ERIC CARR – HAPPY BIRTHDAY – REST IN PEACE – FROM THE VAULT

ERIC CARR – HAPPY BIRTHDAY – REST IN PEACE – FROM THE VAULT

Support:   Today’s From The Vault is dedicated to Paul Charles Caravello, better known as KISS drummer Eric Carr, who passed away 24 years ago in 1991 from cancer. Eric would have celebrated his 65th birthday yesterday (July 12). 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...

RONNIE JAMES DIO – HAPPY BIRTHDAY – FROM THE VAULT

Support: 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. Ronnie began his music career in 1957 with a band called The Vegas Kings which Ronnie started out playing bass in. Eventually Ronnie 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....
FROM THE VAULT – HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS – JUNE 23rd

FROM THE VAULT – HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS – JUNE 23rd

Support: In Today’s From The Vault, we highlight the birthdays of 4 musicians who are celebrating their birthdays tomorrow (June 23): CHUCK BILLY 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. LIZZY BORDEN 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 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.  CHRIS HOLMES The former W.A.S.P. guitarist turns 57 tomorrow. Chris, who was the lead guitar player in W.A.S.P.,...
KING DIAMOND – ABIGAIL – FROM THE VAULT

KING DIAMOND – ABIGAIL – FROM THE VAULT

Support: 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. This was the first concept album by King Diamond, which tells the story of a young couple, Miriam Natias and Jonathan La’Fey, who move into a mansion that La’Fey inherited in the summer of 1845. As they arrive, they are warned by seven horsemen not to move into the house, but they ignore the warning and move in. During the first night, Jonathan meets with his deceased relative, Count La’Fey, a.k.a. the Family Ghost. The ghost shows him a casket where the corpse of stillborn child, Abigail, rests and informs him that Miriam is carrying the spirit of Abigail inside her. The Count tells Jonathan that Abigail will soon be reborn and wants Jonathan to kill Miriam to prevent the rebirth. As the story unfolds we learn more about the Count and his wife. Abigail was born on the 7th day of the seventh month, July in 1777. The Count threw his wife down the stairs, causing her neck to break and in turn also killed Abigail, who was his illegitimate daughter. The next day, we find out that Miriam is pregnant and as the fetus develops quickly, Jonathan contemplates throwing her down the stairs. Miriam, instead throws Jonathan down the stairs and soon after gives birth to Abigail. Miriam does not survive the birth, and Abigail is left all alone. The seven horsemen once again return, planning to kill Abigail. Abigail...

BADLANDS – DREAMS IN THE DARK – FROM THE VAULT

Support: 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIIfu5MTebU Support: Have you seen these yet? ERIC CARR – HAPPY BIRTHDAY – REST IN PEACE – FROM THE VAULT MOTLEY CRUE – SHOUT AT THE DEVIL – FROM THE VAULT FROM THE VAULT – HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS!!! VINNIE VINCENT INVASION – LOVE KILLS – FROM THE VAULT EXODUS – FABULOUS DISASTER – FROM THE...
METAL CHURCH – THE DARK – FROM THE VAULT

METAL CHURCH – THE DARK – FROM THE VAULT

Support: Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the second album by Metal Church called The Dark. This was the last Metal Church album to feature the lineup of  David Wayne – vocals, Kurdt Vanderhoof  and Craig Wells – guitars, Duke Erickson – bass and Kirk Arrington – drums.   The album dedicated to Metallica bassist Cliff Burton focuses on such dark themes as death and struggle. The band’s first music video for Watch The Children Pray received substantial airplay on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and the song Ton of Bricks was used as the opening song for Charlie Sheen’s 1987 movie ” No Man’s Land.” The track listing for The Dark is as follows: Ton Of Bricks Start The Fire Method To Your Madness Watch The Children Pray Over My Dead Body The Dark Psycho Line Of Death Burial At Sea Western Alliance In 1998, Metal Church reunited with original singer David Wayne, however their reunion was short-lived when Wayne left the band a second time in 2001. Sadly he passed away in 2005 due to complications from a car crash. While the band had called it quits in 2009, they reformed in 2012 and it was announced that singer Mike Howe, who sang with the band from 1988-1994 has officially rejoined the band. Check out the video for Watch The Children Pray below: Support: Have you seen these yet? Listen To Stone Sour’s Cover Of “The Dark” By Metal Church Here! METAL CHURCH WELCOMES MIKE HOWE BACK TO THE BAND METALLICA DARK THIRTY; IS THE REMAKE OF “NOTHING ELSE MATTERS” SOLIDIFYING METAL AS A RELEVANT GENRE IN TODAY’S SOCIETY, OR A BASTARDIZATION...

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY

Support: From all of us at HearEvil, we wish you a happy, healthy and safe Memorial Day and thank all of those who have and continue to give their lives for our freedom! You are the true heroes, today and everyday! We salute you!     Support: Have you seen these yet? No related...
SLAYER-HAUNTING THE CHAPEL – FROM THE VAULT

SLAYER-HAUNTING THE CHAPEL – FROM THE VAULT

Support: Today we take a trip back in time to 1984 and an EP released by Slayer called Haunting The Chapel. Originally recorded as a 3 song EP, Haunting the Chapel marked the evolution of Slayer’s style and is often described as a “stepping stone of their classic sound.” The songs included on the original release of Haunting The Chapel were: Captor of Sin, Chemical Warfare and Haunting the Chapel. The re-issue featured a bonus track: Aggressive Perfector. Captor of Sin and Chemical Warfare are often included in Slayer set lists and considered fan favorites.     Slayer are currently working on a new album to be released this year. Last September they released the song, Implode and have just released a second track, When Stillness Comes on April 18th. Both tracks are off their upcoming album. Gary Holt of Exodus will take over guitar duties for guitarist, Jeff Hanneman and Paul Bostaph will take over for Dave Lombardo on drums for their new tour. Until then, it’s time for some Chemical Warfare.   Support: Have you seen these yet? SLAYER PERFORMANCE FOOTAGE FROM SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL IS HERE! SLAYER WENT TO INDIA FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AND FOOTAGE FROM THE HISTORIC SHOW IS HERE! JEFF HANNEMAN – A TRIBUTE TO A LEGEND – FROM THE VAULT Slayer Kicks Off Their U.S. Tour In Oakland! Set List And Footage Is Here! Watch Slayer Rip Apart The Paramount In Huntington, New...
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