There are milestones and then there are milestones of milestones. This, is one of those occurrences my friends. Welcome to the birth of Heavy Metal music because today is the 50th Anniversary of the debut album by the legendary (and now mostly retired) Black Sabbath. That album is their eponymous “Black Sabbath”.
When I first raised a glass to this albums anniversary it was on their 45th of its release and part of me did this with the fact that it was happening on Friday The 13th and the other wondering just how long I was planning on keeping this little website in play. Well, I’m still at it and today is the 50th so I will just work along with some of those five years ago notions, and direct you to that article by saying to click HERE for the fuller overview that I did. I’ll do my best to make a lot of this reflection different from the last one. Continue reading Black Sabbath’s Debut “Black Sabbath”; 50 Years Of Heavy Metal History (1970-2020)→
If you’re finding yourself in a bit of a peaceful vibe and thinking of songs from yesteryear today, it’s probably due to the fact that on this day some 50 years ago that the “Woodstock Music and Art Fair” took place up in Bethel NY on Max Yasgur’s farm. Yeah, despite the name, the event was about 45 miles away from the town of Woodstock but that no longer seems to matter. The very well documented affair started out as a pay to enter thing but as the masses began to assemble after lengthy pilgrimages up the highways of New York State they just let anyone who arrived in for free. When it all came down to it there were about 400K in attendance. In honor of the music festivals milestone 50th year, I’ve culled together some topical images and information about who played on what day but left it at that since so much of the logistics and more are easily learned via the official Wiki which is linked down below.
“Warriors……come out to playeeeaye…….Warriors…..come out to playeeeee” – This phrase rings like a bell in the minds of the folks who saw the Paramount Pictures release “The Warriors” which came out on this day in 1979. Though its more common for me to extol the virtues of the music related or geek culture films more than something like this, I couldn’t let today go by without raising a glass to it since its remained a favorite Action/Thriller of a film. I’m not going to overdue my analysis of the plot since that all been done on its Official Wikipedia which will be linked at the close, and instead offer up some recollections that make this a special movie to me. After the poster I’ve lined out the premise and the casting so can you dig it? “Can You Dig It!!!!!!”
The Plot: Cyrus, leader of the Gramercy Riffs, the most powerful gang in New York City, calls a midnight summit of all the city’s gangs, requesting them to send nine unarmed delegates to Van Cortlandt Park. The Warriors, from Coney Island, attend the summit. Cyrus proposes to the assembled crowd a permanent citywide truce and alliance that would allow the gangs to control the city since they outnumber the police by three to one. Most of the gangs applaud his idea, but Luther, leader of the Rogues, shoots Cyrus dead. In the resulting chaos, Luther frames the Warriors’ leader Cleon for the murder, and Cleon is beaten down and most likely killed by the Riffs. Meanwhile, the other Warriors have escaped, unaware that they’ve been implicated in Cyrus’ murder. The Riffs put out a hit on the Warriors through a radio DJ. Swan, the Warriors’ “war chief”, takes charge of the group as they try to make it back home. (thanks Wiki) Continue reading Paramount Pictures “The Warriors” Still Running @ 40 Years (1979-2019)→
The other day the band Taking Back Sunday announced a special performance at NYC’s own Irving Plaza to help the venue reach a concert attendance milestone for the 2018 year and sell out a full “100” shows. Today we help celebrate this accomplishment by saying “well done” and please keep that stuff coming.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: “100 Sold-Out” shows is no joke nor an easy feat so kudos to everyone involved in making that happen. I’m talking about the venue promoters, the bookers and the bands and most importantly – YOU!!! That’s right YOU….The fans are the most crucial factor in making a show be a complete sell out event. Irving Plaza holds “about” 1100 people and historically speaking if I can trust my old ticket stubs and entries on setlist.fm, I have been here well over 100 times. From the looks of it, the only venue that I went to more than this one is the now shuttered B.B. King Blues Club (please bow your heads for a moment of silence – thank you). Continue reading NYC’s Irving Plaza Celebrates “100 Sold-Out Shows” For 2018→
Before I get started on this latest album anniversary or “music milestone” as we’ve been apt to refer to them, I must admit that way back in the days of 1988, I was NOT listening to the band Blind Guardian at all and the same applies for a lot of bands from this region of the world. We are still going to raise a goblet of our favorite drink in honor of the birthday of their debut album “Battalions Of Fear” which came out care of No Remorse Records on this very day thirty years ago. Fans of Blind Guardian who might have come on board over the last dozen years or so ago love them for the polished and exciting Power Metal that they are true masters of. Given my lack of overall background on the debut itself, I’ll be deferring readers to the official Wikipedia entry at the close
Having referenced the bands acumen as Power Metal leaders, it might surprise some of you to learn that this was not at all how the band started out. When you begin to give a listen to “Battalions Of Fear” you find instead a fast-paced, more Speed Metal meets Thrash Metal type of release. In 1988 I can honestly say that Blind Guardian had more in common with the likes of Metallica and Exodus or even Anvil in terms of how the drumming and frenzied riffs were being laid down. It was interesting to me for sure because in 1988 I was really focused on more of the US Metal, even though I did have a few bands from that side of the pond that I enjoyed quite a bit. “Majesty” rips you a new one while “Guardian Of The Blind” has some awesome layers to it and drumming that made me bang my head while I was composing this toast. Believe me that is not easy to do when you are trying to type. “Trial By The Archon” reminded me a lot of the vibe that early Iron Maiden had to them and perhaps this short instrumental number was designed to be an homage of the Brits. “Wizard’s Crown” continues the same vibe and there is a strong cohesion to the full release. The members of the band for the debut are of course singer Hansi Kursch who was also on bass at the time. Andre Olbrich was on lead guitar and Marcus Siepen on rhythm while Thomas “Thomen” Stauch played drums Continue reading Blind Guardian’s Debut “Battalions Of Fear” Hits 30 Years (1988-2018)→