THE METAL HALL OF FAME LAUNCHES ALL STAR CHARITY SINGLE TO RAISE MONEY FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN ISOLATED BY LOCKDOWNS

Top musicians and producers throughout the industry are joining forces with the Metal Hall of Fame to launch the Metal Hall of Fame All-Stars, a charity CD to help bring free music programs to special needs children isolated by the covid lockdown. 

The first single from the Metal Hall of Fame All Stars charity cd will be released October 31st and is entitled Attack of the WitchIt will be available as streaming digital download at metalhalloffameallstars.bandcamp.com/track/attack-of-the-witch for $1.00.

The celebrated musicians and producers featured on the first single include Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Dokken, Yes, Queensrÿche), Bassist Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow), Guitarist Tony MacAlpine (G3 Tour, Steve Vai), Vocalist Mike Tirelli (Riot, Holy Mother), Studio-touring drummer /Metal Hall of Fame/D.A.D. Founder Pat Gesualdo, and Keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Kiss, Dream Theater).

Additional musicians to record on future released tracks for the project include Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Quiet Riot), Carmine Appice (Paul Stanley, King Kobra, Vanilla Fudge), and Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen/Dio Disciples), among others. Chandler Mogel (Punky Meadows), and Michael Romeo (Symphony X) who recorded on Gesualdo’s solo project will be featured as well. The complete cd with several original and cover songs will be released early 2022. 100% of the proceeds goes to the cd project, which will feature a combination of original and cover songs.

“The Metal Hall of Fame All-Stars charity CD unites great musicians for a great cause,” says Metal Hall of Fame spokesperson Owen Kennedy. ” The initiative brings music programs for special needs children that were isolated by the lockdown. The programs will help children suffering from various disabilities to develop retention, coordination, and physical and cognitive ability. We always make sure to include our non-profit parent charity organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities) in every thing we do.”

The Metal Hall of Fame was founded by studio-touring drummer Pat Gesualdo.  The Metal Hall of Fame holds it’s Annual non profit charity Gala every January, in Anaheim CA. Superstar band and musician Inductees include Judas PriestAnthrax, Randy RhoadsRonnie James DioDon Dokken, Steve Vai, Paul Di’Anno, Joe Satriani, Don AireyTestament, Rudy SarzoCarmine AppiceBruce KulickRoss the BossGeoff Tate, among others. Metallica has Inducted Megaforce Records founders Jon and Marsha Zazula, Paul Stanley has Inducted Kiss Manager Doc McGheeKerry King has Inducted Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel, and Don Airey has Inducted Bill Ward among other special inductions over the years.

In 2004, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Administration, and the New Jersey Education Commissioner helped drum virtuoso / Metal Hall of Fame founder Pat Gesualdo  launch his non profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), which features his celebrated pioneering techniques of Drum Therapy®. Along the way, The WWE, the NY Giants, The NJ DevilsXeroxPolice Departments and Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the U.S.A. Pepsi, The White House Chief of Staff, Zildjian CymbalsUnited States Senators and Congressmen, Hard Rock Cafe, The New Jersey Education AssociationEvans Drumheads, The NY YankeesPromark Drumsticks, Modern Drummer, Sony Records, and the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and among others, have joined forces with Gesualdo in his outreach.

Doctors, psychologists, Special Needs Therapists, and Teachers in over 15 countries use Gesualdo’s pioneering Drum Therapy techniques and D.A.D. Program to help the special needs children and adults to develop physical and cognitive functioning. Additionally, the U.S. Department of State, has brought Gesualdo and the D.A.D. Program to various regions of the world to help disabled children, and the United States Department of Defense calls on him to train and certify U.S. Military health professionals. Alfred Music Publishing publishes Gesualdo’s groundbreaking book Drum Therapy, Healing With The Drumset which helps drummers and special needs therapists on a Global basis teach special needs drum students.

Gesualdo wrote the first law in the United States to help bring additional protection to the special needs population.  He is an artist/clinician with Zildjian Cymbals, Promark Drumsticks, and Evans Drumheads, and lectures and performs in drum clinics throughout the world. Gesualdo also appears in various Metal Hall of Fame events and Inductions on a Global basis.

For more information please visit: metalhalloffame.org, dadprogram.org or patgesualdo.net.

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AC/DC’S “THUNDERSTRUCK” VIDEO SURPASSES ONE BILLION VIEWS

AC/DC‘s music video for the song Thunderstruck has surpassed one billion views on YouTube. The David Mallet-directed clip, which was uploaded on November of 2012, was filmed at London’s Brixton Academy on August 17th, 1990. The audience members were given free t-shirts with the words “AC/DC – I was Thunderstruck” on the front and the date on the back, and these t-shirts were worn by the entire audience throughout the filming of the video (see it below).

Thunderstruck was the lead single from the1990 album The Razors Edge, it landed at number five on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

Thunderstruck joins Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters and Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine and November Rain, in having billions view their video on Youtube.

AC/DC‘s latest album Power Up, was released in November 2020, where it charted at the number one spot in 18 countries. The line-up for the album included Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar).

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BASSIST RUDY SARZO TO PERFORM FIRST QUIET RIOT SHOW ON NOVEMBER 6TH, NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Quiet Riot has announced that Rudy Sarzo will be officially re-joining the band’s live ranks on November 6th at The Groove Music Hall in Woodford, VA.

The band recently welcomed legendary bassist and Metal Health lineup founding member Rudy Sarzo back to the band after an 18-year absence. Rudy is looking forward to recording and touring with the band.

Quiet Riot continues its historic journey as per the wishes of Frankie Banali, who passed away in 2020, and the Banali estate. The band continues to play live with the lineup composed of guitarist Alex Grossi, vocalist Jizzy Pearl, and filling Frankie Banali’s shoes behind the drums is Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative.

2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the group with Rudy Sarzo, recording the landmark Metal Health album, which has sold over ten million copies and spawned the hits Cum On Feel The Noize and Metal Health, and on the follow-up record Condition Critical. Sarzo appeared in the most notable music videos in the MTV age and toured with the band until 1985 and again from 1997 to 2003. During his years out of the band, Rudy Sarzo was a member of Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio, Blue Öyster Cult, Queensrÿche, and The Guess Who.

Sarzo says, “I’m excited to be back home and celebrate the Quiet Riot legacy, which began 40 years ago next year with the recording of Metal Health, the first heavy metal album to reach number one on the Billboard top 200 albums chart.”

11/6/21 – Groove Music Hall @ Dominion Raceway – Woodford, VA

12/4/21 –  Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX

12/31/21 – Fremont Country Club – Las Vegas, NV

3/26/22 – Mass Mutual Center – Springfield, MA

4/1/22 – Clay County Fair – Auburndale, FL

4/9/22 –  Seneca Allegany Casino – Salamanca, NY 

5/7/22 – United Wireless Arena – Dodge City, KS

5/14/22 – Johnson County Fairgrounds – Centerville, MO

6/3/22 – San Bernardino Fairgrounds – San Bernardino, CA

6/18/22 – Grand Stage Amphitheater – Urich, MO

7/9/22 – Ceaser Ford Park – Xenia, OH

10/8/22 – Little Creek Casino – Shelton, WA

For More Info, please visit quietriot.band.

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OZZY OSBOURNE’S “DIARY OF A MADMAN” 40TH ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED DIGITAL EDITION DUE OUT NOVEMBER 5TH, DOGTOWN LIMITED EDITION SKATEBOARD DECKS AND CLOTHING COLLAB ON SALE THIS FRIDAY (OCTOBER 29TH)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne will celebrate the 40thanniversary of his 1981 Diary Of A Madman with an updated digital release that includes a new track: a live version of his Mainstream Rock Top Five hit Flying High Again. At the same time comes news of an exciting collaboration with Dogtown, available this Friday.
The Ozzy X Dogtown collection comes as an homage to Ozzy’s music being the soundtrack to skateboarding for more than 40 years. The collaboration features skateboard decks and clothing with art by Sean Cliver on 200 limited-edition custom paint “Midnight Fade” skateboard decks with a silver metal flake dusting designed by Jim “Red Dog” Muir, manufactured by Paul Schmitt at PS Stix, and hand silk screened by Chicken at Screaming Squeegees on the iconic 80’s Dogtown Stonefish shape. In addition, look for a limited run of T-shirts and pullover hoodies with the Ozzy X Dogtown graphic to also be released. All items are available this Friday (October 29th) at 12:00 Noon (PT). Click here or here to order or for more information.

The Diary Of A Madman special digital re-issue will be available November 5th through all digital platforms. The album is Ozzy’s second studio release and the last album to feature 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Randy Rhoads. The multi-platinum release (with five million albums sold worldwide) included the number two mainstream Rock track, Flying High Again.

The Diary Of A Madman 40th Anniversary Expanded Digital Edition track list is as follows:

1.  Over the Mountain
2.  Flying High Again
3.  You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll
4.  Believer
5.  Little Dolls
6.  Tonight
7.  S.A.T.O.
8.  Diary of a Madman
9.  Believer (live)*
10. Flying High Again (live)*
*previously unavailable digitally
Image: Ross Halfin
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W.A.S.P. CELEBRATES 40 YEARS AS A BAND WITH TOUR DATES

June 6th, 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most infamous, notorious, controversial heavy metal bands in the world… W.A.S.P. So join W.A.S.P. for this very special 40th-anniversary world tour that kicks off in Milan, Italy on March 18th, 2022. This first leg of dates will see the band hit Italy, Spain, Ireland, North Ireland, United Kingdom, Scotland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria. More dates and a U.S. tour will be announced.

W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless states about the tour, “For the W.A.S.P. 40th-anniversary world tour, we’re going back to the beginning. We’re taking the show back to where it all started. Complete with all the fire and all the blood that shocked the world the first time. We only did this type of show on the first world tour and never did it again…until now! I’m gonna scream and I’m gonna bleed, ’cause I wanna be somebody! We’re taking everybody back…back to the beginning.”

Few bands in the history of rock ‘n’ roll have ever incited the love, the hate, the raw emotional effect this band has had on the world. From the very beginning, in the small venues of Los Angeles, California, and later to the numerous countries worldwide that banned these winged assassins from performing live, the band’s unique style of shock and rock caused religious organizations, local city councils, parlaments, and the Washington D.C. Senate to hold hearings in an effort to bar this group from selling records and trashing stages everywhere they played.

The band’s founding member, Blackie Lawless, has led the group as its lead vocalist and primary songwriter since its beginning. His unique brand of visual, social and political comment took the group to worldwide heights and sold millions of records alongside a legacy of sold out shows across the globe for four decades.

Joined by bassist Mike Duda and guitarist Doug Blair, whose tenures in the band span 26 and 18 years respectively, along with drummer extraordinaire Aquiles PriesterLawless will take the band and the fans back to where it all started. Complete with the stage show extravaganza that many fans never saw live.

W.A.S.P. 40 Years Live world tour 2022:

Mar. 18 – Milan, Live Club 
Mar. 19 – Padova, Padova Hall 
Mar. 23 – Bilbao, Santana 27 
Mar. 24 – Murcia, Sala Gamma 3 
Mar. 25 – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 1 
Mar. 26 – Madrid, La Riviera 
Mar. 30 – Dublin, Vicar St. 
Mar. 31 – Belfast, Ulster Hall 
Apr. 1 –  Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill 
Apr. 2 –  Manchester, Academy 
Apr. 3 –  Nottingham, Rock City 
Apr. 5 –  Glasgow, O2 Academy 
Apr. 6 –  Newcastlee, O2 City Hall 
Apr. 7 –  Bristol, O2 Academy 
Apr. 8 –  London, Rou-House 
Apr. 9 –  Eindhoven, Effenaar 
Apr. 10 – Copenhagen, Amager Bio 
Apr. 12 – Malmö, Moriskan 
Apr. 13 – Huskvarna, Folkets Park 
Apr. 14 – Sundsvall, Sporthallen 
Apr. 15 – Umeå, Idun 
Apr. 16 – Oulu, Teatria 
Apr. 17 – Tampere, Pakkahuone 
Apr. 18 – Helsinki, Kulttuuritalo 
Apr. 20 – Gävle, Gasklockan 
Apr. 21 – Eskilstuna, Lokomotivet 
Apr. 22 – Örebro, Conventum 
Apr. 23 – Karlstad, Nöjesfabriken 
Apr. 25 – Oslo, Rockefeller 
Apr. 28 – Stockholm, Stora Fållan 
Apr. 29 – Norrköping, Arbis 
Apr. 30 – Gothenburg, Trädgårn 
May 1 –  Bremen, Aladin 
May 2 –  Mannheim, Capitol 
May 4 –  Saarbrücken, Garage 
May 5 –  Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle 
May 7 –  Geiselwind, Music Halle 
May 8 –  Munich, Backstage Werk 
May 17 – Bucharest, Arenele Romane 
May 18 – Sofia, Universidada Sports Hall

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