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On This Day In METAL History – November 23rd – AC/DC “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on November 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

ACDC - For Those About To Rock We Salute You - promo cover pic - #1981BJAY

On November 23rd, 1981AC/DC released their eighth studio album, For Those About to Rock (We Salute You. This album went on to become AC/DC’s first time to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) went on to sell four million (plus) copies in the United States. Singles from this legendary album included the title track and Let’s Get It Up. Other notable classics on this album are: Inject The Venom, Put The Finger On You, C.O.D. and Evil Walks.

For Those About To Rock We Salute You - back cover - promo pic - #1981

Above: back cover of album jacket, with track list and album credits.

This memorable and influential AC/DC album was recorded in Paris, France. Released via Atlantic Records, the total playing time on this album is: 40:10 and was produced by the legendary Robert John “Mutt” Lange. This marked the second studio album for AC/DC with the great Brian Johnson on lead vocals. It is hard for me to realize, that three decades have passed since the release of this album. It may sound cliché, still, it feels like it was yesterday when this album released. What is so amazing is after all these years, AC/DC will be releasing, within days, yet another new studio album: Rock Or Bust.  Amazing.

For Those About To Rock We Salute You - gatefold - promo pic - #1981BJ

Above: album jacket gatefold featuring live band photo.

I remember receiving For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) on vinyl, as a Christmas gift from my parents, back in 1981. Even back then, I always got the impression that everyone was into AC/DC; heck, it still feels that way in 2014 and rightfully so. Even though it’s been so many years passed, my favorite song on this album is Let’s Get It Up. During my first weeks of owning this album, I remember putting the needle down  to just this song at least a couple of dozen times a day. Or so it seemed. I remember, as a young teen, locking myself away and enjoying this album, as if it was sweet sonic nectar from the Rock Gods. This album still psyches me out to this day, I shall gladly confess.

To this day, I consider For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) as the heaviest AC/DC album ever released. I’ll let the songs do the talking for me. Many may agree or disagree with me. Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale disagrees with me. He claims Flick Of The Switch from 1983 is AC/DC’s heaviest release. I respect his point too. I guess it all depends on how any album hits you, one person’s heavy does differ from another.

ACDC - For Those About To Rock We Salute You - CD back cover - promo pic - #1981AY

Above: back cover to the CD. Somehow, over the years, someone decided to change the order of the track list. Compare for yourself, with the back cover to the vinyl album jacket at (near) top of this post. It’s one of those go figure mysteries.

I unfortunately never did catch AC/DC on their tour supporting this terrific album. Being 15 years old without a driver’s license didn’t help. Plus my Metal buddies back then were either my age or younger. Forget asking the parents back then, the last thing they wanted to do was drop off a group of early teen boys at an AC/DC concert at night and in a major city; things were totally different back then, where I lived anyways. As I look back on it all now, my parents did the right thing.

I did eventually get to see AC/DC in concert; only on two occasions which I am still very grateful for. The two times I caught AC/DC in concert were: 1988′s Blow Up Your Video Tour (with Scott Coverdale) and the Razors Edge Tour back in 1990 (with my future wife). Both concerts were at the Hartford Civic Center, (now known as the XL Center), in Hartford, Connecticut. Therefore, I guess I am overdue to see AC/DC live again! Everyone seems to have an album or group of albums that just takes them down Metal memory lane; I have dozens of those albums and this AC/DC gem is righteously one of them. Metal be thy name. – Stone.


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

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock 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.

Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day - promo album banner - 2013 - #02

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.

Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy - deluxe - reissue - promo pic - 2014

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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On This Day In METAL History – November 21st…

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

Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure - promo 45rpm - vinyl single - #1981

On November 21st, 1981Queen and David Bowie’s collaboration single, Under Pressure, tops the U.K. charts. Oddly, it only reaches #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the United States.

A Christmas story - promo movie poster pic - #1984BB

On this day in 1984 – The comedy/family film, A Christmas Story, was released to theaters on the wide-screen. This film is shown on television today, during the Christmas season, via every cable channel you can possibly think of! A Christmas Story starred: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley and Ian Petrella. The central theme of this story is the little son Ralph “Ralphie” Parker wishes for only one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder, carbine-action, 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock. The rest is truly comedy film history.

Space Rage - promo movie poster pic - #1986SR

On November 21st, 1986 – The Science Fiction/Western Film, Space Rage was released to theaters on the wide-screen. Space Rage starred: Richard Farnsworth, Michael Pare, John Laughlin and Lee Purcell.

Poison - I wont forget you - promo single sleeve - cover promo - #1987

On this day in 1987Poison hits #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their power ballad: I Won’t Forget You. This song is featured on the 1987 debut Poison album: Look What The Cat Dragged In.

Billy Idol - Mony Mony Live - promo single sleeve - #1987BI

On November 21st, 1987 –  Billy Idol reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only time with Mony Mony, a cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ classic.

Aerosmith - The Simpsons - Flaming Moes - promo animated pic - #1991

On this day in 1991Aerosmith were the first Rock band to have a guest appearance on The Simpsons. Aerosmith performed their legendary hit, Walk This Way, at Moe’s Tavern. This was the tenth episode of the third season of The Simpsons.

Kiss - Alive! - 1975 - 2000 - Box Set - promo cover pic - #1996

On this day in KISSTORY – November 21st, 2006 – KISS released their 4 CD box set: KISS ALIVE! 1975 – 2000. Whoa, what a package!

Iron Maiden - promo band pic - #6671121

On November 21st, 2006 – The mighty IRON MAIDEN performed a live concert in Oslo, Norway. This was one of many stops on IRON MAIDEN’s Nordic Tour ’06.


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KISS – European Concerts 2015 – Concert Club Ticket Pre-Sales Live Now!

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

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

2015 European Concerts

As reported on the KISS Facebook page:

KISS Concert Club exclusive ticket / VIP package pre-sales are taking place now for the following KISS European concerts:

June 02 – O2 Arena – Hamburg, Germany

June 03 – O2 Arena – Berlin, Germany

June 04 – Leipzig Arena – Leipzig, Germany

June 08 – Prague O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

June 11 – Verona Arena – Verona, Italy

June 18 – Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, Holland

If you are a KISS Concert Club member already, log in now to get your access code.

If you are not a member, join the KISS Concert Club now at to get access to these pre-sales.


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On This Day In METAL History – November 20th…

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

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Joe Walsh - Analog Man - promo cover pic!


On November 20th, 1947, Joe Walsh was born, in Wichita, Kansas. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Joe! Yeah! Famously known as the guitarist for the Eagles and  James Gang, Joe Walsh has also achieved a very successful solo music career as well, releasing eleven studio albums along with two live albums. The Eagles, with Joe Walsh as a member, were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the class of 1998.

Many of his timeless Rock classics include, among many: Rocky Mountain Way, Life’s Been Good, All Night Long, In My Car, Funk #49, Ordinary Average Guy and A Life Of Illusion. Joe Walsh is a multi-instrumentalist and has also played for Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Photo above: Analog Man from 2012.

Davey Havok - publicity photo - #2013DH


On November 20th, 1975, Davey Havok was born in New York. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Davey! Whoa! Davey Havok is most famous for being the lead singer, songwriter and co-founding member of AFI. Davey also is the lead singer, lyricist and co-founder of Blaqk Audio and was the lead singer for the Horror Punk supergroup: Son Of Sam.


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On This Day In METAL History – November 19th…

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

Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize - promo single cover - #80KDFBCC

On November 19th, 1983Quiet Riot hits #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, with their hit cover version of Cum On Feel the Noise. This song was originally released in 1973 by the legendary Slade and their version hit #1 in the United Kingdom. This song is featured on Quiet Riot’s third studio album from 1983: Metal Health. This multi-platinum selling album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and is regarded as the first Heavy Metal album to reach #1 on the Billboard Chart.

Cinderella - Dont Know What You Got (Till Its Gone) - promo single cover sleeve - 7 inch

On this day in 1988Cinderella hits #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, with their hit Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone). This song is featured on Cinderella’s second studio album from 1986: Long Cold Winter.

Vixen - limited edition - cut to shape - picture disc - edge of a broken heart - promo pic

On November 19th, 1988Vixen hits #26 on the Billboard Hot 100, with their hit Edge of a Broken Heart. This song is featured on Vixen’s 1988 self-titled debut album. This cool song was written by Richard Marx and Fee Waybill.

Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine - promo cover pic - #8800BJ

On this day in 1988Bon Jovi hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their hit Bad Medicine. This song is featured on Bon Jovi’s fourth studio album, 1988′s New Jersey.

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

On November 19th, 1994Nirvana entered the Billboard 200 Albums Chart at #1 with MTV Unplugged In New York. This album went on to sell five million copies in the United States, alone.

Motley Crue - band promo pic - band logo - 2014 - #771984

On this day in 1998Mötley Crüe opened their retail store S’crue in Los Angeles on Melrose Avenue. Vocalist Vince Neil helped open the front door during the grand-opening, making three huge cuts with a chainsaw. The store would eventually close two months later.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Matt Sorum - Modern Drummer - cover feature - February 2005 - #001MS

Matt Sorum - Fierce Joy - Statosphere - solo album promo flyer - 2014 - #33MSBB


Born on November 19th, 1960, in California was Matt Sorum. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Matt! Man, whoa! Matt Sorum is a world-class drummer and famously known as drumming and/or recording for such prominent acts: Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult, Slash’s Snakepit and Johnny Crash among others.

Matt’s current projects are Kings Of Chaos and Fierce Joy. Kings Of Chaos are a touring all-star band of rotating musicians, playing cover songs and songs from their respective bands. Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy – Stratosphere was released on March 11th, 2014, in the United States, to widespread critical acclaim.

Above photo top: Modern Drummer cover feature, (USA), February 2005 issue. Above photo bottom: Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy – Stratosphere promo album flyer.


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On This Day In METAL History – November 18th – It’s A Rockin’ Birthday Bash For Herman Rarebell, Rudy Sarzo And Kirk Hammett!

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

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Herman Rarebell & Friends - Hermans Scorpions Songs - promo cover pic - 2014



On November 18th, 1949, Herman Rarebell was born. Happy Rockin’ Birthday, Herman! Whoa, yeah! Herman “Ze German” Rarebell is a world-class drummer and most famously known as the drummer for the legendary Scorpions. From 1977 to 1996, Herman recorded, toured, wrote and co-wrote songs for the Scorpions, helping the band to achieve dozens of Gold and Platinum records, along with wide-spread sold-out shows in both arenas and stadiums.

Herman Rarebell has remained active in the music scene, since his departure from the Scorpions. His newest album, Herman Rarebell & Friends – Herman’s Scorpions Songs, will be released in the U.S. on this coming December 16th. This new album from Herman features vocalists: Tony Martin, Don Dokken, Doogie White, Bobby Kimball and more! Herman has also written an autobiography: And Speaking Of Scorpions….

Rudy Sarzo - US Rockstar - magazine - promo cover pic - December 2013

Quiet Riot - circa 1983 - publicity band card - #1984KD

QUIET RIOT – Classic lineup (circa 1983) L to R: Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali, Kevin DuBrow and Carlos Cavazo.


On November 18th, 1950, Rudy Sarzo was born in Havana, Cuba. Happy Rockin’ Birthday, Rudy! Whoa! Rudy Sarzo is famously known as the former bassist for Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot and Whitesnake. Rudy Sarzo has also played bass and/or recorded for the legendary DIO, WhiteSnakeYngwie MalmsteenBlue Öyster Cult, Geoff Tate’s Queensrÿche and Animetal USA. If you follow Rudy Sarzo on Twitter, you will be easily convinced he is a champion of animals and their well-being.

Above top photo: Rudy Sarzo cover feature for U.S. Rockstar Magazine (December 2013).

Kirk Hammett - Terrorizer - cover feature - promo pic - #2014KHMH


On November 18th, 1962, Kirk Hammett was born in California. Happy Metal Birthday, Kirk! Hell, yeah! Kirk Hammett is famously known as the lead guitarist for the super-legendary Metallica. Besides being a classic member of (probably) the greatest Metal band that ever existed, Kirk also was a founding member of the ravenous Exodus.

In short, Kirk Hammett is a pioneer and legend of Thrash Metal and helped give The Bay Area its real fame. Kirk is also a very successful entrepreneur, putting his name and creativity on items from guitar straps to horror collectables. Besides being recognized as one of music history’s greatest guitarists, Kirk Hammett along with his Metallica bandmates, were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for the class of 2009.


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