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BLACK SABBATH – PARANOID – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1970 to the anniversary of the second album by Black Sabbath called “Paranoid” released 50 years ago on September 18, 1970.

The album which was released 7 months after their debut album, was their only album to hit the UK music charts, until the release of “13” in 2013. Recorded at Regent Sound Studios and Island Studios with producer Rodger Bain, the title track was a last minute addition that was written to complete the album. The band released the song as their first single and it has become one of the most classic songs in heavy metal history.

The band had originally planned to name the album “War Pigs” after the classic song but it was rumored that the record label was afraid of backlash as the Vietnam War was going on during that time. Ozzy Osbourne has debunked this theory in his book “I Am Ozzy” stating that it was changed because “Paranoid” was the first single and the record company felt the album would sell better.

In 2017, after completing their “The End’ tour, the members of Black Sabbath announced that they were officially disbanding. Guitarist Tony Iommi however, has not completely shut the door on the band, noting that he’d be open to one-off shows. Ozzy has also expressed interest in reuniting with the band for a performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in their hometown of Birmingham.

Check out the videos below from the classic album:

IRON MAN

PARANOID

Also you can check out the classic album here:

PARANOID (ALBUM)

RANDY RHOADS – A TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

Happy Friday Metalheads. I hope you had a great week. Today we honor the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads, who passed away 38 years ago on March 19, 1982.

Randy was on his way to Orlando, Florida for the next stop on the Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman tour. After driving most of the night, the band stopped to visit friends and ended up going for a joyride on a small engine plane piloted by tour bus driver Andrew Aycock. Rhoads, who was afraid of flying went only because seamstress/hairdresser Rachel Youngblood had a heart condition and Aycock promised he wouldn’t do anything risky. Randy, who also loved photography wanted to take some aerial photos. Aycock tried to startle the sleeping members on the tour bus and flew the plane extremely close to the bus twice. The third trip, however, proved to be fatal. The plane crashed and burst into flames killing 25-year-old Rhoads, Youngblood and himself.

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Randy began his foray into music forming a cover band at 14 called Violet Fox, with his brother on drums, playing classic songs by The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and David Bowie during performances at a local music school. After Violet Fox broke up, Randy formed The Whore and began playing over the next several months at backyard parties in LA. At 16, Randy and best friend Kelli Garni, who he had taught to play bass, formed Quiet Riot and started playing bars and clubs around LA including two of the most popular in that era: The Whisky a Go-Go and The Starwood. While they were creating a buzz, Quiet Riot was only able to sign a Japanese recording contract with CBS/Sony who released Quiet Riot and Quiet Riot II in Japan only.

In 1979, during an interview with a magazine, Ozzy Osbourne mentioned that he was looking for a new guitarist. The editors suggested Rhoads and when he showed up for his audition Ozzy hired him on the spot without even hearing a note. Randy had later recounted  “I just tuned up and did some riffs, and he said, ‘You’ve got the gig’; I had the weirdest feeling, because I thought, ‘You didn’t even hear me yet’”. Osbourne was drunk and passed out during the audition, but described Rhoads’ playing as “God entering my life”.

Rhoads played on two Ozzy albums: “Blizzard of Oz” and “Diary of a Madman.” Ozzy also released a 3 song live EP in 1980 called “Mr. Crowley Live EP” from a Southhampton, UK show earlier in the year.

Randy, who was a devoted student of classical guitar combined his classical music influences along with his own heavy style to create music that will live on forever. He has influenced many, many musicians and is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His death was a huge shock to the world and Ozzy wrote in his autobiography “I Am Ozzy” that he almost quit music after Randy’s death.

You may be gone but you are never forgotten!

OZZY OSBOURNE – MR. CROWLEY LIVE 1981

OZZY OSBOURNE – I DON’T KNOW LIVE 1981

OZZY OSBOURNE – CRAZY TRAIN

 

RANDY RHOADS – A TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

Happy Friday Metalheads. I hope you had a great week. Today we honor the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads, who would have been 63 years old today.

Randy, who died in 1982, was on his way to Orlando, Florida for the next stop on the Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman tour. After driving most of the night, the band stopped to visit friends and ended up going for a joyride on a small engine plane piloted by tour bus driver Andrew Aycock. Rhoads, who was afraid of flying went only because seamstress/hairdresser Rachel Youngblood had a heart condition and Aycock promised he wouldn’t do anything risky. Randy, who also loved photography wanted to take some aerial photos. Aycock tried to startle the sleeping members on the tour bus and flew the plane extremely close to the bus twice. The third trip, however, proved to be fatal. The plane crashed and burst into flames killing 25-year-old Rhoads, Youngblood and himself.

ozzyrandy

Randy began his foray into music forming a cover band at 14 called Violet Fox, with his brother on drums, playing classic songs by The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and David Bowie during performances at a local music school. After Violet Fox broke up, Randy formed The Whore and began playing over the next several months at backyard parties in LA. At 16, Randy and best friend Kelli Garni, who he had taught to play bass, formed Quiet Riot and started playing bars and clubs around LA including two of the most popular in that era: The Whisky a Go-Go and The Starwood. While they were creating a buzz, Quiet Riot was only able to sign a Japanese recording contract with CBS/Sony who released Quiet Riot and Quiet Riot II in Japan only.

In 1979, during an interview with a magazine, Ozzy Osbourne mentioned that he was looking for a new guitarist. The editors suggested Rhoads and when he showed up for his audition Ozzy hired him on the spot without even hearing a note. Randy had later recounted  “I just tuned up and did some riffs, and he said, ‘You’ve got the gig’; I had the weirdest feeling, because I thought, ‘You didn’t even hear me yet’”. Osbourne was drunk and passed out during the audition, but described Rhoads’ playing as “God entering my life”.

Rhoads played on two Ozzy albums: “Blizzard of Oz” and “Diary of a Madman.” Ozzy also released a 3 song live EP in 1980 called “Mr. Crowley Live EP” from a Southhampton, UK show earlier in the year.

Randy, who was a devoted student of classical guitar combined his classical music influences along with his own heavy style to create music that will live on forever. He has influenced many, many musicians and is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His death was a huge shock to the world and Ozzy wrote in his autobiography “I Am Ozzy” that he almost quit music after Randy’s death.

You may be gone but you are never forgotten!

OZZY OSBOURNE – MR. CROWLEY LIVE 1981

OZZY OSBOURNE – I DON’T KNOW LIVE 1981

OZZY OSBOURNE – CRAZY TRAIN

 

BLACK SABBATH – PARANOID – METAL REWIND

blacksabbath

Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1970 to the anniversary of the second album by Black Sabbath called “Paranoid” released 49 years ago this past week (September 18, 1970).

The album which was released 7 months after their debut album, was their only album to hit the UK music charts, until the release of “13” in 2013. Recorded at Regent Sound Studios and Island Studios with producer Rodger Bain, the title track was a last minute addition that was written to complete the album. The band released the song as their first single and it has become one of the most classic songs in heavy metal history.

The band had originally planned to name the album “War Pigs” after the classic song but it was rumored that the record label was afraid of backlash as the Vietnam War was going on during that time. Ozzy Osbourne has debunked this theory in his book “I Am Ozzy” stating that it was changed because “Paranoid” was the first single and the record company felt the album would sell better.

In 2017, after completing their “The End’ tour, the members of Black Sabbath announced that they were officially disbanding. Guitarist Tony Iommi however, has not completely shut the door on the band, noting that he’d be open to one-off shows. Ozzy has also expressed interest in reuniting with the band for a performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in their hometown of Birmingham.

Check out the videos below from the classic album:

IRON MAN

PARANOID

Also you can check out the classic album here:

PARANOID (ALBUM)