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!
In the mid-1980’s, The Cathouse in Hollywood, California, hosted some of the best rock bands to make it on MTV and get played on the radio.
Thanks to KNAC and the one and only Riki Rachtman, rock bands like Faster Pussycat, L.A. Guns, Skid Row, Bang Tango, and Guns N’ Roses, all played at the world famous Cathouse.
Let’s fast forward to August 15, 2015 in Irvine, California for some of those great rock bands of the 80’s who rocked two stages at Irvine Meadows (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater) for Cathouse Live. Bands like BulletBoys, Bang Tango, Trixter and Gilby Clarke played the side stage where temperatures reached up to one hundred degrees in a major heat wave for Southern California. Throughout the day, people were drinking water, water and more water. Unfortunately, a few people had too much alcohol and didn’t make it through the whole show.
The main stage kicked ass with Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Tom Keifer (Cinderella), Dokken, L.A.Guns, Faster Pussycat, and Extreme. It was great to hear some of the songs I grew up listing to as a high school kid, like ‘Piece of Me’ (Skid Row), ‘Shelter Me’ (Cinderella), ‘Balled Of Jane’ (L.A. Guns), ‘House Of Pain’ (Faster Pussycat) and ‘More Than Words'(Extreme).
There was plenty of food, drinks, 80’s metal merchandise, spandex, tons of makeup, plus a few mullets. I even saw a few families with their kids showing them what it was like to attend an 80’s rock concert. I hope they make this a yearly event and move it to Hollywood or L.A. where it belongs. I want to thank Kristine Ashton-Magnuson for the credentials… You Rock! And Big Big Thanks to Riki Rachtman and everyone who helped put this show together… YOU ALL ROCK! LONG LIVE 80’s METAL!!!!! -Ralph