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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1987 to a track from the seventh self -titled album by Whitesnake called “Still of the Night.”

The song written by David Coverdale and John Sykes hit #16 on the UK Billboard Chart and #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 U.S. chart when it was released in March of 1987 and combines the blues origins of the band with a more distorted, harder sound driving the song, making it a classic.

The video was the first of many Whitesnake videos to include David’s then wife, Tawny Kitaen and ended up being the most requested video the first week of it’s release. The lineup for the song included David Coverdale – vocals, John Skykes and Adrian Vandenberg – guitars, Neil Murray – bass, Aynsley Dunbar – drums and Don Airey on keyboards. Since the band had changed personnel from the time the song was written until it was recorded, the lineup had changed to Vivian Campbell on guitar along with Adrian Vandenberg, Rudy Sarzo on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.

The song and band were often compared to Led Zeppelin, especially Adrian’s bowing guitar technique in the video, however while considering Zeppelin an influence, Coverdale felt that the song stood on it’s own merit. The song still stands the test of time and is one of my all-time favorite metal songs from the 80’s.




Pictures courtesy of Melodic Hard Rock and Amazon

Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1988, to a song by the band Hurricane called “I’m On To You” off their second album, “Over The Edge.”

Comprised of Kelly Hansen on vocals, Robert Sarzo on guitar, Tony Cavazo on bass and Jay Schellen on drums, Hurricane had minor success with the album, “Over The Edge” including hitting #92 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. The album also includes a cover of Alice Cooper’s, “I’m Eighteen” and Sarzo and Cavazo are the younger brothers of Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo respectively.

The band has changed lineups numerous times and singer Kelly Hansen has gone on to become the current frontman for Foreigner. Drummer Jay Schellen currently works with a number of different bands including Asia and Yes and guitarist Robert Sarzo and bassist Tony Cavazo remain active in the music industry today.

Check out the video below with Bobbie Brown from Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” video:

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia


Growing up in the 80’s was such a great time for me with lots of great memories which led me to want to share some of my favorites (and possibly yours) then and now.

Welcome to METAL REWIND!! Every Friday I’ll write about an old song, album, band or video from back in the day that always gets my blood flowing and reminds me of days past. I gladly welcome any requests or suggestions and would love to feature your favorites as well.

To begin, this week we’ll take a trip back to 1983, to one of the very first songs that put heavy metal into the spotlight, Quiet Riot’s Metal Health (Bang Your Head) off the album of the same name, Metal Health.


L to R: Rudy Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo, Kevin DuBrow and Frankie Banali

Images courtesy of : Wikipedia & vintageheavymetal.com

The video begins with lead singer Kevin Dubrow in a straight jacket and metal mask planning his escape to entice us all to bang our heads because metal health is what we all need along with bandmates: bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Carlos Cavazo and  drummer Frankie Banali.

The track reached #31 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and was #35 on VH1’s Top 40 Metal songs of all time and has been used in numerous movies and shows, including the professional video wrestling game: Showdown: Legends of Wrestling.

Sadly, singer Kevin DuBrow died of a cocaine overdose in 2007, however his brother Terry DuBrow, a world renowned plastic surgeon, who’s wife Heather is featured on the Housewives of Orange County and had a show on E! called Botched, has his late brother’s platinum records displayed on the walls of his home and speaks about his brother every chance he gets.

Bassist Rudy Sarzo, was one of the original members of Quiet Riot along with guitarist Randy Rhoads, who both left Quiet Riot to become part of Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band. However after Rhoads death in 1982, Sarzo rejoined Quiet Riot but left in 1985 due to DuBrow constantly bickering and insulting fellow metal bands. Sarzo has had a long career in metal including stints in Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult and Geoff Tate’s Queensryche.

Guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who replaced Randy Rhoads in Quiet Riot played with the band until their breakup in 2003. When they reformed in 2004, Cavazo was not included in the reunited lineup and subsequent album release. Cavazo formed his own band, 3 Legged Dog and also became a member of RATT, til earlier this year.

Drummer Frankie Banali, who is the only original member of the band from their classic lineup is still touring with a new lineup of Quiet Riot. Banali started a Kickstarter campaign and produced a documentary released in 2014 that chronicles Quiet Riot’s career called: Quiet Riot – Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back – the infamous lyric from “Metal Health.”

Bang Your Head to the classic video Metal Health below: