How did Shine­down front­man Brent Smith hurt his fin­ger, stom­ach and mouth? Find out here…

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WHAT’S THE MOST IL­LE­GAL THING YOU’VE EVER DONE?

“When I was 16 I stole a pack of cig­a­rettes. I got busted and had to spend a night in ju­ve­nile [de­ten­tion cen­ter].”

WHAT’S THE MOST METAL AL­BUM YOU OWN?

“Prob­a­bly …And Jus­tice For All. There’s no bass and that’s lame, but, as far as quin­tes­sen­tial, defin­ing metal in my cat­a­logue, that’s it.”

WHAT’S THE WORST IN­JURY YOU’VE EVER HAD?

“I broke my right pinkie. I was wasted on Jack Daniel’s, there were these fold-up wooden chairs, and I was mess­ing with the tour man­ager for one of the other bands, like, ‘Let’s smash these chairs to­gether!’ We smashed them and, be­cause they were fold­ing chairs, my pinkie slid be­tween the legs and ba­si­cally snapped in half.”

WHAT’S THE GROSS­EST THING YOU’VE EVER HAD IN YOUR MOUTH?

“I was in an el­e­va­tor go­ing to the of­fice of my pub­lisher. I had the flu and I coughed up this oys­ter-sized loo­gie just as the door opens. My pub­lisher’s in front of me, so I had to swal­low it. I think I prob­a­bly turned a cou­ple shades of white.”

WHAT’S THE MOST YOU’VE EVER BEEN SICK?

“We were on tour and had a night off, and they had a fa­mous chef stay­ing at the ho­tel. I or­dered pâté on toast for din­ner that night in my room. At about 2:30am I went into the most vi­o­lent vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea of my life! I defe­cated and threw up at the same time for about eight hours.”

WHAT’S THE WORST FIGHT YOU’VE EVER BEEN IN?

“We were at a char­ity event for can­cer. This event took place in a tent be­tween two bars, so it was just peo­ple get­ting shit­housed. As we were walk­ing out, this guy just starts go­ing off. He was ob­vi­ously drunk and he had a six-year-old kid on his shoul­ders! He puts his kid down and I see him charg­ing for Barry [Ker­sch, drums]. I turn and sweep him, but as he falls he punches Eric [Bass, bass]!”

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THAT YOU BLED?

“A week ago. I hadn’t brushed my teeth all day and when I brushed them that night some blood came from my gums.”

WHAT’S THE RAREST PIECE OF MER­CHAN­DISE THAT YOU OWN?

“When I was 14, my dad in­tro­duced me to Otis Redding. Years later, when I was on tour, a friend brought me a con­tract signed by Otis and his man­ager. There aren’t many Otis sig­na­tures out there be­cause he passed so early. I did own it, but

I gave it to my dad.”

WHAT’S YOUR MOST PAINFUL TAT­TOO OR PIERC­ING?

“My stom­ach tat­too. It took two pints of vodka to get me through it.”

WHAT’S THE MOST METAL PIC­TURE ON YOUR PHONE?

“In 2006 we played 11 fes­ti­val shows with Vel­vet Re­volver. I have a pic­ture of me and Slash. I’m flip­ping the bird and Slash is drink­ing out of a Crown Royal bot­tle.”

FINAL SCORE: 8/10 AF­TER HANG­ING WITH SLASH, THROW­ING UP ALL NIGHT AND HAV­ING A RIDICU­LOUS FIGHT, BRENT NAILS A FINE SCORE. IF ONLY HE BLED A LIT­TLE MORE…

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