In today’s From The Vault, we honor the life and legacy of Ronald James Padavona, better known as Ronnie James Dio, who would have been 72 this Thursday. It’s still hard to believe that it’s been 5 years since Ronnie passed away in 2010, at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His passing is a tremendous loss to the metal world, but his legacy will be remembered forever. read more…
I’m leaving for Finland on Wednesday to attend the Tuska festival, which begins on the 26th. I could not be more stoked, despite my usage of neutral punctuation. Because I enjoy torturing myself, I decided to make a playlist of a bunch of bands I have to wait FOUR WHOLE DAYS to see (first world problems, I know). read more…
In Today’s From The Vault, we highlight the birthdays of 4 musicians who are celebrating their birthdays tomorrow (June 23):
The Testament and Dublin Death Patrol vocalist celebrates his 53rd birthday tomorrow. Chuck, who replaced Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza in Testament in 1986, has been an integral part of what makes them one of the greatest bands to come out of the Bay Area. Chuck, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and underwent chemotherapy treatments has since been given a clean bill of health. The band is currently on tour and is expected to return to the studio this fall.
The Me Against The World singer also celebrates his 52nd birthday tomorrow. Lizzy, (born Gregory Harges) who named the band after the axe murderess Lizzie Borden has been the frontman since 1983. He was also the vocalist for a side project called Starwood and got his start singing for a band called Diamond Dogs, prior to forming Lizzy Borden. The band has been on tour with their “30 years of American Metal” show across the country and are also working on the follow-up to their 2007 Appointment With Death album.
Glenn Danzig who founded the Misfits, Samhain and Danzig turns 60 tomorrow. Glenn born in New Jersey is also an avid fan of horror, gore and the occult and owns his own record label called Evilive and an adult oriented comic book company called Verotik. Glenn has often been compared to Jim Morrison and Elvis Presley as far as his vocal style goes but has also written songs for Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.
The former W.A.S.P. guitarist turns 57 tomorrow. Chris, who was the lead guitar player in W.A.S.P., left the band in 1990 and rejoined in 1996 until 2001. He released his solo album, Nothing To Lose, in 2012 in which he teamed up with Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor from Motorhead. His second album, Shitting Bricks was released earlier this year.
Happy Birthday Guys!! Thanks for some great music!
Happy Birthday to King Diamond, who turned 59 years old yesterday. King, born Kim Bendix Peterson in Copenhagen, Denmark continues to influence many artists and even after open heart surgery, King is still going strong. Let’s take a trip back to October 21, 1987 to the release of their second album Abigail, released on Roadrunner Records. read more…
Today we take a trip back to 1989, to the self titled first album by Badlands released on Atlantic Records and the track, Dreams In The Dark.
The album which features Ray Gillen – vocals, Eric Singer – drums, Jake E. Lee – guitars and Greg Chaisson – bass was one of the best breakout albums selling 400,000 copies by 1990 and landed them on the Billboard Chart at number 57. The video for Dreams In The Dark, was also played in heavy rotation on MTV.
The band released their second album Voodoo Highway in 1991 but the band lineup had changed due to Eric Singer leaving to join Paul Stanley on his solo tour, which led to his future role in KISS, after the death of Eric Carr. Gillen and Lee’s friendship began to fall apart and Gillen was eventually fired. Although Lee tried to keep the band going, they eventually disbanded.
Gillen who had been diagnosed with HIV, passed away in 1993. Jake E. Lee formed Red Dragon Cartel in 2013 and also has an extensive solo career. Greg Chaisson still plays with original and cover bands and coaches and teaches baseball in Arizona.