Category Archives: Heavy Metal

Phil Kennemore, Y&T Bassist, Dies at 57

Phil Kennemore of Y&TPhil Kennemore, the bassist of veteran hard-rock group Y&T, died early Friday morning (January 7) of lung cancer, the group’s frontman confirmed. Kennemore, 57, passed away at Stanford Hospital in California while surrounded by family members.

Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti, who founded the group with Kennemore, guitarist Joey Alves and drummer Leonard Haze, issued a blog post this morning to confirm the bassist’s death and offer a personal tribute.

Accept

Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled in the early 1970s by vocalist Udo Dirkschneider.

The band played an important role in the development of speed metal, being part of the German heavy metal scene to emerge in the early to mid 1980s.

The band’s 1983 album, Balls to the Wall, subsequently became their most successful release, featuring its well-known hit with the same title. Following their disbandment in 1996 and brief resurrection in 2005, they reunited in 2009 with former T.T. Quick frontman Mark Tornillo replacing Dirkschneider, and consequently releasing their highest charting album to date, Blood of the Nations. They have sold over 27 million albums worldwide.

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Ozzy Osbourne releases first studio album in 3 years, tenth album overall

Ozzy Osbourne ScreamOzzy’s tenth album ‘Scream‘ was produced by Ozzy and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for Ozzy’s 2007 worldwide million-seller ‘Black Rain‘, the album.

The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of the album at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker, and co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko. Notably, the album marks the first appearance of Ozzy’s new guitar player, Gus G. Ozzy’s band also features bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.

Ozzy is currently on a world tour. Check out his tour dates at Ozzy’s official website.

Some of Ozzy’s past albums include: Ozzman Cometh (Eco-Friendly Packaging), Black Rain, Down to Earth [Import], Speak of the Devil [Live, Import], Under Cover, The Essential, No Rest for the Wicked, Bark at the Moon, Diary of a Madman, No More Tears, Blizzard of Ozz, Ozzmosis [Original recording remastered, Import].

Ronnie James Dio dead at age 67

The small heavy metal rocker in stature, but big in hair and pipes has passed away on May 16 due to stomach cancer. Known for his devil’s horns and work both as a solo performer and with bands such as Rainbow, Elf, Heaven & Hell and Black Sabbath (he replaced Ozzy Osbourne in 1979), Ronnie James  Dio spent six decades crafting his career as a heavy metal icon.

Legacy

Classic Rock Magazine awarded Dio with the “Metal Guru Award” at their yearly “Roll Of Honour” awards ceremony in 2006,  On January 17, 2007, Dio was inducted into Guitar Center’s Rock Walk of Fame in Hollywood, CA., Dio was named “Best Metal Singer” at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in April 2010.

Message from his wife Wendy Dio on Ronnie’s official web site:

Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.

– Wendy Dio

Ronnie will surely be missed in the heavy metal world.

Explaination about Ronnie’s infamous devil’s horns symbol: Ronnie James Dio is known for popularizing the sign of the horns in heavy metal. His Italian grandmother used it to ward off the evil eye  (which is known as malocchio, Dio’s term for the gesture). Dio began using the sign soon after joining Black Sabbath.

Bret Michaels is released from hospital

Bret Michaels’ neurosurgeon said he has been released from the Phoenix, Arizona, hospital where he has been treated since suffering a massive brain hemorrhage 12 days ago.

Doctors “are feeling pretty confident” that Michaels will not suffer another hemorrhage and will fully recover.

The rock singer and reality TV star needs four to six weeks of rest before he can resume a normal schedule, Dr. Joseph Zabramski said.

His road manager announced last week that Michaels might be able to resume his concert tour on May 26, but his doctor said he asked Michaels to take it easy.

I80s.com is happy to hear Bret is recovering well and is released from the hospital!

HUGE list of 80’s Heavy Metal bands on Rock N America’s lineup!

If I were only in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma this July 23, 24 & 25th, I would be the most ecstatic 80’s heavy metal fan in the world! Rock N America’s 2010 summer concert series will no doubt satisfy your 80’s metal appetite.

Get this MEGA 80’s metal lineup; Scorpions, Twisted Sister, Ratt, Dokken, Warrant, Great White, Lita Ford, Slaughter, McAuley Schenker Group, L.A. Guns featuring Tracii Guns, Firehouse, Bullet Boys, Lynch Mob (Dokken & Lynch Mob at the same venue!), Pretty Boy Floyd, Steelheart, Faster Pussycat, John Corabi, Enuff Z’ Nuff, Toxin — AND there are more bands to be announced soon!

I can only hope they take this on the road and not limit this show to only Oklahoma. Stay tuned. If they add more dates, you will definitely see them listed here at i80s.com!

For more information about this show, visit: http://rocknamerica.com
For tickets to this show, visit Tickets.com.

Bret Michaels is released from Texas hospital

Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels has been released from a Texas hospital following an emergency appendectomy earlier this week.

Early Monday morning, the Celebrity Apprentice star was rushed to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-Westover Hills in San Antonio, Texas, after suffering from excruciating stomach pains originally thought to be symptoms of the stomach flu. He had remained under the care of his doctors until Wednesday when hospital officials confirmed that Michaels, a diabetic, was released.

Michaels, 47, was in town and set to perform at Sea World San Antonio as part of the theme park’s Bands, Brew & BBQ concert lineup, but the concert has been postponed until Oct. 1.

80’s Heavy Metal – AC/DC – Bio

The Australian rock band AC/DC formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm & Angus Young. AC/DC is usually classified as a hard rock band but are also considered pioneers of heavy metal.

In the 1980’s, AC/DC lost lead singer and co-songwriter, Bon Scott. Scott died on February 19, 1980. After a brief thought of disbanding, AC/DC found singer Brian Johnson to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released their best-selling album, Back in Black.

Their next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You was AC/DC’s first album to reach number one in the US. Other albums released by AC/DC in the 1980’s include: Flick of the Switch, Fly on the Wall, Who Made Who, and Blow Up Your Video.

The name AC/DC

Brothers Malcolm and Angus Young came up with the bands name after their older sister, Margaret Young saw the initials “AC/DC” on a sewing machine. The brothers felt that this name showed the band’s raw energy, power-driven performances, and the love for their music.

Band Members

  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals (1980–present)
  • Angus Young – lead guitar (1973–present)
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1973–present)
  • Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals (1977–present)
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion (1975–1983, 1994–present)

Former members

  • Dave Evans – lead vocals (1973–74)
  • Bon Scott – lead vocals (1974–80)
  • Mark Evans – bass guitar, backing vocals (1975–77)
  • Simon Wright – drums, percussion (1983–89)
  • Chris Slade – drums, percussion (1989–94)

Discography

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Bad English

Wondering how Bad English got their name? The members decided on a name for the band while playing pool. John Waite missed a shot and Jonathan Cain made a comment on how bad his “english” was (referring to the spin a player puts on the cue ball) and the band decided to use the phrase.

Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, who had enjoyed enormous success in Journey, continued on to form Bad English with Waite after Journey disbanded. The first album, eponymously titled, was a big seller with three hit singles, including the number one hit “When I See You Smile” written by Diane Warren, the top 10 hit “Price of Love,” and “Possession.” Another track from the debut album, the AOR song “Best of What I Got“, was featured in the soundtrack to 1989’s Tango and Cash.

The band’s second album, 1991’s “Backlash” came and went without any fanfare. The only single, “Straight To Your Heart,” just missed the Top 40, peaking at #42. Ricky Phillips writes on his website that the group had parted company before the second album had been mixed. Both Phillips and guitarist Neal Schon expressed frustration with the “pop” side of the band’s songs and wanted a harder edge. In the end, it proved to be the band’s undoing as everyone left to pursue other projects.

In later interviews Waite revealed that although he loved playing to stadium-sized audiences, he was uncomfortable with the corporate rock image that he felt the band had presented and has been a solo artist ever since.

Bad English drummer Deen Castronovo later went on to join a reformed Journey with singer Steve Augeri, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, and Ross Valory. He also played on Ozzy Osbourne‘s album Ozzmosis in 1995.

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Autograph

Autograph was an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California. Active on RCA from 1984 to 1989, they sold 1.5 million records and were awarded gold with their “Sign In Please” album and their hit single ‘Turn Up The Radio’. A new version of the band was formed by their founder Steve Plunkett in 2002 for a single album. They have been inactive since 2005.

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