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...

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...
Stone Sour To Cover Metallica, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath And More On “Meanwhile In Burbank…” EP!

Stone Sour To Cover Metallica, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath And More On “Meanwhile In Burbank…” EP!

Support: Last month Stone Sour revealed their cover of “The Dark” by Metal Church, and it looks like they aren’t done covering classic songs! Stone Sour will be releasing their “Meanwhile In Burbank…” EP on Record Store Day! They will be taking on classic songs by Alice In Chains, Judas Priest, Kiss, Metallica and Black Sabbath, and best of luck to them! These are some of the biggest songs in heavy music history! Of course they’ve covered most of these live, as you can see below, so it’ll be interesting to hear them on record! Josh Rand added “Back in February of 2014 while Stone Sour was touring, Corey approached me about Stone Sour doing a cover of the Metal Church song ‘The Dark’ for the movie Fear Clinic. I thought it would be cool not only to record ‘The Dark,’ but the five cover songs that we had played on that tour. The idea was not to shy away from a song because it was popular or pick a band that most people might not have heard, but to pick ones that truly meant something to one of us at some point in our life.” “Meanwhile In Burbank…” EP track listing: 01 – “We Die Young” (Alice In Chains cover) 02 – “Heading Out To The Highway” (Judas Priest cover) 03 – “Love Gun” (Kiss cover) 04 – “Creeping Death” (Metallica cover) 05 – “Children Of The Grave” (Black Sabbath cover) Support: Have you seen these yet? Stone Sour Releases Their Cover Of “Creeping Death” By Metallica! Stone Sour Releases Their Covers Of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Alice In...

KISS – MUSIC FROM THE ELDER

Support: Today’s post bring us back to 1981 to the ninth studio album by KISS titled Music From “The Elder”. This was the last album to mark the appearance of guitarist Ace Frehely and the first time that  KISS did not tour to support the album. KISS made a handful of public appearances to promote the album including an appearance on the late-night variety show called Fridays (performing “A World Without Heroes”, “I” and “The Oath”), on Solid Gold (performing “A World Without Heroes” where you can actually see a tear run down Gene’s face in the video and “I”), and a lip synched performance of “I” from Studio 54 broadcast via satellite to the Sanremo Festival in Italy.  Ace Frehley was absent for the Studio 54 appearance, so KISS performed the song as a trio. The album’s story involves the recruitment and training of a young hero (Boy) by the Council of Elders who belong to the Order of the Rose, a mysterious group with the sole purpose of fighting evil. The hero is guided by Morpheous, an elderly caretaker who guides the Boy to overcome his doubts and become confident and self assured . The last song on the album “I” contains a passage in which Morpheus declares to the Elders that the Boy is ready to undertake his odessey. Often I hear differences of opinion from KISS fans about Music from “The Elder”.  Some seem to like it, others think it’s the worst album KISS has ever made and even Gene Simmons and Paul Stanely have admitted they may have not thought this album out thoroughly. Are you a fan of Music from “The Elder”? Support: Have you seen these yet? NEW KISS BOOK...
HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS

HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS

Support: Happy Birthday wishes are in order for several metal legends who continue to make their mark on the metal world over the next few days…and now the drumroll please: PETER CRISS – KISS The former KISS drummer celebrates his 69th birthday on December 20. DAVE MURRAY – IRON MAIDEN The Iron Maiden guitarist turns 58 years on December 23rd. LEMMY KILMISTER – MOTORHEAD Lemmy celebrates his 69th birthday on December 24th. LARS ULRICH – METALLICA The Metallica drummer celebrates his 51st birthday on December 26th. JAMES KOTTAK – SCORPIONS The Scorpions drummer also turns 52 on December 26   RIK FOX – W.A.S.P./STEELER/SURGICAL STEEL/THUNDERBALL Happy Birthday to Rik Fox who turns 59 on December 28th! SCOTT IAN – ANTHRAX The Anthrax guitarist is a New Year’s Eve baby, who will be 51 on December 31! Happy Birthday Boys!!   Support: Have you seen these yet? HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS – FROM THE VAULT HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS – FROM THE VAULT FROM THE VAULT – HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS!!! FROM THE VAULT – HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS – JUNE 23rd HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL...
WEEKLY ROUNDUP

WEEKLY ROUNDUP

Support: Today is the first day of December and the official start of the holiday season. Let’s start the month with the latest in the metal community.   KISS PLAYS MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE Last Thursday (11/27), KISS performed at Macy’s 88th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. There was a lot of talk after the performance however, including frontman, Paul Stanley tweeting that the band was screwed over and fans saying the band missed their lines when lip syncing their classic hit, Rock and Roll All Night. Gene however, told Page Six of The New York Post that he was proud to be a part of the parade and did everything he could to keep his tongue in his cheek. Check the performance out for yourself below:     DAVE MUSTAINE’S MOTHER-IN-LAW’S BODY FOUND   Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine’s 73 year old mother-in-law, Sally Estabrook, who has been missing since October 4th, was found dead by a maintenance worker last Wednesday (November 26th). Estabrook, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s walked away from the campground where she lived with her husband. Our condolences to Dave and his family for their loss.   FORMER LILLIAN AXE GUITARIST PASSES AWAY Jon Ster, who was one of the original members of the 80’s band Lillian Axe passed away this past weekend. The band issued the following statement on their Facebook page: “Today is a sad day. Former Lillian Axe guitarist Jon Ster passed away this morning. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Jon you will be missed. Rest in peace our brother.”   BIRTHDAY ROUNDUP Some of our favorite rockers are...
MY TOP 10 SONGS OF THE 1980’s

MY TOP 10 SONGS OF THE 1980’s

Support: For today’s Weekly Blog, I decided to resurrect my list of the songs I consider my Top 10 of the 80’s. This wasn’t easy because while there are so many that I wanted to include, I still wanted to keep this list in tact. Often I ask many of my friends what their Top 10 would be and I hear so many different answers. After thinking about it for awhile, I finally decided to stick with the choices below:  10. Lizzy Borden – Me Against The World Album: Visual Lies – 1987 9. Testament – Trial By Fire Album: The New Order – 1988 8. Metallica – Welcome Home Sanitarium Album: Master of Puppets – 1986 7. Queensryche – Eyes of a Stranger Album: Operation: Mindcrime – 1988 6. Megadeth – Wake Up Dead Album: Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? – 1986 5. Anthrax – Armed and Dangerous EP: Armed and Dangerous – 1985 4. Overkill – Hello From The Gutter Album: Under the Influence – 1988 3. KISS – I Still Love You Album: Creatures of the Night – 1982 2. Slayer – Chemical Warfare EP: Haunting the Chapel – 1984 1. Judas Priest – Love Bites Album: Defenders of the Faith – 1983 What are your picks for the Top 10 songs from the 1980’s? Support: Have you seen these yet? MY TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE 1980’S – FROM THE VAULT ANTHRAX – ARMED AND DANGEROUS – FROM THE VAULT TOP TEN SONGS ABOUT THE APOCALYPSE VINNIE VINCENT INVASION – LOVE KILLS – FROM THE VAULT HADES – FROM THE...
MY TOP 5 METAL BANDS OF ALL TIME

MY TOP 5 METAL BANDS OF ALL TIME

Support: Often when hanging out with friends, we get into debates about who we think are the greatest singers, bands, musicians..etc of all time. You see Top 5 lists and quite often I find very similar favorites, but I often find many differences as well. This led me to think about how my favorites ranked. For this post, I chose my top 5 bands of all time which are as follows: JUDAS PRIEST     What can you say about the “Metal Gods” that hasn’t already been said. Their style, music and attitude have influenced both musicians and fans alike. Through it all (line up changes/internal band difficulties), Judas Priest have stood the test of time and etched their place in heavy metal history and in my metal world, there is no one who even comes close to Priest. KISS Say what you will about KISS and especially Gene Simmons! I personally have said I need to put their music down for a bit, however my head will still bop every time I hear one of their songs. There is no denying that KISS will live on in infamy forever. Great music, great makeup and one of the best stage shows you’ll ever see, KISS not only created great music, but have also created a merchandising empire that is second to none. They definitely know how to Rock n’ Roll all night and party everyday! Gene may have a big mouth but there is no question, their music will live on forever!! SLAYER Go to any metal club or show and you will often see at least one person...
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