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On This Day In METAL History – May 22nd…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on May 22, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Electric Light Orchestra - Strange Magic - 45rpm - promo cover sleeve - 1976 - #0522ELOMO

On May 22nd, 1976ELO aka Electric Light Orchestra had their hit single, Strange Magic, ranked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, in the United States. This song is featured on ELO’s studio album from 1975: Face The Music.

Cheap Trick - At Budokan - promo album cover pic - 052279CTMO

On May 22nd, 1979 – The great Cheap Trick received their first Platinum album for At Budokan. This live album was initially released in Japan only. At Budokan later released in the United States, after import copies began to soar. If you don’t own this Cheap Trick album, you obviously must collect other people’s nasal hairs. Truth.

Motley Crue - The Dirt - band autobiography  - 0522 - 2002 - MCMO

On May 22nd, 2001 Mötley Crüe released their autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. This autobiography became a New York Times Bestseller. Whoa!

Coal Chamber - Rivals - promo cover pic - 2015

On May 22nd, 2015Coal Chamber have their fourth studio album, Rivals, ranked at #1, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa.






FAITH NO MORE “Sol Invictus” – Available Now!

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

Faith No More - Sol Invictus - Available Now - promo flyer - #052015MOFNM


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Wanna See My JANI LANE Autographed Trading Card? It’s Really Cool…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on May 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Jani Lane - Autographed UD card - front - Metal Odyssey - 2015

That’s it at the top! That’s my Jani Lane autographed trading card and it’s certified authentic (see photo below). This unbelievable piece of Rock ‘N’ Roll history was seeded into packs of Upper Deck Spectrum Of Stars trading cards, which were initially sold around 2008; that’s the date printed on the back of this card, anyways. I bought this Jani Lane gem a couple of years before he passed away. A sports card dealer in Allentown, Pennsylvania had this card for sale and was asking $10 for it; I offered $8 instead and the dealer accepted. Whoa! Two other of these autographed trading cards that I own are: Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart vocalist) and Don Dokken. Whoa, again!

To this day, I am very saddened that Jani Lane could not find the strength to battle his addictions. Jani Lane was a bona fide vocal and songwriting talent; he was a huge reason as to why Warrant became so successful, back in the day. Jani Lane also released a solo album back in 2003 titled: Back Down To One.

In 2008, Jani Lane’s (supergroup) band, Saints Of The Underground, released their debut studio album: Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner. I don’t own Jani’s solo album; yet I do own his S.O.T.U. release and it’s pretty damn good. You can read my abbreviated review for this album, (which I originally wrote back in 2008), by clicking the link below:


Jani Lane - Autographed UD card - back - Metal Odyssey - 2015


Kicking any addiction isn’t easy. I have been sober since September of 2014 and it is an inner struggle every day to overcome. Substance addiction is a disease. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Alcohol was never my buddy looking out for me. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, stay strong, find help at all costs and please remember you are not alone.  – Stone


To read about my other Hard Rock autographed trading cards:

Wanna See My Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart) Autographed Trading Card?

Wanna See My DON DOKKEN Autographed Trading Card? It’s Really Cool…



February 1, 1964 – August 11, 2011.


Stone Says: WTF? To 10 Heavy Metal / Hard Rock Facts

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on April 30, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Stone Says - WTF? - promo heading banner - Metal Odyssey - 2015

I love and live for Heavy Metal and Hard Rock. However, there are those factual incidents during the history of my beloved Heavy Music genres that make me say… WTF? Below is a list of 10 factual situations that maybe will have you saying WTF? Maybe not. Nevertheless, in no particular order, this list seems to taunt me and I am fed up with them all. Enjoy:

01. Why is Guns ‘N Roses in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? WTF?

02. Why did Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons hand over, on a silver platter, the characters of “Space Ace” and “The Cat” to Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, respectively? WTF?

03. Why are IRON MAIDEN not in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? WTF?

04. Why is Vince Neil gonna appear on the reality trash show: Celebrity Wife Swap? WTF?

05. Why did Judas Priest feel it was a grand idea to perform on American Idol, back on March 1st, 2011? WTF? Not to mention, performing with James Durbin? WTF again??

06. Why are Metallica ONLY following 26 people on Twitter, when 2.79 million people follow them on the same social network? WTF? WTF again?

07. What the F*CK is “Baby Metal”? WTF?

08. What was (former) AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd thinking? WTF?

09. Why hasn’t Poison released a new studio album of original songs in over 15 years? WTF?

10. Why are there people in the media and fans that keep sparking rumors about a PANTERA reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar? NO guitarist can replace the late and legendary Dimebag Darrell in PANTERA. NO one. Let’s cut the shit already and grow the F*CK up. You know who you are. WTF?


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EKTOMORF – US Tour With Section 6 Begins This Week

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Ektomorf - promo album cover pic - 2014 - #33099EMODH

Above: Ektomorf Retribution (2014 – AFM Records)

Ektomorf – US Tour With Section 6

Day Date City State Venue:

Thursday 4/23/2015 – San Diego CA – Brick By Brick
Friday 4/24/2015 – Las Vegas NV – Dive Bar
Saturday 4/25/2015 – LA CA
Sunday 4/26/2015 – Modesto CA – The Other Place
Tuesday 4/28/2015 – Sacramento CA – Blue Lamp
Wednesday 4/29/2015 – Chico CA – The Maltese
Thursday 4/30/2015 – Bend OR – 3rd Street Pub
Friday 5/1/2015 – Salem OR – Duffys Hangar
Saturday 5/2/2015 – Fife WA – Louie G’s
Sunday 5/3/2015 – Spokane WA – The Hop
Tuesday 5/5/2015 – Missoula MT – The Dark Horse
Wednesday 5/6/2015 – Great Falls MT – Machinery Row
Thursday 5/7/2015 – Billings MT – The Railyard
Friday 5/8/2015 – Rock Springs WY – Killpeppers
Saturday 5/9/2015 – Idaho Falls ID – Shilo Inn Convention Center
Sunday 5/10/2015 – Boise ID – The Bouquet



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Gene Simmons Will Be Featured At First Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp In Canada, This May 14th – 17th

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , on April 15, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Gene Simmons - Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp - May - 2015 - #KMO78

The legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp that has been making dreams come true in the U.S. for the past 18 years is now launching in Canada. The first-ever Canadian camp will take place in Calgary, Alberta from May 14th – 17th, 2015, and features the Rock Legend, singer-songwriter, businessman, arena football co-owner of the LA KISS and media icon – Gene Simmons.

Simmons will be visiting Calgary to excite the Rockers of Canada and bring awareness to this life-changing experience. The Rock Legend has been involved with previous Rock Camps, and is excited to pass on his knowledge and Rock out with Canadian Rockers like you!

“Mentoring adult and young rockers at the fantasy camp has always been an amazingly rewarding experience for me,” says Simmons. “I enjoy teaching and handing over lessons I’ve learned from the business to musicians and upcoming talent”.

CLICK HERE for full details on Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp Calgary


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BEAUVOIR FREE “American Trash” – Studio Album Releasing First Week Of June, Via Frontiers Music Srl

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

American Trash - Beauvoir Free - promo pic - 2015 - Frontiers - MO041415

From Frontiers Music Srl:

BEAUVOIR FREE recreate the magic of Crown of Thorns debut on AMERICAN TRASH – out on Frontiers in June.

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of AMERICAN TRASH, the hotly anticipated new album featuring Rock & Roll veterans Jean BEAUVOIR and Micki FREE, on June 3rd in Europe and June 7th in North America.

Best known as the driving force behind the legendary Crown of Thorns self-titled debut album in 1994, Jean Beauvoir and Micki Free’s collective credits read like a “who’s-who” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with a list of collaborations that includes the likes of the Ramones, KISS, Debbie Harry, Pretenders, John Waite, Lionel Richie, *NSYNC, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Bill Wyman, Carlos Santana and Prince to name but a few.

The duo both coincidentally moved back to LA in 2003 and re-connected. They discussed joining forces again for a new project and after a few shows in Europe in 2013, a deal with Frontiers was inked for a brand new album to be recorded in 2014.

The result is American Trash, an album that shaped up as “the continuation of the BEAUVOIR FREE sound as the writing team for the Crown of Thorns debut,” explains Jean Beauvoir. “When we write together there really is this magic. We know we want killer guitar riffs and major melodic chorus… and this is what turns out in our songs, in Beauvoir Free style.”

All the new songs came out like “rocking-babies” in the BEAUVOIR FREE fold. “…And all represent the sound only Jean and I create together. The “inimitable” sound of BEAUVOIR FREE,” tells Micki Free. Joining forces once again, Jean and Micki can truly unleash the magic that they can only create when they write together, of that there is no doubt!

“We both feel this CD is some of the best work we have done, right up their next to the Crown of Thorns debut” concludes Jean. “We want to get out on the road and bring it to the fans. We receive a lot of enquires of when are you guys coming back out on tour and people telling us they can’t wait to hear the new material. Frankly we can’t wait for our fans to hear American Trash as well!”

Enjoy an EPK trailer of the album below:


Jean Beauvoir – Lead Vocals and Background Vocals, Bass, Rhythm Guitars, Drums, Keyboards and Orchestration

Micki Free – Lead Guitars, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars

Produced by Jean Beauvoir

Web links:

The American Trash track list includes: Angels Cry; Morning After; American Trash; Whiplash; Just Breathe; Shotgun To The Heart; Never Give Up; Cold Dark December; It’s Never Too Late; She’s A K.O.; There’s No Starting Over.


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