In HaRd RoCk 3-13-06
thanks as always goes to my baby brother@ BW&BK
Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER/ex-DESPERADO/ex-WIDOWMAKER) – March 15, 1955
Bret Michaels (POISON) – March 15, 1963
Jon Schaffer (ICED EARTH/DEMONS & WIZARDS) – March 15, 1968
Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS) – March 15, 1969
March 13, 1978: VAN HALEN embark on their first tour.
March 14, 1981: IRON MAIDEN release the ‘Twilight Zone’/’Wrathchild’ single.
March 14, 1985: IRON MAIDEN play the first of four sold-out shows at the Long Beach Arena, the first band ever to achieve this.
March 14, 2002: BILLY JOEL is joined onstage by AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams during his Tampa, Florida show (with ELTON JOHN) for a version of the AC/DC staple Highway To Hell’.
March 15, 1968: Life Magazine calls JIMI HENDRIX “the most spectacular guitarist in the world.”
March 15, 1975: LED ZEPPELIN’s Physical Graffiti hits #1 on the UK charts.
March 15, 1976: KISS release Destroyer.
March 15, 2000: YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’s Anthology 1994-1999 is released in Japan through Pony Canyon.
March 15, 2001: PANTERA’s Philip Anselmo is given a release to use his real name in side-project bands.
1997: the MIKE VESCARA PROJECT has released an album under the title of Windows.
1997: former KYUSS screamer John Garcia forms new project called SLO BURN.
1997: BODY COUNT guitarist Ernie C. and GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan join forces as record company bosses at the new label Hollow Point.
1997: SUICIDAL TENDENCIES reform.
1998: while working on the reunion record, Psycho Circus, KISS’ Gene Simmons is quoted saying “The band has never gotten along better.”
1998: KINGS OF THE SUN playing a handful of return shows in Queensland, Australia.
1998: TWISTED SISTER’s 1982 debut, Under The Blade, is reissued in Japan.
1998: METALLICA issues a Cease And Desist Order over the Bay Area Thrashers live album, a 1982 demo featuring an earlier incarnation of Metallica that included Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield and past members Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney.
1999: contrary to rumours of a breakup, OVERKILL replace guitarist Sebastian Marino with ANGER TO ANGER axeman Dave Lynsk.
1999: bass player Sharlee D’Angelo joins ARCH ENEMY.
1999: MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio says that the rumored reunion with guitarist Ross ‘The Boss’ is not true.
1999: it is revealed that KISS’ Paul Stanley will be playing the part of The Phantom in the famous Broadway musical, The Phantom Of The Opera, playing in Toronto – he performs from May 25 to August 1.
1999: contrary to rumours, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper is NOT dead.
1999: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY names J.D. as their new bass player – he was James LoMenzo’s replacement in PRIDE & GLORY.
1999: AGENT STEEL sign a deal with Candlelight records.
1999: ANTHRAX frontman John Bush partners with HardRadio’s Bob Nalbandian in a new weekly heavy metal club in Los Angeles, appropriately called Black Lodge.
2000: IRON MAIDEN’s website, http://www.ironmaiden.com, reveal that the bands forthcoming album will be called Brave New World.
2000: the late BRUCE FAIRBAIRN is inducted into the Canadian Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
2000: GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Josh Freese leaves the band.
2001: LOUDNESS’ Spiritual Canoe hits the Japanese charts at #20.
2001: SAVATAGE’s Poets & Madmen debuts at #7 on the German Pop charts.
2001: BRUCE KULICK reveals that he’s signed on to work with GRAND FUNK RAILROAD.
2001: PANTERA’s Philip Anselmo is given a release to use his real name in bands including EIBON, VIKING CROWN, ENOCH, AMICUSS and, of course, NECROPHAGIA.
2001: NECROPHAGIA sign with Moonfog to release their Harvest Ritual album.
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