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On This Day In METAL History – December 17th… And Rockin’ Birthday Salutes To Maria Brink And Paul Rodgers!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, movies, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 17, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Aerosmith - Get Your Wings - promo album pic

On December 17th, 1973Aerosmith began recording their second studio album, Get Your Wings, at Record Plant Studios in New York City. Get Your Wings was released March of 1974.

Angel - White Hot - promo album cover pic - #1978GG

Styx - Pieces Of Eight - promo album cover pic - #1978TS

On this day in 1978Angel and Styx performed at Riverfront Coliseum, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whoa! Angel were touring in support of their fourth studio album, released in 1978: White Hot. Styx were touring in support of their eighth studio album: Pieces Of Eight.

Black Sabbath - "Mob Rules" x-large album pick!!!

On December 17th, 1981The Alvin Lee Band opened for the legendary Black Sabbath at Riverfront Coliseum, in Cincinnati, Ohio. With Ronnie James Dio as their lead vocalist, Black Sabbath were touring in support of their tenth studio album: Mob Rules. Rest in peace, Ronnie James Dio.

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

On this day in 1982The Who performed their first farewell concert in Toronto, Canada, at the Maple Leaf Gardens. The concert was filmed for a HBO special and recorded for future albums and videos. The Who were also touring is support of their tenth studio album, released in 1982: It’s Hard.

The Dark Crystal - promo movie poster - #1982JH

On December 17th, 1982 – The fantasy motion picture, The Dark Crystal, was released to wide-screen theaters, via Universal. This animatronic film was directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz; while produced by Gary Kurtz. Rest in peace, Jim Henson.

Robert Plant - promo album poster pic - 1980s - #121714

On this day in 1987Robert Plant performed Led Zeppelin songs live for the first time as a solo artist. The concert was in Folkstone, United Kingdom. Robert Plant performed Misty Mountain Hop and Trampled Underfoot.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions - promo album cover pic - 2014PR - #3312

Paul Rodgers - Live In Glasgow - promo album cover pic - #121714

PAUL RODGERS

On December 17th, 1949, Paul Rodgers was born in England. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Paul! Yeah! Paul Rodgers is a Platinum selling singer, songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist. This legendary artist has sold over 90 million records, while he has written, recorded, produced and released 30 albums since 1968. Paul Rodgers has formed and led three legendary bands to worldwide success: Free, Bad Company and The Firm.

Bad Company - Straight Shooter - promo album pic!

Along with his Grammy nominated solo career, Paul Rodgers has recorded and/or performed with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Queen, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Watts, Bryan Adams, Stax Recording artist Sam Moore, The Four Tops and many others.

The Law - Paul Rodgers - promo cover pic - #331214

Back in 1991, Paul Rodgers and legendary drummer Kenney Jones formed The Law; releasing their lone self-titled album the same year. I consider Paul Rodgers to be one of the greatest Rock and Hard Rock singers of all-time, his voice has forever been unique and magnificent; I’m certain that I’m not alone in this thinking. Long live Paul Rodgers!

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Maria Brink - publicity photo - 2014 - #121714MB

MARIA BRINK

On December 17th, 1977, Maria Brink was born in New York. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Maria! Alright and yeah! Maria Brink is famously known as the lead singer, songwriter and co-founder of In This Moment. As a major draw at numerous, yearly major Metal and Rock festivals, Maria Brink has consistently changed her stage attire and presence, while giving her constant growing fan base something to look forward to and experience in the live concert setting.

Maria Brink - Inked - magazine cover promo - #062008

The ever musically evolving and beautiful Maria Brink and her dynamic band In This Moment have gradually moved to the forefront of the Heavy Music scene, after five critically acclaimed studio albums since 2007. From Metalcore to Gothic and Hard Rock in-between, In This Moment are a diverse band that never aims for the status-quo.

Maria’s talented band even embraces Electronic Rock and Industrial Metal on their most recent album releases, just for good Metal measure! From growls to crooning, Maria Brink’s vocal styles were born to amaze. Long live Maria Brink! Metal be thy name!

In This Moment - Black Widow - promo cover pic

The new studio album, Black Widow, from In This Moment was released in November 2014, via Atlantic Records. Black Widow debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Whoa!

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Source for Paul Rodgers history:

http://paulrodgers.com/all-news/

Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

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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 www.lvgodzofrock.com. 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

About CYANIDE:

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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* For more info on CYANIDE:

Facebook: Cyanide

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE CYANIDE.

CYANIDE KICKS METAL ASS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – December 14th… And A METAL Birthday Salute To Cliff Williams!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, movies, Music, music news, rock music with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Styx - Lady - Demonstration Single - 1973 - promo pic

On December 14th, 1974Styx re-released their song Lady, becoming their first top ten hit in the United States, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Lady is originally featured on the second studio album from Styx, released in 1973: Styx II.

Dune - promo movie poster pic - #1984D

On this day in 1984 – Written and directed by David Lynch, the epic Science Fiction film Dune released to wide-screen theaters, via Universal. The cast included: Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino, Brad Dourif and José Ferrer. The executive producer was Dino De LaurentiisGordon Matthew Thomas Sumner aka Sting also starred in Dune.

Robert Plant - Now And Zen - promo album cover pic - #1988RP

On December 14th, 1988Robert Plant performed live at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were the opening band. Whoa! Robert Plant was touring in support of his fourth solo studio album, released in 1988: Now And Zen.

Ozzy Osbourne - Kelly Osbourne - Changes - promo single cover sleeve - #19933

On this day in 2003Ozzy Osbourne reached the top of the UK Singles Chart for the first time, with a cover of Black Sabbath’s song Changes. This song was re-recorded as a duet with his daughter Kelly Osbourne.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Cliff Williams - ACDC - bass player magazine - promo cover - May 1996

Above: Bass Player Magazine – USA – May 1996

CLIFF WILLIAMS

Born on December 14th, 1949 in England was Cliff Williams. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Cliff! Yeah, man! Cliff Williams is universally known as a current/long-time member, bassist and backing vocalist for the iconic AC/DC.

ACDC - powerage - 1978 - promo album cover pic - #33

The first AC/DC studio album Cliff Williams performed on was 1978’s Powerage; the rest is incredible AC/DC history! AC/DC were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, back in 2003. Metal be thy name!

ACDC - Rock Or Bust - promo album cover pic - 2014 - #12

The brand new studio album from AC/DC, Rock Or Bust, was released on December 2nd, 2014. Yes, this new AC/DC album kicks Heavy Rockin’ ass. ‘Nuff said.

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – December 2nd…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

KISS "Rock And Roll Over" large promo album pic!

On December 2nd, 1976KISS performed a concert at the Mid-South Coliseum, in Memphis, Tennessee. KISS had released two studio albums, via Casablanca Records, back in 1976, with Destroyer and Rock And Roll Over, respectively. Whoa!

Judas Priest - Killing Machine - promo album cover pic - #1979RHMG

On this day in 1979 – The legendary Judas Priest performed a concert at Hemmerleinhalle in Neunkirchen am Brand, Germany. This was one of many, many dates on Judas Priests’ Killing Machine/Hell Bent For Leather Tour.

Styx - Cornerstone - promo album cover pic - #1979TSDY

On December 2nd, 1979 – The Styx power ballad, Babe, was a big hit on FM radio. This song is featured on the ninth studio album from Styx, released in 1979: Cornerstone. Tommy Shaw plays lead guitar and Dennis DeYoung is the lead vocalist on Babe.

Def Leppard - Photograph - promo 45rpm - single cover sleeve - #1983PC

On this day in 1982Def Leppard filmed the music video for their smash hit, Photograph, in Battersea, London. This video was the video debut of guitarist Phil Collen. The song Photograph is featured on the third studio album from Def Leppard: Pyromania.

Van Halen "Diver Down" large promo album pic!

On December 2nd, 1982Van Halen performed a concert at the Mid-South Coliseum, in Memphis, Tennessee. Van Halen were touring in support of their fifth studio album: Diver Down.

Great White - The Angel Song - promo CD single photo - #1989GWTI

On this day in 1989Great White hits #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their hit: The Angel Song. This song is featured on the fourth studio album from Great White, released in 1989: …Twice Shy.

Van Halen - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge - promo album cover pic - #1991SH

On December 2nd, 1991Van Halen performed a concert at the Pyramid Arena, in Memphis, Tennessee. Van Halen were on tour supporting their ninth studio album: For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. This album (aka) F.U.C.K. was released in June of 1991.

Alice Cooper - classic bloody logo - #6671966

On this day in 2003Alice Cooper was awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Metal be thy name!

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Rick Savage - publicity photo - circa mid - 80s - #777RS

RICK SAVAGE

On December 2nd, 1960, Rick Savage was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Rick! Whoa, yeah! Rick Savage is famously known as the bassist and co-founding member for the legendary Def Leppard. Rick Savage is also a multi-instrumentalist, backing vocalist and songwriter for Def Leppard. Long live Rick Savage and Def Leppard! Whoa.

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – November 29th – From KISS To VADER

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

KISS - Rock And Roll All Nite - promo single - 45rpm sleeve promo - #1975

On November 29th, 1975KISS hits #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the United States with their hit Rock And Roll Nite. This iconic song is  featured on the third studio album from KISS, released in 1975: Dressed To Kill.

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody - promo cover pic - 1974FM

On this day in 1975Bohemian Rhapsody by the legendary Queen began a nine week run at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. This fabulous song is featured on the fourth studio album from Queen, released in 1975: A Night At The Opera.

Metallica - Classic Band Logo - White on Black - #777493

On November 29th, 1982Metallica performed their first headlining concert in San Francisco. The opening act was Exodus, which featured future Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. The following April of 1983, Kirk Hammett joined Metallica after the dismissal of Dave Mustaine, who later went on to form the ferocious Megadeth. Thrash Metal legends, all.

Iron Maiden - Somewhere On Tour - promo tour program pic - #198687

On this day in 1986Iron Maiden performed live at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France. This was one of many gigs that Iron Maiden played on their Somewhere On Tour, in support of their sixth studio album: Somewhere In Time. Above photo: Tour program for Iron Maiden Somewhere On Tour 86/87.

Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name - promo single sleeve cover - 45rpm - #1975

On November 29th, 1986Bon Jovi hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their hit You Give Love a Bad Name. This song is featured on the third studio album from Bon Jovi, released in 1986: Slippery When Wet. This #1 hit was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Richie Sambora.

Doro - promo banner - #50 - 2013

On this day in 2002 – The spectacular DORO performed live at Komma in Wörgl, Austria. Long live, Doro Pesch. Whoa.

TNT - 30 year anniversary - promo logo - 1982 - 2012

On November 29th, 2012 – In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, TNT performed live in North Wales, UK, at the Hard Rock Hell Festival. Originating from Norway, TNT currently boasts the dynamite lineup of: Tony Harnell on vocals, Ronni Le Tekro on guitar, Victor Borge on bass and Diesel Dahl on drums.

Vader - large classic band logo - red background

On this day in 2012 – The fearsome VADER performed live at Klub Ucho in Gdynia, Poland. Death Metal legends = VADER.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Barry Goudreau - solo album - promo pic - #1980BG

On November 29th, 1951, Barry Goudreau was born. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Barry! Famously known as a former guitarist and founding member for Hard Rock legends Boston, Barry Goudreau was also a founding member and played guitar for Orion The Hunter (1984) and RTZ, with the late Brad Delp.

Barry Goudreau also recorded a self-titled studio album with (the late) Brad Delp: Delp  And Goudreau. The two also recorded and released a hit single together, in 2007: Rockin’ Away. Pictured above is the cover for Barry Goudreau’s 1980 solo album. Former Boston vocalists (the late) Brad Delp and Fran Cosmo are both featured on this Bobby Goudreau solo album.

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – November 27th – From Jimi Hendrix To Ozzy Osbourne

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on November 27, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality album logo pic!

Black Sabbath - Cactus - Steel Mill - original concert ticket stub - November 27 - 1979

On November 27th, 1970Black Sabbath performed live at The Sunshine In in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Opening for Black Sabbath was the band Steel Mill, which featured New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen. Future E Street Band members, Vini Lopez, Danny Federici and Steve Van Zandt were also members of Steel Mill. Cactus was also another opening act on this same bill. Shown above is an original ticket stub for this (now) Rock historical concert.

Ozzy Osbourne - Talk Of The Devil - promo album cover pic - #112766

On November 27th, 1982Ozzy Osbourne hits #21 in the UK with his double live album: Talk of the Devil. This memorable Ozzy Osbourne album was titled Talk of the Devil due to it being the more commonly expressed idiom there. In the USA and elsewhere, this release was titled: Speak Of The Devil. The band lineup for this album was: Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Brad Gillis on guitar, Rudy Sarzo on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.

Ozzy Osbourne - Talk Of The Devil - CD back cover - promo pic - #6671127

Pictured above is the back cover to the CD edition for Talk Of The Devil. As the track listing shows, there are 12 Black Sabbath songs covered by Ozzy and his band. Below is the complete track listing for Talk/Speak Of The Devil:

  • Side 1
  • 01 – Symptom Of The Universe
  • 02 – Snowblind
  • 03 – Black Sabbath
  • Side 2
  • 01 – Fairies Wear Boots
  • 02 – War Pigs
  • 03 – The Wizard
  • Side 3
  • 01 – N.I.B.
  • 02 – Sweet Leaf
  • 03 – Never Say Die
  • Side 4
  • 01 – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  • 02 – Iron Man / Children Of The Grave
  • 03 – Paranoid

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Jimi Hendrix - Crash Landing - promo album cover pic - #1127777

JIMI HENDRIX

On November 27th, 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, USA. Positively one of the greatest guitarists that ever lived, Jimi Hendrix rose to enormous fame quickly, with his band: The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Three highly influential studio albums were released by The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced (1967), Axis: Bold As Love (1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968). Dozens of Jimi Hendrix albums have been released since, ranging from live albums to remastered original works, demos and outtakes.

Jimi Hendrix "Experience Hendrix" large album pic!

On August 18th, 1969, Jimi Hendrix played The Star Spangled Banner at the legendary Woodstock Music And Art Fair in White Lake, New York. This live performance from Jimi Hendrix eventually became an iconic moment, in the history of Rock Music. I personally consider Jimi Hendrix to be a pioneer of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

Jimi Hendrix enlisted in the United States Army on May 31st, 1961 and received an honorable discharge on June 29th, 1962. Jimi Hendrix passed away on September 18th, 1970, at the very young age of 27. The music Jimi Hendrix left behind, in such a short time, I find it nothing short of miraculous. Generations of Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans are forever enjoying the music of Jimi Hendrix. Generations of guitarists have been positively influenced by Jimi Hendrix. An icon and true original was and forever will be Jimi Hendrix. May Jimi Hendrix rest in peace. – Stone

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, AMERICA!

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – November 23rd – AC/DC “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on November 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

ACDC - For Those About To Rock We Salute You - promo cover pic - #1981BJAY

On November 23rd, 1981AC/DC released their eighth studio album, For Those About to Rock (We Salute You. This album went on to become AC/DC’s first time to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) went on to sell four million (plus) copies in the United States. Singles from this legendary album included the title track and Let’s Get It Up. Other notable classics on this album are: Inject The Venom, Put The Finger On You, C.O.D. and Evil Walks.

For Those About To Rock We Salute You - back cover - promo pic - #1981

Above: back cover of album jacket, with track list and album credits.

This memorable and influential AC/DC album was recorded in Paris, France. Released via Atlantic Records, the total playing time on this album is: 40:10 and was produced by the legendary Robert John “Mutt” Lange. This marked the second studio album for AC/DC with the great Brian Johnson on lead vocals. It is hard for me to realize, that three decades have passed since the release of this album. It may sound cliché, still, it feels like it was yesterday when this album released. What is so amazing is after all these years, AC/DC will be releasing, within days, yet another new studio album: Rock Or Bust.  Amazing.

For Those About To Rock We Salute You - gatefold - promo pic - #1981BJ

Above: album jacket gatefold featuring live band photo.

I remember receiving For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) on vinyl, as a Christmas gift from my parents, back in 1981. Even back then, I always got the impression that everyone was into AC/DC; heck, it still feels that way in 2014 and rightfully so. Even though it’s been so many years passed, my favorite song on this album is Let’s Get It Up. During my first weeks of owning this album, I remember putting the needle down  to just this song at least a couple of dozen times a day. Or so it seemed. I remember, as a young teen, locking myself away and enjoying this album, as if it was sweet sonic nectar from the Rock Gods. This album still psyches me out to this day, I shall gladly confess.

To this day, I consider For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) as the heaviest AC/DC album ever released. I’ll let the songs do the talking for me. Many may agree or disagree with me. Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale disagrees with me. He claims Flick Of The Switch from 1983 is AC/DC’s heaviest release. I respect his point too. I guess it all depends on how any album hits you, one person’s heavy does differ from another.

ACDC - For Those About To Rock We Salute You - CD back cover - promo pic - #1981AY

Above: back cover to the CD. Somehow, over the years, someone decided to change the order of the track list. Compare for yourself, with the back cover to the vinyl album jacket at (near) top of this post. It’s one of those go figure mysteries.

I unfortunately never did catch AC/DC on their tour supporting this terrific album. Being 15 years old without a driver’s license didn’t help. Plus my Metal buddies back then were either my age or younger. Forget asking the parents back then, the last thing they wanted to do was drop off a group of early teen boys at an AC/DC concert at night and in a major city; things were totally different back then, where I lived anyways. As I look back on it all now, my parents did the right thing.

I did eventually get to see AC/DC in concert; only on two occasions which I am still very grateful for. The two times I caught AC/DC in concert were: 1988’s Blow Up Your Video Tour (with Scott Coverdale) and the Razors Edge Tour back in 1990 (with my future wife). Both concerts were at the Hartford Civic Center, (now known as the XL Center), in Hartford, Connecticut. Therefore, I guess I am overdue to see AC/DC live again! Everyone seems to have an album or group of albums that just takes them down Metal memory lane; I have dozens of those albums and this AC/DC gem is righteously one of them. Metal be thy name. – Stone.

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* For more info on AC/DC:

http://www.acdc.com

Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE AC/DC.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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