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Iron Maiden’s ‘Piece of Mind’ album turns 30

Iron-Maiden-Piece-of-MindFor you folks that bought Iron Maiden’s ‘Piece of Mind‘ album in 1983; Are you feeling old yet? The album was recorded January – March 1983 and released May 16, 1983.

‘Piece of Mind’ was Maiden’s fourth studio album released by EMI and by Capitol Records in the US, where it was reissued later by Sanctuary/Columbia Records. This was the first album to feature drummer Nicko McBrain, who had recently left the Paris-based band Trust and has been Iron Maiden’s drummer ever since.

The album was a commercial success, reaching No. 3 in the UK Albums Chart and achieving platinum certification in the UK and North America.

Track Listing:

If you have forgotten the track listing, here you go:

  1. Where Eagles Dare
  2. Revelations
  3. Flight of Icarus
  4. Die with Your Boots On
  5. The Trooper
  6. Still Life
  7. Quest for Fire
  8. Sun and Steel
  9. To Tame a Land

Fun Fact:

At the beginning of the sixth track, “Still Life”, the band included a hidden message which could only be understood by playing the album backwards. This was a joke and an intended swing back at the critics who had accused Iron Maiden of being Satanic.

Michael Schenker adds London date to 2013 UK Tour

Michael SchenkerFor our UK friends:

Rock guitarist Michael Schenker has added a London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire concert on Friday May 31st to his 2013 Temple of Rock UK Tour. Tickets for the London concert goes on sale Wednesday December 5th from www.thegigcartel.com and 0844 478 0898.

Stockton on Tees ARC (April 9)
Aberdeen Lemon Tree (April 10)
Edinburgh HMV Picturehouse (April 11)
Newcastle o2 Academy (April 12)
Holmfirth Picturedrome (April 13)
Warrington Parr Hall (April 14)
Falmouth Princess Pavilion (April 16)
Bristol o2 Academy (April 17)
Salisbury City Hall (April 18)
Oxford o2 Academy (April 19)
Nottingham Rock City (April 20)
Norwich Waterfront (April 21)
London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (May 31)

The London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire concert dovetails Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock: Live in Europe  CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Ltd Deluxe Collector’s Edition, released by inakustik on Monday December 10th.  Live In Europe was recorded and filmed in Tilburg, the Netherlands in May 2012, and at 2011’s London’s High Voltage Festival.

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.

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.

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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Aerosmith

Aerosmith is an American hard rock band, sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston” and “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”.

Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970.

Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with singer Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston.

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