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On This Day In METAL History – May 24th… From The Who To Metallica

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

The Who - Pinball Wizard - 45rpm - promo pic - 1969 - #0524TWMO

On May 24th, 1969The Who peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their hit: Pinball Wizard. This marked the fourth top forty single for The Who, in the United States. Whoa! The Who forever! Yeah!

Van Halen "Van Halen" large promo album pic!

On May 24th, 1978 – The Van Halen self-titled debut album was certified Gold by the RIAA. This incredible album went on to sell 10 million (plus) copies in the United States alone. Whoa, man! Long live Van Halen!

Guns N Roses - Classic Logo - #551966GNR

On May 24th, 1991Guns N’ Roses began their Use Your Illusion Tour at the Alpine Valley Music Theater, in East Troy, Wisconsin. This GNR tour went on until July of 1993. Um, who cares? I sure don’t.

The Osbournes - promo tv show banner - #77TOMOOO05

On May 24th, 2005Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put their Beverly Hills home up for sale. This was the same home featured on their hit reality television show: The Osbournes. Who eventually purchased this famous and very expensive house? None other than Pop star Christina Aguilera. In other words, who cares.

Incubus - Trust Fall (Side A) EP promo cover pic - 2015 - #01IMO0512

On May 24th, 2015 – The newly released EP from California’s INCUBUS debuts at #1, on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart. Whoa, again!

Metallica - Master Of Puppets - 1986 - #860303MMOCB

On May 24th, 2015Metallica Master Of Puppets is ranked at #149, on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. This amazing album has spent 83 non-consecutive weeks on this chart, peaking at #29. Master Of Puppets is the third studio album from Metallica, released back in 1986. I love this Metallica album… just as much as I love to breathe. Metal be thy name! – Stone

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

BAD GUYS – Set To Pillage Your Village On Eastern European Tour

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

Bad Guys - Eastern European Tour - promo flyer - 2015 - May

Brace Yourselves.

Bad Guys are coming.

in support of their recently released album Bad Guynaecology, London’s cheeky hard rockers Bad Guys are hitting Europe in the Bad Van for some good hearty goulash, sugary cakes and hard n’ heavy rock and metal shows. Prepare to rage as the band may be pillaging your village very soon.

Euro High Carbs Route Dates:

25th May Jazz Rock Café – Krakow – Poland
26th May Felezo Club – Debrecen – Hungary
27th May Daos Club – Timisoara – Romania
28th May Live Music Club – Szeged – Hungary
29th May Klub 007 Strahov – Prague – Czech Republic
30th May TBC – Lille – France

Bad Guys - promo band pic - 2015 - #052015MOBG

Official Bad Guys Links:

Bandcamp

Twitter

Youtube

Facebook

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Source: Dewar PR Facebook

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE BAD GUYS.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – May 21st…

Posted in Metal, Heavy Metal, Music, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock with tags , , , , on May 21, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Def Leppard - Classic Band Logo - 2013

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

On May 21st, 1983 – The hit single, Photograph, from Def Leppard, was ranked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This single is featured on the third (multi-million selling) studio album from Def Leppard: Pyromania. If you don’t own Pyromania, you are an ABBA fan. Long live Def Leppard!

White Lion - Wait - promo 45rpm cover sleeve - 1988 - #33MOWL

On May 21st, 1988 – The hit single, Wait, from White Lion, was ranked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This single is featured on the second studio album from White Lion: Pride.

Black Sabbath - Paranoid - promo cover pic - #BS667

On May 21st, 2015Black Sabbath has their second studio album, Paranoid, ranked at #12 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa! This iconic studio album was originally released back in September of 1970; we’re talking 45 years ago! I was only 4 years and 4 months old when this album hit the shelves! If you don’t own Paranoid, you obviously watch and are a fan of Little House On The Prairie. Hail Black Sabbath!

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

On May 21st, 2015Veil Of Maya’s new studio album, Matriarch, debuts at #58 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Matriarch also debuts at #2 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart! Hell and yeah! Long live Veil Of Maya!

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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 – May 20th… KISS “Unmasked” Was Released To The World

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock with tags , , , , on May 20, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Kiss - Unmasked - promo album cover pic - 1980 - #052080KMO

On May 20th, 1980KISS released their eighth studio album: Unmasked. Shocking Fact Alert #1: Although not credited, the drummer for this entire album was Anton Fig and not Peter Criss. Now that the shock has hopefully subsided, onwards we go. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley do play on every song on Unmasked. I just had to reinforce that info, just in case someone was wondering and started to panic. (I pause to laugh and quickly regain control).

This album was released via Casablanca Records, with a large poster inserted inside the album’s jacket. My two favorite songs from this album are: Is That You? and What Makes The World Go ‘Round. I even dig the song Shandi. Truth be told, I really like this KISS album and have no problem recommending it to anyone. This isn’t the greatest KISS album ever and it isn’t the worst either. The Elder will always be the freaking worst KISS album ever recorded; that is a fact and tell ’em Stone says so.

Kiss - Unmasked - Stones used vinyl pic - #05339MOK

Above: The front cover to my KISS Unmasked album. Some years ago I had flood waters destroy my record collection, save for a dozen or so. Yes, that life event super-sucked infected goat testicles. However, this album was one that was elevated above the water. Go figure.

Billy Squier - Emotions In Motion - promo album cover pic - #00993MOBSCR83

My first copy of Unmasked was an 8-track version. I bought this 8-track, with loot from my mother, from a (now defunct) department store called Caldor. Around 1983, I traded my Billy Squier Emotions In Motion vinyl for a used copy of Unmasked on vinyl, while in high school. A decent trade, I believe. Long ago trade aside, Billy Squier is alright in my Metal book. The 8-track and 8-track player I had are long gone. That kinda sucks. Some years ago, I finally upgraded to CD, with Unmasked. Why it took me so long to upgrade Unmasked to CD? I just don’t know, go figure.

Village People - Macho Man - promo album cover pic - #3993MOVPOMG

Shocking Fact Alert #2: Did you know that the Village People were signed to Casablanca Records too? KISS and The Village People shared the same record label. That should keep you up at night tossing and turning. WTF!?

KISS "Unmasked" Poster

That’s me holding my Unmasked poster, above! Whoa!

I’ve always enjoyed looking at the album artwork for Unmasked. Who was the artist? Victor Stabin. You can learn more about this exceptional artist and view his works by clicking here: http://www.victorstabin.com.

Kiss - Unmasked - CD - back cover - track listing - 1980 - #33MOAF0520

Above: The back cover to the KISS Unmasked CD, with track listing. Whoa!

This KISS album has always reminded me of Summer. Once again, I just don’t know, go figure. I have traded away many, many terrific items, throughout the years. My vinyl of Unmasked and its poster I could never think of parting with. Then again, who knows? Go figure and Metal be thy name. – Stone

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE KISS.

LONG LIVE VINYL.

Stone.

RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE GEORGE LYNCH’s “SHADOW TRAIN”

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

George Lynch - Shadow Train - promo album flyer - 2015 - #0519MOGLRPR015

Legendary guitarist George Lynch’s long awaited “Shadow Train” project finally comes to light in this all new 18 track deluxe edition two CD set! George’s stellar guitar work, along with vocalist Gregg Analla, bassist Gabe Rosales, keyboardist Donnie Dickman and drummer Jimmy D’Anda, create honest, soulful and meaningful rock, blues and hard rock based music, that makes this release a must have for all GL fans! Songs on this disc are also featured in George Lynch’s forthcoming movie “Shadow Nation”, a thought-provoking documentary that explores the trials and tribulations that face Native American Indians in our world today.

About the release George says, “I’ve spent over 4 decades of my life pursuing elusive musical aspirations. But for even longer than that, I’ve cared, studied and thought deeply about the human condition and how we interact with each other and the world around us. Fusing these 2 aspirations into one has been a challenge for me throughout my creative life. This is my attempt at bonding the music and the message into one cohesive whole”.

Official release date For George Lynch’s “Shadow Train” is Friday July 17th, 2015.

Track Listing:

Disc 1: Vulture, Currency of Lies, Power and Resistance, Now It’s Dark, Vulture (Slight Return), I Am Weapon, Ghost, White Clay, Fight No More

Disc 2: Believe, Blinded, Fallen, Glitter, Prayer Mechanism, Sioux Wake Up, Trail of Tears, Under A Crooked Sky, World on Fire.

Pre-order bundles are now available at:

http://ratpakrecordsamerica.com/george-lynch

George Lynch - Shadow Train - promo drawing flyer - 2015 - #GL0519DMO

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT ALL THE COOL BUNDLES

George Lynch - Photo Prints - Guitar Picks - promo flyer - 2015

CLICK HERE FOR ALBUM AUDIO TEASER

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Source: Rat Pak Records

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE GEORGE LYNCH.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – May 19th… A Whole Lotta KISSTORY

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

KISS - Meets The Phantom Of The Park - promo flyer - 1978 - #051978KMO

As reported on the KISS Facebook:

On this day in KISSTORY – May 19th, 1978, KISS performed a free concert at Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, California to film the concert scenes for the “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.” The concert took place in the parking lot of Magic Mountain. Tickets were distributed through a California radio station and approximately 10,000 fans attended the show. KISS performed a full regular set list and then lip-synched “Love Gun” and “Shock Me” for the movie. Between the concert and filming the extra scenes, the shoot lasted several hours and the band members interacted with the crowd through out the event.

Paul on the concert and film shoot:

“I remember it all like it was yesterday. Doing a film and a concert in a band where some were barely speaking to each other and others not speaking at all was even weirder than the script! I still can’t figure out the end of the film.”

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

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Stone Says: Man, was I ever thrilled to see this KISS movie when I was a kid. I didn’t care less about the cheesy nature of this entire movie, hell, it was KISS! I grew up on black & white television; therefore a KISS network film was a spectacle for me. It’s been (gulp) decades since I’ve watched this KISS film.

I marvel at how KISS had such an impact on Pop Culture back in the 70’s and have continued such impact to this day. In my Metal opinion, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are marketing geniuses. Really. Metal be thy name.

Kiss - Revenge - promo album cover pic - 1992 - #051992KESMO

On this day in KISSTORY – May 19, 1992, KISS released their sixteenth studio album: REVENGE. This was the first studio album to feature Eric Singer on drums. REVENGE was dedicated to the late and great Eric Carr and features the demo he played drums on: Carr Jam 1981. Alongside Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick was the lead guitarist on this album.

REVENGE debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and spent 23 weeks on the chart. In my Metal opinion, this was the best KISS studio album since 1982’s Creatures Of The Night. I absolutely love the song Domino, featuring Gene Simmons on lead vocals. I still have the cassette version of REVENGE. Yes, I did upgrade it to CD! Metal be thy name! – Stone

REVENGE – Track List:

Unholy / Take It Off / Tough Love / Spit / God Gave Rock & Roll to You II / Domino / Heart of Chrome / Thou Shalt Not / Every Time I Look At You / Paralyzed / I Just Wanna / Carr Jam 1981

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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 – May 18th… From Mount St. Helens To Veil Of Maya

Posted in Music, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock, world news with tags , , , , , , on May 18, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Mount St. Helens - Free Stock Image - 2015 - #051880MO

On May 18th, 1980 – Today is the 35th Anniversary of the Mount St. Helens (volcanic) eruption. This eruption happened at 8:32 on a Sunday morning. Mount St. Helens is located in Skamania County, Washington (state), in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Read much more about this historical event with the link below: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mountsthelens/home/?cid=stelprdb5199437

KISS - Exposed - VHS video - promo cover - 1987 - #0518MOGSX

On May 18th, 1987 – The KISS (VHS) long-play video Exposed was released. Yeah!

Kiss - Alive III - promo album cover pic - #1992PSGSMO3

On May 18th, 1993 – The great KISS released their third live album: KISS Alive III. This live album peaked at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in the United States. Whoa!

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

On May 18th, 2015 – Chicago’s Veil Of Maya has their fifth studio album, Matriarch, ranked #1 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Holy moly!

Slipknot - Iowa - promo album cover pic - #993933MOCSC

On May 18th, 2015Slipknot has their second studio album from 2001, Iowa, ranked at #26, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Hell and yeah!

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY REGGIE JACKSON, AKA “MR. OCTOBER”.

Stone.

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