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On This Day In METAL History – October 30th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 30, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Rush - Signals - 1982 - promo cover pic - #GL

On October 30th, 1982 -RUSH peaks at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with their single: New World Man. This hit is featured on the ninth studio album from RUSH, released in 1982 titled: Signals.

Sun City - Artists United Against Apartheid - promo cover pic - #1985

On this day in 1985MTV premieres the music video “Sun City” by Artists United Against Apartheid. Artists United Against Apartheid was a protest group of world-famous musicians, founded by activist and guitarist Steven Van Zandt, aka Little Steven, along with record producer Arthur Baker. The mission was to protest apartheid in South Africa.

On October 30th, 1988Bon Jovi kicked off their Jersey Syndicate Tour in support of their fourth studio album: New Jersey. The tour lasted 16 months. Bon Jovi then took a two-year hiatus after the end of this tour. Shown above is a tour program for the Jersey Syndicate Tour.

Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality album logo pic!

Late Show with David Letterman - promo pic - cbs

On this day in 1998 – The legendary Black Sabbath appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. It was the band’s first appearance on U.S. television since 1976.


On this day in KISSTORY, 1998 – KISS appeared on the television show Millennium, both with and without their trademark makeup.

Flyleaf - New Horizons - promo album cover pic - 2012

On October 30th, 2012 – The third studio album from Flyleaf was released on A&M/Octone Records, titled: New Horizons. Originating from Texas, Flyleaf has been recording their style of Alternative Metal since 2005.

Skinwalker Ranch - promo movie poster - 2013 - Oct - 30

On October 30th, 2013 – The paranormal movie, Skinwalker Ranch was released. This film is based on true events and was rated R. In other words, this is a scary movie to watch for Halloween! Whoa.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Grace Slick - Creem - mag cover - Dec - 1977 - promo pic

Above: Grace Slick – Creem cover feature/December 1977

Grace Slick - The Best Of Grace Slick - promo cover pic - #75

Above: The Best Of Grace Slick (1999 – RCA Records)


On October 30th, 1939, Grace Victoria Wing, aka Grace Slick was born in Chicago, Illinois. Happy Birthday, Grace! Grace Slick is world-famous as the former vocalist for Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, StarshipThe Great Society and as a solo artist. During her post music years, Grace Slick has found fame again as an artist in the visual/fine arts.

ACDC - Hard Force - magazine cover - 1990 - promo

Above, L to R: Cliff Williams, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Chris Slade and Brian Johnson of AC/DC. (Hard Force magazine/France/December 1990)

The Firm - promo band pic - #11191

Above, L to R: Jimmy Page, Chris Slade, Paul Rodgers and Tony Franklin of The Firm. (circa 1985)


On October 30th, 1946, Chris Slade was born. Happy Birthday, Chris! Chris Slade is the former drummer for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Firm, Uriah Heep, Asia and of course, the mighty AC/DC. Actually, Chris Slade has been a drummer for quite a few diverse acts, including the dynamic Tom Jones.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




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On This Day In METAL History – October 28th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music reviews, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Alice Cooper - The Muppets - 1978 Episode - promo pic - #1978AC

Photo Credit: Jim Henson Productions, Inc.

On October 28th, 1978 – The legendary Alice Cooper made a guest appearance on The Muppet Show. Alice Cooper performed the classics: Welcome to my Nightmare, You and Me and School’s Out.

Queen - Jazz - promo album cover pic - #100FM

On this day in 1978 – The mighty Queen kicked off a tour in support of their seventh studio album Jazz, at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Jazz was released back in November of 1978.

KISS meets the phantom of the park - promo movie flyer pic - 1978 - #33PC

On this day in KISSTORY – October 28th, 1978 – KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park airs as the NBC Movie Of The Week.

Aerosmith - Love In An Elevator - single cover sleeve promo - 1989 - #1ST

On October 28th, 1989Aerosmith hits and peaks at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, with their hit Love In An Elevator. This cool song is featured on Aerosmith’s tenth studio album Pump, released in September of 1989.

Motley Crue - Dr Feelgood - promo cover pic - #1980S

On this day in 1989Mötley Crüe hits and peaks at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, with their single Dr. Feelgood. This memorable song is the title track featured on the Dr. Feelgood studio album, released in September of 1989.

KISS - Carnival Of Souls - promo album pic - 1997 - #17ES

On this day in KISSTORY – October 28, 1997 – KISS released their 17th studio album, Carnival of Souls.

Temple Of The Dog - promo album cover pic - #44CC

On October 28th, 2003 – At a Pearl Jam concert in Santa Barbara, California, vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden joined the band onstage for an unexpected reunion of the supergroup Temple of the DogHunger Strike and Reach Down were the two songs performed from the 1991 Temple Of The Dog studio album.

KISS - Love Gun - Deluxe - promo cover pic - 2014 - #100GS

On this day in KISSTORY – October 28th, 2014 – KISS Love Gun (Deluxe Edition) is released. It is the original album/newly remastered; plus 11 rare and unreleased demos and live tracks. Metal be thy name!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




On This Day In METAL History – October 25th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Sweet "Desolation Boulevard" large promo album pic!

On October  25th, 1975 - Sweet hits #25 in the U.S. with their third studio album: Desolation Boulevard. This album classic features the hit single Fox On The Run. The U.S. album version also includes the hit: The Ballroom Blitz.

Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet - promo cover pic - #992BJ

On this day in 1986Bon Jovi’s third studio album, Slippery When Wet, reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first of seven (non-consecutive) weeks. It was also Bon Jovi’s first number one album.

Aerosmith - Classic Band Logo - B&W - #11077

On October 25th, 2003 – At a KISS/Aerosmith concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, Steven Tyler’s daughter Mia married Dave Buckner, the drummer for Papa Roach. The couple eventually divorced in 2005.

ronnie james dio - publicity pic - #1 - 2009

On this day in 2006 – The great Ronnie James Dio made the announcement that he would be reuniting with his former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward as Heaven & Hell for a 2007 world tour. Vinny Appice would later replace Bill Ward on drums.

Kiss - Hell & Heaven Fest - Mexico City - Oct 25 - 2014 - promo flyer

On this day in KISSTORY, October 25th, 2014KISS is headlining the Heaven & Hell Metal Fest, in Mexico City, Mexico.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Judas Priest - Metallion Burrn! magazine - promo cover pic

Above, L to R: Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford & K.K. Downing of Judas Priest


Born on October 25th, 1948 was Glenn Tipton. Happy Birthday, Glenn! Hell and yeah! Glenn Tipton is the super legendary guitarist and longtime member of the super-duper legendary: Judas Priest. A true Heavy Metal pioneer and influence is Glenn Tipton!

Glenn Tipton has also recorded two successful solo albums. On March 7, 2006, Rhino Records released a new version of his 1997 Atlantic Records album Baptizm Of Fire along with the Tipton, Enwistle and Powell album Edge Of The World. This album includes previously unreleased recordings with the late drummer Cozy Powell and bassist John Entwistle.

Matthias Jabs - Hard Rock magazine - December - 1989 - promo cover


Born on October 25th, 1955 was Matthias Jabs. Happy Birthday, Matthias! Whoa! Matthias Jabs is famously known as being a longtime rhythm and lead guitarist for Scorpions. Matthias lives in Hannover, Germany and lists as his favorite food being: Italian. Matthias also lists his favorite sports as being: tennis and soccer. Above photo: Matthias Jabs cover feature for Hard Rock magazine, December of 1989.

Chad Smith - Drum Magazine - cover feature promo pic


Born on October 25th, 1961 was Chad Smith. Happy Birthday, Chad! Yeah! Chad Smith is famously known as the drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Chad Smith is also the drummer for Chickenfoot, a supergroup that also features Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Joe Satriani. Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012 and presented by Chris Rock.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




KOPEK – New Album “RISE” Releases On November 7th; “REVOLUTION” Music Video Streaming!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 24, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Kopek - Rise - promo album cover pic - 2014




Kopek - promo band pic - September 2014 - #76634D

From L to R: Daniel Jordan (Vocals/Guitar) Brad Kinsella (Bass)

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On This Day In METAL History – October 22nd…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, movies, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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

On October 22nd, 1969Led Zeppelin II was released on Atlantic Records in the UK. This iconic album would go on to sell over 12 million (plus) copies in the United States alone. Led Zeppelin II reached #1 in both the UK and United States. Led Zeppelin II would later unseat The Beatles Abbey Road album from the #1 position in the United States, as well.

KISS - Hotter Than Hell - promo album cover pic - 1974 - #74K

On this day in KISSTORYOctober 22nd, 1974 KISS released their second studio album: Hotter Than Hell. This KISS album has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

Foreigner - debut album promo pic

On October 22nd, 1977 - Foreigner hits #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with their single Cold As Ice. This song is featured on Foreigner’s debut and self-titled album, released in 1977, via Atlantic Records.

Van Halen - classic band logo - #77797

On this day in 1982 – It’s Van Halen Day in Worcester, Massachusetts, as the band began a three-night performance at the Worcester Centrum.

Pearl Jam - band logo - B&W - #45090PJ

On October 22nd, 1990Pearl Jam played their first ever concert when they performed at the Off Ramp Café in Seattle, Washington. On this Rock historic night, Pearl Jam went by the band name: Mookie Blaylock.

Neil Peart - Modern Drummer Magazine - promo pic - #773NP - Rush

On this day in 1993 – The future Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, was interviewed by legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart on Much Music.

Journey - Trail By Fire - promo album cover pic - 1996

On October 22nd, 1996Journey released Trial By Fire, their first album in ten years, which went on to peak at #3 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Trial By Fire went on to sell a million copies in the United States. This was the last Journey album with vocalist Steve Perry and drummer Steve Smith.


On this day in 2000Pearl Jam performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, celebrating the tenth anniversary of their first live performance.

Paranormal Activity 2 - movie poster promo pic - 2010 - #PA2

On October 22nd, 2010 – Distributed by Paramount Pictures, Paranormal Activity 2 was released in movie theaters at midnight in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Poland, Brazil and Ireland. With a budget of 5 million dollars, this horror classic grossed just under 200 million dollars at the box office.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD


Leslie West - Got Blooze - promo album pic - 2005

Born on October 22nd, 1945 was the legendary Leslie West. As a founding member, guitarist and songwriter of Mountain, Leslie West helped forge a path of Heavy Rock for other bands to follow. Leslie West has also achieved a very successful career as a solo artist. Pictured above: Leslie West – Got Blooze album from 2005.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




On This Day In METAL History – October 18th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, music reviews, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 18, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced - promo poster - 1967 - #67JH

On October 18th, 1966The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed their first concert as a band, supporting French pop star Johnny Hallyday, at the Paris Olympia in France. The original lineup was: Jimi Hendrix on guitar & vocals, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. All three of these legendary pioneers of Metal are no longer with us, still, their music and influence will carry on forever.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower - single cover sleeve promo - 1968JHE

On this day in 1968 – A Jimi Hendrix cover version of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower is released. This song is featured on the 1968 iconic double-album: The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceElectric Ladyland.

Sweet - The Ballroom Blitz - promo single cover sleeve - 1975BC

On October 18th, 1975Sweet hits #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the United States, with The Ballroom Blitz. This song is featured on the third studio album from Sweet, released in 1974: Desolation Boulevard.

Star Wars - Classic Logo - Yellow & Black - #1977GL

On this day in 1977 Star Wars, George Lucas‘ record breaking and iconic Science Fiction adventure, is released in theaters. Metal Odyssey’s very own Stone claims: Star Wars is so freaking cool that it’s Metal. Metal be thy name!

Guns N Roses - Classic Logo - #551966GNR

On October 18th, 1989 – During a Guns N’ Roses set supporting The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Axl Rose announced he was quitting from the band. On the following night, Axl Rose apologized for saying that he would quit and proceeded to deliver a five-minute anti-drug speech.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Chuck Berry - The Ultimate Collection - promo cover pic

Chuck Berry - Greatest Hits - promo cover pic - #20145CB


On October 18th, 1926 – Charles (“Chuck”) Edward Anderson Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Happy Birthday Chuck Berry! Whoa! The super-duper legendary Chuck Berry is aka: The Father Of Rock & Roll. Chuck Berry is famously known for his 1950’s hits: Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music and Johnny B. Goode. A true Rock & Roll pioneer is Chuck Berry and his influence has touched many generations of musicians, across the globe!

Reo Speedwagon -  Playlist - The Very Best Of - promo cover pic - #2003REO


On October 18th, 1949 – Gary Richrath was born in Illinois. Happy Birthday, Gary! Yeah! Gary Richrath is most famously known for being a founding member, guitarist and backing vocalist of REO Speedwagon, from 1970 to 1990. Gary Richrath was also a songwriter and producer for REO Speedwagon. Gary has sung on several REO songs, including Find My Fortune from 1973 and (Only A) Summer Love from 1976. Gary is shown in top photo, (circa early 80’s), in the left top corner.

Richrath - Only The Strong Survive - Gary Richrath - 1992 solo album promo cover

 In 1992, Gary released a solo album: RichrathOnly The Strong Survive.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




TWINGIANT – To Release New Album

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

Twingiant - promo band pic - 2014 - #7716

Devil Down To Be Released This Winter


Phoenix Sludge masters TWINGIANT are set to release their new album Devil Down this winter. Devil Down is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album Mass Driver and was engineered and mastered by Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon) at Arcane Digital Recording.

The band had the following to say about the new album:

“We’ll be releasing our 2nd, full-length album entitled, Devil Down, by the end of the year. We’re really happy with how it’s coming along and it’s been nothing short of awesome working with Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon) of Arcane Digital Recording. Since Tony (guitars) joined the band last summer, our sound evolved as you would expect. We have more of a 70s/Southern Rock feel now and it’s really evident on Devil Down, more so than when we were flirting with that sound on the Sin Nombre EP. The vocals are probably the most noticeable change from the prior two releases. You can actually understand 75% of what Jarrod is saying and there are more of them now. Devil Down still has all the elements that you would expect from Twingiant, but you can definitely tell that we’ve matured and found our stride. We can’t wait to release it.”

Further details about the album, including track listing will be announced shortly.

twingiant - devil down - promo album flyer - 2014 - #16

(Source: Dewar PR)









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