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On This Day In METAL History, January 23rd… From Led Zeppelin To Robin Zander

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on January 23, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Led Zeppelin - Boston Tea Party - 1969 - promo concert flyer

On January 23, 1969 – The iconic Led Zeppelin performed at The Boston Tea Party, in Boston Massachusetts. This was the first in a three-night stand at this venue for Led Zeppelin. Ready for this… ticket admission was $3.50 in U.S. funds. Holy crap, WHOA!!

Heart - Theres The Girl - promo promo 45rpm cover sleeve - #1988H

On this day in 1988Heart sits at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their song: There’s The Girl. This hit peaked at #12 and is featured on the Heart studio album from 1987: Bad Animals.

Nickelback - No Fixed Address - promo album cover pic - #201417

On January 23, 2015Nickelback’s new studio album, No Fixed Address, has fallen to #84 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. This album has spent 9 consecutive weeks on this chart and peaked at #4.

Pearl Jam - Ten - promo cover pic - large - #77409

On this day in 2015Pearl Jam Ten returns to the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, sitting at #157. This amazing album has spent 257 non-consecutive weeks on this chart and in 1992 it peaked at #2.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD


Cheap Trick - In Color - promo cover pic - #777CTMO

Above: In Color, the second studio album from Cheap Trick, released in 1977. From L to R: Robin Zander and Tom Petersson.

Robin Zander - publicity photo - #2014RZMO

On January 23rd, 1953, Robin Zander was born. Happy birthday, Robin! Yeah! Robin Zander is famously known as the lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for the super-great Hard Rock legends: Cheap Trick. Robin Zander also has a couple of solo studio albums on his enviable Rockin’ resume; these solo albums were released back in 1993 and 2010, respectively.

Robin Zander - Countryside Blvd - promo album cover - #2010RZMO

Above: Robin Zander’s Countryside BLVD studio album from 2010. It is out-of-print and very, very hard to find. Yes, it’s rare, man. Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale does own an original copy of this CD; he’s damn lucky for that!


Robin Zander joined Cheap Trick after original vocalist Randy “Xeno” Hogan departed from the band. Robin Zander has sung on ALL sixteen Cheap Trick studio albums, along with every live album. During Robin Zander’s spare time, he performs with his (side) band: Robin Zander Band. Long live Robin Zander! Long live Cheap Trick! – Stone

Robin Zander Band - band logo - #2014RZBMO






PINK VELVET KRUSH – Announces New Drummer

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on January 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Joe Larsen - Pink Velvet Krush - promo pic - #2015PVK

PINK VELVET KRUSH welcomes former Gene Loves Jezebel drummer Joe Larsen as the newest member of the band.

“We had a short list of musicians we wanted to look at with Joe being at the top of that list. Joe was the guy that stood out. He is the complete package. His professionalism, experience, style, energy and do what it takes attitude is what landed him the throne. Rehearsals are set, new material is being demoed, and we cannot wait to hit the road and let everyone see what we got. Great things are on the horizon” - PVK

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Joe started playing drums at the age of five. Privately tutored and professionally trained, Joe honed his skills throughout the years joining his first band DIADEM and then moved to Los Angeles, California attending UCLA and graduated with a four-year degree in music. Joe auditioned for the band Rockstar Supernova and then went on to join the band Tommy Had A Vision. Joe did session work and performed at a variety of industry events before getting the gig with Gene Loves Jezebel in 2013.

“As a young boy growing up I have looked up to many artists. I am not just a fan of their timeless music but they are also my musical Idols. Dreaming big in hopes that one day I would to have my Led Zeppelin moment and write my name in Rock & Roll History. Thank you Pink Velvet Krush for this amazing opportunity. The best is still yet to come I look forward to seeing you all on the road with Pink Velvet Krush.” – Joe Larsen

More details and upcoming plans to be announced.



HighVolMusic - banner logo - #1 - 2013

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Pink Velvet Krush





NAZARETH – Band Update For 2015

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on January 4, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Nazareth - promo band banner pic - #2014PA

As written by Pete Agnew (Nazareth bassist and co-founding member) and posted as A Christmas Message on

It’s been a funny kinda year. When we started out in January we weren’t sure if we would be continuing as a band but after playing some rehearsals with Linton —– well you all know what happened.

Because it took some time to put things back together, we didn’t start booking shows until later in the year than we normally do so it ended up with us touring a lot less than previous years.

This won’t be the case in 2015. We still managed to see quite a few of you and were delighted with the reception you gave us. It was always going to be difficult introducing a new singer but we were pleasantly surprised with the reaction to our new guy. He was very, very happy too; as you can imagine he was more than a little nervous taking over the middle mic from Dan.

Anyway, just as we were having a really good time and things were coming together beautifully onstage, Linton contracted a throat virus and we had to end up pulling the second half of our tour. Like I said ‘it’s been a funny kinda year’ and we won’t be sorry to see it end. However, the prospects for next year are looking good and we’re hoping to have a hammering ‘healthy’ start with the UK dates in January.

I’d like to thank you all for the encouragement and good vibes you gave us throughout what was a very trying and important year. With all the ups and downs it was comforting to know you were behind us and we will never forget that. Everyone close to us who works personally with us and makes things happen in any number of different ways have been outstanding this year. We could never thank you enough.

It only remains for me now to wish you all, on behalf of Jimmy, Lee, Linton and myself, a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.


Nazareth - Rock 'N' Roll Telephone - promo album cover pic - #2014PA

Above: cover for Nazareth’s latest album release: Rock ‘N’ Roll Telephone. Release date in USA: June 17th, 2014.



Linton Osborne -Vocals
Pete Agnew – Bass
Jimmy Murrison – Guitar
Lee Agnew – Drums





KROKUS – Hard Rock Legends To Perform At Whiskey A Go Go In May of 2015

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 19, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Krokus - Whiskey A Go Go - 2015 - May 6 - concert flyer - #33779


MAY 6TH, 2015



This legendary club has a capacity of 500 only. So, if you want to be part of history in the making, get your tickets early at


As reported on the KROKUSonline Facebook:


Don’t worry – Fernando (Von Arb) is still an integral part of our band and will perform with KROKUS in the future as well, with the exception of concerts that take place in far away continents (from Switzerland). Such long distance travel is not conducive to his health. So, don’t worry – the band has absolutely no internal personal problems and we enjoyed the best year ever in KROKUS history. This is simply a precaution for Fernando’s sake. We do not want to go overboard and risk anything that can have an impact on the longevity of the band to perform for years to come!

Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom - Live From Da House Of Rust - promo cover pic - #2014MSK

KROKUS Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House Of Rust was released in the USA on April 22nd, 2014, via The End Records.


* For more info on KROKUS:


Facebook: KROKUSonline





CYANIDE – Debut CD Releasing On January 27th; CD Release Party Info

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

Cyanide - Lethal Dose - promo album banner - 2014 - #33

Debut CD from Las Vegas’ Cyanide, to be released worldwide on January 27th 2015. Visit Cyanide CD release party January 31st, 2015 at Vampd Vegas!

Crank it up and watch below:

Cyanide – Drinkin’ and Pump it to Me

At Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill

December 12th – 2014


CYANIDE is a Hard Rock/Metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Currently playing covers and original songs off their debut album. Cyanide can play a 3 hour show of covers from bands such as Motley Crue, Kiss, Queensryche, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ratt, Warrant, L.A. Guns, Bulletboys and more.

CYANIDE can also perform a show consisting entirely of original music. They have opened for such prominent national acts as Skid Row, Stephen Pearcy, Femme Fatale, Black ‘N Blue, and Cheap Thrill.

Cyanide - band logo - 2014 - #7733

Rob Hussey – Vocals

Marc Andrews – Guitar

David Karr – Bass

Ryan Gillan – Drums


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Facebook: Cyanide






On This Day In METAL History – December 16th… And A Rockin’ Birthday Salute To Billy Gibbons!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, movies, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 16, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Hey Joe - 45rpm - single cover sleeve - 1966JH

On December 16th, 1966 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience releases their single Hey Joe in England. This song is featured on their debut studio album from 1966: Are You Experienced?.

Foghat - Night Shift - promo album cover - #1976F

Ted Nugent - Free For All - promo album cover pic - 1976TN

On this day in 1976Foghat and Ted Nugent performed at the Riverfront Coliseum, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Foghat were touring in support of their sixth studio album: Night Shift. Ted Nugent was touring in support of his second studio album: Free-For-All. Whoa!

Blue Oyster Cult - Agents Of Fortune - promo cover pic - #1976

On December 16th, 1977Detective, The Edgar Winter Group and Blue Öyster Cult performed at the Riverfront Coliseum, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Blue Öyster Cult were touring in support of their fourth studio album from 1976: Agents Of Fortune.

KIX - Blow My Fuse - promo album cover pic - #1989K

On this day in 1989 – KIX hits #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their power ballad: Don’t Close Your Eyes. This song is featured on the fourth studio album from KIX, released in 1988: Blow My Fuse.

Whitesnake - Slip Of The Tongue - promo cover pic - #1989DCW

On December 16th, 1989Whitesnake peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with Slip Of The Tongue. This studio album was their second release to land in the Billboard Top 10 Albums Chart. Slip Of The Tongue was the eighth studio album from Whitesnake. Metal be thy name!

Bon Jovi - Living In Sin - 45rpm promo cover sleeve - #1989BJ

On this day in 1989 – Bon Jovi hits #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with Living in Sin. This song is featured on Bon Jovi’s fourth studio album, released in 1988: New Jersey. Living In Sin was the fifth hit song to reach the Billboard Top 10, from the New Jersey album.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Billy Gibbons - Guitar World - January 2012 - #12BGZZ


On December 16th, 1949, Billy Gibbons was born in Houston, Texas. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Billy! Hell, yeah and whoa! Billy Gibbons is world-famous for being an outstanding and influential guitarist for the legendary ZZ Top. As a founding member of ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons is also their lead vocalist and co-songwriter. Billy Gibbons is such an exceptional guitarist that even the late and ultra great Jimi Hendrix was a fan of his. It’s historic Rock And Roll truth.

ZZ Top 1

ZZ Top, from l to r: Dusty Hill (bass), Billy Gibbons (guitar) and Frank Beard (drums).

Billy Gibbons’ first successful band was Moving Sidewalks, a Psychedelic Rock band that supported The Jimi Hendrix Experience on their 1968 Are You Experienced tour for a handful of dates.  A recent Moving Sidewalks reunion took place in 2013, as they performed as headliners at the 2013 Austin Psyche Fest in Austin, Texas.

The Moving Sidewalks - The complete collection - promo cover pic - Billy Gibbons

Above, Billy Gibbons is third from the left! Whoa!

With bluesy Rock as their calling card, ZZ Top eventually evolved into a Hard Rock juggernaut during the 1980’s, selling-out arenas everywhere you looked. The blues have never left ZZ Top and thankfully so. ZZ Top were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, back in 2004.

Top photo: January 2012 issue of Guitar World, Billy Gibbons cover feature.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




FAITHSEDGE – Recruits Stryper Bassist And Mr.Big /Ace Frehley Drummer For 2015 Album

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 13, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Faithsedge - 2015 - promo band banner pic - #2015GF

After back to back albums welcomed by fans and critics alike, Faithsedge featuring lead vocalist/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia and former Dokken guitarist Alex De Rosso will enter the studio in 2015 to record the third Faithsedge installment.

Joining the new lineup will feature Tim Gaines (Stryper) on bass and drummer Matt Starr (Mr.Big /Ace Frehley), which will deliver a crushing new rhythm section.

Taking over production and full-time keys for the album will be Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline) known for his melodically charged keys and excellent productions.

The album has been written by Floridia and the band will start pre-production early in 2015, with plans for release by the end of the year.

Faithsedge’s current record The Answer of Insanity was released in September through Scarlet Records/eOne music.


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