Today in Heavy Metal History

Sub-Topics: Heavy Metal Artists - Heavy Metal Bands

Events in Music

Events 1 - 2 of 2

1968-07-20 - Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
1982-01-20 - Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 72 of 72

1944-04-05 - Dave Holland, heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law)
1945-08-19 - Ian Gillian, heavy metal rocker (Deep Purple-Knocking at Backdoor)
1948-05-05 - Bill Ward, heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
Rock Vocalist Ozzy OsbourneRock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne (1948-12-03) 1948-12-03 - Ozzy Osbourne, English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter (Black Sabbath-Bark at the Moon), born in Birmingham, England
1950-05-12 - Billy Squier, Mass, heavy metal guitarist (Don't Say No)
1951-04-27 - Ace Frehley, heavy metal rocker (Kiss-Beth, Frehley's Comet), born in The Bronx, New York
1951-08-25 - Rob Halford, heavy metal (Judas Priest-Got Another Thing) [or Oct 25]
1952-04-06 - Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept-Balls to the Wall, Udo)
1952-08-06 - Vinnie Vincent, heavy metal rocker (Solo-Ashes to Ashes)
1953-06-29 - Don Dokken, heavy metal rocker (Dokken-Alone Again)
1954-06-05 - Michael "Nicko" McBrain, English heavy metal drummer (Iron Maiden-Powerslave), born in London, England
1955-01-10 - Michael Schenker, heavy metal rocker (MSG-Coming on Strong, Scorpions)
1956-06-14 - King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Copenhagen, Denmark, heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate, King Diamond)
1956-12-23 - Dave Murray, English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
1957-02-27 - Adrian Smith, heavy metal guitarist (Iron Maiden-Aces High)
1958-04-13 - Randy Piper, heavy metal rocker (Wasp-Wildchild)
1958-08-07 - Bruce Dickinson, heavy metal rocker (Iron Maiden-Run to Hills)
1958-08-09 - Greg Chaisson, heavy metal rocker (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark)
1959-07-03 - Stephen Pearcy, heavy metal vocalist (RATT-Round & Round), born in Los Angeles, California
1959-08-01 - Joe Elliott, Sheffield, England, heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages)
1959-08-19 - Steve Grimmett, heavy metal rocker
1959-08-22 - Juan Croucier, heavy metal rocker (Ratt-Round & Round)
1960-06-19 - Simon Wright, heavy metal drummer (AC/DC)
1960-08-04 - Robbin Crosby, heavy metal rock guitarist/vocals (Ratt-Round & Round)
1960-08-12 - Morty Black, heavy metal rocker (TNT-7 Seas)
1960-08-15 - Tommy Aldridge, heavy metal rocker (Ozzy-Diary of a Mad Man)
1960-10-13 - Joey Belladonna, Oswego NY, heavy metal vocalist (Anthrax-Protest)
1960-11-25 - Kasey Smith, heavy metal artist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Queens, New York
1961-01-14 - Mike Tramp (Trempenau), Denmark, Copenhagen Denmark, heavy metal rocker (White Lion-Mane Attraction)
1961-04-12 - D D Verni, heavy metal rocker (Overkill-Hello From the Gutter)
1961-04-18 - Kelly Hansen, heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You)
1961-05-29 - David Palmer, heavy metal drummer (ABC, AC/DC)
1961-07-26 - Gary Cherone, heavy metal vocalist (Extreme-More Than Words), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1961-08-20 - Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
1961-08-29 - Tony MacAlpine, heavy metal rocker (Solo-Edge of Insanity)
1961-08-31 - David Chastain, heavy metal rocker (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland)
1962-04-18 - Mick Sweda, heavy metal (Bulletboys, King Kobra-Ready to Strike)
1962-08-25 - Mazzi Rawd, heavy metal rocker
1962-08-25 - Vivian Campbell, heavy metal rocker (White Snake-Here I Go Again)
1963-01-28 - Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)
1963-04-10 - Warren DeMartini, heavy metal musician (Ratt)
1963-04-20 - Brett Edward Garsed, Victoria Australia, heavy metal artist (Nelson)
1963-04-20 - Kal Swan, heavy metal rocker
1963-04-24 - Joey Vera, heavy metal rocker (Armored Saint-Aftermath)
1963-07-24 - Paul Geary, heavy metal drummer (Extreme-More Than Words), born in Boston, Massachusetts
Metallica Rocker James HetfieldMetallica Rocker James Hetfield (1963-08-03) 1963-08-03 - James Hetfield, Downey California, heavy metal rocker (Metallica-Helpless)
1963-08-24 - John Bush, US heavy metal singer (Anthrax-Armed & Dangerous)
1963-08-31 - Reb Beach, heavy metal rocker (Winger-17)
1963-12-26 - Lars Ulrich, Danish/US heavy metal drummer (Metallica-Kill 'em All)
1963-12-31 - Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I'm the Man), born in Queens, New York
1964-02-01 - Jani Lane, [John Kennedy Oswald] heavy metal musician and singer (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
1964-04-06 - Johnny Dee, heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox-Boys in Heat, King Kobra)
1964-04-13 - Bill D'Angelo, heavy metal rocker
1964-08-13 - Ian Haughland, heavy metal rocker (Europe-The Final Countdown)
1964-11-12 - Dave Ellefson, Jackson, Minnesota, American heavy metal bassist (Megadeth)
1964-12-23 - Eddie Vedder, Evanston, Illinois, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine)
1965-07-09 - Frank Bello, American heavy metal musician (Anthrax)
1965-10-29 - Steven Sweet, Wadsworth Ohio, heavy metal artist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
1965-10-30 - Gavin Rossdale, Kilburn, London, English heavy metal vocalist and actor (Bush)
1966-08-20 - Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist (Pantera)
1966-08-22 - Mark Michaels, heavy metal guitarist (Teach Yourself Rhythm Guitar)
1967-04-18 - Jayce Fincher Jr, heavy metal bassist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
1967-07-22 - Pat Badger, heavy metal bassist (Extreme-More Than Words)
1967-09-15 - Jerry Dixon, heavy metal bassist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
1968-02-19 - Frank Watkins, US heavy metalist bass (Obituary, Cause of Death)
1968-03-15 - John Tardy, US heavy metalist (Obituary, Slowly We Rot)
1968-08-24 - Andreas Kisser, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist (Sepultura)
1969-01-25 - Jesse Harte, Rome Ga, heavy metal vocalist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
1969-06-06 - Douglas Lee Mitchell, Miles Mi, heavy metal artist (Southgang)
1969-11-14 - Butch Walker, Rome Ga, heavy metal guitarist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
1974-08-30 - Matt Bongiovi, heavy metal rocker (cousin of Jon Bon Jovi)
1978-09-03 - Valfar, Norwegian heavy metal vocalist/musician (Windir) (d. 2004)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 4 of 4

1982-03-19 - Randy Rhoads, heavy metal guitarist (Ozzy Osbourne), air crash at 25
2004-12-08 - Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
2010-05-16 - Ronnie James Dio, American heavy metal vocalist (b. 1942)
2011-08-11 - Jani Lane, American heavy metal musician (Warrant) dies of alcohol poisoning aged 47

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