The editor of Bauer Consumer Media’s heavy metal weekly Kerrang! has revealed he checks the BBC News website as soon as he wakes up to see if any rock stars have died.
In an interview with The Independent, Paul Brannigan said: ‘I check the BBC news website on my Blackberry the minute I wake up. Partly, and I know this sounds rather morbid, to make sure no one important in Kerrang!’s world has died overnight which would necessitate starting the issue from scratch again, as happened when the guitarist Dimebag Darrell (Damageplan/Pantera) was murdered on stage in 2004, or when Joe Strummer passed away.”
Kerrang! suffered a 27.9 per cent circulation drop year on year for the first half of 2008, down to 60,290.