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

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock 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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KISS – On This Day In METAL History – February 18th, 1974 – KISS Released Their Legendary Debut / Self-Titled Studio Album

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 18, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

KISS - Debut Album - promo cover pic!!

On this day in KISSTORY – February 18, 1974KISS released their self-titled debut album, via Casablanca Records. I have to pinch myself, realizing that this KISS album is 41 years old! This was a phenomenal debut album from the iconic KISS, a launching pad to eventual world super stardom that continues to this very hour. Here was a debut Heavy Rock album that featured three singers. How many bands of any Rock genre pulled that off back then or now? The great Ace Frehley didn’t even sing on this album; how crazy is that?

Black Diamond is my favorite song that the awesome Peter Criss has ever sung, even though I will always dig his power ballad, Beth, from 1976’s KISS album Destroyer. The fascinating aspect about this KISS album is that it gave Rock fans three singers that did not sound alike. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss were and still are so unique, vocally, that it’s alarming in a grand way.

KISS - band logo from debut album - #1974KMO

This album features such KISS classics: Strutter, Firehouse, Cold Gin, Deuce, 100,000 Years and Black Diamond. These are songs that have remained relevant to this day, in my Metal opinion. Strutter and Black Diamond are two KISS songs that I couldn’t live without, for Metal sakes! To this day I love the rawness of sound that this KISS debut radiates. This was not a polished album, by any stretch of the Metal imagination. To remaster this KISS album is a Metal sin.

I was only eight years old when this KISS album was released. I had absolutely no idea KISS even existed at that tender age. At eight years old, all I cared about was the Saturday morning cartoons, coloring books, bugs and my Matchbox car collection. Back then, it was a different culture in America, with (of course) no internet, cell phones or social networks. Little kids like myself were able to enjoy childhood and not be rushed into pre-adulthood; little kids of today cannot even be seen in the toy aisles of Super Walmart. Instead, I have to navigate myself around little kids swarming the computers, cell phones and accessories at Best Buy; and these same little kids are crabbing at their parents, while wearing Slipknot tee shirts and $200 sneakers. You get the point, hopefully.

KISS - Debut Album - promo cover pic!!

Is it accurate for me to state that both KISS and their debut album were ahead of their time? I lean towards thinking so. From reading those early album reviews of that time period, I don’t believe the early Rock critics knew what to think or write about KISS. Back in 1974, Rolling Stone magazine was still in a full-throttle state of Flower Power. Heck, the Summer Of Love was only six or so years prior to this KISS album’s release. Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, The Who, Cream, Free, Led Zeppelin and Alice Cooper already introduced the world to the building blocks of Heavy Metal, thus KISS realistically did get in line when it came to Hard and Heavy Rock. Still, the pioneering Hard Rock and Heavy Metal credentials of this KISS debut album cannot be overlooked.

KISS did break loose with an original sound of melodic heaviness and their stage makeup, image and costumes were and still are stuff of marketing genius. The influence of KISS upon other bands to this day cannot be disputed and it all began with this seminal debut album. Would KISS have been embraced any less by Rock fans if there were no makeup or costumes involved? I guess we’ll never know. Thank God for that.

KISS - band logo from debut album - #1974KMO

The first time I ever owned this terrific album was my sophomore year in high school and I obtained it through a trade with a fellow classmate. Whenever an iconic album such as this KISS debut comes up for discussion, I cannot help myself from being nostalgic about the past. For me, remembering the past is celebrating the past. It is albums such as this KISS debut from 1974 that enabled our Hard Rock and Heavy Metal communities to grow and persevere these past four decades. KISS, along with their select peers, paved the way for us all to enjoy the heavy music we embrace today and the KISS debut album will always be a treasure in my Metal world. This KISS album I could never take for granted. Metal be thy name. – Stone

KISS - Debut Album - promo cover pic!!

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On This Day In METAL History – February 9th… From IRON MAIDEN To RACHEL BOLAN

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 9, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - Large Classic Logo!

On February 9th, 1980 – The incredible IRON MAIDEN performed at UMIST in Manchester, England. This was a date on the METAL FOR MUTHAS tour.

The Haunting Of Morella - promo movie poster pic - #1990MOMP

On this day in 1990 – The Horror movie The Haunting Of Morella was released to wide-screen theaters. This film was written by R.J. Robertson and directed by Jim Wynorski and stars David McCallum and Nicole Eggart. The setting takes place in Colonial America. The plot is that a witch that was put to death seventeen years earlier now wants to take over her daughter’s body. Scary movies are… Metal.

KROKUS - classic logo!!

On February 9th, 2007 – Switzerland’s national treasure, KROKUS, performed at Joy Eslava in Madrid, Spain. Did someone say KROKUS kicks 100% Hard Rock ass?

Megadeth - Gigantour - 2012 - promo flyer - #MO

On this day in 2012 – The mighty Megadeth and the great Motörhead performed at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA. Volbeat and Lacuna Coil were the supporting bands. This was one of many stops on Megadeth’s Gigantour.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD


Rachel Bolan - Sebastian Bach - Hit Parader Poster - circa 1990 - promo

Above L to R: Rachel Bolan and Sebastian Bach. Hit Parader Poster, circa 1989.

Skid Row - Group Pic - Allen Ross Thomas - 2012 - #2

Above: Recent SKID ROW band photo, with Rachel Bolan to the far right.

On February 9th, 1966, Rachel Bolan was born in New Jersey. Happy Birthday, Rachel Bolan! Hell and yeah! Rachel Bolan is world-famously known as an original member, bass guitarist and songwriter for Heavy Metal legends: SKID ROW. Long live Rachel Bolan and SKID ROW! Whoa!


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On This Day In METAL History – October 5th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Ozzy Osbourne "No More Tears" x-large album pic!!

On this day in 1991 – Ozzy Osbourne debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with No More Tears. This album went on to sell four million copies in the United States. Alongside the amazing Blizzard of Ozz studio album, it becomes Ozzy Osbourne’s highest selling album in the U.S. as a solo artist.

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I - promo cover pic - #50GNR

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion II - promo cover pic - #51GNR

On October 5th, 1991 – Guns N’ Roses forged history landing on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, at numbers one and two with Use Your Illusion II and Use Your Illusion I, respectively. Use Your Illusion II spent two weeks at number one and was the band’s second and last number one albums in the United States.

Ted Nugent - Shut Up And Jam - promo cover pic - 2014

On this day in 2003 – Ted Nugent’s reality show Surviving Nugent premiered on VH1. This reality show took city folk to Ted Nugent’s Michigan ranch, to survive backwoods activities which included building an outhouse and skinning a wild boar.

Birthdays On October 5th:

Brian Connolly - Take Away The Music - promo cover pic

The late Brian Connolly was born on this day, in 1945. Brian Connolly will forever be remembered as the vocalist and founding member of Sweet.

Brian Johnson - ACDC - Rockers And Rollers - promo book cover

Legendary AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson was born on October 5th, 1947. Happy Metal Birthday, Brian! Hells Bells!! Whoa!

Fast Eddie Clarke - Anthology - promo album cover pic

Former Motörhead Guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke was born on October 5th, 1950. Happy Metal Birthday, “Fast” Eddie! Whoa! This Heavy Rock legend is also well-known for his successful 80’s band: Fastway.


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On This Day In METAL History – October 4th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 4, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced - promo cover pic - #67JH

On October 4th, 1967The Jimi Hendrix Experience reaches Number Five on the U.S. album charts with Are You Experienced.

Cream - The Very Best Of - promo album cover pic

On this day, in 1968Cream began their farewell tour at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA. The iconic Cream featured: Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce.

Queen - The Game - promo album cover pic - #33FM

On October 4th, 1980Queen began a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with Another One Bites The Dust, featured on their 1980 studio album: The Game.

Discografía Van Halen – 5150 (1986)

On this day, in 1986 – The Sammy Hagar fronted Van Halen hits #22 with with their single: Love Walks In. This song is featured on Van Halen’s 1986 studio album: 5150, the first Van Halen album without vocalist David Lee Roth.

Van Halen - III - promo album cover pic - #GC3

On October 4th, 1996Van Halen made the announcement, that former Extreme singer Gary Cherone would be replacing Sammy Hagar. Gary Cherone only sang on one Van Halen album, 1998’s Van Halen III.

Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality album logo pic!

On October 4th, 1999Ozzy Osbourne issued a press release asking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to remove Black Sabbath from the ballot. Black Sabbath was later inducted in 2006.


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On This Day In METAL History – October 3rd…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Uriah Heep - …very eavy very umble - promo album cover pic - large

On this day in 1970Uriah Heep debut’s on the U.S. Billboard Chart with their self-titled studio album. This debut album from the great Uriah Heep is also titled: …Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble.

Tommy Lee - Pearl Drums - promo banner - 2011 - #48TL

Born on October 3rd, 1962: Tommy Lee, the charismatic, influential and legendary drummer/founding member of the iconic Mötley Crüe. Happy Metal Birthday, Tommy! Whoa!

Aerosmith's Greatest Hits large promo album pic!

On this day back in 1978 – the band members of Aerosmith bailed thirty fans out of jail, after they were arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Metal be thy name, that is freaking cool!

On October 3rd, 1980 Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits collection was released. It remains their best-selling album to this day, selling 10 million copies.

Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry - promo album cover pic - #33TS

On this day in 1984Stay Hungry, the third studio album from Twisted Sister, becomes certified platinum by the RIAA. I WANNA ROCK!!


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On This Day In METAL History (Make That KISStory) – October 2nd…

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

Kiss - Rolling Stone Magazine - promo cover pic

(Rolling Stone – Issue 1206, April 10, 2014)


On October 2nd, 1978, legendary KISS members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley & Peter Criss’ solo albums were each certified Gold & Platinum by the RIAA.

Kiss - solo albums montage - 1978 - #907KSA

On this day in KISSTORY – October 2nd, 1992, KISS brought their North American Revenge Tour to Broome County Arena in Binghamton, New York. This was Eric Singer’s second US arena show and first tour with KISS.

Kiss - Revenge - promo album pic - #001KR

On October 2nd, 2006, Supreme Court justices uphold lower-court decisions dismissing guitarist Vinnie Vincent’s claims against KISS over alleged unpaid royalties. Vincent replaced founding KISS guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with KISS until 1984. Vinnie Vincent sued for money he claimed was owed for co-writing several songs that appeared on the band’s 1983 studio album, Lick It Up.

KISS "Lick It Up" large promo album pic!

On this day, back in 2012, KISS debut their slot game at the 12th annual Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were present for the unveiling.


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