.We are not going to let the virus beat us in any way shape or form.”
The first inductee into The Metal Hall of Fame for 2021 will be the legendary rock photographer Mark Weiss. Gesualdo indicated: “Mark is a great guy, a great human being and has really captured the metal movement and has been there for so many iconic moments and times in our music history. Very well deserved for sure.”
Wikipedia summarizes Weiss‘ career as follows (with slight edits): Mark Weiss is an American rock music photographer. His most widely recognized photographs capture the look and aesthetic of music and celebrity personalities of the 1980s. His work with publications such as Circus magazine and FACES helped establish Mark “Weissguy” Weiss as a name known for rock photography. He has photographed a wide range of acts including the Rolling Stones, KISS, Madonna and Wu Tang Clan.”
The Metal Hall of Fame‘s mission is outlined as follows on its website: “The Metal Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to enshrining forever, those Iconic musicians and music industry executives who are responsible for making Rock and Metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they keep inspiring fans throughout the world, from generation to generation.
The Metal Hall of Fame does The Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala on annual basis in Anaheim California. In addition, The Metal Hall of Fame is part of the D.A.D. Program (Drums and Disabilities) to help children fight disabilities on globally, and joins with the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.”