Chad Gray told us
how heavy metal was the only thing he could relate to during his difficult adolescence: "I went through pretty hard times in middle school when family life and everything got bad," he said. "I got Mötley Crüe's Too Fast For Love
tape and I had this little one-speaker player that kind of looked like a dictation device, like something you'd put your thoughts in and hand to your secretary and she'd put your schedule together. It was just mono, not stereo. This was literally all I had."
"I had that tape, and I remember putting that on, and probably within the first minute-and-a-half of 'Live Wire,' I was like, "Oh s--t, I can relate to this!,'" Gray added. "This was back in the Mötley Crüe dark leather days. I don't know what I would have done without that tape. I don't know what I would have done without the bands: the Metallicas, the Megadeths, the Slayers."