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RANDY RHOADS – A TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

Happy Friday Metalheads. I hope you had a great week. Today we honor the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads, who would have been 63 years old today.

Randy, who died in 1982, was on his way to Orlando, Florida for the next stop on the Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman tour. After driving most of the night, the band stopped to visit friends and ended up going for a joyride on a small engine plane piloted by tour bus driver Andrew Aycock. Rhoads, who was afraid of flying went only because seamstress/hairdresser Rachel Youngblood had a heart condition and Aycock promised he wouldn’t do anything risky. Randy, who also loved photography wanted to take some aerial photos. Aycock tried to startle the sleeping members on the tour bus and flew the plane extremely close to the bus twice. The third trip, however, proved to be fatal. The plane crashed and burst into flames killing 25-year-old Rhoads, Youngblood and himself.

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Randy began his foray into music forming a cover band at 14 called Violet Fox, with his brother on drums, playing classic songs by The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and David Bowie during performances at a local music school. After Violet Fox broke up, Randy formed The Whore and began playing over the next several months at backyard parties in LA. At 16, Randy and best friend Kelli Garni, who he had taught to play bass, formed Quiet Riot and started playing bars and clubs around LA including two of the most popular in that era: The Whisky a Go-Go and The Starwood. While they were creating a buzz, Quiet Riot was only able to sign a Japanese recording contract with CBS/Sony who released Quiet Riot and Quiet Riot II in Japan only.

In 1979, during an interview with a magazine, Ozzy Osbourne mentioned that he was looking for a new guitarist. The editors suggested Rhoads and when he showed up for his audition Ozzy hired him on the spot without even hearing a note. Randy had later recounted  “I just tuned up and did some riffs, and he said, ‘You’ve got the gig’; I had the weirdest feeling, because I thought, ‘You didn’t even hear me yet’”. Osbourne was drunk and passed out during the audition, but described Rhoads’ playing as “God entering my life”.

Rhoads played on two Ozzy albums: “Blizzard of Oz” and “Diary of a Madman.” Ozzy also released a 3 song live EP in 1980 called “Mr. Crowley Live EP” from a Southhampton, UK show earlier in the year.

Randy, who was a devoted student of classical guitar combined his classical music influences along with his own heavy style to create music that will live on forever. He has influenced many, many musicians and is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His death was a huge shock to the world and Ozzy wrote in his autobiography “I Am Ozzy” that he almost quit music after Randy’s death.

You may be gone but you are never forgotten!

OZZY OSBOURNE – MR. CROWLEY LIVE 1981

OZZY OSBOURNE – I DON’T KNOW LIVE 1981

OZZY OSBOURNE – CRAZY TRAIN

 

OZZY OSBOURNE – DIARY OF A MADMAN – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you all had a great week! Today we take a trip back to 1981 to the second album by Ozzy Osbourne called “Diary of a Madman” released 38 years ago on November 7, 1981.

This is the last album by Ozzy to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads, who sadly passed away several months later while on tour in support of the album. Bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake were originally involved in the recording of the album, with Daisley providing most of the lyrics and music on the record. During the recording however, they were fired and subsequently replaced by Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge, who are also credited on the album liner notes as well.

“Diary of a Madman” entered the Billboard chart at No. 16 and features three singles that also hit the Mainstream Rock Chart: “Flying High Again”, “Over The Mountain” and “You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll”.  On May 10, 1982, “Diary of a Madman” was certified platinum by the RIAA and triple platinum on Oct. 26, 1994.

The cover art for the album features Ozzy’s son Louis from his first marriage along with Ozzy in theatrical makeup.

CHECK OUT THE CLASSIC ALBUM 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 chose two classic videos and please let me know in the comments below which one you enjoy the most.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite video. Last week it was King Diamond – Helloween vs. Ozzy Osbourne – Bark at the Moon. Tough choice again but in the end I chose:

KING DIAMOND – HALLOWEEN

Here are this week’s choices:

DAVE MUSTAINE

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JAMES HETFIELD

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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!

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VIDEO?

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 Halloween video. Each week I’ll chose two classic videos and please let me know in the comments below which one you enjoy the most.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite video. Last week it was Type O Negative – Black No. 1 vs. Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein. Tough choice again but in the end I chose:

TYPE O NEGATIVE – BLACK NO. 1

Here are this week’s video choices:

KING DIAMOND – HALLOWEEN

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OZZY OSBOURNE – BARK AT THE MOON

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!

 

BLACK SABBATH – BLACK SABBATH – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads. Hope you all had a great week. To continue our Halloween themed month, today we are going to take a long journey back to 1970 for the debut self-titled album and title track by Black Sabbath, which is also considered by many as the first doom metal song.

Black Sabbath, who got their name for the 1963 horror movie “Black Sabbath” starring Boris Karloof, wrote the song in 1969 and released as a single the following year. Inspired by bassist Geezer Butler’s obsession with the occult at the time, Ozzy had given Butler a black occult book written in Latin which included pictures of Satan. Geezer, who had several occult items in his home, placed the book on a shelf. He has stated that he had fallen asleep and woke up and saw a figure by the edge of his bed that vanished right before him. He then went to look on the shelf where he had left the book and it was gone. When he told Ozzy what had happened Ozzy wrote the lyrics based on Butler’s experience starting the song off with the infamous lines “What is this that stands before me? Figure in black which points at me.”

The song which is one of their most popular songs has also been cited by critics that it contains one of the most definitive heavy metal riffs of all time.

CHECK OUT THE ORIGINAL VIDEO FOR “BLACK SABBATH”

 

BLACK SABBATH – PARANOID – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1970 to the anniversary of the second album by Black Sabbath called “Paranoid” released 49 years ago this past week (September 18, 1970).

The album which was released 7 months after their debut album, was their only album to hit the UK music charts, until the release of “13” in 2013. Recorded at Regent Sound Studios and Island Studios with producer Rodger Bain, the title track was a last minute addition that was written to complete the album. The band released the song as their first single and it has become one of the most classic songs in heavy metal history.

The band had originally planned to name the album “War Pigs” after the classic song but it was rumored that the record label was afraid of backlash as the Vietnam War was going on during that time. Ozzy Osbourne has debunked this theory in his book “I Am Ozzy” stating that it was changed because “Paranoid” was the first single and the record company felt the album would sell better.

In 2017, after completing their “The End’ tour, the members of Black Sabbath announced that they were officially disbanding. Guitarist Tony Iommi however, has not completely shut the door on the band, noting that he’d be open to one-off shows. Ozzy has also expressed interest in reuniting with the band for a performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in their hometown of Birmingham.

Check out the videos below from the classic album:

IRON MAN

PARANOID

Also you can check out the classic album here:

PARANOID (ALBUM)

 

 

ANTHRAX – SATAN’S LOUNGE BAND AT L’AMOUR BROOKLYN, NYC – 1989 – METAL REWIND

Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend. If you haven’t had a chance to catch my interview with Alex Kayne from L’amour – The Rock Capital of Brooklyn, then click on the link below to hear all about the early days of heavy metal at one of the world’s most famous metal clubs in the country.

After my conversation with Alex it got me to thinking about Anthrax and their show as Satan’s Lounge Band and how it all came about. So let’s take a trip back to 1989 for  “Satan’s Lounge Band” better known as Anthrax.

Anthrax, who hail from New York City had gotten their start at L’amour’s and several local clubs throughout the NYC area in the early 80’s and in 1984 signed a record deal with Megaforce Records owner Jon Zazula and his wife Marsha. Once the members were finalized, they released a few albums that helped to land tours with Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and Overkill to name a few, throughout the US and Europe.

The band however decided that they wanted to go back to their roots and booked 2 nights back to back at L’amour – The Rock Capital of Brooklyn, the club they frequented in their early days. The show was advertised under the moniker Satan’s Lounge Band – taken from the song “Bud E. Law Bomb and Satan’s Lounge Band” on side B of the “I Am The Law” 12 inch single.  Of course word got out quickly who really was playing the club and it turned out to be a packed house.

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Check out the full set below and the video “Madhouse” Live at L’amour from MetalHead Video Magazine – Vol 1, which includes backstage footage of the band and the band performing Madhouse live. Enjoy!

SATAN’S LOUNGE BAND/ANTHRAX – LIVE AT L’AMOUR’S 1989

MADHOUSE – LIVE AT L’AMOUR – METALHEAD VIDEO MAGAZINE – VOL 1