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Today In 80s Music History: Def Leppard Sets Chart Record

Today In 80s Music History: Def Leppard Sets Chart Record

Oct 14, 20231 min read

On October 14th, 1988, Def Leppard became the first musical act to have two consecutive studio albums (Pyromania and Hysteria) sell 7 million copies. Those numbers would only increase over the years with Hysteria selling over 20 million copies.

Dexys Midnight Runners Hit #1 With their Single

Dexys Midnight Runners Hit #1 With their Single “Come On Eileen” On This Day In 1982

Aug 7, 20231 min read

Released from their second album “Too-Rye-Ay”, “Come On Eileen” hit #1 in both the U.K. and U.S. charts. It’s been featured on many playlists as well as many top # singles lists of the 1980s. https://youtu.be/6BODDyZRF6A Dexys Midnight Runners have…

October 15th – Today In 80s Music History

October 15th – Today In 80s Music History

Oct 15, 20221 min read

On October 15th, 1988, UB40 reached the #1 spot in the U.S. with their cover version of Neil Diamond’s “Red, Red Wine”. The song would also go on to reach #1 in the U.K. and the top ten in many…

October 14th – Today In 80s Music History

October 14th – Today In 80s Music History

Oct 14, 20221 min read

80s star Thomas Dolby celebrates his birthday on October 14th. He was born in 1958.   80s heavy metal star, Twisted Sister Drummer A.J. Pero was also born on October 14th in 1959. Sadly, Pero died in 2015 from…

October 13th – Today In 80s Music History

October 13th – Today In 80s Music History

Oct 13, 20221 min read

On October 13th 1984, Stevie Wonder landed at the #1 spot with his hit single “I Just Called To Say I Love You”.   On October 13th, 1984 Irish rockers U2 hit #1 in the U.K. with their album…

September 19th – Today In 80s Music History

September 19th – Today In 80s Music History

Sep 19, 20221 min read

On September 19th, 1981, The Rolling Stones’ “Tattoo You” album lands at #1 on the U.S. Charts and would hold that position for 9 straight weeks. The album was propelled by the hit single “Start Me Up”.

September 18th – Today In 80s Music History

September 18th – Today In 80s Music History

Sep 18, 20221 min read

On September 18th, 1983, KISS appear for the first time ever without their trademarked makeup. The big reveal was made during a special MTV interview with the band coinciding with the release of their album “Lick It Up”.

September 17th – Today In 80s Music History

September 17th – Today In 80s Music History

Sep 17, 20221 min read

 Tubes singer Fee Waybill is born on September 17th, 1950. The Tubes were one of the early bands featured on MTV in heavy rotation and they are known for their 1983 hit song “She’s A Beauty”.

September 16th – Today In 80s Music History

September 16th – Today In 80s Music History

Sep 16, 20221 min read

On September 16th, 1985 – Kate Bush releases her new album “Hounds Of Love”, her fifth studio album, featuring her most well-known hit “Running Up That Hill”.

September 15th – Today In 80s Music History

September 15th – Today In 80s Music History

Sep 15, 20221 min read

September 15th 2019 – Cars singer Rik Ocasek is found dead. He was 75 years old. The Cars were all over MTV and the radio during the 80s with hit songs like “Hello Again”, “Shake It Up”, “Magic”, “You Might…

September 14th – Today In 80s Music History

September 14th – Today In 80s Music History

Sep 14, 20221 min read

The first MTV Video Awards show was held with David Bowie winning “Video Of The Year” for his smash single “China Girl”.

September 13th – Today In 80s Music History

September 13th – Today In 80s Music History

Sep 13, 20221 min read

Today In 80s Music History September 13th On September 13th, 1986 -Berlin takes the top slot in the U.S. for the #1 smash single “Take My Breath Away” which was featured on the Top Gun soundtrack.

September 12th – Today In 80s Music History

September 12th – Today In 80s Music History

Sep 12, 20221 min read

Today in 80s Music History – September 12th     Aerosmith Release their 10th studio album “Pump” featuring the singles “Love In An Elevator”, “Janie’s Got a Gun”, “What It Takes” and ‘The Other Side”. The album went 7 times…

80s Heavy Metal News

Motorhead Release The Lost Tapes Series As CD Collection

80s Heavy Metal

‘THE LÖST TAPES’ SERIES RELEASED AS CD COLLECTION INCLUDING NEW SET FROM THE HALLOWED TURF OF DONINGTON, DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2008 OUT NOW Cassette tapes. Remember...

Judas Priest Announces New Album "Invincible Shield" Judas Priest Announces New Album "Invincible Shield"

80s Heavy Metal

Judas Priest just dropped their newest track from their upcoming new album “Invincible Shield” and it should really appeal to fans of the Judas...

Listen To Brand New Ace Frehley Song "10,000 Volts" Listen To Brand New Ace Frehley Song "10,000 Volts"

80s Heavy Metal

Ace Frehley comments on the new video: THE CHERRY MEDICINE VIDEO IS HERE!! This is one of my favorite tracks on the album, and...

80s Heavy Metal

Def Leppard has released several videos on YouTube showcasing their concert at The Whisky back in 2022. Def Leppard is currently out on tour...

80s Heavy Metal

For the first time since the band wrapped the last concert of its Final World Tour back in November 2019, Slayer – Tom Araya/...

helix helix

80s Heavy Metal

Helix vocalist Brian Vollmer has posted the following news regarding Hinz’s death on his Official Facebook Page: Greg “Fritz” Hinz: January 23rd/1956-February 16th/2024. R.I.P....

Hard Rock & Metal News

CRASHDÏET Announces New Singer And Drummer

Hard Rock & Metal

CRASHDÏET has announced the following update: The time has come to enter the next chapter in the CRASHDÏET book of madness. After much soul-searching,...

Hard Rock & Metal

March 1, 2024Big Big Train – The Likes Of Us (InsideOut)Blind Channel – Exit Emotions (Century Media)Bruce Dickinson – The Mandrake Project (BMG)Devastator –...

Molly Hatchet Live Photos From Thunder By The Bay Festival, Sarasota, FL Molly Hatchet Live Photos From Thunder By The Bay Festival, Sarasota, FL

Hard Rock & Metal

Legendary Southern Hard Rockers Molly Hatchet played all their greatest hits to a large, enthusiastic crowd that was on their feet throughout the entire...

Sweet Pain Finally Get Debut Album Released On CD With Bonus Tracks Sweet Pain Finally Get Debut Album Released On CD With Bonus Tracks

80s Heavy Metal

Remastered by lead singer, Corky Gunn, who also came up with the new cover concept, this glam cult gem includes a 24-page booklet featuring...

Vain To Release New Album "Disintegrate Together" Vain To Release New Album "Disintegrate Together"

80s Heavy Metal

Vain has posted the following info on their Official Facebook Page regarding their upcoming new album: VAIN IS BACK… WITH A VENGEANCEIt’s been 6...

Former Dokken Members Return With New The End Machine Song For "Killer Of The Night" Former Dokken Members Return With New The End Machine Song For "Killer Of The Night"

80s Heavy Metal

Today, THE END MACHINE shares the second single from their highly anticipated upcoming release, ‘The Quantum Phase‘ due out March 8th via Frontiers Music...

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The Top 20 Hard Rock And Metal Albums Of 2023

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2023 had some really good hard rock and metal albums released if you know where to look and listen. The hard rock and metal...

45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear 45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear

80s Heavy Metal

Angelica Attempting to hit on the sound of guitar slingers like Van Halen and George Lynch, Angelica went for a more glam-sounding singer, similar...

20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear 20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear

80s Heavy Metal

Each year, it seems that the remaining 80s hard rock and metal bands that are still putting out new music seem to get smaller...

Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars' Real Names Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars' Real Names

80s Heavy Metal

Check out these 80’s Hard Rock And Metal Stars’ Real Names! Some of these names are well known to fans, while others might find...

Who Were The Top 15 Most-Glam Mainstream Metal Bands Of The 80s? Who Were The Top 15 Most-Glam Mainstream Metal Bands Of The 80s?

80s Heavy Metal

The 80s were the decade of excess and musically that was absolutely true as well. The hard rock and heavy metal musical landscape exploded...

Who Were The Best Straight Up, No Frills Hard Rock And Metal Bands Of The 80s? Who Were The Best Straight Up, No Frills Hard Rock And Metal Bands Of The 80s?

80s Heavy Metal

The 1980s hard rock and metal scene is widely known as a generation of excess and a lot of over-the-top imagery. In fact, most...

80s Rock & Pop

80s Music Video Of The Day

Take a trip down memory lane with this list of one-hit wonders on the U.S. charts from the years 1980 and 1981. How many...

Legendary 80s Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces 2024 American Tour Legendary 80s Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces 2024 American Tour

80s Rock & Pop

Adam Ant is pleased to announce his ANTMUSIC 2024 U.S. tour, which commences March 21st in St. Louis, MO. The English Beat will be supporting...

Foreigner And Styx Announce Renegades And Jukebox Heroes Tour With John Waite Foreigner And Styx Announce Renegades And Jukebox Heroes Tour With John Waite

80s Rock & Pop

Foreigner has announced the following: This summer we’re hitting the road with Styx! “We always look forward to being with our buddies in Styx,”...

80s Heavy Metal

Goodwyn was not only the singer but also the guitarist and main songwriter for the band. Goodwyn was widely revered as a great songwriter...

80s Pop Icon Tiffany releases new single “Angels All Around” 80s Pop Icon Tiffany releases new single “Angels All Around”

80s Rock & Pop

Just in time for the Holidays Tiffany is set to release the new single “Angels All Around” and the Limited Edition NEW Shadows cover....

Daryl Hall Gets Restraining Order Against John Oates Daryl Hall Gets Restraining Order Against John Oates

80s Rock & Pop

There’s big drama in the Hall & Oates camp as an ongoing legal battle between Daryl Hall and John Oates continues with Hall gaining...

Alternative-Punk-Electronic

Front 242 Singer Hospitalized

Alternative / Punk

After an incredible 40-plus-year run on the road, Belgian EBM act Front 242 are setting an end to their live concert career, announcing their...

Alternative / Punk

Toxic misogyny, violence against women, and incels are the latest target Al Jourgensen takes aim at in the song “B.D.E.” (aka “Big Dick Energy”)...

Punk Legends Cock Sparrer To Release Their Final Album "Hand On Heart" Punk Legends Cock Sparrer To Release Their Final Album "Hand On Heart"

Alternative / Punk

Punk legends Cock Sparrer announce their 8th and final album on vinyl, splatter vinyl, picture disc, CD, cassette and digital formats! No one (band...

Social Distortion And Bad Religion Announce Co-Headliner U.S. Tour Social Distortion And Bad Religion Announce Co-Headliner U.S. Tour

Alternative / Punk

Social Distortion’s Mike Ness has posted the following regarding the tour: It gives us great pleasure to announce that in April we will be...

Co-Founder Of The Dictators, Scott Kempner Dead At 69 Co-Founder Of The Dictators, Scott Kempner Dead At 69

Alternative / Punk

The guitarist and co-founder of The Dictators Scott “Top Ten” Kempner has died at age 69 from complications of dementia. He would also co-found...

Shane MacGowan, Pogues Singer Dead At 65 Shane MacGowan, Pogues Singer Dead At 65

Alternative / Punk

Pogues singer Shane MacGowan has died after a lengthy stay in ICU for an infection. A statement on behalf of Shane MacGowan’s wife Victoria...

Rock News

Hard Rock & Metal

The 26th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival is a three-day event held Feb. 16-18, 2024 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds that...

Watch AC/DC's First Live Appearance Since 2016 At The Power Trip Festival Watch AC/DC's First Live Appearance Since 2016 At The Power Trip Festival

80s Heavy Metal

You can watch the full live performance of AC/DC from their Power Trip show courtesy of the Riff Raff YouTube channel. The band ripped...

DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR 2024 WITH STEVE MILLER BAND, HEART, AND CHEAP TRICK DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR 2024 WITH STEVE MILLER BAND, HEART, AND CHEAP TRICK

80s Heavy Metal

Def Leppard and Journey are teaming up for the Summer Stadium Tour 2024 with Steve Miller Band, Heart, and Cheap Trick! The Rock &...

Head East Release Their First album In Over 40 Years Head East Release Their First album In Over 40 Years

Rock

Legendary AOR band Head East is back and better than ever with the highly anticipated release of “Full Circle,” their first studio album in...

Listen To Brand New Ace Frehley Song "10,000 Volts" Listen To Brand New Ace Frehley Song "10,000 Volts"

80s Heavy Metal

Ace Frehley, former and original KISS guitarist will return with a brand new album called “10,000 Volts” on February 23, 2024. You can listen...

Eric Martin Band Gets 40th Anniversary Album Release featuring members of Mr. Big, Tesla and Y & T Eric Martin Band Gets 40th Anniversary Album Release featuring members of Mr. Big, Tesla and Y & T

80s Heavy Metal

Eric Martin Band – Sucker For A Pretty Face – Original Sessions Tracklist: 1.    Sucker For A Pretty Face 2.    Don’t Stop 3.    Private Life 4.    Letting It...

Rock Stars…Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

W.A.S.P. was originally known for outrageous antics such as throwing raw meat into the audience and appearing to torture people on a horror-themed stage....

Winger...Where Are They Now? Winger...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

Winger released their debut album “Winger in 1988 and it scored the band its first platinum-selling album. Winger released its second album In the...

Britny Fox...Where Are They Now? Britny Fox...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

Britny Fox was formed in 1985 with “Dizzy” Dean Davidson on vocals, former Cinderella drummer Tony Destra, former Cinderella guitarist Michael Kelly Smith and...

badlands badlands

Hard Rock & Metal

After guitarist Jake E. Lee was fired from Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band, Badlands was formed when Lee recruited bassist Greg Chaisson, former Black Sabbath...

Hurricane...Where Are They Now? Hurricane...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

Hurricane started out in 1983-84 with the original lineup of lead vocalist Kelly Hansen (vocals/rhythm guitar), Robert Sarzo (guitar), Tony Cavazo (bass), and Jay...

Black N' Blue...Where Are They Now? Black N' Blue...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

  Black ‘N Blue was formed in 1981 and released four successful and critically acclaimed albums through Geffen Records including their self-titled debut (1984),...