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On This Day In METAL History – December 22nd… Happy Rockin’ Birthday, Rick Nielsen Of Cheap Trick!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, Hard Rock, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 22, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Rick Nielsen - US Rockstar - promo magazine cover - January - 2014

Above: January 2014 issue of U.S. Rockstar Magazine.

On December 22nd, 1946, Rick Nielsen was born in Elmhurst, Illinois. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Rick! Whoa, yeah and Metal be thy name! Rick Nielsen is world-famous as the co-founder, guitarist, songwriter and backing vocalist for the amazing Cheap Trick. It’s no secret that the legendary Rick Nielsen has been an innovator and influence during his exemplary Rock ‘N Roll career. From the late John Lennon to Dave Grohl, with Mötley Crüe in between, Rick Nielsen has collaborated with the very best.

Rick Nielsen - Creem - December 1980 - promo cover

Above: December 1980 issue of Creem.

Why Rick Nielsen and Cheap Trick are not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is bewildering to me. Regardless, this post is about celebrating the birthday and Rock ‘N Roll achievements of Rick Nielsen; so onward we venture! Below are several very cool facts about the Rock ‘N Roll career of Rick Nielsen and Cheap Trick. Enjoy! Whoa.

Fuse - promo album cover pic - #1969RN - Rick Nielsen

01Rick Nielsen and Cheap Trick bassist Tom Peterson both belonged to a band named Fuse, before Cheap Trick was formed. Fuse released an eight song album in 1970, via Epic Records. (See photo above).

02 – Cheap Trick have released 16 studio albums since 1977. Cheap Trick have also released 7 live albums and numerous compilations.

03 – Cheap Trick have been featured on 29 movie soundtracks.

04 – Cheap Trick have earned 40 Gold and Platinum recording awards.

Rick Nielsen - original orange five neck guitar - Hamer

Above: Rick Nielsen’s 1981 Hamer (original orange) Five Neck guitar that is now on display at Piece; which is Rick Nielsen’s restaurant in Chicago. Whoa, man, that’s cool!

05 – Rick Nielsen’s father, Ralph Nielsen, was a famous tenor that toured extensively and recorded 40 solo albums. Ralph Nielsen later opened a musical instrument store in Rockford, Illinois. Rick Nielsen moved to Rockford Illinois with his family, at 8 years old.

06 – Rick Nielsen is a self-taught musician who started off playing drums and later switched to guitar.

07 – Adding to Rick Nielsen’s iconic guitar playing and persona is his Hamer custom-made Five Neck guitar, as pictured above and below on the 1997 (self-titled) Cheap Trick album cover. Rick Nielsen owns 3 different Hamer Five Neck guitars.

Cheap Trick - promo album pic - 1997 - #97RNRZTPBEC

Above: 1997 Cheap Trick (self-titled) album cover.

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Rick Nielsen/Cheap Trick facts sources:

http://www.cheaptrick.com

http://onmilwaukee.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE RICK NIELSEN.

LONG LIVE CHEAP TRICK.

Stone.

DEF LEPPARD – LEAD GUITARIST PHIL COLLEN KICKS OFF SUMMER TOUR WITH ONE-OF-A-KIND JACKSON® CUSTOM “X-STROYER” GUITAR

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on July 1, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Phil Collen with new signature model Jackson PC XSTROYER (2)

New Model Celebrates Collen’s Classic Guitars Made Popular 30 Years Ago

LOS ANGELES – When the Def Leppard summer tour kicked off a week ago on Monday, in West Valley City, Utah, Def Leppard fans in attendance were among some of the first to see the brand new Jackson “X-STROYER” guitar, custom-built for Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen. Collen decided to showcase the new guitar during the band’s 2014 summer co-headlining tour with KISS.

Collen’s original guitar was popularized by the iconic Def Leppard music videos for the hit singles, “Rock of Ages,” “Foolin’” and “Photograph.” Collen plans on playing his new, custom Jackson during those songs while on tour.

When asked about his new Jackson X-STROYER Collen stated, “This guitar isn’t an exact carbon copy of my Ibanez Destroyer; it’s aesthetically based on the one I played in Def Leppard’s classic videos ‘Photograph,’ ‘Rock of Ages,’ and ‘Foolin’’ in the 1980’s. Somehow that guitar seemed to take on a life of its own with the fans when they saw it in the videos. However, my new Jackson PC X-STROYER is the exact opposite with regards to the body outline/perimeter. The X-STROYER has a mahogany body with a maple top that looks solid black from a distance. But then when you get up close you can see the beautiful wood grain of the Trans Black finish. It has DiMarzio pickups, a Floyd Rose tremolo with FU Tone titanium block and saddles and a Jackson Sustainer/Driver pickup same as I have in my Jackson PC1s. My X-STROYER has a very thick neck, which also helps the tone. This guitar feels and sounds expensive. The intent while building the new instrument was to have a body shape that invokes the ‘spirit/enthusiasm’ of my classic model, but with a twist. Mike Shannon, Jackson senior master builder, really went overboard for me on this one and I think it’s the best Jackson guitar I’ve ever played.”

Jackson has announced plans to release another Phil Collen signature model that will be available to the public in August. The Jackson PC1 Stealth, a limited edition model from the prolific guitarist’s PC line with Jackson, will have two versions of this limited edition model manufactured with only 25 of each currently being built in Corona, Calif.

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Source: MAD Ink PR

www.madinkpr.com

* For more info on DEF LEPPARD:

Website: http://www.DefLeppard.com

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LONG LIVE PHIL COLLEN.

LONG LIVE DEF LEPPARD.

Stone.

DIO – 30 DIO Artist Series Guitars Available July 10th; On Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday!

Posted in guitars, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Dio - 30th Anniversary Bundle - promo banner admat - 2013

As reported on The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page Facebook:

DIO Fans! As you guys know, July 10th is Ronnie’s Birthday!! July 10th will also mark the release of the limited edition DIO Artist Series Guitar featuring custom Holy Diver artwork. Be one of only 30 people in the world to own this collector’s piece.

Get the DIO ASG on July 10th and get some free gifts courtesy of ASG and Niji Entertainment Group!

www.artistseriesguitar.com/store/guitars/dio.html

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For more info on DIO, click on the links below! Whoa!

Facebook: The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page

http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

DIO DISCIPLES:

Facebook: Dio Disciples

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LONG LIVE THE METAL LEGACY OF DIO.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘n’ ROLL.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

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