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LEATHERWOLF – HIDEAWAY – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you all had a great week. Today we take a trip back to 1989 to the third album by Leatherwolf called “Street Ready” for the track “Hideaway.”

The album which was recorded in the Bahamas was produced by Kevin Beamish but mixed by German producer Michael Wagener, who has worked with such acts as Dokken, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and White Lion to name a few. The band released “Hideaway” as the first single and video and made guest appearances in Europe, Germany and Japan in support of the album.

Unfortunately the band did not receive much support from their label at the time and disbanded in 1993. The original members however returned in 1999 for a reunion show at the Galaxy Theater in California. Throughout the years the band has had several lineup changes but they are still playing and are planning to release a new album in 2020.

 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “HIDEAWAY” BELOW

RATT – YOU THINK YOU’RE TOUGH – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1983 to the second track off Ratt’s self-titled EP, “You Think You’re Tough”.

The EP was remixed and re-released after the success of “Out Of The Cellar” and the video features several guest appearances including Ozzy Osbourne and members of Motley Crue. The lineup includes: Stephen Pearcy – vocals, Warren De Martini and Robbin Crosby – guitars, Juan Croucier – bass and Bobby Blotzer – drums. The legs on the cover of the album belong to Crosby’s then girlfriend, Tawny Kitaen.

Ratt have gone through several lineup changes over the years and splintered off into two groups at one point. The current Ratt lineup includes original members  Stephen Pearcy and Juan Croucier along with former Black ‘N Blue drummer Pete Holmes along with guitarists Chris Sanders and Jordan Ziff. Sadly original guitarist Robbin Crosby died in June 2002 of a heroin overdose, not AIDS as had been previously rumored, after he was diagnosed to be HIV positive in 1994.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “YOU THINK YOU’RE TOUGH”

RONNIE JAMES DIO – A TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you are all having a great week and staying safe. Today we’re going to remember the life and career of Ronnie James Dio who passed away on May 16, 2010 from stomach cancer.

Ronald Padavona began his music career in 1957 with a band called The Vegas Kings playing bass. Eventually, he began singing and changed the band name, as well as his name to Ronnie Dio after mobster Johnny Dio. In 1967, after his previous band disbanded, Ronnie formed Electric Elves, later shortened to Elf and recorded three studio albums while securing the opening act slot with Deep Purple. Ronnie caught the ear of Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and recruited Ronnie for his new band Rainbow after splitting with Deep Purple. Rainbow released their debut album in 1975 called “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.” However after releasing two more albums as well as a live album, Dio and Blackmore split due to creative differences, as Blackmore was looking to take Rainbow in a more commercial direction. In 1979, Ronnie replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and the band subsequently released “Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules” which put Sabbath back on the map. During the mixing of “Live Evil,” tensions erupted causing Dio to quit and form his own band, Dio. The band released their debut album “Holy Diver” in 1983. Dio went on to subsequently release 10 albums and although members changed over the years, Ronnie was always touring and recording.

In 2006, Ronnie joined Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice for the “Heaven and Hell tour” and had been touring with Heaven and Hell up until it was announced that he had cancer in 2009. Heaven and Hell canceled their upcoming summer tour and Ronnie fought to get back to what he loved, however, his health deteriorated and he passed away on May 16, 2010 at 7:45AM. His wife, Wendy Dio formed  The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, a non-profit charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer prevention research, raise awareness and educate the public about early detection in Ronnie’s honor.

Rest In Peace Ronnie!

Check out some of Ronnie’s best work during his long career:

NEON NIGHTS

LAST IN LINE

HEAVEN AND HELL

HOLY DIVER

MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNTAIN

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 passed away 38 years ago on March 19, 1982.

Randy 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

 

BLACK SABBATH – BLACK SABBATH – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads. Hope you all had a great week. This week marks the 50th anniversary of the debut self-titled album by Black Sabbath, released on February 13, 1970. The title track, Black Sabbath 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 Karloff, wrote the song in 1969 and released it 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”

 

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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VS.

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

VS.

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”