Ronnie James Dio is a heavy metal vocal legend. But did his eventual outsize ego, inherited from Richie Blackmore and Tony Iommi help his band or hinder it? It certainly contributed massively to him losing the best guitarist he ever worked with in Dio – Vivian Campbell. Was it necessary?
August 18th 1990 – Whitesnake are triumphant, drinking in the applause of over 70,000 fans as the headline act at Donington Monsters of Rock. And then – nothing. How did Whitesnake fall off the map so quickly from such a seemingly impregnable position? Read part 2 here.
August 18th 1990 – Whitesnake are triumphant, drinking in the applause of over 70,000 fans as the headline act at Donington Monsters of Rock. And then – nothing. How did Whitesnake fall off the map so quickly from such a seemingly impregnable position? Read part 1 here.
Poison – a band with their fair share of mishaps over the years. Lawsuits. Illnesses and injury. Internal tension and arguments. Booze and Drugs. But they still churned out music that gets them a free pass into any discussion on Classic Heavy Metal. Let’s look at the contrasts.
Prior to Marillion releasing it as a single in 1985, ‘Kayleigh’ was almost unheard of as a girls’ name in the UK, where the band come from. Then, all of a sudden, young girls named Kayleigh started to pop up everywhere. How’s that for a lasting cultural legacy?
Classic heavy metal band makes a single that’s a number 1 smash AND also the signature tune in the highest earning movie of that year? That’s right, it’s Aerosmith, and ‘I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing’ – made famous in the disaster movie Armageddon. Settle in for the full story.
How do you get to a song to sound like ‘Arise’, a track that really put them on the map globally as a thrash metal band to be reckoned with? The speed, aggression and precision of the song make it a masterpiece even now it’s over 30 years old.
Motorhead’s Lemmy. All time legend of Classic Heavy Metal. There are millions of Lemmy anecdotes out there. But what kind of guy was he really? In this post, we’ll try and pull a few stories together, and get a better sense of the real Lemmy. Dig right in here.
This is the story of a brand new 10,000 dollar watch sent Def Leppard’s 2 guitarists spinning off on 2 very different trajectories in life – culminating in the early end of one of them. The tragic death of Steve Clark – the mother of all cries for help.