Last year’s Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive, an annual event organized by WJCU DJ/Auburn Records owner Bill Peters, set records in terms of how much food and money it generated for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Friends of the Cleveland Kennel.
This year’s event, which took place this past weekend at the Beachland Ballroom, drew an even bigger crowd and produced even more food and revenue.
Four vans and trucks hauled away some 8,833 pounds of food, and cash donations came to $10,124.80.
Headliners Night Demon, who recorded a live album during the event, donated $400 from their merch sales.
“For once in my life it’s difficult for me to articulate and put into words my feelings on paper, but I will do my best here,” says Night Demon’s Jarvis Leatherby in a press statement regarding the band's participation. “When the idea of doing a live album came up, many people close to us thought it would be best to execute this in areas such as Europe, Latin America or South America due to the obvious fact that these are the places that are hotbeds for the band, and have the most dedicated fans per capita in a concentrated area. However, in our minds we already knew where this performance needed to take place — Cleveland, Ohio.”
He recalls the band’s first show in Ohio and says he was shocked that fans knew the words to their songs.
“After the show, we talked with fans who told us about this guy Bill Peters who had been playing our debut EP on his Metal on Metal radio show for the previous year and was the reason all of them got turned on to the band," says Leatherby. "A lot of them thought we were an English band, purely based on our sound. When the reality is that we were just hard working struggling Americans just like they were. When I was a kid and heard Kiss’ Detroit Rock City
, I was fascinated by a place that they described as the heart and soul of the band’s ideology. It’s safe for me to say now that my band has its own place for that now, and it’s there in the blue collar hearts on the shores of Lake Erie.”