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 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

1991-08-12 Heavy metal band Metallica release their 5th album "Metallica", debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
  • 2017-02-05 Heavy metal band Black Sabbath play their last concert in their home town Birmingham, England

Birthdays in Music

  • 1945-08-19 Ian Gillian, heavy metal rocker (Deep Purple-Knocking at Backdoor)
  • 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, heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England

Person of interestOzzy Osbourne

1948-12-03 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, Mass, heavy metal guitarist (Don't Say No)
  • 1951-04-27 Paul "Ace" Frehley, American heavy metal 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)
  • 1953-06-29 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, German rock guitarist (MSG-Coming on Strong, 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
  • 1956-12-06 Randy Rhoads, 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, 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, English heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • 1959-08-19 Steve Grimmett, heavy metal rocker
  • 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/vocals (Ratt-Round & Round), born in La Jolla, California (d. 2002)
  • 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, heavy metal vocalist (Anthrax-Protest), born in Oswego, New York
  • 1960-11-25 Kasey Smith, 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
  • 1961-04-12 D. D. Verni, American heavy metal rocker (Overkill - Hello From the Gutter), born in New Jersey
  • 1961-04-18 Kelly Hansen, heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You)
  • 1961-05-29 David Palmer, American musician and founding member of ABC (The Lexicon Of Love), born in Chesterfield, England
  • 1961-07-26 Gary Cherone, American heavy metal vocalist (Extreme, Van Halen), 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, Irish heavy metal rocker (White Snake-Here I Go Again), born in Belfast, Ireland
  • 1963-01-28 Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)
  • 1963-04-10 Warren DeMartini, American heavy metal musician (Ratt), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963-04-20 Brett Edward Garsed, Australian heavy metal artist (Nelson), born in Victoria, Australia
  • 1963-04-20 Kal Swan, Scottish heavy metal rocker (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
  • 1963-07-24 Paul Geary, heavy metal drummer (Extreme-More Than Words), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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, 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 [DiTeodoro], American heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox-Boys in Heat, King Kobra), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • 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, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 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)
  • 1968-04-03 Sebastian Bach [Bierk], Canadian heavy metal singer (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • 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)

Weddings in Music

  • 1988-06-19 Danny Spitz, heavy metal artist (Anthrax), weds Valerie

Deaths in Music

  • 1982-03-19 Randy Rhoads, heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), dies in an air crash at 25
  • 2002-06-06 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist/vocals (Ratt-Round & Round), dies at 42
  • 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, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
  • 2007-11-19 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot), dies of an overdose at 53
  • 2010-05-16 Ronnie James Dio [Ronald James Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • 2011-08-11 Jani Lane, American heavy metal musician (Warrant) dies of alcohol poisoning aged 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