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On This Day In METAL History – February 9th… From DEEP PURPLE To ABBATH

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on February 9, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers - promo cover pic - 1985 - #MO4400iLMFD9966

On January 9th, 1985 – The great DEEP PURPLE peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, with their studio album Perfect Strangers. This was DEEP PURPLE‘s first album with their Mark II lineup in eleven years. Perfect Strangers went on to sell Platinum in the United States.

Iron-Maiden-The-X-Factor- tour lineup - promo band promo card - #1996XMO

Above: IRON MAIDEN (circa 1996) – From L to R: Dave Murray (guitar), Steve Harris (bass), Blaze Bayley (vocals), Janick Gers (guitar) and Nicko McBrain (drums).

Iron Maiden - Classic Band Logo - RWB - #33MMGMSAS31

On February 9th, 1996 – The masterful IRON MAIDEN performed at Auditorium de Verdun in Montreal, QC, Canada. This date was on The X Factour, with Blaze Bayley as lead singer of IRON MAIDEN. Whoa.

Abbath - promo band pic - 2016 - #MO33ILMFD99

Above: ABBATH – L to R are King (bass), ABBATH (vocals & guitar) and Creature (drums)

Abbath - promo cover pic - 2016 - #MO99ILMFD99

On February 9th, 2016 – The debut studio album from ABBATH is ranked at #46, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. HAIL ABBATH!!

Abortion - Termination Redux - EP cover promo pic - 2016 - #MO9900ILMFD99

On February 9th, 2016 – The new studio EP from Belgium’s ABORTED, Termination Redux, is ranked at #70, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Freaking hell and yeah!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1



On This Day In METAL History – February 5th… From SLADE To DROWNING POOL

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, movies, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Slade - Look Wot You Dun - promo 45rpm cover pic - #MOILMFD990909

On February 5th, 1972 – Glam Rock/Hard Rock pioneers SLADE had their huge single, Look Wot You Dun, ranked at #1 in the UK. Whoa and whoa again! By the way, this SLADE song is very, very cool.

KISS - publicity band photo - red white blue Kiss logo - 2014

On this day in KISSTORY – February 5, 2002 – The sensational ‪‎KISS kicked off the New York City Fashion Week with a rockin’ performance at the Lane Bryant Fashion Show. The band performed Shout it Out Loud, Lick it Up, Love Gun, God of Thunder and Rock and Roll All Nite. Yup.

Drowning Pool - Hellelujah - promo album cover pic - 2016 - #MO339969ILMFD

On February 5th, 2016 – The newly released studio album from DROWNING POOL is ranked at #1, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album has a most Metal appropriate title too: Hellelujah.

Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction - promo cover pic - 1992 - #MOILMFD993366

On February 5th, 2016MEGADETH’s fifth studio album from 1992, Countdown To Extinction, is ranked at #26, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. The Earth begins to rumble…

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On February 5th, 1919:

United Artists Was Created! Read all about it with link below:


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on January 28, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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From The Dead Daisies newsletter:

New York, NY (January 28th, 2016) – The Dead Daisies are proud to announce the addition of Doug Aldrich to the lineup as lead guitarist of the powerful music collective. Guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboardist Dizzy Reed will be stepping aside to be a part of a momentous project in 2016.

Aldrich is currently in Nashville with the Daisies working with producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Gavin Rossdale, Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry) on their follow-up to the album Revolución, released last year following the bands trip to Cuba, where the classic rock group were part of a cultural exchange as guests of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban Rock Agency. The still untitled album will be released globally on SPV Records later this year.

Aldrich joins bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), guitarist David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) on vocals and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol) on drums.

“I’m very, very happy to join my friends Marco, Brian, John and David in the next chapter of The Dead Daisies,” proclaims Aldrich. “I love the band and I’m looking forward to getting busy on the new record. This band is bringing back a raw, back to the bones sound that a lot of groups go for but The Dead Daisies are looking to nail. At this point in time, we are looking to have a kick ass Rock ‘n’ Roll album in the can by spring 2016.”

Fortus couldn’t be happier, saying: “When we started speaking about finding someone to replace me, the first suggestion I had was Doug Aldrich. It doesn’t get any better than Doug in my book. I am so happy that he is able and willing to step in and take over. I think that it will elevate the band to the next level. Thanks to everyone that has supported the Daisies over the last couple of years. Stay tuned to see what they come up with next. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!”

David Lowy, one of the original founders of The Dead Daisies said: “We’re really going to miss Richard and Dizzy. It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to write, record and perform with such talented world-class musicians and all-around great guys. I’ve personally learnt so much from both of them. We’re very excited to announce Doug Aldrich will be joining The Dead Daisies in the lead guitar role. Doug was Richard’s first pick to replace him. He’s a highly accomplished musician, performer and songwriter and we’re really looking forward to Doug joining us as the Dead Daisies adventure rolls on.”

Marco Mendoza couldn’t be more excited as well, of course: “Doug and I shared the stage for many years with Whitesnake and have been involved in many recording sessions and projects. He is a powerful guitar player and performer, can’t wait to bring him in on our next efforts in the studio and on the road. VIVA LA ROCK!”

Since exploding onto the scene in 2013, The Dead Daisies have taken the Classic Rock world by storm, releasing two albums to date & touring with the biggest names in rock including: ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Judas Priest, KISS and Def Leppard.

2015 was a banner year that saw the band release their 2nd album, make a historic visit to Cuba, join the line-up for some of the biggest European Rock Festivals including Download and Graspop, tour around the globe with Whitesnake and KISS as well as play a sold out triumphant headline show in Paris. The band then returned to the UK for the first time in two years to play a series of Sold Out club shows, including the special guest slot at Planet Rock Stock in Wales.

With the year having just started, The Dead Daisies are well underway to continue to rewrite the book on Classic Rock. With a killer new album in the works, massive touring being booked and fueled by their ever-growing fan base, the band is showing no signs of letting up.

Rock ‘n’ Roll is alive and well!!


“The Dead Daisies’ all-star cast do a sterling job of banishing hangovers
with slick-as-a-vaselined-otter Classic Rock.”
– Kerrang!





JIMMY BAIN – Legendary Rainbow And DIO Bassist – Rest In Peace

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on January 25, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

JIMMY BAIN – Distinguished bassist Jimmy Bain passed away over this past weekend. Jimmy now reunites with his former legendary bandmates Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Gary Moore and Phil Lynott; an unbelievable list of musical greats that are now performing on another heavenly plane. Born in Scotland, back on December 19th, 1947, Jimmy Bain was only 68 years old.

Jimmy Bain was a long-time member of DIO, being featured on several of DIO’s studio albums. Jimmy Bain also recorded and toured for Rainbow in the mid 70’s. He later co-founded in 1978 the British Rock supergroup: Wild Horses. Before his passing, Jimmy Bain was the bassist for Last In Line; an all-star band of past DIO musicians.

Metal Odyssey expresses condolences to the family, bandmates and friends of Jimmy Bain. Rest in peace, Jimmy Bain.




WISHING WELL – Band Features Legendary Vocalist GRAHAM BONNET On Lead Single From Their Forthcoming Debut Studio Album

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on January 11, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Wishing Well - Hippie Heart Gypsy Soul - single cover art - Graham Bonnet - 2016 - Inverse Records - #MO33ILMFD99

I’ve had the pleasure to listen to the first single, from the forthcoming debut studio album from Wishing Well, courtesy of Inverse Records. I’ll have to admit the song Hippie Heart Gyspsy Soul is a bonafide blast of Classic Hard Rock that has made my week! Wishing Well ROCKS this song to the Moon and back!

One all important reason this song soars is that Graham Bonnet shows off his distinctive and memorable vocals like the tried and true Hard Rock legend he is! Wishing Well features the great Graham Bonnet on this one song for their debut album and that alone makes this band very, very lucky indeed. Metal Be Thy Name – Stone


From Inverse Records:

Wishing Well are a Hard Rock band hailing from Helsinki Finland. “Hippie Heart Gypsy Soul” is the first single taken from the “Chasing Rainbows” debut album to be released on 5th of February via Inverse Records. For the single the band joined forces with legendary Hard Rock vocalist Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz) and came up with a catchy and melodic Hard Rock song.

“We wanted something extra to boost the album and when we wrote “Hippie” we instantly realized that Graham would be a perfect vocalist for the song in many ways. I’m a lifelong fan of Graham myself and it’s fantastic that we made it at the end of the day. Pete (vocalist Peter James Goodman) had no problem with it since he’s a big fan too! I’m proud and pleased with the result and it’s just amazing that at 68 he’s still delivering the goods” says Anssi Korkiakoski, the song writer and guitar player of Wishing Well.

Wishing Well - Hippie Heart Gypsy Soul - single cover art - Graham Bonnet - 2016 - Inverse Records - #MO33ILMFD99

Graham Bonnet will be very busy this year since he’s releasing a new album on Frontier Records and an authorized biography later on this spring, written by Steve Wright. He’ll also play live in Finland in April after his Australian tour. “The guys got in touch and after I heard the song I was immediately ready to give it a go. It’s a catchy tune and perfect for my range. I like the lyrics too. We recorded my vocals in LA and the guys took care of the rest of it in Finland. I’m always ready to cooperate if it’s a serious band with a good song. I wish the guys all the best.”

The band is now promoting the single and CD with plans to play live as much as they can later on this year. The band consists of Anssi Korkiakoski (guitars), Rip Radioactive (drums), Richard Becker (bass) and Peter James Goodman (vocals), all experienced musicians who have cut their teeth in many other bands before Wishing Well.


Inverse Records - logo - #2015IRMO





David Bowie – Rest In Peace (1947 – 2016)

Posted in classic rock, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on January 11, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

David Bowie - Lazarus Single - artwork promo - 2015 - #MO3399ILMFD

“Look up here I’m in heaven…” – David Bowie


David Bowie has left us. David Bowie created Alternative Rock. David Bowie was and never will be duplicated, no matter how the copycats have tried and will continue to do so. Icon? Legend? Neither. David Bowie was bigger than those labels.

I’ve chosen this music video (below) to celebrate David Bowie, due to it’s fun side of both he and the great Mick Jagger. It is obvious neither Bowie or Jagger could give a rat’s ass about being too serious in this music video and that is what Rock ‘N Roll is truly about. God Bless David Bowie.

David Bowie - Reality - promo collage - #MO77799ILMDF

David Bowie - Let's Dance - collage promo - #MO7799ILMFD

David Bowie - Labyrinth - promo - collage - #MO9933ILMFD

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust - promo - Classic Rock - #MO9933ILMFD

David Bowie - Black Star - 2016 - #MO3399ILMFD

All above photos are from: David Bowie Facebook



Former WARRANT Guitarist BILLY MORRIS Signs Multi-Release Deal With HighVolMusic

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on January 8, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Billy Morris - Warrant - promo pic - 2016 - #MO33ILMFAD003399395

Former Warrant and current Tuff guitarist BILLY MORRIS has signed a multi release deal with the independent label HighVolMusic. The American Rock guitarist hails from Cleveland, OH earning his stripes early on in his musical career with the band Kidd Wicked. Billy later went on to perform with several projects including as a touring guitarist for Quiet Riot (2005), and with Mr. Big guitarist Paul Gilbert. Billy performed with Paul on the Beehive Live project playing in front of a sold out crowd in Seoul, Korea.

Spending 5 years as the lead guitarist in the platinum selling band Warrant, Billy has played every state in the USA as well as in Japan, Korea, Mexico, Australia and many other countries across the world. Touring with bands like PoisonWhitesnakeRatt and many others, has taught Billy a high level of professionalism and excellence that he brings to the stage today.

Billy performed and recorded on one Warrant release, the Under the Influence album on which he sang lead vocals on the cover of AC/DC‘s ‘Down Payment Blues’, as well as playing guitar on the whole album.

Billy later went on to form the BILLY MORRIS BAND who which recently supported Tom Keifer (Cinderella) and also Ratt on several dates.

BILLY MORRIS and co-writing partner Mike Szuter (Paul Gilbert, The Szuters, Magna Fi) are currently holed up at Riverside Recording Studio in Cleveland, OH working on brand new material for a summer 2016 release. Billy is working up what will be a high energy rock and roll record with a few surprises tossed in.

The deal with HighVolMusic includes several additional projects and also plans for a book release. Details to be unveiled later this year! For more information and show dates on BILLY MORRIS visit:



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