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On This Day In METAL History – October 21st…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

The Who - Rarities Vol 2 - 1970-1973 promo cover pic

On October 21st, 1976The Who performed their last concert in North America with drummer Keith Moon, at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada. The legendary Keith Moon passed away at the very young age of 32, on September 7th, 1978. Rest in peace, Keith Moon.

Frank Zappa - Saturday Night Live - 1978 - promo pic

On this day in 1978Frank Zappa is the musical guest and host on Saturday Night Live. Rest in peace, Frank Zappa.

Living Colour - Glamour Boys - promo single sleeve - 1988-89

On October 21st, 1989Living Colour reaches #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with Glamour Boys. This song was Living Colour’s fourth single released from their 1988 debut studio album: Vivid.

Def Leppard - When Love & Hate Collide - promo single sleeve

On this day in 1995Def Leppard reached number two on the U.K. Singles Chart with When Love & Hate Collide. This song would be Def Leppard’s biggest hit in their home country, while only reaching #58 in the United States.

David Lee Roth - Crazy From The Heat - promo book cover pic - #69DD

On October 21st, 1997 – The ever charismatic David Lee Roth released his autobiography Crazy From The Heat. Diamond Dave’s autobiography revealed stories about his days in Van Halen and as a solo artist. Rock climbing and stories of his childhood were also covered. Crazy From The Heat also ranked at #13 in Rolling Stone’s The 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs Of All Time.

Alice Cooper - Warner Brothers promo card - circa early 70s

On this day in 1998Alice Cooper filed a lawsuit against KISS, claiming their song Dreamin’ sounded too similar to his band’s iconic hit single I’m Eighteen. This suit would be settled out of court the following year. Dreamin’ is a song from the 1998 KISS studio album: Psycho Circus.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Anthology - promo book cover

On October 21st, 2006Bob Seger sang America The Beautiful before Game 1 of the 2006 World Series at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. This marked the 102nd Major League Baseball World Series, with the St. Louis Cardinals defeating the Detroit Tigers: 4 games to 1.

Evanescence - The Open Door - promo album cover pic - #AL

On this day in 2006Evanescence were at #1 on the U.S. album chart with their second album The Open Door. This release became the 700th #1 album in Billboard, since the chart became a weekly feature, dating back to 1956.

Cynthia Kereluk - work out - promo cover pic - #334

Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions - promo album banner pic - 2014

On October 21st, 2011Paul Rodgers, famously known as vocalist for Free, Bad Company, The Firm, The Law and Queen + Paul Rodgers, became a Canadian citizen during an hour-long ceremony at Central City Tower in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Paul Rodgers has been married to former Miss Canada Cynthia Kereluk since 2007.

Slipknot - 5 The Gray Chapter - promo cover pic - 2014PG

On this day in 2014Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter is released. This marks the first Slipknot studio album without the late, beloved founding member, songwriter and bassist Paul Gray. This album also marks the first without drummer Joey Jordison. The new drummer’s name has not been revealed. Metal be thy name. Rest in peace, Paul Gray.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Steve Lukather - Transition - promo cover pic - #2013SL

Steve Lukather- legendary guitarist for Toto and revered solo artist was born on October 21st, 1947. Happy Birthday, Steve! Whoa! Steve Lukather is also a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and arranger. A true man of music is Steve Lukather.


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On This Day In METAL History – October 20th…

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

Monster Mash - Bobby Boris Pickett - promo single cover - #1962BP

On October 20th, 1962, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers began a two-week stop at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with Monster Mash. The song had been banned by The BBC in the UK, as it was deemed offensive. Monster Mash would become a #3 hit in the UK eleven years later, in 1973.

Joe Walsh - the smoker you drink the player you get - promo cover pic

On this day in 1973Joe Walsh hits #23 with Rocky Mountain Way, a song featured on his 1973 studio album: The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get.

Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same - movie poster promo - #RP1

On October 20th, 1976 – Led Zeppelin’s movie The Song Remains the Same premiered at movie theaters in the United States.

MTV logo - classic logo - #9987

On this day in 1990 - MTV announces its MTV’s Radio Station contest, by giving away a radio station and $10,000.

On October 20th, 1991 - MTV Brazil presents its Top 100 Countdown Show, in celebration of its 1st anniversary.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Tom Petty - Creem promo magazine cover - october 1985


Born on October 20th, 1950 was Tom Petty. Happy Birthday, Tom! Yeah! Famously known for his band Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, this music legend was also a member of the American/British supergroup: The Traveling Wilburys. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002. Above photo: Creem magazine, October 1985 issue.

Al Greenwood - Foreigner - keyboards - circa late 70's - #2754AG


1951, Born on October 20th, 1951 was Alan Greenwood. Happy Birthday, Alan! Alan Greenwood was a founding member and keyboardist for Foreigner, playing on Foreigner (1977), Double Vision (1978) and Head Games (1979). Alan also played keyboards on Joe Lynn Turner’s debut solo album from 1985: Rescue You.

Mitch Lucker - RIP - image - November 1st - 2012


Born on October 20th, 1984 was Mitch Lucker. Mitch was a singer, songwriter and founding member of the Extreme Metal band: Suicide Silence. Mitch Lucker passed away, way too young, in 2012, due to injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash.


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On This Day In METAL History – October 19th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

The Yardbirds - Over Under Sideways Down - German Album Sleeve - 1966JB

On October 19th, 1966The Yardbirds landed in New York to embark on their first U.S. tour. Lead guitarist Jeff Beck left the band after the first two concerts due to acute tonsillitis and Jimmy Page shortly took over as lead guitarist. Jeff Beck would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group. Top photo: U.S. album cover version of Over Under Sideways Down, released by Epic Records in 1966.

Cream - Goodbye - promo album cover pic - 1969C

On this day in 1968Cream performed at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, on the band’s farewell tour. Three live recordings were made at this concert which were later featured on the Goodbye album; this final Cream album was released in 1969.

Bachman Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile - promo cover pic - #BTO1

On October 19th, 1974Bachman-Turner Overdrive reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with their third studio album: Not Fragile. This milestone album for BTO spent one week on top of the chart and features the FM radio classics: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet and Roll On Down The Highway.

ACDC - Classic Band Logo - #10014

On this day in 1980AC/DC began a UK tour of 20 dates, with the first venue being at Bristol Colston Hall. This was AC/DC’s first tour since the tragic death of their vocalist Bon Scott. The new AC/DC vocalist for this tour was none other than: Brian Johnson.

Pearl Jam - Vs - promo album cover pic - #PJ1

On October 19th, 1993Pearl Jam released Vs., their second studio album. This album would debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Vs. sold (a then-record setting) 950,378 copies during its first week of release.

Rush - Test For Echo - promo album cover pic - #33038

On this day in 1996Rush kicked off their tour supporting their sixteenth studio album, Test for Echo, at the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, New York. This would be a tour without an opening act for Rush, a decision which has continued on Rush tours to this very day.

Nirvana - From The Muddy Banks of the Wishkah - Live - promo cover pic - #1KC

On October 19th, 1996Nirvana achieved #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the fourth and final time, with their live album: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah. This live album spent one week on top of the chart.

Kiss - Monster Japan Tour - 2013 - promo flyer - #KISSPS7

2013 – On this day in KISSTORY – October 19, 2013, KISS kicked off their Japanese Monster Tour at Makuhari Messe Arena in Tokyo.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Pete Loeffler - PRS Guitars - promo endorsement poster - Chevelle


Born on October 19th, 1976 – Pete Loeffler, the very talented lead guitarist and lead vocalist for Chevelle. Happy Birthday Pete! Whoa! Chevelle are a world-famous Alternative Metal/Modern Hard Rock band originating from Illinois, with seven studio albums to their credit since 1995.


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KISS ROCKS VEGAS November 5th -23rd – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 18, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

KISS - Rocks Vegas - November 2014 - promo flyer - #18TT

As reported on the KISS Facebook page:

Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS celebrate 40 years as music icons with their first-ever residency, KISS Rocks Vegas, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas starting Wednesday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 23. Show time is 8 p.m.

Tickets for KISS Rocks Vegas are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Hard Rock Hotel box office, or charge-by-phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. VIP ticket and room and show packages are available at

“What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it. We intend to blow the roof off the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,” said Gene Simmons, founding member of KISS.

Four decades after beginning its exemplary journey as one of the leading rock ‘n’ roll bands in the world, KISS continues to make waves with one of the loudest, most over-the-top, non-stop parties at The Joint. Designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live, the chart-topping band will unleash its signature elaborate set designs, jam-packed set list, intense pyrotechnics and much more for nine of the biggest shows in KISS performance history.

“KISS Army, get ready! America’s most iconic band is coming to America’s most exciting city. Rock and Rock Hall of Famers KISS are bringing their show to Las Vegas for their first-ever residency. For 40 years, KISS has been putting on some of the most exciting shows in music and we finally got them where they should be – Las Vegas – at The Joint. We couldn’t be more excited to see what they’re gearing up for!” exclaimed Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking for AEG Live Las Vegas.

KISS Rocks Vegas Dates:

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Friday, Nov. 7

Saturday, Nov. 8

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Friday, Nov. 14

Saturday, Nov. 15

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Saturday, Nov. 22

Sunday, Nov. 23

*show time is 8 p.m.


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On This Day In METAL History – October 18th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, music reviews, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 18, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced - promo poster - 1967 - #67JH

On October 18th, 1966The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed their first concert as a band, supporting French pop star Johnny Hallyday, at the Paris Olympia in France. The original lineup was: Jimi Hendrix on guitar & vocals, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. All three of these legendary pioneers of Metal are no longer with us, still, their music and influence will carry on forever.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower - single cover sleeve promo - 1968JHE

On this day in 1968 – A Jimi Hendrix cover version of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower is released. This song is featured on the 1968 iconic double-album: The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceElectric Ladyland.

Sweet - The Ballroom Blitz - promo single cover sleeve - 1975BC

On October 18th, 1975Sweet hits #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the United States, with The Ballroom Blitz. This song is featured on the third studio album from Sweet, released in 1974: Desolation Boulevard.

Star Wars - Classic Logo - Yellow & Black - #1977GL

On this day in 1977 Star Wars, George Lucas‘ record breaking and iconic Science Fiction adventure, is released in theaters. Metal Odyssey’s very own Stone claims: Star Wars is so freaking cool that it’s Metal. Metal be thy name!

Guns N Roses - Classic Logo - #551966GNR

On October 18th, 1989 – During a Guns N’ Roses set supporting The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Axl Rose announced he was quitting from the band. On the following night, Axl Rose apologized for saying that he would quit and proceeded to deliver a five-minute anti-drug speech.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Chuck Berry - The Ultimate Collection - promo cover pic

Chuck Berry - Greatest Hits - promo cover pic - #20145CB


On October 18th, 1926 – Charles (“Chuck”) Edward Anderson Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Happy Birthday Chuck Berry! Whoa! The super-duper legendary Chuck Berry is aka: The Father Of Rock & Roll. Chuck Berry is famously known for his 1950’s hits: Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music and Johnny B. Goode. A true Rock & Roll pioneer is Chuck Berry and his influence has touched many generations of musicians, across the globe!

Reo Speedwagon -  Playlist - The Very Best Of - promo cover pic - #2003REO


On October 18th, 1949 – Gary Richrath was born in Illinois. Happy Birthday, Gary! Yeah! Gary Richrath is most famously known for being a founding member, guitarist and backing vocalist of REO Speedwagon, from 1970 to 1990. Gary Richrath was also a songwriter and producer for REO Speedwagon. Gary has sung on several REO songs, including Find My Fortune from 1973 and (Only A) Summer Love from 1976. Gary is shown in top photo, (circa early 80’s), in the left top corner.

Richrath - Only The Strong Survive - Gary Richrath - 1992 solo album promo cover

 In 1992, Gary released a solo album: RichrathOnly The Strong Survive.


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On This Day In METAL History – October 17th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 17, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Free - Fire And Water - promo album cover pic - 1970PR

On October 17th, 1970Free peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with All Right Now. This song was to be their only single to reach the U.S. top 40. The Free band lineup included: Paul Rodgers on vocals, Paul Kossoff on guitar, Andy Fraser on bass/piano and Simon Kirke on drums.

KISS - Hot In The Shade - promo cover pic - 1989K

Above: KISS – Hot In The Shade album cover

On this day in KISSTORY – October 17th, 1989KISS released their Gold album, Hot In The Shade. This spectacular KISS album spawned 3 major hit songs: Rise To It, Hide Your Heart and the power ballad Forever, with each respective song having its own hit music video on the MTV rotation. Hot In The Shade is the 15th studio album release, within the KISS discography.

Sadly, this was the last KISS studio album to feature the great Eric Carr on drums. Eric Carr passed away from cancer in 1991, at the very young age of 41. On Hot In The Shade, Eric Carr sang lead vocals on the song Little Caesar. The only other song Eric Carr sang lead vocals for, while with KISS, was the remake of the classic: Beth, which is featured on 1988’s Thrashes, Smashes & HitsBruce Kulick was the lead guitarist, with legends Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons rounding out the band lineup.

Firehouse - When I Look Into Your Eyes - single promo cover pic - 1992

Above: Firehouse When I Look Into Your Eyes – single cover

Firehouse - Hold Your Fire - promo album pic - 1992CJ

Above: Firehouse – Hold Your Fire album cover

On this day in 1992Firehouse hits #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with When I Look Into Your Eyes. This hit single is featured on the second studio album from Firehouse, released in 1992: Hold Your Fire. Regardless that Grunge was the fashion genre of this era, Firehouse proved that a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band could still sell millions of albums in the early 90’s.

Aerosmith - band publicity card - #ST88

On October 17th, 1998 – An Aerosmith concert in Holmdel, New Jersey, was webcast with the band members acting as their own camera men. Steven Tyler used a microwave camera on his mic stand, while guitarist Joe Perry had one attached to the neck of his guitar. Whoa!

Iommi - Tony Iommi - debut solo album promo pic - 2000TI

Above: IOMMI – debut solo album cover

On this day in 2000 – Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi released his debut solo album Iommi. This album featured many guest appearances with the famed likes of: Henry Rollins of Black Flag and Rollins BandQueen guitarist Brian May, Billy Idol, Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters singer & guitarist Dave Grohl, Phil Anselmo of Pantera and DownThe Cult’s lead vocalist Ian Astbury and Tony Iommi’s Black Sabbath bandmates Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward, to name a many few! Not a shabby roll-call of heavy-hittin’ legends!

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Motionless In White - promo band pic - album release flyer - reincarnate - 2014


On October 17th, 1986 – Born Chris Cerulli, in the great state of Pennsylvania, Chris Motionless is a founding member, songwriter and lead vocalist for Motionless In White. Happy Birthday, Chris! Hell and yeah!!

Motionless In White originates from Scranton, Pennsylvania and can be described in musical terms as a combination of Metalcore, Goth and Horror. Motionless In White have recently released (on September 16th) their 3rd studio album: Reincarnate. Chris Motionless is pictured above, in the center of his band.

Mike Judge - photo owned by Gage Skidmore - 2011


Photo courtesy of/owned by Gage Skidmore.

Mike Judge was born on October 17th, 1962Mike Judge rose to world-fame as an American filmmaker, comedian, actor and cartoonist. Mike Judge created and starred in the animated television series Beavis and Butt-head (1993–1997, 2011) and King of the Hill (1997–2010), along with a very long line of other artistic achievements. Happy Birthday, Mike! Whoa!

Beavis and Butt-Head aired on MTV, following Headbangers Ball on Saturday nights. As a major feature of the animated series, Beavis and Butt-Head were/still are famously known as animated characters that made non-stop satirical comments about numerous Heavy Metal music videos of the day. Shown in photo above: Mike Judge at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego.

Beavis and Butt-Head - title card - promo - Mike Judge - #33


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On This Day In METAL History – October 16th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

The New Yardbirds - 1969 Live Rarities LP - After Hours Bootleg - #1969

On this day in 1968The New Yardbirds performed their first concert. The band would later incarnate into Led Zeppelin. Shown above: The New Yardbirds- ’69 Live Rarities album (After Hours bootleg).

Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland - promo cover pic - #1965

On October 16th, 1968The Jimi Hendrix Experience released the double album Electric Ladyland. This would be the band’s third and final album.

The Rolling Stones - Its only rock n roll - promo cover pic - 1974

On October 16th, 1974 – The twelfth British and fourteenth American studio album from The Rolling Stones was released: It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Tony Carey - Storyville - promo album cover pic


Born on October 16th, in 1953 – Multi-instrumentalist and producer Tony Carey. Happy Birthday, Tony! Whoa! Tony Carey is famously known for his musical work with Planet P Project, along with numerous solo albums. From 1975 to 1977, Tony Carey played keyboards for Rainbow, appearing on Rising, On Stage and Live In Germany.

Tony played synthesizer on the 1977 Pat Travers album: Puttin’ It Straight. Two Sinner albums, No More Alibis (1992) and Respect (1993) were produced by Tony Carey. The number of albums that the legendary Tony Carey either produced or appeared on as a musician number in the dozens. Pictured above is Tony’s 1990 solo album: Storyville.

Hellyeah - promo band pic - #31377


Born on October 16th, 1971 – Metal vocalist Chad Gray. Happy Birthday, Chad! Man, Whoa! Chad Gray is famously known for fronting and forming two incredibly successful Metal bands: Mudvayne and Hellyeah. Chad Gray can kick some serious ass as a vocalist and Metal Odyssey says so. Chad Gray is pictured above, in the center of the photo, with Hellyeah.

Flea - bass player magazine cover - promo - 2002


Born on October 16th, 1962Flea, the famed bassist, songwriter and co-founding member of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Happy Birthday, Flea! Right on! Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, in 2012; presented by Chris Rock. Pictured above: Flea on the August 2002 cover of Bass Player magazine.


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