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On This Day In METAL History – May 21st…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on May 21, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Def Leppard - Classic Band Logo - 2013

Def Leppard - Photograph - promo 45rpm - single cover sleeve - #1983PC

On May 21st, 1983 – The hit single, Photograph, from Def Leppard, was ranked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This single is featured on the third (multi-million selling) studio album from Def Leppard: Pyromania. If you don’t own Pyromania, you are an ABBA fan. Long live Def Leppard!

White Lion - Wait - promo 45rpm cover sleeve - 1988 - #33MOWL

On May 21st, 1988 – The hit single, Wait, from White Lion, was ranked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This single is featured on the second studio album from White Lion: Pride.

Black Sabbath - Paranoid - promo cover pic - #BS667

On May 21st, 2015Black Sabbath has their second studio album, Paranoid, ranked at #12 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa! This iconic studio album was originally released back in September of 1970; we’re talking 45 years ago! I was only 4 years and 4 months old when this album hit the shelves! If you don’t own Paranoid, you obviously watch and are a fan of Little House On The Prairie. Hail Black Sabbath!

Veil Of Maya - Matriarch - promo album cover pic - 2015

On May 21st, 2015Veil Of Maya’s new studio album, Matriarch, debuts at #58 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Matriarch also debuts at #2 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart! Hell and yeah! Long live Veil Of Maya!

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – May 20th… KISS “Unmasked” Was Released To The World

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on May 20, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Kiss - Unmasked - promo album cover pic - 1980 - #052080KMO

On May 20th, 1980KISS released their eighth studio album: Unmasked. Shocking Fact Alert #1: Although not credited, the drummer for this entire album was Anton Fig and not Peter Criss. Now that the shock has hopefully subsided, onwards we go. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley do play on every song on Unmasked. I just had to reinforce that info, just in case someone was wondering and started to panic. (I pause to laugh and quickly regain control).

This album was released via Casablanca Records, with a large poster inserted inside the album’s jacket. My two favorite songs from this album are: Is That You? and What Makes The World Go ‘Round. I even dig the song Shandi. Truth be told, I really like this KISS album and have no problem recommending it to anyone. This isn’t the greatest KISS album ever and it isn’t the worst either. The Elder will always be the freaking worst KISS album ever recorded; that is a fact and tell ’em Stone says so.

Kiss - Unmasked - Stones used vinyl pic - #05339MOK

Above: The front cover to my KISS Unmasked album. Some years ago I had flood waters destroy my record collection, save for a dozen or so. Yes, that life event super-sucked infected goat testicles. However, this album was one that was elevated above the water. Go figure.

Billy Squier - Emotions In Motion - promo album cover pic - #00993MOBSCR83

My first copy of Unmasked was an 8-track version. I bought this 8-track, with loot from my mother, from a (now defunct) department store called Caldor. Around 1983, I traded my Billy Squier Emotions In Motion vinyl for a used copy of Unmasked on vinyl, while in high school. A decent trade, I believe. Long ago trade aside, Billy Squier is alright in my Metal book. The 8-track and 8-track player I had are long gone. That kinda sucks. Some years ago, I finally upgraded to CD, with Unmasked. Why it took me so long to upgrade Unmasked to CD? I just don’t know, go figure.

Village People - Macho Man - promo album cover pic - #3993MOVPOMG

Shocking Fact Alert #2: Did you know that the Village People were signed to Casablanca Records too? KISS and The Village People shared the same record label. That should keep you up at night tossing and turning. WTF!?

KISS "Unmasked" Poster

That’s me holding my Unmasked poster, above! Whoa!

I’ve always enjoyed looking at the album artwork for Unmasked. Who was the artist? Victor Stabin. You can learn more about this exceptional artist and view his works by clicking here: http://www.victorstabin.com.

Kiss - Unmasked - CD - back cover - track listing - 1980 - #33MOAF0520

Above: The back cover to the KISS Unmasked CD, with track listing. Whoa!

This KISS album has always reminded me of Summer. Once again, I just don’t know, go figure. I have traded away many, many terrific items, throughout the years. My vinyl of Unmasked and its poster I could never think of parting with. Then again, who knows? Go figure and Metal be thy name. – Stone

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE KISS.

LONG LIVE VINYL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – May 19th… A Whole Lotta KISSTORY

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on May 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

KISS - Meets The Phantom Of The Park - promo flyer - 1978 - #051978KMO

As reported on the KISS Facebook:

On this day in KISSTORY – May 19th, 1978, KISS performed a free concert at Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, California to film the concert scenes for the “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.” The concert took place in the parking lot of Magic Mountain. Tickets were distributed through a California radio station and approximately 10,000 fans attended the show. KISS performed a full regular set list and then lip-synched “Love Gun” and “Shock Me” for the movie. Between the concert and filming the extra scenes, the shoot lasted several hours and the band members interacted with the crowd through out the event.

Paul on the concert and film shoot:

“I remember it all like it was yesterday. Doing a film and a concert in a band where some were barely speaking to each other and others not speaking at all was even weirder than the script! I still can’t figure out the end of the film.”

KISS meets the phantom of the park - promo movie flyer pic - 1978 - #33PC

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Stone Says: Man, was I ever thrilled to see this KISS movie when I was a kid. I didn’t care less about the cheesy nature of this entire movie, hell, it was KISS! I grew up on black & white television; therefore a KISS network film was a spectacle for me. It’s been (gulp) decades since I’ve watched this KISS film.

I marvel at how KISS had such an impact on Pop Culture back in the 70’s and have continued such impact to this day. In my Metal opinion, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are marketing geniuses. Really. Metal be thy name.

Kiss - Revenge - promo album cover pic - 1992 - #051992KESMO

On this day in KISSTORY – May 19, 1992, KISS released their sixteenth studio album: REVENGE. This was the first studio album to feature Eric Singer on drums. REVENGE was dedicated to the late and great Eric Carr and features the demo he played drums on: Carr Jam 1981. Alongside Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick was the lead guitarist on this album.

REVENGE debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and spent 23 weeks on the chart. In my Metal opinion, this was the best KISS studio album since 1982’s Creatures Of The Night. I absolutely love the song Domino, featuring Gene Simmons on lead vocals. I still have the cassette version of REVENGE. Yes, I did upgrade it to CD! Metal be thy name! – Stone

REVENGE – Track List:

Unholy / Take It Off / Tough Love / Spit / God Gave Rock & Roll to You II / Domino / Heart of Chrome / Thou Shalt Not / Every Time I Look At You / Paralyzed / I Just Wanna / Carr Jam 1981

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

Wanna See My JANI LANE Autographed Trading Card? It’s Really Cool…

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock with tags , , , , , on May 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Jani Lane - Autographed UD card - front - Metal Odyssey - 2015

That’s it at the top! That’s my Jani Lane autographed trading card and it’s certified authentic (see photo below). This unbelievable piece of Rock ‘N’ Roll history was seeded into packs of Upper Deck Spectrum Of Stars trading cards, which were initially sold around 2008; that’s the date printed on the back of this card, anyways. I bought this Jani Lane gem a couple of years before he passed away. A sports card dealer in Allentown, Pennsylvania had this card for sale and was asking $10 for it; I offered $8 instead and the dealer accepted. Whoa! Two other of these autographed trading cards that I own are: Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart vocalist) and Don Dokken. Whoa, again!

To this day, I am very saddened that Jani Lane could not find the strength to battle his addictions. Jani Lane was a bona fide vocal and songwriting talent; he was a huge reason as to why Warrant became so successful, back in the day. Jani Lane also released a solo album back in 2003 titled: Back Down To One.

In 2008, Jani Lane’s (supergroup) band, Saints Of The Underground, released their debut studio album: Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner. I don’t own Jani’s solo album; yet I do own his S.O.T.U. release and it’s pretty damn good. You can read my abbreviated review for this album, (which I originally wrote back in 2008), by clicking the link below:

SAINTS OF THE UNDERGROUND – LOVE THE SIN, HATE THE SINNER

Jani Lane - Autographed UD card - back - Metal Odyssey - 2015

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Kicking any addiction isn’t easy. I have been sober since September of 2014 and it is an inner struggle every day to overcome. Substance addiction is a disease. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Alcohol was never my buddy looking out for me. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, stay strong, find help at all costs and please remember you are not alone.  – Stone

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To read about my other Hard Rock autographed trading cards:

Wanna See My Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart) Autographed Trading Card?

Wanna See My DON DOKKEN Autographed Trading Card? It’s Really Cool…

MetalOdyssey

REST IN PEACE, JANI LANE.

February 1, 1964 – August 11, 2011.

Stone.

Ronnie James Dio Forever

Posted in Metal, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, metal music with tags , , , on May 16, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Ronnie James Dio - promo pic - 052015MORJD01F

Our

Metal

Hero

Is

Gone

And

Will

Never

Be

Forgotten.

MetalOdyssey

Rest In Peace, Ronnie James Dio.

July 1oth, 1942 – May 16th, 2010.

Forever In Our Metal Hearts.

Stone.

“A Light In The Black – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio” 2 CD Releases On May 22nd, via Massacre Records!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on May 14, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

A Light In The Black - A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #052215MOMR

2 CDs. 12 bands. 20 songs.

“A Light In The Black – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio out on May 22nd via MASSACRE RECORDS!

Pre-order the Ronnie James Dio 2-CD tribute “A Light In The Black – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio” on iTunes: http://geni.us/diotribute

Every pre-order includes the instant grat track “Sacred Heart” by Crystal Ball!

A Light In The Black - A Tribut To Ronnie James Dio - promo album promo banner - 2015 - #0373MORJD

Source:

Massacre Records - M Logo - 2014

http://www.massacre-records.com/

MetalOdyssey

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

LONG LIVE MASSACRE RECORDS. 

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – May 14th… From Led Zeppelin To Kamelot

Posted in Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock with tags , , , , on May 14, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Led Zeppelin - Classic Band Logo - B&W - #016601

On May 14th, 1988 – The great Led Zeppelin reunites, with drummer Jason Bonham (the son of late John Bonham) and perform at Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Whoa, man! The five songs Led Zeppelin performed at this Rock historic event: Kashmir, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Misty Mountain Hop and Stairway To Heaven.

Kiss - Psycho Circus - back cover promo - #K4

On May 14th, 1993 – Four costumes worn by the iconic KISS sold for $26,000, at Christie’s Rock and Pop Memorabilia auction in London, England. That sounds like a bargain, at today’s prices! Whoa!!

High On Fire - Luminiferous - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #33066MO

On May 14th, 2015 – The forthcoming studio album from California’s High On Fire, Luminiferous, is ranked at #14 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This will be the seventh studio album from High On Fire, releasing on June 23rd, 2015.

Nirvana - MTV unplugged in New York - promo cover pic - #1994DGN

On May 14th, 2015Nirvana Unplugged In New York returns to the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, at #49. Wow, that is a huge reentry! This former #1 album has spent 83 non-consecutive weeks on this Top 200 chart. This Nirvana album was originally released back in 1994.

Kamelot - Haven - promo studio album cover pic - 2015 - #KMO7709

On May 14th, 2015 – The new studio album from KAMELOT, Haven, debuts at #75 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Fabulous Metal news, indeed! Long live KAMELOT!

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

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