WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE DRUMMER?

Hey Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite drummer. Each week I’ll choose two classic drummers and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite drummer last week. Last week it was Tommy Lee vs. Steven Adler. My choice:

TOMMY LEE

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Here are this week’s choices:

 

ERIC SINGER

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VS.

SCOTT TRAVIS

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I look forward to your responses. Let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

MEGADETH – IN MY DARKEST HOUR – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1988 to a song by Megadeth off their third album “So Far, So Good…So What!” called “In My Darkest Hour.”  Dave Mustaine has stated in various interviews that the song was inspired after hearing about Cliff Burton’s death. According to liner notes on the album, Dave and bassist David Ellefson wrote the song in one sitting.  While inspired by Cliff’s death, it’s really about Mustaine’s breakup with his girlfriend, Diana.

The song was released as a single, but never ended up on the charts and the video was initially banned from MTV, because it was believed the lyrics were about suicide. The band was also highlighted in the movie “The Decline of The Western Civilization, Part II: The Metal Years” and ends with Megadeth performing the song live. The video has since aired on various music outlets and remains a fan favorite.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “IN MY DARKEST HOUR”

 

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE DRUMMER?

Hey Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite drummer. Each week I’ll choose two classic drummers and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite drummer last week. Last week it was Nicko McBrain vs. Mikkey Dee. A tough choice but my choice:

MIKKEY DEE

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Here are this week’s choices:

TOMMY LEE

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VS.

STEVEN ADLER

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I look forward to reading your responses and let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

LEE AARON – METAL QUEEN – METAL REWIND

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Photos Courtesy of Kerrang and Wikipedia

Today we take a trip back to 1984 to a song off the album of the same name, Metal Queen by Canadian singer Lee Aaron.

The album resulted in a multi-album contract with Attic Records which resulted in Aaron forming an 11 year song writing relationship with her guitarist, John Albani. The album spent two weeks at #69 on the RPM Canadian Album chart and Aaron toured non-stop between 1984 and 1992.

After a few projects that didn’t take off, Aaron switched to jazz but has been playing both rock and jazz shows ever since including a return performance in 2011 at the Sweden Rock Festival.

Aaron released her first all-rock album “Fire and Gasoline” in 2016, 20 years after her last hard rock/metal album. The album was self-financed on her Big Sister Records label and she has made appearances at several European shows in Germany and London to name a few. Her latest album released earlier this year “Diamond Baby Blues” showcases her rock side mixed with blues to once again prove the “Metal Queen” hasn’t skipped a beat.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “METAL QUEEN”

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE DRUMMER?

Hey Metalheads! Happy New Year! Hope you’re having a great New Year so far. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite drummer. Each week I’ll choose two classic drummers and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite vocalist last month. Last week it was Alice Cooper vs. Glenn Danzig. My choice:

ALICE COOPER

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Here are this week’s choices:

NICKO McBRAIN

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VS.

MIKKEY DEE

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I look forward to reading your responses and let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

PETER STEELE – A TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

It’s Friday Metalheads! Today’s blog is about the one and only,  Peter Thomas Ratajczyk better known as Pete Steele, who would have been 58 years old tomorrow (January 4th). Today we pay tribute to Peter who passed away in 2010 of heart failure at the age of 48.

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Pictures courtesy of Pinterest and QuoteSurf

Pete, who had a towering presence, standing at 6’8 feet tall, began his music career by forming his first band Fallout in 1979. The band split in 1982 and Pete then formed the legendary Carnivore. After releasing two albums, the band broke up in 1987, but staged many reunions over the years up until Pete’s unexpected passing.

After Carnivore, Pete formed Type O Negative and things really took off. Pete who was the main songwriter and bassist for the band often wrote songs of a very personal nature that dealt with topics of love, loss and addiction.  Steele himself suffered from depression and admitted getting treatment for substance abuse as well as being bipolar.

Type O Negative’s popularity soared after the release of their second album Bloody Kisses. Pete was everywhere, making guest appearances on talk shows including Ricki Lake, Jerry Springer and The Howard Stern Show. He also appeared in an episode of the HBO original show OZ. However, his most popular appearance was his nude centerfold for Playgirl in 1995.

Pete had been sober for a few years up until his death and had been working on new music. His death was a shock to the metal world and it’s hard to believe that it’s been 8 years since his passing.

I met Pete back at the now defunct L’amour’s in Brooklyn, NYC in the late 90’s and he was such a nice guy. He didn’t have a rock star attitude, he didn’t have bodyguards surrounding him and he was very approachable and easy to talk to. Rest in Peace, Pete. Your music lives on forever!

Below is one of his last interviews before his passing:

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE METAL WIRE

We want to take this time to wish all of you a very Happy New Year and a prosperous 2020. As always, your support means everything to us and you are what makes our site so great. We’ll be taking a break from the podcast for January but we’ll be back in February and we are also currently working on lots of new things behind the scenes for the New Year.

Be safe, enjoy and most of all Have a Happy Metal New Year!!!

BON JOVI – NEW YEAR’S DAY