Today is October 31st, 2014 and thus it’s Halloween, here in the United States! Through the centuries, Halloween has also been known as: All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints Eve and Allhalloween. Enough with the history lesson, Halloween is a day to enjoy all things spooky, dress up as monsters or serial killers and (if you’re a kid) knock on strangers doors and beg for candy, in the dark of night. Below are events that have taken place on Halloween during decades of METAL history. Onward, my METAL brethren, shall we…?
On October 31st, 1970 – Led Zeppelin’s third album, Led Zeppelin III reached the top of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for the beginning of a four-week run at #1. This was Led Zeppelin’s second number one album in the United States.
On this day in 1974 – The mighty Led Zeppelin officially celebrate the UK launch of their record label Swan Song, with a party at the Chislehurst Caves in Kent, UK. This Halloween gala was attended by the likes of label mates Bad Company, The Pretty Things, Roy Harper, strippers, magicians and fire-eaters.
On October 31st, 1974 – Cheap Trick made their live debut at Charlotte’s Web, in their hometown of Rockford, Illinois. Long live Cheap Trick!
On this day in 1975 – The legendary Queen released Bohemian Rhapsody, which at the time of its release was the most expensive single ever recorded. The song would reach number one in the United Kingdom on two occasions. This iconic song hit the top ten in the United States; twice peaking at #9 in 1976 and thanks to Wayne’s World, Bohemian Rhapsody peaked at #2 in 1992. Rest in peace, Freddie Mercury.
On October 31st, 1990 – Before his concert in Seattle, the legendary Billy Idol decided to dump 600 dead fish in the dressing room of opening act Faith No More. Faith No More reciprocated by streaking onstage during Billy Idol’s set. Whoa!
On this day in KISSTORY, October 31st, 1998 - KISS kicked off their tour in support of their 18th studio album: Psycho Circus. This was (supposedly) the first (full) album with their original lineup in 18 years. The famed Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles was where this KISS tour began. The Smashing Pumpkins opened for KISS. This was the first KISS concert tour to have 3-D visual effects.
On October 31, 2014 – The legendary MISFITS with special guests JASTA will be performing at The Reserve, in Meriden, Connecticut. Metal be thy name!
On this day in 2014 – The Thriller/Horror film ABCs Of Death 2 is released in U.S. theaters. Whoa!
On Halloween, October 31st, 1963, Mikkey Dee was born. Happy Birthday, Mikkey! Whoa yeah, man, you ROCK! Mikkey Dee is the legendary drummer for Motörhead. Mikkey Dee has also been a drummer for legends: King Diamond, Don Dokken and Helloween. Above photo is the Mikkey Dee cover feature for the January 2014 issue of DRUM!.
LONG LIVE METAL.
LONG LIVE HALLOWEEN.
LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.