Welcome to a Wednesday 80’s Metal Dogs! Sometimes I do miss my mullet. I started growing it around 1985 and now I can’t grow anything, but bald is beautiful too 🙂
The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days, however, a new tour featuring some of the greatest guitarists of all time is about to truly give the term a whole new meaning. It’s called “Generation Axe” and features Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi. There will be 26 performances in North America, beginning April 5th in Seattle.
Next week, the new documentary, We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!, which focuses on the 10 years the group spent playing as a full-time bar band before finally making it big, will be released on DVD, VOD and digital download (Feb. 23). Dee Snider recently discussed the movie saying, “If you’re from the Northeast, there’s a reference and understanding of the importance of Twisted Sister. That’s why you’ll see bands like Cinderella and Bon Jovi, Kix and Poison, Anthrax and Overkill. When they talk about Twisted, it’s like they’re talking about somebody that’s in their band. People from the West Coast, and overseas and South America, they get confused — ‘this is the band with two songs?’ The bands I mentioned, growing up in the Northeast, they were aware of the Twisted presence and the Twisted influence over these bands. So many of them would get in line with thousands of others to see Twisted Sister in a bar or a club, packed to the rafters to see this band. It’s great for that story to finally be made available.”
AC/DC released their debut album (only in Australia) ‘High Voltage’ today in 1975. The album featured ‘She’s Got Balls’ which was written about singer Bon Scott’s ex-wife Irene. At some point, she had complained he had never written a song about her; lead guitarist Angus Young said: “So he wrote She’s Got Balls and she left him!”
KING DIAMOND also released their debut album “Fatal Portrait” in 1986 and today in 1984, MEGADETH played their first-ever show at Ruthie’s Inn in Berkeley, California. The line-up consisted of Dave Mustaine on guitar, David Ellefson on bass, Kerry King on guitar and Lee Rausch on drums. Check out the original flyer below.
At the peak of the hair band run, David Coverdale married actress Tawny Kitaen (known for her provocative appearances in Whitesnake’s music videos ‘Here I Go Again, ‘Is This Love’ and ‘Still of the Night’) today in 1989. The couple divorced in 1991.
Finally, here’s a fun time suck – 100 Metal Facts You Might Not Know, including Rob Halford worked at a porno movie theatre before he joined JUDAS PRIEST and early era IRON MAIDEN singer Dennis Wilcock quitting the band because the other members wouldn’t follow his lead and don KISS-inspired makeup, and this one… Between his stints in METALLICA and MEGADETH, Dave Mustaine worked as a telemarketer… “Hello me, meet the real me and will Tuesday at 4pm work for me to come by and demonstrate our new vacuum cleaner?” Click Here for more.
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Now go rock the day and thanks for listening!
The 2016 NAMM show took place over the weekend of January 21st thru the 24th, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center. NAMM is the trade show for music and instruments and it is not open to the general public. Every year NAMM attracts musicians, buyers, celebrities and media from all over the world to see new musical instruments and trade. This year METAL SHOP was invited to attend two days of the convention
On Friday, the show seemed more subdued and quiet than in the past years. I remember our second year at NAMM several years ago, the Friday crowd was huge and every line we waited in for a meet and greet seemed to take forever. That was not the case this year as I noticed a small line waiting for a meet and greet with Iron Maiden Drummer Nicko McBrain at the Sonor drum booth. Fans of Maiden and Nicko were very happy the lines were small and they had time to go do other meet and greets.
Other musicians spotted on Friday were John 5 (Rob Zombie), Rex Brown (Pantera), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth and now with Act of Defiance), and Phil Anselmo (former Pantera), who seemed to greet everyone with a big smile and took photos with all his fans.
On Saturday the show was more alive and jumping. Arriving after 3pm, I was able to catch the final Meet and Greet with Mötley Crüe Bassist Nikki Sixx at Black Star Amps, where he was actually representing with his other band SIXX AM.
Other musicians spotted on Saturday included Rudy Sarzo (former Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne), Guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, Doyle Von Frankenstein (Misfits) and Vic Rattlehead (Megadeth Mascot). It was great to see manufacturers like Ernie Ball Guitar Strings, Sonor Drums who has recently endorsed Nicko McBrian and his new drum set, and Marshall Amps, who every year have the biggest wall of amps.
If you are interested in attending the NAMM show next year, log on to NAMM.com and learn how to become a member and support live music in schools and in local music venues… Hope to see you all at NAMM 2017. -Ralph