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On This Day In METAL History – April 26th… From MACHINE HEAD To HALESTORM

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Discografía Van Halen – 5150 (1986)

On April 26th, 1986Van Halen reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for the first time with their seventh studio album: 5150. This was Van Halen’s (or Van Hagar, if you like) first album with the dynamic Sammy Hagar as their vocalist. 5150 spent three weeks on top of this chart. By the way, this 5150 album stirs up some really cool and good-times memories for me! Whoa.

Judas Priest -

On this day in 1986 – Metal legends Judas Priest peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with their tenth studio album: Turbo. This album went on to sell one million (plus) copies in the United States, alone. By the way, this is my least favorite Judas Priest album and yet I do “like” it. The song Parental Guidance is featured on Turbo and it is one of the lamest Judas Priest songs ever recorded, in my Metal opinion. The title track is just plain strange. Whatever.

Halestorm - The Wild Life - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #HMO0526

On April 26th, 2015 – Pennsylvania’s very own Hard Rock ambassadors, HALESTORM, have their third studio album, Into The Wild Life, debuting at #5, on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Congratulations, HALESTORM! Yeah!

Aerosmith's Greatest Hits large promo album pic!

On this day in 2015Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits makes a return to the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, ranked at #151. This fantastic compilation of Aerosmith hits was originally released back in 1980, spending 44 non-consecutive weeks on this chart and peaking at #43. Folks, this album has spanned 4 decades of being a hot seller! Did someone say, timeless Hard Rock? Whoa and holy Metal!!

Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds - promo cover pic - 2014

On April 26th, 2015 – The eighth studio album, Bloodstone & Diamonds, from the mighty MACHINE HEAD, is ranked at #33, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. MACHINE HEAD kicks METAL ass like there’s no tomorrow, on this album, by the way. If you don’t own this MACHINE HEAD album, you are a closet Bay City Rollers fan. 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 – April 25th… From SWEET To JIMI HENDRIX

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on April 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Sweet - Little Willy - promo 45rpm - cover sleeve - #1973SMO

On April 25th, 1973Sweet received their first Gold single in the United States for their hit Little Willy. This song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Led Zeppelin - Classic Logo - band symbols - #2015RPJP

On April 25th, 1977 – The incredible Led Zeppelin performed at the Kentucky Fair And Exposition Center, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Queen - We Are The Champions - We Will Rock You - 45rpm - front cover sleeve promo pic

Above: Front cover sleeve for 45rpm of Queen’s We Are The Champions w/ b-side of We Will Rock You

Queen - We Are The Champions - We Will Rock You - 45rpm - back cover sleeve

Above: Back cover sleeve of 45rpm

On April 25th, 1978We Are the Champions from Queen was certified Platinum after reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell - promo cover pic!

On April 25th, 1980Black Sabbath released their 9th studio album, Heaven and Hell. This was the first Black Sabbath studio album with the great Ronnie James Dio as vocalist. Ronnie James Dio replaced the legendary Ozzy Osbourne the previous year. Heaven and Hell went on to reach #28 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, selling one million (plus) copies in the United States alone. Whoa!

On April 25th, 1990 – The Fender Stratocaster that the super iconic Jimi Hendrix used to perform the Star Spangled Banner during a performance at Woodstock in 1969 is auctioned off in London. This iconic Fender Stratocaster sold for a whopping $295,000. Wow and Jiminy Cricket!

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – April 23rd… The Iconic LED ZEPPELIN

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

Led Zeppelin - ticket stub - The Omni - Atlanta - 04 - 23 - 77 - #10423JPMO

On April 23, 1977 – The impeccable Led Zeppelin performed at The Omni, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The ticket price (shown above) was $10, in US funds. $10!! My Metal God Almighty, that is an unbelievable thing! Check out the concert setlist, below:

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Trampled Underfoot.

* Source for above concert setlist: Led Zeppelin Official Website.

Led Zeppelin - Backstage Pass - Atlanta - 1977 - promo pic

Above: A backstage pass to this 1977 Led Zeppelin concert at The Omni.

Stone Says, About Led Zeppelin: Anytime I happen across Led Zeppelin history, I get those good chills. I believe that without Led Zeppelin, the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal sounds we hear today would not be the same. Legendary guitarist Jimmy Page with his melodic (and heavy) mastery and unique expression of scales and chords has certainly penetrated the building blocks of widespread Rock and Heavy Music. The guitar playing of Jimmy Page, to this day, is always like fresh rain water falling from the heavens, in my Metal opinion.

Vocalist Robert Plant and Jimmy Page equally gave each Led Zeppelin song its own identity, while bassist John Paul Jones and (the late) drummer John Bonham’s less is more styles of play can never be duplicated and only imitated. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF LED ZEPPELIN.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – April 16th… From Aerosmith To David Lee Roth

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 16, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Aerosmith - Rocks - promo studio album - 1976 - #AMO76011

On April 16th, 1976 – The mighty Aerosmith began their tour in support of their fourth studio album Rocks, at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. Long live Aerosmith!

David Lee Roth - Creem - Promo magazine cover pic - 1982 - #DLRMO69

Above: Creem – September 1982

On this day in 1993 – The charismatic and legendary David Lee Roth was arrested, along with 24 other people, in Washington Square Park in New York City. Diamond Dave allegedly bought a $5 bag of marijuana from an undercover police officer. Meanwhile, murders, rapes, assaults, kidnappings and home invasions continued throughout New York City.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/04/17/nyregion/david-lee-roth-is-arrested.html

KISS - Alive Worldwide - 96:97 - promo tour poster - #KMO33877

On April 16th, 1996 – The iconic KISS announced via a press conference, on the USS Intrepid in Manhattan, New York, that the band would embark on a massive reunion tour called: Alive/Worldwide. The original KISS lineup would once again tour together, for the first time since 1979. Whoa!

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

Corrosion Of Conformity - Classic Logo!

On this day in 1997 – Metal legends Metallica and Corrosion Of Conformity performed at Riverfront Coliseum, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whoa!!

All That Remains - The Order Of Things - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #71707ATRMO

On April 16th, 2015All That Remains have the #1 album on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart with their seventh studio album: The Order Of Things. Excellent stuff!

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – April 15th… The Tax Day Edition!

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

Poison - Your Mama Dont Dance - promo single cover pic - 1988 - #14PMO1

On April 15th, 1989Poison reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover song: Your Mama Don’t Dance. This song is featured on Poison’s second studio album from 1988: Open Up and Say… Ahh!.This song was originally written by Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina, while being featured on their self-titled album from 1972: Loggins And Messina.

Veil Of Maya - Matriarch - promo album cover pic - 2015

On April 15th, 2015Veil Of Maya’s forthcoming studio album, Matriarch, is ranked at #2 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album will be released on May 12th, 2015.

Korn - Greatest Hits Volume 1 - #3300983KMO

On April 15th, 2015KORN’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is ranked at #6, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This 19 song KORN compilation was originally released back in Autumn of 2004.

The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun - promo single cover sleeve - 1964 - TAMO

On April 15th, 2015The Animals cover version of House Of The Rising Sun is ranked at #18, on the iTunes Top 100 Rock Songs Chart. The Animals originally released their version of this song back in 1964. This iconic version from The Animals eventually reached #1 in the United States and several other countries. Whoa!

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE METAL.

PAYING TAXES SUCKS.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – April 10th… From IRON MAIDEN To SABATON

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast - promo cover pic - large

On April 10th, 1982 – The mighty IRON MAIDEN had their third studio album, The Number Of The Beast, reach #1 on the UK Album Chart. This was the first time IRON MAIDEN had a #1 record in the UK. This iconic album spent 2 weeks at #1 as well.

municipal waste - the fatal feast cover promo

On this day in 2012Municipal Waste released their fifth studio album: The Fatal Feast – Waste In Space. This Thrash Metal album kicks unbelievable Metal ass. Seriously, it does. Whoa.

Job For A Cowboy - Demonocracy - Large Promo Cover Pic #6

On April 10th, 2012 – Arizona’s Job For A Cowboy released their third studio album: Demonocracy, via Metal Blade Records. Long live Job For A Cowboy!

Sabaton - Heroes - Deluxe Edition - promo album cover pic - April 7 - 2015 - SMOH

On this day in 2015 – The powerful SABATON have their album Heroes (Deluxe Edition) ranked at #61, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa! Gather all the villagers around and tell ’em all that Stone says: SABATON RULES! Hail SABATON! Long live SABATON!

Europe - War Of Kings - promo album cover pic - #2015EJTMO

On April 10th, 2015 – The tenth studio album, War Of Kings, from Sweden’s legendary EUROPE is ranked at #81, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Long live EUROPE!

Van Halen - Tokyo Dome In Concert - promo cover pic - 2015 - #VHMO04

On this day in 2015Van Halen’s new live 2-CD, Tokyo Dome In Concert, debuts on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #20. Why was such lame cover art chosen for this release? I just don’t know. You would expect that with the overpriced Van Halen concert tickets that are being sold, this legendary band could afford an artist with clever ideas for an album cover. Apparently not.

At least the EUROPE album cover (above) has imagery and cool photography to it that makes me pause to think.

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

SKID ROW And Johnny Solinger Split – Tony Harnell Announced As New Lead Singer

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 6, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Skid Row - large logo - red & black

As reported on the SKID ROW Facebook timeline:

New York, NY – After 14 years of touring and 4 releases, SKID ROW has released singer Johnny Solinger.

Founding member Snake Sabo said, “We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best.”

“Sometimes things just end. People go in different directions and grow apart and you have to make a decision. He will always be our brother” adds co-founder Rachel Bolan.

The vacancy for a new front man has been filled by powerhouse vocalist Tony Harnell. This news comes hot of the heels of his departure from Norway based band, TNT. “Tony’s experience, power and undeniable range made our decision an easy one” commented guitarist Scotti Hill. Drummer Rob Hammersmith added, “I believe this will be a great year for SKID ROW. I’m looking forward for things to come.”

When asked about joining forces with SKID ROW Harnell said, “I’m so excited and honored to be a part of such a great band with an amazing legacy and legions of faithful fans! The guys and I have known each other for many years and this is such a natural fit. I look forward to getting out there and playing live together and being a part of making new music and creating our future together. It’s time to rock!”

The band will head into the studio to record the third chapter of the United World Rebellion trilogy this summer. They will also hit the road for another world tour in support.

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE SKID ROW.

LONG LIVE JOHNNY SOLINGER.

Stone.

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