On This Day In METAL History – March 11th… And Happy METAL Birthday To Vinnie Paul!

Black Sabbath - Iron Man - 45rpm - promo pic - #1972BSMO0311

On March 11th, 1972 – The iconic Black Sabbath had their timeless song, Iron Man, sitting at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on their whiz-bang studio album from 1970: Paranoid. Whoa!

Led Zeppelin - 1975 US Tour - promo program cover pic - #LZMO19750311

On this day in 1975 – The fabulous Led Zeppelin performed at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, USA. Ticket prices were $6.50, $7.50 or $8.50, depending on the seating area. Whoa!! There was also a meager 50 cent service charge per ticket order. Unreal!

Van Halen "Van Halen" large promo album pic!

On March 11th, 1978 – The debut and self-titled album from the incredible Van Halen was invading the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. This glorious album eventually earned Diamond Status by the RIAA, selling 10 million (plus) units in the United States. Metal be thy name!

QUIET RIOT "Metal Health" large promo album pic!

On this day in 1983 – The third studio album, Metal Health, from the amazing QUIET RIOT was released. This outstanding album is considered the first Heavy Metal album to reach #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. To this very Metal minute, Metal Health (Bang Your Head) is my favorite Heavy Metal anthem of all-time. Over thirty years later, this song continues to make me psyched-out beyond belief. Rest in peace, Kevin DuBrow.

Guns N Roses - Paradise City - promo single cover pic - #1989GNRMO

On March 11th, 1989 – The rabid Guns N’ Roses hit single, Paradise City, was resting at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Paradise City is featured on the legendary debut GNR studio album, from 1987: Appetite For Destruction. This song was a strip club sensation; I’m just guessing for I never recall going to those places back in the day. Um, yeah.

Led Zeppelin "Physical Graffiti" large promo album pic

On this day in 2015 – The reissue of Led Zeppelin’s marvelous studio album, Physical Graffiti, returned to the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and is impressively resting at #11. Whoa!! Originally released back in 1975, this album reached #1 on this chart and that was many Metal moons ago. This proves that Led Zeppelin are forever relevant and this album’s place in Rock history is immeasurable.

Journey Greatest Hits - promo album cover - #336SPNS

On March 11th, 2015Journey’s Greatest Hits has climbed up to #67 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. This compilation album from Journey has peaked at #10, while spending a prodigious 345 weeks on this chart!! Long live Journey!

Birthday balloons - nighttime - clip-art!!

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Vinnie Paul - Modern Drummer - cover promo - 1994 - VPMO

Above: Modern Drummer (August – 1994)

Vinnie Paul - Close Up magazine cover promo - 2014 - VPMO

Above: Close-Up (Sweden – May of 2014)


On March 11th, Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul was born in Texas. Happy Birthday, Vinnie Paul! Hell Yeah!! Vinnie Paul is world-famous as the drummer and co-founder of Pantera, Damageplan and currently raising hell with the supergroup Hellyeah. Long live Vinnie Paul!!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




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