Heavy Metal in History

Events in Music

  • 1968-07-20 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982-01-20 Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne

Music releaseAlbum Release

1986-03-03 "Master of Puppets", the third studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, is released

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted

Music releaseMusic Single

1991-07-30 Heavy metal band Metallica release their single "Enter Sandman"

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • 1991-08-12 Heavy metal band Metallica release their 5th album "Metallica", debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart
  • 2017-02-05 Heavy metal band Black Sabbath play their last concert in their home town Birmingham, England

Birthdays in Music

  • 1943-12-23 Derek Small, British heavy metal bassist (Spinal Tap), born in Nilford-on-Null, West Midlands
  • 1945-08-19 Ian Gillan, English heavy metal and rock singer (Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Jesus Christ Superstar), born in London
  • 1945-12-24 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1948-04-05 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest - "Breakin' The Law"), born in Northampton, England (d. 2018)
  • 1948-05-05 Bill Ward, English heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England

Person of interestOzzy Osbourne

1948-12-03 (John) "Ozzy" Osbourne, English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1950-05-12 Billy Squier, American rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("The Stroke"; "My Kind Of Lover"), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • 1950-08-15 Tommy Aldridge, American heavy metal and hard rock drummer (Black Oak Arkansas; Ozzy Osbourne; Whitesnake), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • 1951-04-27 Paul "Ace" Frehley, American rock guitarist (Kiss; Frehley's Comet), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-08-25 Rob Halford, English heavy metal singer-songwriter (Judas Priest - Got Another Thing), born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • 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)
  • 1953-06-04 Paul Samson [Sansom] British heavy metal and blues guitarist (Samson), born in Norwich, England (d. 2002)
  • 1953-06-29 Don Dokken, American heavy metal rocker (Dokken-Alone Again), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954-06-05 Michael "Nicko" McBrain, English heavy metal drummer (Iron Maiden - "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter"), born in London, England
  • 1955-01-10 Michael Schenker, German heavy metal guitarist (MSG; UFO; Scorpions), born in Sarstedt, Germany
  • 1955-10-29 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot) (d. 2007)
  • 1956-06-14 King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Danish heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate; King Diamond), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1956-09-04 Blackie Lawless [Steven Duren], American heavy metal singer and guitarist (W.A.S.P.), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1956-12-06 Randy Rhoads, American heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • 1956-12-23 Dave Murray, English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • 1957-02-27 Adrian Smith, English heavy metal guitarist (Iron Maiden-Aces High), born in London Borough of Hackney, London
  • 1957-04-19 Tony Martin [Harford], British heavy metal vocalist (Black Sabbath, 1987-91 and 1993-7), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1957-12-08 Phil Collen, English heavy-metal guitarist (Def Leppard - "Love Bites"), born in London, England
  • 1958-04-13 Randy Piper, American heavy metal rocker (Wasp - "Wildchild"), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1958-08-07 Bruce Dickinson, English heavy metal rocker (Iron Maiden-Run to Hills), born in Worksop, United Kingdom
  • 1958-08-09 Greg Chaisson, Canadian heavy metal bassist (Badlands - "Dreams in the Dark"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959-01-13 James Lomenzo, American heavy metal bassist (White Lion; David Lee Roth; Megadeth, 2006-10), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1959-07-03 Stephen Pearcy, American heavy metal vocalist (RATT-Round & Round), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959-08-01 Joe Elliott, English heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • 1959-08-19 Steve Grimmett, British heavy metal singer (Grim Reaper), born in Swindon, England
  • 1959-08-22 Juan Croucier, Cuban-born American heavy metal rocker (Ratt-Round & Round), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 1959-09-23 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), born in the US (d. 2004)
  • 1960-06-19 Simon Wright, heavy metal drummer (AC/DC)
  • 1960-08-04 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist and vocalist (Ratt-Round & Round), born in La Jolla, California (d. 2002)
  • 1960-08-12 Morty Black, heavy metal rocker (TNT-7 Seas)
  • 1960-10-13 Joey Belladonna [Bellardini], American heavy metal vocalist (Anthrax, 1984-92 - "I Am The Law"), born in Oswego, New York
  • 1960-11-25 Kasey Smith, American heavy metal artist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Queens, New York
  • 1961-01-14 Mike Tramp [Trempenau], Danish heavy metal rocker (White Lion - "Mane Attraction"), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1961-01-29 Eddie Jackson, American heavy metal rock bassist (Queensrÿche - "Silent Lucidity"), born in Robstown, Texas
  • 1961-04-12 D. D. Verni, American heavy metal bassist, and songwriter (Overkill - "Hello From the Gutter"), born in New Providence, New Jersey
  • 1961-04-18 Kelly Hansen, American heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1961-05-29 David Palmer, British drummer (ABC - The Lexicon Of Love), born in Chesterfield, England
  • 1961-06-06 Tom Araya, Chilean-American heavy metal bass guitarist and lead singer (Slayer), born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • 1961-07-24 Paul Geary, American heavy metal drummer (Extreme), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1961-07-26 Gary Cherone, American rock vocalist (Extreme - "More Than Words"; Van Halen), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1961-08-20 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • 1961-08-29 Tony MacAlpine, American heavy metal rocker (Solo-Edge of Insanity), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1961-08-31 David Chastain, American heavy metal guitarist (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1961-09-13 Dave Mustaine, American heavy metal guitarist and singer (Metallica, 1981-83; Megadeth), born in La Mesa, California
  • 1961-11-29 Masayoshi Yamashita, Japanese heavy metal bass guitarist (Loudness), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1962-01-04 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1962-02-23 Michael Wilton, American heavy metal guitarist (Queensrÿche), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962-08-25 Mazzi Rawd, heavy metal rocker (Femme Fatale)
  • 1962-08-25 Vivian Campbell, Irish heavy metal singer (Def Leppard), born in Belfast, Ireland
  • 1962-11-18 Kirk Hammett, American heavy-metal guitarist (Metallica - Master of Puppets; "Enter Sandman"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962-12-08 Marty Friedman, American heavy metal guitarist (Megadeath), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-01-04 Till Lindemann, German heavy metal singer (Rammstein), born in Leipzig, East Germany
  • 1963-01-28 Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax, 1983-95, 2005-08 - State of Euphoria), born in Rockland County, New York

Person of interestJason Newsted

1963-03-04 Jason Newsted, American heavy-metal bassist (Metallica - "Nothing Else Matters"), born in Battle Creek, Michigan

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
  • 1963-04-10 Warren DeMartini, American heavy metal guitarist (Ratt), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963-04-20 Brett Garsed, Australian rock guitarist (Nelson; Garsed/Helmerich), born in Victoria, Australia
  • 1963-04-20 Kal Swan, Scottish heavy metal singer-songwriter (Bad Moon Rising), born in Raleigh, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1963-04-24 Joey Vera, American heavy metal rocker (Armored Saint - "Aftermath"), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestJames Hetfield

1963-08-03 James Hetfield, American heavy metal rocker (Metallica), born in Downey, California

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • 1963-08-24 John Bush, American heavy metal singer (Armored Saint, Anthrax), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963-08-31 Richard "Reb" Beach, American heavy metal guitarist (Winger; Whitesnake), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1963-12-26 Lars Ulrich, Danish heavy metal drummer (Metallica - ....And Justice for All), born in Gentoffe, Denmark
  • 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 Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1964-04-06 Johnny Dee [DiTeodoro], American heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox - "Boys in Heat"; "King Kobra"), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • 1964-04-13 Bill D'Angelo, American heavy metal guitarist (Femme Fatale), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 2005)
  • 1964-06-03 Kerry King, American heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Slayer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964-06-03 Dorothee "Doro" Pesch, German heavy metal singer and songwriter (Warlock), known as the 'Metal Queen', born in Düsseldorf, West German
  • 1964-06-05 Karl Sanders, American heavy metal guitarist and singer (Nile), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1964-08-13 Ian Haugland, heavy metal rocker (Europe-The Final Countdown), born in Storslett, Nordreisa, Norway
  • 1964-11-12 Dave Ellefson, Jackson, Minnesota, American heavy metal bassist (Megadeth)
  • 1964-12-23 Eddie Vedder, American rock singer (Pearl Jam - Ten; "Jeremy"), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1965-07-09 Frank Bello, American heavy metal musician (Anthrax)
  • 1965-10-29 Steven Sweet, American heavy metal artist (Warrant-Cherry Pie), born in Wadsworth, Ohio
  • 1965-10-30 Gavin Rossdale, English singer-songwriter (Bush - Sixteen Stone) and actor, born in London, Englnd
  • 1966-08-20 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera), born in Arlington, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1966-08-22 Mark Michaels, heavy metal guitarist (Teach Yourself Rhythm Guitar)
  • 1966-09-02 Dino Cazares, American heavy metal guitarist (FearFactor), born in El Centro, California
  • 1967-04-18 Jayce Fincher Jr, American heavy metal bassist (Southgang - "Tainted Angel"; Marvelous 3)
  • 1967-05-13 Chuck Schuldiner, American heavy metal singer-songwriter and guitarist (Death; Control Denied) (d. 2001)
  • 1967-07-22 Pat Badger, American heavy metal bassist (Extreme-"More Than Words"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1967-09-15 Jerry Dixon, heavy metal bassist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1967-10-17 Allen West, American heavy metal guitarist (Obituary; Southwicked), born in Brandon, Florida
  • 1968-02-07 Salvatore "Sully Erna", American heavy metal singer, and rhythm guitarist (Godsmack), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1968-02-17 Patrick Uterwijk, Dutch heavy metal guitarist (Pestilence - Consuming Impulse), born in The Netherlands
  • 1968-02-19 Frank Watkins, US heavy metalist bass (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • 1968-03-15 John Tardy, American heavy metalist (Obituary, Slowly We Rot)
  • 1968-04-03 Sebastian Bach [Bierk], Canadian heavy metal singer (Skid Row - "I Remember You"; "Psycho Love"), born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • 1968-06-30 Philip Anselmo, American heavy metal musician (Pantera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968-07-04 Jack Frost [John Dempsey], American heavy metal guitarist (Seven Witches), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1968-08-24 Andreas Kisser, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist (Sepultura), born in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
  • 1968-09-29 Alexander Skolnick, American heavy metal and jazz guitarist (Testament; Trans-Siberia Orchestra), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1969-01-25 Jesse Harte, American heavy metal vocalist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1969-02-12 Byron Stroud, Canadian heavy metal bassist, born in New Westminster, British Columbia

Weddings in Music

  • 1988-06-19 Danny Spitz, heavy metal artist (Anthrax), weds Valerie
  • 1994-07-10 The "Anthrax" heavy-metal guitarist Scott Ian (31) weds Debbie Leavitt (23) in Huntington Beach, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1982-03-19 Randy Rhoads, American heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), dies in an air crash at 25
  • 1991-04-08 Dead [Pelle Ohlin], Swedish heavy metal singer (Mayhem), commits suicide at 22
  • 2002-06-06 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist and vocalist (Ratt - "Round & Round"), dies at 42
  • 2004-01-14 Valfar, Norwegian heavy metal musician (Windir), dies in a snowstorm at 25
  • 2004-08-17 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), dies of complications of lymphoma at 44
  • 2004-12-08 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera) is shot and killed by crazed fan Nathan Gale while performing on stage at 38
  • 2005-11-21 Bill D'Angelo, American heavy metal guitarist (Femme Fatale, 1987-90), dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • 2007-11-19 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot), dies of an overdose at 53
  • 2010-04-14 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), dies of sepsis at 48
  • 2010-05-16 Ronnie James Dio [Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf; Rainbow; Black Sabbath; Dio; and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • 2010-05-24 Paul Gray, American heavy metal bassist (Slipknot), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 2011-06-11 Seth Putnam, American extreme heavy metal guitarist and vocalist, dies of heart attack at 43
  • 2011-08-11 Jani Lane [John Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), dies of acute alcohol poisoning at 47
  • 2015-12-28 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), dies from terminal illness at 70
  • 2018-01-16 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), dies at 69
  • 2018-06-22 Vinnie Paul [Vincent Abbott], American heavy metal drummer (Pantera), dies of a heart condition at 54