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On This Day In METAL History – December 24th… And A Happy Rockin’ Birthday Salute To LEMMY!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, Metal, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 24, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Guns N Roses - Welcome To The Jungle - promo 45rpm single cover sleeve - #1988AR

On December 24th, 1988Guns N’ Roses hits #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their song Welcome to the Jungle. This song is featured on the band’s debut studio album: Appetite For Destruction, released in 1987.

Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn - promo 45rpm - single cover sleeve - #1988PM

On this day in 1988Poison hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their power ballad: Every Rose Has Its Thorn. This song is featured on Poison’s second studio album from 1988: Open Up and Say… Ahh!.

Bon Jovi - Always - 45rpm single cover sleeve - #1994BJ

On December 24th, 1994Bon Jovi reaches #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their power ballad Always. This song is featured on Bon Jovi’s 1994 Greatest Hits album: Crossroad.

Pearl Jam - Vitalogy - promo CD cover pic - #1995PJ

On this day in 1994 – The third studio album from Pearl JamVitalogy, reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for one week. This was Pearl Jam’s second #1 studio album. Vitalogy debuted at #55 two weeks prior, when it was issued on vinyl two weeks prior to the cassette and CD release. Whoa!

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Lemmy - Motorhead - Decibel cover promo pic - #661224

Above: February 2014 issue of Decibel.

LEMMY KILMISTER

On December 24th, 1945, Lemmy Kilmister was born in England. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Lemmy! Hell, yeah and whoa! The legendary Lemmy is world-famously known as the bassist, vocalist, co-founder and co-songwriter for the iconic Motörhead.

Since the release of 1977’s debut and self-titled studio album, Motörhead have amassed an enormous discography which includes 21 studio albums. With relentless world-wide touring and never succumbing to the commercial mainstream, Motörhead has persevered and achieved success with their unique blend of Rock N’ Roll savagery.

Regardless of Motörhead’s non-mainstream sound and persona, the band won a Grammy in 2005 for Best Metal Performance and have been nominated once again for 2015. This may sound cliché, yet there has never been another Lemmy and Motörhead and there never will be either.

Before Motörhead, Lemmy was a member of such bands: The Rockin’ Vickers, Sam Gopal and Hawkwind. Seeing Motörhead live for the first time, back in the mid 80’s, was my Metal rite of passage. Long live the beloved Lemmy! Metal be thy name. – Stone

Motorhead - promo group pic - #10

MOTÖRHEAD

From L to R: Phil Campbell, Lemmy and Mikkey Dee.

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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 – December 23rd… IRON MAIDEN Edition!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - Killer - World Tour - 81 - #33312

1981 – The great Iron Maiden performed at The Ruskin Arms in London, England. Iron Maiden were touring in support of their second studio album: Killers. Vocalist Paul Di’Anno was fronting Iron Maiden. Man, how time moves quickly by.

Iron Maiden - The X Factour - promo band flyer - #1995BBSH

1995 – The iconic Iron Maiden performed at IJsselhallen in Zwolle, Netherlands, during their X Factour. Iron Maiden were touring in support of their tenth studio album: The X Factor. Vocalist Blaze Bayley was fronting Iron Maiden on this tour; he also made his debut on The X Factor studio album from 1995.

Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death - promo tour book cover - #2006SHBD

2006 – The powerful Iron Maiden performed Earls Court in London, England; one of many stops on the A Matter Of Life And Death Tour. Iron Maiden’s fourteenth studio album, A Matter Of Life And Death peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the United States.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

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DAVE MURRAY

On December 23rd, 1956, Dave Murray was born in England. Happy Metal birthday, Dave! Whoa, man! Dave Murray is world-famously known as a guitarist and songwriter for the amazing Iron Maiden. Dave Murray has been a life-long member of Iron Maiden, performing on all 15 Iron Maiden studio albums and all 11 live albums. Long live Dave Murray. Metal be thy name!

Dave Murray - Crate Amplifiers - promo ad - iron maiden

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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 – December 22nd… Happy Rockin’ Birthday, Rick Nielsen Of Cheap Trick!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, Hard Rock, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 22, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Rick Nielsen - US Rockstar - promo magazine cover - January - 2014

Above: January 2014 issue of U.S. Rockstar Magazine.

On December 22nd, 1946, Rick Nielsen was born in Elmhurst, Illinois. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Rick! Whoa, yeah and Metal be thy name! Rick Nielsen is world-famous as the co-founder, guitarist, songwriter and backing vocalist for the amazing Cheap Trick. It’s no secret that the legendary Rick Nielsen has been an innovator and influence during his exemplary Rock ‘N Roll career. From the late John Lennon to Dave Grohl, with Mötley Crüe in between, Rick Nielsen has collaborated with the very best.

Rick Nielsen - Creem - December 1980 - promo cover

Above: December 1980 issue of Creem.

Why Rick Nielsen and Cheap Trick are not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is bewildering to me. Regardless, this post is about celebrating the birthday and Rock ‘N Roll achievements of Rick Nielsen; so onward we venture! Below are several very cool facts about the Rock ‘N Roll career of Rick Nielsen and Cheap Trick. Enjoy! Whoa.

Fuse - promo album cover pic - #1969RN - Rick Nielsen

01Rick Nielsen and Cheap Trick bassist Tom Peterson both belonged to a band named Fuse, before Cheap Trick was formed. Fuse released an eight song album in 1970, via Epic Records. (See photo above).

02 – Cheap Trick have released 16 studio albums since 1977. Cheap Trick have also released 7 live albums and numerous compilations.

03 – Cheap Trick have been featured on 29 movie soundtracks.

04 – Cheap Trick have earned 40 Gold and Platinum recording awards.

Rick Nielsen - original orange five neck guitar - Hamer

Above: Rick Nielsen’s 1981 Hamer (original orange) Five Neck guitar that is now on display at Piece; which is Rick Nielsen’s restaurant in Chicago. Whoa, man, that’s cool!

05 – Rick Nielsen’s father, Ralph Nielsen, was a famous tenor that toured extensively and recorded 40 solo albums. Ralph Nielsen later opened a musical instrument store in Rockford, Illinois. Rick Nielsen moved to Rockford Illinois with his family, at 8 years old.

06 – Rick Nielsen is a self-taught musician who started off playing drums and later switched to guitar.

07 – Adding to Rick Nielsen’s iconic guitar playing and persona is his Hamer custom-made Five Neck guitar, as pictured above and below on the 1997 (self-titled) Cheap Trick album cover. Rick Nielsen owns 3 different Hamer Five Neck guitars.

Cheap Trick - promo album pic - 1997 - #97RNRZTPBEC

Above: 1997 Cheap Trick (self-titled) album cover.

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Rick Nielsen/Cheap Trick facts sources:

http://www.cheaptrick.com

http://onmilwaukee.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE RICK NIELSEN.

LONG LIVE CHEAP TRICK.

Stone.

DORO PESCH – Happy Metal Birthday From Metal Odyssey! Whoa!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 3, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Doro - Publicity Photo - 2012 - #1!

DORO PESCH – Today is June 3rd, 2013. Today is also the birthday of the ultra legendary Doro Pesch! Metal be thy name! Doro was born on June 3rd, 1964; and the rest is Heavy Metal history for our Queen Of Heavy Metal! So, without further delay, myself and everyone here at Metal Odyssey cheers:

HAPPY

METAL

BIRTHDAY

DORO PESCH!

AND…

RAISE

YOUR FIST

IN THE AIR!

DORO - Publicity Pic - Raise Your Fist - 2012 - #6

If y’all would like to read about my incredible time seeing DORO in concert this past February 9th, then click that cool link below! It was my Metal dream come true! Whoa!

Metal Buddy Rob Rockitt (of Hard Rock Hideout fame) was kind enough to welcome me into the grand state of Ohio, with a night out in Columbus at Ace Of Cups; the venue where DORO had us all… raising our fists in the air!!

DORO – Meeting Doro Pesch Was My Metal Dream Come True: Columbus Ohio, Ace Of Cups, February 9th, 2013

The above link is for a post featured on Metal Odyssey, on February 15, 2013.

Doro - Ace Of Cups - promo flyer - february - 2013

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DORO - Raise Your Fist - Large Promo Cover Pic!!

RAISE YOUR FIST is OUT NOW WORLDWIDE via Nuclear Blast Records.

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For more info on DORO PESCH, click on the links below! Whoa!

facebook: DORO

http://www.doro.de/

http://www.twitter.com/DoroOfficial

http://www.youtube.com/DoroOfficial

Doro and Stone - Feb. 9 - 2013

LONG LIVE DORO PESCH, THE QUEEN OF HEAVY METAL.

THANK YOU, DORO PESCH!

Stone.

TONY IOMMI – Happy Birthday From Metal Odyssey!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, guitar legends, guitarists, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music birthdays, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 19, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Back on February 19th, 1948, Tony Iommi was born. Tony Iommi turns a young 64 today. Guitar Legend. Founding member of Black Sabbath. Metal Legend. What more can be said about what Tony Iommi has accomplished for the evolution of Heavy Metal? One more thing can be said, however:

HAPPY

BIRTHDAY

TONY IOMMI!

LONG LIVE TONY IOMMI.

Stone.

ALICE COOPER – Happy Rockin’ Birthday From Metal Odyssey!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, horror metal, horror rock, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music birthdays, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Alice Cooper – You And Me (1977/Single/Warner Bros.)

ALICE COOPER – Back on February 4th, 1948, Alice Cooper was born. Today, the ultra influential and legendary Alice Cooper turns a young, Rockin’ and Metallin’ 64! So, without further Metal ado…

HAPPY

ROCKIN’

BIRTHDAY

ALICE

COOPER!

Alice Cooper – Constrictor (1986/MCA)

THANK YOU ALICE COOPER FOR YOUR PIONEERING BRAND OF HEAVY METAL, HORROR ROCK AND PERSONA!

Wanna read about that really cool You And Me 45 rpm single you see at the top of this post? Just click on the big header link below! I wrote and posted up this article back on June 20th, 2010. Metal be thy name!

ROCK MUSIC VINYL FLASHBACK: ALICE COOPER – “YOU AND ME” 45 RPM FROM 1977

WE’RE NOT WORTHY! WE’RE NOT WORTHY!

Alice Cooper – Along Came A Spider ( 2008/Steamhammer SPV)

LONG LIVE ALICE COOPER.

Stone.

Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers – A Metal Odyssey Happy Birthday Shout Out!

Posted in alternative rock, celebrity birthdays, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(Second from left is Flea)

FLEA – Back on October 16th, 1962, Michael Peter Balzary aka Flea was born. Flea is famously known around the planet and other distant galaxies as the co-founding member and bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Recently, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame “nominated” Red Hot Chili Peppers for the 2012 induction class. I hope Flea and his band do get that Rockin’ honor they deserve. Flea turns 49 years young today, so without further delay…

Happy Rockin’

Birthday

Flea!

LONG LIVE FLEA.

LONG LIVE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.

Stone.

George Lynch – Guitar Legend: Happy Birthday From Metal Odyssey!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, guitarists, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

GEORGE LYNCH – Influential and legendary guitarist and songwriter – George Lynch, aka “Mr. Scary” turns 57 years young today. George Lynch was born on September 28th, 1954. Happy Birthday George!

George Lynch has had an amazing career in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, with his notable tenure as Dokken’s lead guitarist being an important chapter in Heavy Metal and Hard Rock history. George’s post Dokken career is yet another standout chapter in Heavy Music history. George has enjoyed much admirable success with his Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band Lynch Mob along with his highly respected solo career.

Back on July 19th, 2011, the brand new George Lynch album Kill All Control was released. This blazingly Hard Rockin’ and Heavy Hittin’ album features the virtuosic guitar of George Lynch, while boasting the vocals of: Marc TorienWill Marten and Keith St. John.

I once had the pleasure to interview George Lynch back in 2010 for Rob Rockitt’s industry-wide respected Hard Rock Hideout. To say George was a genuine and nice guy while we conversed is an underestimation. George loves to play and listen to all kinds of music and you can read all about it for yourself, by clicking on the large header link below:

GEORGE LYNCH – THE HARD ROCK HIDEOUT INTERVIEW!

* For more info on GEORGE LYNCH, click on the link below:

George Lynch – The Official George Lynch Website

LONG LIVE GEORGE LYNCH.

Stone.

SLASH – Happy Rockin’ Birthday From Metal Odyssey!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 23, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

SLASHGuns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash’s Snakepit, sought after solo artist, legendary guitarist… ’nuff said. Oh, there is one more thing: Slash was born on this date of July 23rd, back in 1965!

HAPPY

ROCKIN’

BIRTHDAY

SLASH!

LONG LIVE SLASH.

46 Years Young.

Stone.

Brian May – Happy Birthday From Metal Odyssey!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, classic rock guitarists, Hard Rock, hard rock guitarists, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, Music, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

BRIAN MAY – On July 19th, 1947, Brian May was born. Brian May turns 64 years young today! Happy Birthday Brian May! Being the legendary guitarist and songwriter for the also legendary Queen, it is difficult to not have Brian’s name mentioned in any discussion about all-time greatest guitarists. His signature guitar sound is so recognizable and downright classic.

While I was growing up as a young lad, I can recall hearing Queen on the radio. I remember thinking to myself, that Queen’s songs moved me in such a psyched-out way. Realistically, all those same Queen songs I heard so long ago, when I didn’t even own a legitimate stereo, still psyche me out today. Timeless Rock written and played by timeless musicians, such as Brian May… never fades away.

Pictured at top of post: Brian May – Back To The Light, (UK album cover)/Released in 1992 on Parlophone Records (UK) and 1993 on Hollywood Records (U.S.)

LONG LIVE BRIAN MAY.

Stone.

Phil Campbell of Motörhead – Happy Birthday From Metal Odyssey!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock and roll, rock and roll birthdays, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(Overnight Sensation/1996 – L to R: Phil, Lemmy & Mikkey)

PHIL CAMPBELL – Happy Birthday Phil Campbell! On May 7th, 2011, legendary guitarist Phil Campbell turns a stellar 50! Since 1984, Phil Campbell has been the guitarist for the world’s greatest, fastest and most persevering Rock ‘n’ Roll band known as: Motörhead. Thank you Phil for all the enormous Rock ‘n’ Roll you’ve created!

Phil was hired by Motörhead founder and ultra-legendary Lemmy Kilmister back in 1984. Former Motörhead guitarist Würzel was also hired at the same time. With the trio of Lemmy (bass & vocals), Mikkey Dee (drums) and Phil, Motörhead continue to be the lean, mean, Rock ‘n’ Roll machine in 2011 with NO end in sight!

Phil Campbell Rock ‘n’ Roll Facts:

* Phil Campbell formed the Heavy Metal band Persian Risk back in 1979, in Cardiff, Wales.

* Phil Campbell first appeared on the Motörhead compilation album No Remorse, which was released back in 1984 on Bronze Records. The songs on No Remorse (vinyl/LP version) which Phil Campbell played guitar on: Killed By Death, Snaggletooth, Steal Your Face and Locomotive.  Phil Campbell played guitar for two versions of Under The Knife, found on the No Remorse double CD as bonus tracks.

* Phil Campbell has played guitar on 14 Motörhead studio albums, the first being Orgasmatron from 1986 and the most recent being The Wörld Is Yours released in December of 2010.

* For more info on Motörhead, click here: Motörhead

Long Live Phil Campbell.

Long Live Motörhead.

Stone.

Metal Odyssey Says: Happy Metal Birthday Scott Coverdale!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, classic rock music, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAY SCOTT COVERDALE! – Metal Odyssey would like to wish contributing writer and Metal Researcher, Scott Coverdale, a Happy Metal Birthday! Yes, Scott turns (?) old today, March 24th, 2011. Let’s just say that Scott is “old enough” to “somehow” remember going to the 1988 Monsters Of Rock Festival in Foxsborough, Massachusetts and NOT “old enough” to remember watching the Beatles make their historical debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.

I would like to thank Scott Coverdale for his contributions, fact finding research and digging through CD’s for Metal Odyssey. Remember, my best Metal Buddy Scott… it’s all done in the name of METAL!

I chose the 1988 album cover of AC/DC – Blow Up Your Video (top of post) due to the Metal memories it provides me. You see, this 1988 AC/DC concert is single handedly, the most obnoxiously funny time I’ve ever had with Scott Coverdale at any we went to together. AC/DC Rocked the hell out of the Hartford Civic Center that night too! 1988 was a very cool Metal year indeed. Heatseeker! Uh… Metal be thy name.

LONG LIVE SCOTT COVERDALE.

“HAVE A DRINK ON ME”

Stone.

Neal Schon – Metal Odyssey Salutes Rock Legend’s Birthday!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, guitar legends, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, Music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(That’s Neal Schon, in the top left/back row. This Next album from 1977 was Journey’s third studio album and pre-Steve Perry)

NEAL SCHON – Metal Odyssey gives a loud and Rockin’ Happy Birthday to Neal Schon! A founding member and non-stop lead guitarist for the ultra-legendary Journey, Neal Schon was born on February 27th, 1954. How can anyone measure the Rock ‘N’ Roll career and achievements of Neal Schon? I couldn’t. This is as key a figure in the history of Rock as you can ask for. Neal Schon is an influential guitarist, songwriter and figure of the Rock Music world spanning five decades. Thank you for the music Neal Schon!

My personal favorite Journey song of all-time is Any Way You Want It from 1980’s Departure. My second favorite Journey song ever is: The Party’s Over (Hopelessly In Love) which is the lone studio song on the 1981 live double album – Captured. I always have a soft spot for that little guitar solo that Neal Schon created in Don’t Stop Believin’ from 1981’s Escape.

As for my all-time favorite Journey album? Man, it’s tough. I’m going with two here: Infinity from 1978 and Evolution from 1979. The entire Journey catalog is just too rich with enormously memorable songs for me.

* Here is a list of some notable bands that Neal Schon has been a key part of during his amazing career. By no means is this list complete and in no particular order, that is not my intent here.

JOURNEY – (of course and ’nuff said)

HSAS – (with Sammy HagarKenny Aaronson and Michael Shrieve). HSAS released only one studio album: Through The Fire back in 1984. Yes, take my Metal word for it, it’s a very cool Hard Rock album to own.

BAD ENGLISH – (with John WaiteRicky PhillipsJonathan Cain and Deen Castronovo). Bad English released two studio albums: Bad English in 1989 and Backlash in 1991. An excellent Hard Rock group was Bad English, both albums are very worthy listens.

SANTANA – Neal Schon played guitar on Santana III, which was released back in 1971. Neal Schon was only 17 years old then! Neal also played guitar on Caravanserai (1972). Rock history, pure and simple.

HARDLINE – Neal Schon played lead guitar on Hardline’s debut 1992 studio album: Double Eclipse. This is one fabulous Hard Rock album to get ahold of… if you haven’t already.

* For more info on Neal Schon, click here: NEAL SCHON – Official Website

* For more info on Journey, click here: JOURNEY

LONG LIVE NEAL SCHON.

Stone.

Eddie Van Halen – Happy Metal Birthday From Metal Odyssey!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

EDDIE VAN HALEN – Back on January 26, 1955, one of the greatest guitar players that has ever roamed the Rock and Heavy Music landscape was born. This icon of Rock is also a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer as well. Incredibly documented and noted for his superior guitar wizardry, that in turn has made him become a most influential musician spanning Rock ‘N’ Roll generations is – Eddie Van Halen. Happy Metal Birthday Eddie! The legendary founding member and lead guitarist for Van Halen turns a young 56 today! Whoa… YEAH!

(VAN HALEN I – 1978/Warner Bros. Records)

Van Halen I and Van Halen II are both albums that made my eyeballs widen and my jaw drop to the ground when I was just a young lad. All I can remember was thinking to myself… what is this? This music, this Heavy sound, THAT guitar! I would confidently venture to guess, that I’m not alone in that Rock ‘N’ Roll memory. This was 1978 and 1979 when these first two Van Halen albums were released respectively. Van Halen’s wide-open Hard Rock meets Heavy Metal sound and vibe created some excitement, that was and still is damn amazing to my ears to this very day!

CRANK UP SOME VAN HALEN TODAY AND YELL F’N YEAH!

Guess what? Guess who else shares their birthday with Eddie Van Halen on this 26th day of January? Need some hints? He’s a Metalhead lifer. The dude writing this. Stone. That’s me! YEAH! Happy Metal Birthday to me! I turn a very young 18 today! Um, alright… maybe I’m not 18 after all. Just add “27” to “18” and you win the Metal prize… which is the answer to my real age! The older I get, the more Rock ‘N’ Roll I need… and Metal is my all natural elixir.

(VAN HALEN II – 1979/Warner Bros. Records)

LONG LIVE EDDIE VAN HALEN.

LONG LIVE VAN HALEN.

LONG LIVE STONE.

Stone.

SAMMY HAGAR – HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM METAL ODYSSEY!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, metal odyssey, Music, rock & roll, rock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

SAMMY HAGAR – On October 13, 1947, Sammy Hagar, the “Red Rocker” was born. Sixty Three years later, Sammy Hagar stands tall as one of the greatest in all of Rock. I, along with Scott Coverdale and the entire Metal Odyssey family, wants to wish Sammy a LOUD and fun filled HAPPY BIRTHDAY! My wife especially, well, she wanted to make certain to wish the Red Rocker a happy birthday today… she really digs him and rightfully so.

If Stone could buy a beer today for Sammy… I’d buy ’em by the rounds! A lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, Sammy has a vocal presence that is undeniably infectious and resonates nuthin’ but Rock ‘N’ Roll at 100% proof. There is something about listening to Sammy Hagar’s vocals that makes me and countless others feel like everything is alright… it’s all about good times.

Scott Coverdale and I can never get enough of The Red Rocker… he is as cool in 2010 as ever. Chickenfoot, ’nuff said. To keep the relevance fires burning in Rock Music like Sammy continues to do, only reflects on just how legitimate and honest he is as an all-around musician. Thanks for all of the fabulously memorable music you have created over the years Sammy!! Don’t ever stop ROCKIN!

Here is a roll call of the bands that Sammy has been a major part of, over his illustriously Rockin’ career:

MONTROSE (1973-1975)

That’s Sammy pictured in the far right corner of this album photo. This is the Montrose self-titled debut album from 1973. A classic band is Montrose, we’re talkin’ about Hard Rock & Heavy Metal roots here.

SAMMY HAGAR (Solo)

Sammy has released 11 solo studio albums over his legendary career. Street Machine was the fourth solo album from Sammy, released in 1979 on Capitol Records.

My favorite Sammy Hagar solo album is – Standing Hampton. This album was my very first Sammy Hagar album. Standing Hampton was released in 1981 on Geffen Records. I remember buying it at Bradlees department store in the early ’80’s. I worked in a grocery store in the same plaza as Bradlees… this album probably cost half of my paycheck back then, only it was well worth every penny. Baby’s On Fire is probably my favorite Sammy Hagar song ever. There’s Only One Way To Rock is a song that kicks ass from sunrise to sunset. Plus, Heavy Metal is a downright heavy hitter of a song too. Even if you own a Sammy Hagar “Greatest Hits” CD… buy Standing Hampton… you’ll thank Stone later.

HSAS – Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve – Released back in 1984, HSAS was a cool supergroup led by Sammy Hagar on lead vocals. Neal Schon (Journey) on guitar, Kenny Aaronson (Dust) on bass and Michael Shrieve (Santana) on drums. This Through The Fire album from HSAS kicks ass, it’s a great Hard Rock album that deserves more attention than it gets. No, this HSAS album is NOT dated… it has that deeply rooted sound that some of today’s Hard Rock Bands can’t capture.

VAN HALEN – Or, if you prefer, Van Hagar. Just an unbelievably smooth transition Sammy Hagar made in becoming the lead vocalist for Van Halen back in 1986… whoa. The debut album showcasing Sammy with Van Halen was 1986’s 5150 and that album will always be an incredible listen for me. If I had to choose a favorite Van Halen album with Sammy on lead pipes… it’s OU812 from 1988. Cabo Wabo, Feels So Good and Black And Blue are three songs that psyche-me-out beyond Metal belief. Metal be thy name.

SAMMY HAGAR and THE WABORITAS / WABOS – Just good times, feel good, party Rock ‘N’ Roll is Sammy’s Wabos band. If you have never checked out any of their albums, your missing out. This band Sammy assembled can Rock, Rock Hard or simply play it ultra-cool at times. My favorite Wabos album is Livin’ It Up from 2006.

CHICKENFOOT – Sammy’s second venture into forming a “supergroup” has succeeded in my Metal opinion. Chickenfoot ROCKS. ‘Nuff said. The detractors of Chickenfoot are just plain jealous, they have what is diagnosed as: Chickenfoot envy. Released in the Summer of 2009, the self-titled, debut album from Chickenfoot has all that Hard Rockin’ Summertime vibe I crave. With Joe Satriani on guitar, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony… yup, it’s a super-duper group.

LONG LIVE SAMMY HAGAR!

* For more info on SAMMY HAGAR, just click on the link below:

RED ROCKER.com

SAMMY HAGAR = GOOD TIMES!

Stone.

 

Jerry Lee Lewis – Happy Birthday From Metal Odyssey!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, metal odyssey, Music, rock & roll, rock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock and roll news, rock music, rock music history, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

JERRY LEE LEWIS – Metal Odyssey wants to extend a LOUD and ROCKIN’… Happy Birthday to Jerry Lee Lewis! On September 29, 1935, this living Rock ‘N’ Roll Legend was born. At age 75, Jerry Lee Lewis is still Rockin’ the house down wherever he plays! It is real Rock ‘N’ Roll Legends like Jerry Lee Lewis who wrote the book on Rockin’ stage presence. Be it Rock ‘N’ Roll, Country or the genre he helped to shape into form, Rockabilly, Jerry Lee Lewis is without question… a timeless singer, songwriter and performer. A pioneer of Rock ‘N’ Roll is he.

When I was just a young lad, I can remember watching the live concert footage of Jerry Lee Lewis on numerous Rock ‘N’ Roll documentaries. My Dad would tell me: “son, Jerry Lee Lewis use to cause quite the ruckus wherever he played back in the ’50’s!” My Dad actually did get to see Jerry Lee Lewis perform live at a theater in Hartford, Connecticut… back in those Rockin’ late ’50’s. He told me time and again, as I grew up, that Jerry Lee Lewis “live” was incredible stuff. From the stories told to me from my Dad, other unreal legends of Rock ‘N’ Roll played at the local Hartford area theaters as well… Fats Domino, Chuck BerryLittle Richard, The Everly Brothers and so on.

There are those moments, where I wish I could go back in time, just like Michael J. Fox did in those fun Back To The Future movies. Just to see the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis performing live, in the decade of those fabulous ’50’s, would be a Rockin’ time traveling experience for certain. Aw, heck, I would want to see all the legends of Rock ‘N’ Roll playing live back then… making for a very long stay, on a trip back through time. I guess those good ‘ol news reels and live concert footage from the ’50’s, that make up so many Rock ‘N’ Roll documentaries, will have to do for now.

* Jerry Lee Lewis was inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986.

* Jerry Lee Lewis has a brand new studio album out, it’s titled: Mean Old Man and was released on September 7, 2010, on Verve Forecast/Shangri La. There are some very cool and legendary guest musicians on this album with Jerry Lee Lewis too. Here are just “some” of the great names: Ringo Starr, Kid Rock, Slash, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Wood, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow and… Eric Clapton! This is an abbreviated list too! I feel it’s pretty fine when some of the biggest names in Rock and Country Music can rally around Jerry Lee Lewis like that for his new album. A Metal kudos to all of ’em!

* There are 10 songs on the standard issued CD of Mean Old Man, with 18 songs on the deluxe edition.

* My personal favorite Jerry Lee Lewis song is Great Balls Of Fire. Sure, it may seem like an obvious choice, only it is my favorite from him. This song was covered by an all-time favorite band of mine… the MISFITS. Great Balls Of Fire can be heard on their 2003 studio album – Project 1950. This is an album of ten cover songs… all legendary hits from the fabulous ’50’s. The Misfits Jerry Only sings Great Balls Of Fire the only way that he can… and it’s fiendishly great. I highly recommend Project 1950 to any fan of Rock ‘N’ Roll… any.

I think the album cover for Project 1950 is very cool.

LONG LIVE JERRY LEE LEWIS!

LONG LIVE THE MISFITS!

AW, HECK…  AS THE LATE AND ULTRA GREAT RONNIE JAMES DIO ONCE SANG… LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL!!

BLACKIE LAWLESS OF W.A.S.P. – HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAY!!

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BLACKIE LAWLESSOn September 4, 1956, Blackie Lawless was born. On that day, the history of Heavy Metal was solidified and secured. Blackie Lawless turns a Metal cool 54 today! Happy Metal Birthday Blackie Lawless! You are a Metal Odyssey – Lifetime Metal Warrior. With 14 studio albums and 4 live albums as the founding Metal leader of W.A.S.P., I and Scott Coverdale give you a Metal salute and a rousing THANK YOU!

THANK YOU Blackie Lawless for also standing up against the PMRC back in 1985… our freedom to listen to the music that we love in America was on the brink due to this PMRC “group” and WE WON due to our Metal and Music community banding together as one. Scott Coverdale and I don’t forget what you stood up for back in those late 80’s. Stone and Scott Coverdale shall never forget their Metal roots, therefore, we shall never forget the history of Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P.!

THANK YOU for creating Babylon. This 2009 studio album of unreal & supercharged Metal was heralded as the #1 Heavy Metal album of 2009, right here, on Metal Odyssey! On December 28, 2009, Metal Odyssey posted their “Top 25 Heavy Metal Albums Of 2009”. Anyone who missed it can read all about it and check out W.A.S.P. Babylon being #1, just by clicking on the big and cool link below:

METAL ODYSSEY’S TOP 25 HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF 2009

* After the release of Babylon, I was so psyched out of my Metal mind about this album, that praising one song at a time from it seemed like a logical Metal choice. Here is the post, from November 14, 2009, that gives Metal praise to the Chuck Berry classic Promised Land, that W.A.S.P. so admirably covered on Babylon:

W.A.S.P. COVERS CHUCK BERRY CLASSIC – “PROMISED LAND” ON “BABYLON” ALBUM

* On November 11, 2009, I gave a Metal thumbs up to the song Crazy from Babylon:

W.A.S.P. “CRAZY” FROM “BABYLON” ALBUM IS WOVEN WITH HEAVY METAL MATURITY

* And on November 10, 2009, I ranted and Metal raved about W.A.S.P. covering the Deep Purple classic Burn that is heard on Babylon:

W.A.S.P. COVERS THE DEEP PURPLE CLASSIC “BURN” WITH HEAVY METAL PRIDE ON BABYLON ALBUM!

* On March 10, 2010, Metal Odyssey posted about just how incredible W.A.S.P. Live… In The Raw truly is. You can check it out by clicking on the magic link below:

W.A.S.P. – “LIVE… IN THE RAW” RESONATES THE LIVE POWER AND SOUL OF HEAVY ROCK ‘N ROLL!!

* On January 14, 2010, Metal Odyssey featured a post about the collector side of Stone when it comes to W.A.S.P., the 12″ single of The Real Me is shown in all of it’s Metal glory! Click that jim dandy link below to check it out:

W.A.S.P. – “THE REAL ME” 12″ SINGLE FROM 1989 REVISITED!

* On December 30, 2009, Metal Odyssey got all Metal giddy about the 1989 picture disc of The Headless Children. Yes… that fine link below will take you right to this post:

W.A.S.P. “THE HEADLESS CHILDREN” 1989 PICTURE DISC IS FOR KEEPS!

* Going back to April April 24, 2009, Metal Odyssey wasn’t bashful about being Metal psyched about the 1985 studio album – The Last Command. Metal be thy name, this is a fabulous W.A.S.P. album! Read for yourself, if you so choose, by clicking the link below:

W.A.S.P. “The Last Command” is a Heavy Metal classic!

* Back on March 21, 2009, Metal Odyssey celebrated 26 years of W.A.S.P. Heavy Metal! A terrific post was written to celebrate this amazing and historic Heavy Metal event. The link below shall guide you to this Metal read:

Celebrating 26 years of W.A.S.P. Heavy Metal!

* For those who want to learn about more incredible W.A.S.P. albums from the past, all you need to do is click on the links below. These are all album reviews written by Stone!

* From March 15, 2009:

W.A.S.P. – DYING FOR THE WORLD

* From March 15, 2009:

W.A.S.P. – STILL NOT BLACK ENOUGH

* From March 15, 2009:

W.A.S.P. – HELLDORADO

* From March 14, 2009:

W.A.S.P. – THE CRIMSON IDOL

So, as anyone can see, Blackie Lawless and his amazingly important and Metal historic band W.A.S.P. are and forever will be embraced here on Metal Odyssey.

LONG LIVE BLACKIE LAWLESS!

BLACKIE LAWLESS = HEAVY METAL & ROCK ‘N’ ROLL LEGEND

Stone.

GLENN HUGHES – HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM METAL ODYSSEY!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, classic rock bands, classic rock music, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal history, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, metal odyssey, Music, rock & roll, rock and roll, rock music, rock music history, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

GLENN HUGHES – “The Voice of Rock”. Metal Odyssey extends a loud Happy Birthday to vocal and music legend Glenn Hughes! On August 21, 1952, Glenn Hughes was born. Glenn turns a Rockin’ 58 years old today! Glenn Hughes has been the lead vocalist for both Deep Purple and Black Sabbath during his unreal legendary music career. Those are two bands that paved the road for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal as we all know, listen to and love it today.

In 2010, Glenn is Rockin’ better than ever with his new band – Black Country Communion, which also features Jason Bonham on drums. Glenn Hughes can easily be considered as one of the all-time greatest singers in Rock history… in my Metal opinion, Metal be thy name.

The genres of music that Glenn Hughes has performed, as both a vocalist and musician, coupled with being a songwriter and producer, are many… Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, Funk and Soul to name quite a few. To say Glenn Hughes is a diverse vocalist and musician is an understatement. Glenn Hughes belongs in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, his contributions and talent stand alone, as he has stood the test of time.

* For more info on Glenn Hughes, visit his “official website” by clicking the link below:

GLENN HUGHES – Official Website

* For more info on Black Country Communion, just click the cool link below:

Black Country Communion – Official Website

Black Country Communion will be released on September 21, 2010, on J&R Adventures.

* Pictured at the top of this post, is the album cover for: Glenn Hughes – Feel, which was released in 1995 on SPV.

Here are just a few albums, where Glenn Hughes is featured on, that are lifetime favorites of mine:

Black Sabbath – Seventh Star (1986)

Glenn Hughes – lead vocalist

Deep Purple – Burn (1974)

Glenn Hughes – bass & vocals

IOMMI With Glenn Hughes – The 1996 Dep Sessions (2004)

Glenn Hughes – lead vocalist & bass

On October 20, 2009, I reviewed this IOMMI With Glenn Hughes album. You can read all about it by clicking the oversized link below:

TONY IOMMI & GLENN HUGHES – 1996 DEP SESSIONS ALBUM- OLD SCHOOL HEAVY METAL

LONG LIVE GLENN HUGHES!

Stone.

HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAY MATT SORUM!

Posted in 1980's hard rock bands, 1980's heavy metal bands, 1990's heavy metal bands, celebrity birthdays, hard rock drummers, hard rock fashions, hard rock music, heavy metal birthdays, heavy metal drummers, heavy metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock and roll fashions, rock celebrity birthdays, rock drummers, rock music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Metal Odyssey hereby bellows, with Heavy Metal enthusiasm, a Happy Metal Birthday to Matt Sorum! 49 years on planet Earth has Matt Sorum been, arriving on November 19, 1960. Matt Sorum is the drummer for Velvet Revolver and former drummer for Guns N’ Roses and The Cult. (These are the most famous bands that Matt Sorum has been drummer for). A Heavy Metal milestone for Matt Sorum happened this Fall of 2009, where he filled in as the drummer for the ultra legendary Motorhead. (Mikkey Dee of Motorhead took a leave of absence to be on a reality television show, some sort of survivor type show).

Man, if there ever was a sharp dressed man, Matt Sorum has the knack for looking sharp. ZZ Top must have wrote Sharp Dressed Man with Matt Sorum in mind. Matt Sorum has his own clothing line too, if I had the extra loot I would be buying his stuff and strutting the look. Oh well, I guess the $12 jeans from Walmart will suffice me for now. Matt Sorum teamed up with renowned fashion designer Max Noce and launched the Sorum Noce Clothing Line this past March of 2009.

As for Matt Sorum on drums, what can I say? This guy is real good. C’mon, the three bands he has been drummer for are no slouches within the world of Heavy Metal. To have been the drummer for those three bands of their status, man, that basically says it all. Plus, once Velvet Revolver makes a return, (with a new lead singer of course), Matt Sorum will be manning the skins and continuing his Hard Rock/Heavy Metal legacy. As I read a quote from Lemmy Kilmister, (vocalist & bass guitarist of Motorhead), recently, he referred to Matt Sorum as a professional. ‘Nuff said.

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