Metal Blade Records to be inducted into “The Hall of Heavy Metal History”!

Metal Blade Records to be inducted into “The Hall of Heavy Metal History”!

As part of Metal Blade Records’ 35th anniversary celebration in 2017, “The Hall of Heavy Metal History” will induct the label at an all-star ceremony, which takes place on Wednesday, January 18th at the Anaheim Expo Center in Anaheim, CA. Hosted by television and radio legend Eddie Trunk, the awards show will also feature performances by the Dio Disciples (with Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, and Joe Retta), Ross “The Boss”(with iconic guitarist Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman, Rhino, vocalist Marc Lopes, and Mike LePond), among others. Proceeds from the event will benefit the “Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund”.

See below for the 2017 “Hall of Heavy Metal History” inductees:
Ronnie James DioRainbowBlack SabbathDio (with Wendy Dio accepting the induction)
–Metal Blade Records (with Brian Slagel accepting the induction)
–Scorpions (with drummer Mikkey Dee accepting the induction)
–Rainbow Bar and Grill (with Rainbow Bar and Grill owner Mikael Maglieri accepting the induction)
–Lemmy Kilmister, Motörhead (with Manager Todd Singerman accepting the induction)
–Ross “The Boss” Friedman, formerly of Manowar
–Rudy Sarzo, formerly of Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake
–Frankie Banali, of Quiet Riot (along with a special 33rd anniversary induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 heavy metal album status)
–Vinny Appice, formerly of Black Sabbath and Dio
–Don Airey of Deep Purple
–Andy Zildjian, President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals
–Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne (with the Rhoads family members accepting the induction)

Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel comments: “We are totally honored to be inducted into such a great organization. I am awestruck at the names that stand beside us, and so thankful for everyone who has helped us along the way. Huge thanks to all at the ‘Hall of Heavy Metal History’ for this great honor.

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About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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