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ALICE COOPER On This Day In METAL History – November 25th

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Alice Cooper - The Nightmare Returns Tour - classic logos - #1987NRAC

On November 25th, 1986Alice Cooper brought The Nightmare Returns Tour to the UK at Edinburgh Playhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. Alice Cooper was touring in support of his solo studio album, released in September of 1986: Constrictor.

Alice Cooper - Raise Your Fist And Yell - tour program - cover promo pic - #1987

On this day in 1987Alice Cooper brought his Raise Your Fist And Yell Tour to the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alice Cooper - Poison - promo single cover sleeve - #1987AC

On November 25th, 1989Alice Cooper peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his hit Poison. This song was Alice Cooper’s final top ten single in the United States. Poison is featured on Alice Cooper’s 18th studio album from 1989: Trash. This song was co-written by Desmond Child and John McCurry.

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On this day in 2000 – A burglar broke into the home of Alice Cooper, in Paradise Valley, CA and stole $6,400 worth of clothes, shoes and video cameras belonging to his daughter. The thief also stole four of Alice’s Gold records, along with a double-gold record from Guns N’ Roses. Whoa!

Alice Cooper - Raise The Dead Tour - 2012 - 2013 - promo flyer

On November 25th, 2012Alice Cooper on his Raise The Dead Tour, performed live at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada.

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On this day in 2013Alice Cooper performed a concert at the Wells Fargo Center, in Santa Rosa, California.

On November 25th, 2014Alice Cooper brings his Raise The Dead Tour to the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton, California and performs a live concert.


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BLOODBOUND “Stormborn” – Releases In USA On December 2nd; Album Tracks Streaming Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Bloodbound - Storm Born - promo album cover pic - 2014

The new album from Sweden’s BLOODBOUNDStormborn, is available all over Europe and the UK now! Stormborn releases in the USA on December 2nd, 2014, via AFM Records.

BLOODBOUNDStormborn (2014) – official clip – AFM Records

BLOODBOUNDIron Throne (2014) – official – AFM Records

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Patrik Johansson – lead vocals

Tomas Olsson – lead and rhythm guitars

Fredrik Bergh – keyboards and backing vocals

Henrik Olsson – rhythm guitars

Pelle Åkerlind – drums and percussion

Anders Broman – bass


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On This Day In METAL History – November 24th – Rest In Peace, Freddie Mercury And Eric Carr

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on November 24, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Sammy Hagar - I Cant Drive 55 - promo single sleeve - 45rpm - #1999SH

On November 24th, 1984Sammy Hagar hits #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his hit: I Can’t Drive 55. This song is featured on Sammy Hagar’s eighth studio album, VOA, released in 1984.

Freddie Mercury - Mr. Bad Guy - promo album cover pic - #1991FM

On this day in 1991Queen’s iconic singer Freddie Mercury passed away of complications from AIDS. It was only one day after publicly admitting he was HIV positive. Freddie Mercury was only 45 years old. Pictured above is the 1985 Freddie Mercury solo album: Mr. Bad Guy.

Eric Carr - Unfinished Business - promo album cover pic - #1950EC - KISS

On November 24th, 1991KISS drummer Eric Carr passed away of complications from cancer at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Eric Carr was only 41 years old. Rest in peace, Eric Carr. Pictured above: Eric Carr Unfinished Business album cover, released back in November of 2011.

Mrs. Doubtfire - Robin Williams - promo movie poster pic - #1991RW

On this day in 1993 – The Family/Comedy film, Mrs. Doubtfire, was released to wide-screen theaters. This film stars the late and great Robin Williams, as the hilarious Mrs. Doubtfire character. Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan and Harvey Fierstein are the other fantastic actors in this film. Mrs. Doubtfire is… Metal. Rest in peace, Robin Williams.

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On November 24th, 1994 – At the first MTV Europe Music Awards held at the Pariser Platz in Berlin, the legendary Aerosmith won the award for Best Rock Band.


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SERIOUS BLACK “As Daylight Breaks” – Album Releasing In January 2015, Via AFM Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Serious Black - As Daylight Breaks - promo cover pic - 2014

Debut album As Daylight Breaks out on January 16th in Europe and January 20th, 2015 in USA


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You can preorder Serous Blacks’ album As Daylight Breaks on Amazon, Nuclear Blast Shop, Emp or in each record store world-wide already!

Limited Edition (14 Songs):

Standard Edition (11 Songs):

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As a Special Box SetLimited to 100 pieces (Limited Edition, 3 guitar picks, hand signed autograph cards, T-Shirt – M, L or XL and a merch pass which will get you 10% discount on tour. Everything will come in a cool metal box.

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Urban Breed – vocals

Roland Grapow – guitars

Dominik Sebastian – guitars

Mario Lochert – bass

Jan Vacik – keyboards & orchestra

Thomen Stauch – drums & percussion


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ORDEN OGAN “Ravenhead” – Releases On January 16th, 2015, Via AFM Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on November 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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The new studio album from Germany’s Orden Ogan, Ravenhead, will be released on January 16th, 2015, via AFM Records. Above album cover art for Ravenhead painted by Andreas Marschall.

Ravenhead will be available as:

* CD * ltd. Digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks & bonus Live DVD @ Summer Breeze 2013)

* Ltd. Special Edition (Raven sculpture + Digipak)

* Ltd. green Vinyl.

Also, on January 16th, 2015, Orden Ogan begin their European tour with the powerful Hammerfall!

Orden Ogan - Ravenhead - back cover - promo pic - Andreas Marschall

Above: back cover art for Orden Ogan’s Ravenhead, painted by Andreas Marschall.


SEEB – vocals, lead-guitar, keyboards

TOBI – lead-guitar

NIELS – bass

DIRK – drums


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LED ZEPPELIN – Reunion Rumors, The Everlasting Relevance And Legacy Of This Iconic Rock Band

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock, rock music news, music news with tags , , , , , on November 22, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Guitar World - Jimmy Page - cover feature - December - 2014 - promo pic

In this issue of Guitar World Holiday 2014, (above), Guitarist and producer Jimmy Page revisits two of Led Zeppelin’s most god-like albums, IV and Houses of the Holy. We also talk about the history of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” which remains one of the most durable songs in rock history. - Guitar World


Stone’s Metal thoughts about Led Zeppelin:

Jimmy Page. Robert Plant. John Paul Jones. John Bonham. These are the names that forever will be Led Zeppelin. Accept no substitutes or cover acts that do their very best to pretend. The real deal Led Zeppelin lineup were those four mentioned musicians, up until the tragic passing of John Bonham, on September 25th of 1980. In the case of Led Zeppelin, nothing beats an original is an understatement.

During the rare live reunions of Led Zeppelin, neither Phil Collins (1985 Live Aid) or Jason Bonham (2007 Celebration Day Concert), could truly fill the shoes of John Bonham. With all due respect to those who’ve tried, it’s like trying to fill the shoes of George HarrisonJohn Lennon, Dimebag Darrell or Ace Frehley, it just isn’t gonna be remotely the same. I don’t claim Phil Collins or Jason Bonham were ever trying to fill these legendary shoes of John Bonham, for they are world-class drummers in their own right.

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It’s called band chemistry for a reason and without it, that special something is gone. Fans can hear it, see it, taste it and feel it. Certainly, a Led Zeppelin reunion right now, be it a tour and/or studio album would be fun for the fans, only each surviving band member of Led Zeppelin has to want and feel the magic too; only they know if they can still capture the chemistry of yesteryear. In recent CBS This Morning interviews, both Jimmy Page and Robert Plant have denied knowing of an 800 million dollar contract being ripped up or even offered. So much for the rumor mill, it will bite you every time.

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Above: Houses Of The Holy (Deluxe CD Edition)

I’ve seen the legendary Jimmy Page on the television show circuit, recently. With his recent appearances on CBS This Morning and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, I cannot question the sincerity, humor and candor of Jimmy Page, the man comes across as the legend he’s perceived as. Jimmy Page makes it no secret that he would embrace a Led Zeppelin reunion, on these telecasts. However, a recent appearance of Robert Plant on CBS This Morning had him conveying an entirely different opinion, regarding a Led Zeppelin reunion. Robert Plant had made it clear, that Led Zeppelin was a four member band when John Bonham was alive and he pointed out the importance that the late drummer had on his life and the band. In other words, Robert Plant has no ambition to facilitate a Led Zeppelin reunion, based on his interview on CBS This Morning. I tend to believe that money is no longer a motivator for the members of Led Zeppelin; if it were the case, this band would have been touring decades ago.

Robert Plant - lullaby and the ceaseless roar - promo album cover pic - 2014

Robert Plant has his successful solo career still running on all cylinders, with his tenth solo album, Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, just being released on September 9th, 2014, via Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. Robert Plant has earned his success as a solo artist through decades of dedication; while even winning his first ever Grammy Award in 2009 for Album Of The Year with Alison Krauss for their 2007 album: Raising Sand. Strangely, Led Zeppelin never won a Grammy Award; a reminder to all of how clueless the Grammy voting committee can truly be, historically.

Robert Plant - Alison Krauss - Raising Sand - promo cover pic

John Paul Jones has recently kept very busy touring with The Dave Rawlings Machine. This legendary bassist of Led Zeppelin was even a member of Them Crooked Vultures, a Hard Rock supergroup/power trio which included Dave Grohl and Josh Homme. Them Crooked Vultures debut album even peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, in 2009. It’s as if everything that a surviving member of Led Zeppelin touches turns to gold and that is mystical in itself.

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Jimmy Page has in recent years stirred the legacy of Led Zeppelin into the social consciousness of Rock fans both young and old, via reissues and the unparalleled greatest hits: 2007’s Mothership. Yes, Jimmy Page has also enjoyed an acclaimed solo career, only now it’s the focus of Led Zeppelin’s legacy of songs that seems to drive him. And why not so? With the classic catalog of Led Zeppelin albums being reissued and given deluxe CD package treatments, the aura of this band continues to burn bright. These legendary Led Zeppelin albums are once again returning to the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, due largely on the fact that these reissues also contain previously unreleased material. Jimmy Page as an album producer will forever be revered, his passion and intellect of song and sound has few equals, in my Metal opinion.

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Above: The legendary Jimmy Page and his newly released book – Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page

These legendary members of Led Zeppelin have remained musically focused, talent-fueled and continuously relevant with each passing decade; they’ve been the constant and never-ending improvement model, at its finest, for all to follow in the world of Rock And Roll. Led Zeppelin doesn’t need their band logo put on toilet paper or pillow cases to earn a quick buck; nor does this band need to be force-fed onto the masses with smart aleck marketing schemes to stay relevant. I personally (since I’ve been alive) cannot recall an era of Rock when Led Zeppelin lost their relevancy; this iconic band has stood the test of time.

Even the mighty KISS has suffered an identity crisis musically, on more than one occasion, during their reign; whereas Led Zeppelin takes critical heat for only CODA, a 1982 studio album released after the fact, if you will. It’s all about the music and the timeless sound of Led Zeppelin that keeps their Rock And Roll flame burning. I was just a tad too young to have been able to see Led Zeppelin in concert, back in the ’70’s; still its their catalog of music and live videos that I can forever embrace. Those are my Metal thoughts and opinions, anyways. May the magic of Led Zeppelin live on forever. Metal be thy name. – Stone.


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U.D.O. “Decadent” – Album Cover Artwork, Release Dates Revealed!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

UDO - Decadent - promo album cover pic - #201501

Above is the cover artwork of the forthcoming U.D.O. album Decadent. Metal be thy name!

Release dates are: Europe on January 23rd, USA on February 3rd of 2015, via AFM Records.


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