Adam Dutkiewicz, lead guitarist and backup vocalist for the Westfield, Massachusetts metalcore outfit, Killswitch Engage, just won today’s episode of The Price Is Right. The metal-scene pillar apparently experienced massive success on the show, coming away with something like $50,000 worth of prizes.
News of Dutkiewicz’s game show win rippled across social media as Killswitch’s label, Roadrunner Records, tweeted live updates and the band’s frontman, Jesse Leach, published a spate of videos on Instagram. From there, several major metal-oriented blogs quickly picked up on the absurd news, collecting the various social media postings. Of the absurdly funny television appearance, MetalSucks wrote: “This is equal parts funny AND awesome: producer/guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, of Killswitch Engage fame, was on The Price is Right earlier today… and he made the popular game show his bitch, winning a new truck, a new car, and a bunch of other shit. Like we said: funny and awesome… Gotta give Adam additional props for making Drew Carey lose his shit. Also: keep your eyes peeled for Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan windmilling in the audience.”
On the show, which is hosted by comedian and entertainer Drew Carey, Dutkiewicz competed with a handful of contestants to guess the price of various pieces of merchandise, winning out over the other contestants and making it into the “Showcase Showdown” by “spinning the highest amount on the wheel without going over one dollar.” The guitarist won a yellow Honda, a “black truck” of a heretofore unknown make and model, and a vacation.
Airing since 1972 and in its 43rd season, The Price Is Right is largely considered to be the longest-running game show in US television history. The show, which has run more than 8,000 episodes, is perhaps best noted for its original host, Bob Barker, who retired from his hosting duties in 2007.
Killswitch Engage has spent the past two years or so touring in support of their 2013 release, Disarm the Descent. The album, which debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart, was the outfit’s fifth studio LP and also marked the return of the band’s original vocalist, Jesse Leach, after the departure of singer/screamer Howard Jones. As of last October, Leach reported that the quintet has been demoing new material for an upcoming release, presumably via Roadrunner. According to Leach, he and Dutkiewicz have also been collaborating and creating new material for their project, Times of Grace.