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WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE VOCALIST?

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

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite guitarist. Last week it was Alex Skolnick vs. Marty Friedman. My very tough choice:

ALEX SKOLNICK

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Here are this week’s choices:

ROB HALFORD

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VS.

BRUCE DICKINSON

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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!

 

THE METAL WIRE PODCAST #6 – INTERVIEW WITH ALAN TECCHIO AND KEVIN BOLEMBACH

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Happy Sunday everyone! I am very excited to share our new episode of The Metal Wire podcast with Alan Tecchio from Hades and Non Fiction along with Kevin Bolembach who also played with Alan in Non Fiction, along with his girlfriend Elaine and their mascot Inochi!

Alan and Kevin talk to us about their respective music careers and share stories about some of the people they’ve played with and shows they’ve done over the years.

Thank you to everyone for your support and very special thanks to Alan and Kevin for a great interview. Enjoy everyone!

METAL WIRE PODCAST #6 – INTERVIEW WITH ALAN TECCHIO AND KEVIN BOLEMBACH

ERIC CARR – A TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

Today’s Metal Rewind is dedicated to Paul Charles Caravello, better known as KISS drummer Eric Carr, who passed away on November 24, 1991 from heart cancer. 

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Carr, who was born in East New York and had been involved in several bands, sent in his audition tape after Peter Criss had left the band, in a bright orange folder to make it stand out. At the audition, Eric asked if the other members of KISS would autograph the list of KISS songs he was asked to play in case he didn’t see them again. The rest is history, although the band didn’t exactly tell him he had gotten the gig. Paul Stanley had revealed in a later interview that they told him that they were playing in two weeks. Carr made his debut with KISS in 1980 on a show called Kids Are People Too and the band performed their first show with Carr at the Palladium in July of 1980.

Originally Carr wanted to use the stage persona of The Hawk, however the makeup was not easy to recreate in greasepaint and the stage costume was a bright orange-yellow, which Paul Stanley had noted made him look like Big Bird. The hawk idea was shelved and Eric came up with his fox makeup a few weeks before his debut. His stage name came after he had originally considered using Rusty Blade which Simmons didn’t really want him to use. He shortened his last name and used Eric from a list of names his girlfriend had given him. When KISS announced that he was the new drummer, they subtracted three years from his age to maintain his “secret” identity and confuse those who may have been trying to find out more about him.

Carr’s first album with KISS’s was their 1981 album, Music from “The Elder” and he played with KISS up until his death in 1991. Even after KISS took their makeup off in 1983, a move that concerned Carr that the band was coming to an end, his popularity with fans soared and he was noted as always approachable and friendly and would often add personal messages to his autographs.

In February of 1991, Carr had started to feel ill and was diagnosed with heart cancer. He had several surgeries and while he was thought to have been in remission, he was still very sick. He begged Gene and Paul to let him be in the video for “God Gave Rock N’ Roll to You II” and they agreed. His last public performance was at the MTV Music Awards in September of 1991. Ironically, he passed away the same day as Freddie Mercury from Queen.

Rest in Peace Eric and check out the YouTube video for Eric Carr – Tale of the Fox below:

 

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE GUITARIST?

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

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite guitarist. Last week it was Steve Vai vs. Joe Satriani. My choice:

STEVE VAI

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Here are this week’s choices:

ALEX SKOLNICK

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VS.

MARTY FRIEDMAN

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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!

 

QUEENSRYCHE – QUEENSRYCHE (EP) – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Geoff Tate, Scott Rockenfield, Chris DeGarmo, Eddie Jackson, Michael Wilton

Today we take a trip back to 1982 to the self-titled EP by Queensrcyhe which was released independently on 206 records and reissued in 1983 by EMI.

When Queensryche, originally called The Mob, were getting ready to go into the studio, they called upon singer Geoff Tate, who was in another band at the time, to sing on their upcoming recording. The band changed their name to Queensryche after The Mob was not available and released the EP which received glowing reviews and prompted Tate to leave his current band to join Queensryche full-time.

In support of the EP, Queensryche went out on tour and opened for bands like Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister. They released “Queen of the Reich” as a single and shot a video for the song. The classic lineup for the EP includes Geoff Tate – vocals, Michael Wilton and Chris DeGarmo – guitars, Eddie Jackson – bass and Scott Rockenfield – drums.

CHECK OUT THE CLASSIC VIDEO FOR “QUEEN OF THE RYCHE”

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE GUITARIST?

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

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite guitarist. Last week it was Scott Ian vs. Kerry King.  My choice:

KERRY KING

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Here are this week’s choices:

STEVE VAI

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VS.

JOE SATRIANI

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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!

 

KISS – MUSIC FROM “THE ELDER” – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Carr and Ace Frehley

Happy Friday Metalheads!  Today we’re going back to the ninth studio album by KISS titled Music From “The Elder” released November 10, 1991. This was the last album to mark the appearance of guitarist Ace Frehley and the first time that KISS did not tour to support the album.

KISS made a handful of public appearances to promote the album including an appearance on the late-night variety show called Fridays (performing “A World Without Heroes”, “I” and “The Oath”), on Solid Gold (performing “A World Without Heroes” where you can actually see a tear run down Gene’s face in the video and “I”), and a lip-synched performance of “I” from Studio 54 broadcast via satellite to the Sanremo Festival in Italy.  Ace Frehley was absent for the Studio 54 appearance, so KISS performed the song as a trio.

The album’s story involves the recruitment and training of a young hero by the Council of Elders who belong to the Order of the Rose, a mysterious group with the sole purpose of fighting evil. The hero is guided by Morpheous, an elderly caretaker who guides the boy to overcome his doubts and become confident and self-assured. The last song on the album “I” contains a passage in which Morpheus declares to the Elders that the boy is ready to undertake his odyssey.

Often I hear differences of opinion from KISS fans about Music from “The Elder”.  Some seem to like it, others think it’s the worst album KISS has ever made and even Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have admitted they may have not thought this album out thoroughly.

Are you a fan of Music from “The Elder”? Check out the performances below:

I – Live from Fridays

A World Without Heroes – Live from Fridays

The Oath – Live from Fridays