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On This Day In METAL History – June 20th… From JIMI HENDRIX To SLAYER

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

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On June 20th, 1969The Jimi Hendrix Experience received $125,000, the largest pay ever for that time period, for their headlining appearance at the Newport Pop Festival. This Rock historic event was held outside of Los Angeles, California. Man, oh, man!

Texxas Jam 87- promo flyer pic - #0620SAMOR

On June 20th, 1987Boston made their first live appearance in eight years, headlining the Texxas Jam at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. That event’s legendary bill also included Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Poison and Tesla. Holy mandarin oranges!

Ozzfest - 1998 - Milton Keynes - UK - June 20 - promo flyer - #062033MOSF

On June 20th, 1998Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters and Pantera headlined the first Ozzfest held in the United Kingdom, at the Milton Keynes Bowl in Milton Keynes. Far out, man!

Slayer - Repentless - promo album cover pic - #0911MOSLSAHF

On June 20th, 2015 – The forthcoming studio album, Repentless, from the mighty SLAYER is ranked at #1, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums chart. Repentless will be released on September 11th, 2015, via Nuclear Blast. Hail SSSSLLLAAAYYERRR!!

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Ozzy - My Pup - Close-Up - January - 2014

Metal Pup Ozzy Says: Whoa.

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

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On This Day In METAL History – June 4th… From SWEET To NEKROGOBLIKON

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on June 4, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Sweet - Off The Record - promo album cover pic - 1977 - #77SMO151

On June 4th, 1977 – The legendary Sweet hits #151 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, in the United States, with their fifth studio album: Off the Record. Man, that is some fine album artwork! Plus, album covers weren’t created with the help of computer design programs back then either; that is all done by hand with the use of an air brush! Old school! Long live the legacy of SWEET!

Scorpions - Savage Amusement - promo album cover pic - 1988 - #060488SKMMOS

On June 4th, 1988 – The mighty SCORPIONS had their tenth studio album, Savage Amusement, ranked at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. This would be the last top ten album for the SCORPIONS. I love this SCORPIONS album!

My favorite songs on Savage Amusement are: Don’t Stop At The Top and Rhythm Of Love. It doesn’t matter if the SCORPIONS no longer hit the top ten in album sales; this incredible band still kicks absolute and ultra potent Metal ass to this very day! Metal Be Thy Name!

Pauly Shore - Totally Pauly - MTV show promo pic - 1990 - #060490

On June 4th, 1990MTV debuts Totally Pauly, a comedy video show starring comedian Pauly Shore. Holy moly!

Nekrogoblikon - Heavy Meta - promo album cover pic - 2015

On June 4th, 2015 – The new studio album from Nekrogoblikon, Heavy Meta, is ranked at #16, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. I highly recommend this album; this is Goblin Metal that I cannot get enough of! Whoa and hell yes!

KISS - promo band pic - 2015 - #060415GSMOS

On June 4th, 2015 – The iconic KISS are to perform at Arena Leipzig, in Leipzig, Germany. Whoa, man! Lucky Leipzig.

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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 28th… From US FESTIVAL ’83 To BATTLECROSS

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on May 28, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

The US Festival - 1983 - May 28 - promo flyer pic - #052883MOUSNW01

On May 28th, 1983 – The US Festival began the first of three days in San Bernardino, California; this was New Wave Day. Heavy Metal Day and Rock Day were to follow, respectively. This 3 day festival was the brainchild of Steve Wozniak.

Among the very many performers spanning the entire festival were: Van Halen, David Bowie, The Clash, Joe Walsh, The Pretenders, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Triumph, Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot, U2, Missing Persons, Stray Cats, INXS, and Stevie Nicks. Amazing!! By the way, I was 17 years old in ’83. Whoa.

Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son - promo album cover pic - 1988 - #339988IMMO

On May 28th, 1988 – The amazing Iron Maiden peaked at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart with their seventh studio album: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. This album went on to achieve Gold sales status in the United States. The great Derek Riggs created the album cover art for this splendid album too. Whoa!! Long live Iron Maiden!

Battlecross - Rise To Power - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #0528MOBC

On May 28th, 2015 – The new studio album from Detroit’s BATTLECROSS is ranked at #47 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums ChartRise to Power will be released worldwide via Metal Blade Records, on August 21st, 2015. Hail BATTLECROSS!

Whitesnake - The Purple Album - promo album cover pic - #2015WSMO

On May 28th, 2015Whitesnake’s new studio album of Deep Purple cover songs, The Purple Album, debuts at #87 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Long live Whitesnake and David Coverdale! Hell and yeah, man!!

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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 17th… From Rainbow To Paul Di’Anno

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on May 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Led Zeppelin - Trampled Under Foot - promo 45rpm cover sleeve - #1975LZRP0517MOJP

On May 17th, 1975 – The iconic Led Zeppelin had their hit Trampled Under Foot, ranked at #38, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on their sixth studio album from 1975: Physical Graffiti.

Queen - Killer Queen - 45rpm cover sleeve - 1975 - #0517KQMOQ

On May 17th, 1975 – The fabulous Queen had their hit single Killer Queen, ranked at #12, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, in the United States. This song is featured on Queen’s third studio album from 1974: Sheer Heart Attack.

Rainbow - Rising - promo album cover pic - 1976 - #051776 - MORRJD

On May 17th, 1976 – The legendary Rainbow released their second studio album: Rainbow Rising. The band lineup was amazing and included: Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Jimmy Bain on bass, Cozy Powell on drums and Tony Carey on keys. Whoa, man!

Van Halen - Why Cant This Be Love - promo single cover art - 1986 - #99

On May 17th, 1986 – The mighty Van Halen had their hit single Why Can’t This Be Love, ranked at #3, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Whoa! This song is featured on Van Halen’s seventh studio album from 1986: 5150. This album was the first to feature Sammy Hagar aka The Red Rocker on vocals.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Paul Dianno - The Beast Arises - promo album cover pic - 2014 - #33PDMOIML

PAUL DI’ANNO

Paul Di’Anno was born on May 17th, 1959, in England. Happy Birthday, Paul Di’Anno! Hell and whoa! The legendary Paul Di’Anno is world-famous as a Heavy Metal singer and songwriter. He was the first recording vocalist with the iconic Iron Maiden; being featured on their first two studio albums: Iron Maiden (1980) and Killers (1981). Pictured above is Paul Di’Anno’s live album from 2014: The Beast Arises.

Paul Dianno's Battlezone - promo cover pic #2!

Above: Battlezone – Children Of Madness (1987)

During his post Iron Maiden years, Paul Di’Anno had enjoyed musical success with his bands Di’AnnoBattlezone and Killers, while giving it an impressive try with supergroup Gogmagog. There have been numerous guest appearances by Paul Di’Anno on other artists albums, along with being featured on many tribute albums. Paul Di’Anno’s solo career continues to this day.

Paul Di’Anno was also the vocalist on Iron Maiden’s kick-ass live EP from 1981: Maiden Japan.

Iron Maiden - Maiden Japan - Live EP - promo cover pic

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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 11th… From IRON MAIDEN To ERIC BURDON

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on May 11, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast - promo LP cover pic - 1982 - #33IMMOBD05

On May 11th, 1982 – The incredible IRON MAIDEN began their North American leg of their tour in support of their third studio album: The Number of the Beast. This concert took place at the IMA Auditorium in Flint, Michigan, opening for Rainbow. During The Beast On The Road tour, IRON MAIDEN also opened for 38 Special, Scorpions and Judas Priest. Whoa!!

Nelson - More Than Ever - promo CD single pic - 1990 - #05NMORNB

On May 11th, 1990Nelson’s hit single More Than Ever is ranked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on Nelson’s debut studio album from 1990: After The Rain.

Five Finger Death Punch - War Is The Answer - promo album cover pic - 2009 - #05FFDPMO03

On May 11th, 2015 – The cover song Bad Company, from Five Finger Death Punch, is ranked #1 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Songs Chart. This cover song is featured on the second studio album from Five Finger Death Punch from 2009: War Is The Answer.

The original song was recorded by Bad Company and is featured on their debut and self-titled studio album from 1974; it was written by vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke of Bad Company.

In This Moment - Rise Of The Blood Legion Greatest Hits Chapter 1 - promo CD cover pic - 2015

On May 11th, 2015In This Moment has their compilation album Rise Of The Blood Legion: Greatest Hits (Chapter 1) ranked at #5 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa! This album was released on May 4th, 2015, via Century Media.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Eric Burdon - Til Your River Runs Dry - promo CD cover pic - 2013 - #05TAMO03

Above: ‘Til Your River Runs Dry (2013)

ERIC BURDON

On May 11th, 1941, Eric Burdon was born in England. Happy Birthday, Eric Burdon! Whoa, man! Eric Burdon is world-famously known as the lead singer for Hard Rock pioneers: The Animals. Eric Burdon has also enjoyed a very successful solo music career, continuing to this day. The Animals were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame back in 1994.

The Animals - No. 2 Record Store Day - promo album cover pic - 2015

Above: The Animals No. 2 (Record Store Day 2015)

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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 10th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on May 10, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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

On May 10th, 1984Twisted Sister released their third studio album Stay Hungry. This album went on to become the band’s most successful album, while selling three million (plus) copies in the United States alone.

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

On May 10th, 1986Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee married famed actress Heather Locklear (Dynasty, Melrose Place) in Santa Barbara, California. Unfortunately, the pair would later divorce in August of 1993. Shown above: Pearl Drums promotional banner.

Steven Tyler - People Magazine - cover promo - #7767STMO26

On May 10th, 2003 – Aerosmith’s charismatic and legendary singer, Steven Tyler, received an honorary doctorate degree in music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Whoa!

The Who - Hits 50! - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #05TWMORD

On May 10th, 2015 – The Who Hits 50! is ranked at #9 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart. This compilation album also includes one brand new song from The Who: Be Lucky. Long live the legacy of The Who!

Motionless In White - Creatures - promo album cover pic - #009008MIWMO

On May 10th, 2015 – The debut studio album Creatures, from Pennsylvania’s Motionless In White, is ranked at #100, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Creatures was released back in October of 2010, via Fearless Records.

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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 8th… From Aerosmith To Alex Van Halen

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on May 8, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Aerosmith - Get A Grip - promo album cover pic - #1993ASTMO0508

On May 8th, 1993 – The great Aerosmith reached #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart for the first time, with their eleventh studio album: Get a Grip. This album spent one week on top of this chart.

Janes Addiction - classic band logo - #90JAMO

On this day in 2009Jane’s Addiction began their first tour, with their original band lineup for the first time in eighteen years. This concert took place in West Palm Beach, Florida, as a co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails.

Metallica - Master Of Puppets - 1986 - #860303MMOCB

On May 8th, 2015 – The mighty Metallica has their third studio album, Master Of Puppets, ranked at #130 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. This iconic album of old school Thrash Metal was released back in 1986. Holy shit! Master Of Puppets has spent 81 non-consecutive weeks on this chart, peaking at #29.

Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet - promo cover pic - #992BJ

On this day in 2015 – The third studio album from Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet, has returned to the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, ranking at #168. Whoa! Slippery When Wet was released back in 1986. This former #1 album has spent 103 non-consecutive weeks on this chart.

In This Moment - Black Widow - promo cover pic

On May 8th, 2015 – The fifth studio album from In This Moment, Black Widow, is ranked at #1 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Nice! This is the band’s first album with Atlantic Records.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Alex Van Halen - Ludwig Drums Ad promo - 1984 - #84AVHMO

ALEX VAN HALEN

On May 8th, 1953, Alex Van Halen was born. Happy Birthday, Alex Van Halen! Hell and yeah! Alex Van Halen is world-famous as a co-founding member and drummer for Van Halen. Above: Ludwig Drums promotional ad (circa 1984).

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

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