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On This Day In METAL History – October 29th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Kiss - Paul Lynde - Halloween Special 1976 - trading card

Paul Lynde - Halloween Special - 1976 - DVD promo cover pic

On this day in KISSTORY – October 29, 1976 – KISS appeared on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special. Paul Lynde was a very famous American comedian and actor, best known for his television specials and regular appearance on the hit televised game show, Hollywood Squares, where he sat as a regular in the center square. Sadly, Paul Lynde passed away in January of 1982, at the young age of 55. Rest in peace, Paul Lynde.

Meat Loaf "Bat Out Of Hell" large album pic!!

On October 29th, 1977Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf entered the Billboard 200 album chart. This iconic studio album of Rock and Hard Rock went on to spend 82 weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart, reaching its peak at #14. Bat Out Of Hell went on to sell 14 million copies in the United States alone. The song composer for this album was the legendary Jim Steinman.

The Who - Its Hard - promo album cover pic - 1982

On this day in 1982The Who hits #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their single Athena. This song is featured on The Who’s tenth studio album from 1982: It’s Hard.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Kevin DuBrow - Rock-Metal - magazine cover promo - Oct - 1984

On October 29th, 1955, Kevin DuBrow was born. Kevin DuBrow was the charismatic lead singer and co-songwriter for Quiet Riot. Sadly, Kevin DuBrow passed away in November of 2007, at the young age of 52. As a co-founding member of Quiet Riot, Kevin DuBrow helped launch and relaunch this band into Heavy Metal superstardom.

Quiet Riot - promo band poster pic - circa 1983-1984 - #83

Classic Quiet Riot Lineup, circa 1983-84

From L to R: Kevin DuBrow, Frankie Banali, Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo.

Quiet Riot became the first Heavy Metal band to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with their studio album Metal Health; this Metal milestone happened in 1983. Subsequently, Metal Health spent 74 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Above top photo is a Kevin DuBrow cover feature for Rock! Metal magazine  from October of 1984. Rest in peace, Kevin DuBrow.


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On This Day In METAL History – October 26th…

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock, rock music news, music news with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride - 45 single - promo pic - #1968S - yellow

On October 26th, 1968Steppenwolf hits #3 in the U.S. with their hit Magic Carpet Ride. This classic song is featured on the second studio album from Steppenwolf: The Second. How’s that for a play on words? Read it all again if you didn’t get it. Whoa!

Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds - promo single cover sleeve - #69EP

On this day in 1969Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley was a hit, everywhere. Yup.

FOREIGNER "Head Games" large promo album pic

On October 26th, 1979Foreigner hits #12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with Dirty White Boy. This Hard Rock classic is featured on Foreigner’s fabulous third studio album: Head Games.

Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure - promo single sleeve cover - #QDB15

On this day in 1981Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie was released as a single. This eventual classic song would later peak at #29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Extreme - Hole Hearted - promo single sleeve cover pic - #1991E

On October 26th, 1991Extreme hits #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with Hole Hearted. This mid-tempo acoustical song is featured on Extreme’s second studio album from 1990: Extreme II: Pornograffitti. This Extreme album is also certified double-platinum in the U.S., by the RIAA.

RUSH - 2112 - promo cover pic!

On this day in 20062112 by RUSH was named a MasterWork in Canadian sound recording, by The Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada. This historic ceremony took place at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Canada. This prestigious honor ensured that 2112 would be preserved for future generations. 2112 was released back in 1976 and is the fourth studio album from RUSH.

Aerosmith - Back On The Road Tour - promo band pic - band logo - 2011

On October 26th, 2011 – The mighty Aerosmith performed at the Personal Rock Festival in Asunción, Paraguay, at Jockey Club Paraguayo. This concert was part of Aerosmith’s 2011 Back On The Road Tour.

Sleep Tight - promo movie poster - #2012OCT26

On this day in 2012 – The Spanish Horror film, Sleep Tight, was released in the United States. This fright flick was directed by Jaume Balagueró.

Silent Hill Revelation 3D - promo movie poster pic - 2012

On October 26th, 2012 – The Horror film, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, was released in theaters. This scary flick was written and directed by Michael J. Bassett.

King Diamond - North American Tour - 2014 - promo banner

On this day in 2014 – The legendary King Diamond is performing tonight at The Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah. Metal be thy name!


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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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Machines Learning – Release Self-Titled Album On Bleeding Light Records

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

Machines Learning - promo album cover pic - 2014 - #ML011

Bleeding Light Records is happy to announce that MACHINES LEARNING self-titled album is now available on vinyl and digital formats.

San Diego’s MACHINES LEARNING are a band that show the listener that there is more than one way to be dark and dramatic. Incorporating elements of post-rock, shoegaze and several other creative styles, MACHINES LEARNING carve a faded and rustic canyon through your ears.

Equal parts abrasive and accessible, MACHINES LEARNING recently released their self titled full length in June and have now joined with Bleeding Light Records for a digital and limited vinyl release of the album. Limited and signed versions of the vinyl, as well as digital versions are available now at Bleeding Light Records.

Order and stream the album at this location: 


“The ‘atmospheric’ will definitely come in on tracks such as “this destroyed me”, an instrumental treat which uses just the right amount of effects before leading into the chord-heavy, structured guitar and slightly syncopated, heartbeat-driven drum patterns that are very customary to the group, and heard throughout the album.” -The IndieSD

“With crunchy chords that induce a dreamy gaze and generate heavy fields of sonic thrust, Machines Learning has taken cues from Billy Corgan and Kevin Shields and interprets these influences well. ” -Letters From A Tapehead

I catch myself starting to hum along to them. I can’t however stop drawing musical comparisons to some great guitar bands from said 90s, and especially the early Smashing Pumpkins come to mind. -Echoes & Dust


(Source: Dewar PR)






On This Day In METAL History – October 20th…

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


* For more info on KISS:





On This Day In METAL History – October 8th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Led Zeppelin II - promo cover pic - original cover - #LZ4

On October 8th, 1971 – Led Zeppelin II was enjoying its 100th week on the UK album charts. It was Led Zeppelin’s first album to hit #1 in the United States. Led Zeppelin II is certified 12 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for United States sales of 12 million copies.

ZZ Top 1

On this day in 1987 – All three members of ZZ Top made advance bookings for seats on the first passenger flight to the Moon. That flight is still pending… and pending…

Metallica - And Justice For All - promo cover pic - #M89

On October 8th, 1988 – Metallica peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with …And Justice for All. This was their first album to reach the top ten in the United States. …And Justice For All goes on to sell eight million copies in the United States.

Cheap Trick - Don't Be Cruel - single cover promo pic

On October 8th, 1988 – Cheap Trick peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of Don’t Be Cruel. This was the first Elvis Presley cover song to enter the Top 10 in the United States since Elvis Presley’s death. Pictured above is the 12″ vinyl single cover art for Don’t Be Cruel.

Def Leppard - Love Bites - CD promo cover pic

On this day in 1988 – Def Leppard hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with Love Bites. This marked the band’s fifth single from their multi-million selling Hysteria album. Pictured above is the CD single cover art for Love Bites.

Poison - "Open Up and Say... Ahh! x-large album pic!

Above: the second studio album from Poison.

Below: the 7″ vinyl cover art sleeve for Poison’s Fallen Angel.

Poison - Fallen Angel - single cover art - 1988

On October 8th, 1988 – Poison hits #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with Fallen Angel. This single is featured on the band’s Open Up and Say… Ahh! studio album from 1988.

Aerosmith "Get A Grip" x-large album pic!

On this day in 1993 - Aerosmith hits #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with Cryin’. This single is featured on the band’s 1993 studio album: Get A Grip.


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