On This Day In METAL History – November 1st…

Alice Cooper - Killer - promo cover pic - #1971AC

On November 1st, 1971Alice Cooper released their fourth studio album, Killer, which went on to reach #21 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Killer eventually was certified Platinum in the United States by the RIAA.

Aerosmith - Night In The Ruts - promo cover pic - 1979A

On this day in 1979Aerosmith releases their sixth studio album: Night In The Ruts via Columbia Records. The most famous song from this album was the hit: Remember (Walking In The Sand).

Boston - Third Stage - promo album pic - #1986

On November 1st, 1986Boston reached the very top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the second time with their third studio album, Third Stage, which spent four weeks at number one. Third Stage was certified 4x Platinum in the United States by the RIAA. The power ballad Amanda, featured on Third Stage, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, in 1986. Third Stage boasts two other songs that reached the top 20: We’re Ready at #9 and Can’tcha Say (You Believe In Me)/Still In Love at #20.

Nirvana - 1988 - Love Buzz promo single cover

On this day in 1988 – The first single from Nirvana, Love Buzz”/”Big Cheese, appears on Sub Pop Singles Club.

Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider - promo cover pic - #1991IE

On November 1st, 1991 – The second studio album from America’s ICED EARTH was released in Europe: Night Of The Stormrider. This fabulous album was later released in the U.S. on April 30th, 1992.

Aerosmith - Big Ones - promo cover pic - 1994ST

On this day in 1994 – A greatest hits compilation titled, Big Ones was released by Aerosmith, via Geffen Records. Two previously unreleased songs are featured on this compilation: Walk On Water and Blind Man. The other hits on Big Ones spans Aerosmith’s albums from 1987 to 1993.

Nirvana - MTV unplugged in New York - promo cover pic - #1994DGN

On November 1st, 1994Nirvana – MTV Unplugged In New York is released. This album is a live acoustic performance, which was taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City, on November 18th, 1993.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Anthony Keidis - Rolling Stone promo cover - Italian version


On November 1st, 1962, Anthony Kiedis was born. Happy Birthday, Anthony! Whoa, man! Anthony Kiedis is the lead singer for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, back in 2012 and presented by Chris Rock. Above photo: 2011 issue of Rolling Stone Anthony Keidis cover feature – Italian version.

Def Leppard - Rolling Stone mag - #3399DL

Above: April of 1992 – Def Leppard cover feature. L to R: Rick Allen, Joe Elliott, Rick Savage and Phil Collen.

Rick Allen - Bristow - Virginia - July 25, 2014 - Helen L. Collen Photography

Above photo credit: Helen L. Collen Photography


On November 1st, 1963, Rick Allen was born. Happy Birthday, Rick! Yeah! Rick Allen is the amazing longtime drummer for the mighty Def Leppard.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




3 Responses to “On This Day In METAL History – November 1st…”

  1. Wow…I sure do remember the day these came out (Nirvana and Aerosmith’s Big Ones). I was working in the Record Store, and I was working the day of release. I had a buddy who wanted the Nirvana and his sister wanted Aero, so I had those on hold, but it didn’t matter we ordered like 50 of each. Huge sellers that Christmas. Lots of memories. That was my first Christmas at the Record Store, 20 years ago!

  2. I remember buying both ‘Killer’ and ‘Third stage’. The Boston album was eagerly awaited…it seemed to have been for ever since the ( I thought) underhwleming ‘Don’t Look Back’ – in fairness though, NO-ONE could have followed that debut! Third stage was a pleasant surprise, better than its predecessor and with enough of the magic dust that created ‘Boston’ sprinkled over it to make it a great record in its own right. ‘Killer’ wow. I bought this when vinyl was king – retro-discovered after watching Alice blow English schoolkids minds with his ‘School’s Out’ performance on Top of the Pops. A listen to this album confirmed Alice and his band (still to my mind one of THE great musiclan line-ups) were no pop-hit wonders. These guys were DEEP. There’s so much on this. ‘Under my Wheels’ just eats your face off, Be My Lover is riff-heaven, and ‘Halo of Flies’ is just OUT THERE. Only Alice was making music like this back then.

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