Thursday, October 18, 2018

Happy Birthday KIRK HAMMETT (video)

#kirkhammett #metallica #rockfileRadio
Kirk Lee Hammett (born November 18, 1962) is the lead guitarist and a songwriter in the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus. In 2003, Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2009, Hammett was ranked number 5 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.


 






















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Happy Birthday RUDY SARZO (video)

#rudysarzo #whitesnake #quietriot #ozzyosbourne #rockfileradio
Rudy Sarzo (born November 18, 1950) is a Cuban American hard rock/heavy metal bassist. Sarzo has played with many well known heavy metal and hard rock acts including Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Manic Eden, Dio, Blue Öyster Cult and Geoff Tate's version of Queensrÿche.


















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Happy Birthday HERMAN RAREBELL (video)

 #hermanrarebell #scorpions #rockfileradio
Herman 'Ze German' Rarebell (born November 18, 1949 as Hermann Erbel) is a German drummer, best known for his time in the band Scorpions from 1977 to 1995, playing on 8 studio albums. Rarebell's English was the best in the band at the time of his joining and he was an important composer in the history of the group, writing classic songs like "Another Piece of Meat", "Falling in Love" and the second single from Savage Amusement "Passion Rules the Game". He wrote the lyrics for some of the most classic songs of the band like "Rock You Like a Hurricane", Make It Real", "Dynamite", "Blackout", "Arizona", "Bad Boys Running Wild", "Don't Stop at the Top", "Tease Me Please Me" and others.




















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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Happy Birthday MARTIN BARRE (video)

#martinbarre #rockfileradio
Martin Lancelot Barre (born 17 November 1946) is an English rock musician best known for his work with progressive rock band Jethro Tull, with whom he recorded and toured from their second album in 1969 to the band's dissolution in 2014. In early 1990's he initiated a solo career that now spawned four studio albums plus several guest appearances.
He has also played the flute and other instruments such as the mandolin, both on-stage for Jethro Tull and in his own solo work.

Barre once said that he tried not to listen to other guitarists so that he would not be influenced by them. He said he never took guitar lessons so that he would not sound like other players. However, one guitarist he has praised and recognized as being an influence is Leslie West, from the American band Mountain.

Reviewers have sometimes described Martin Barre's sound as "tricky" and "complicated", highlighting his ability to compose melodies instead of simply soloing.



















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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Happy Birthday CHAD GRAY (video)

 #chadgray #mudvayne #hellyeah #rockfileradio
Chad Gray (born October 16, 1971 in Decatur, Illinois, US), is the lead vocalist for the American rock bands Mudvayne and Hellyeah.

Gray is the son of Dan and Mitzi Davis of Edgewater, Florida. In Hellyeah's DVD, Below the Belt, he talks of how his grandmother, Betty Rau, raised him and would bring him to perform in choir.

He quit his factory job that paid $40,000 a year to move to Peoria, Illinois and formed Mudvayne.

In 2005, Gray's grandmother Betty Rau died after battling cancer for several years.
Gray dedicated the Hellyeah song "Thank You" to his grandmother and also wrote Mudvayne's "Death Blooms" about her illness.

Gray is known both for his clean singing and trademark screams and growls.

Gray has made several guest appearances with other bands, including on the songs "Monsters" by V Shape Mind, "Falling Backwards" by Bloodsimple and "Miracle" by Nonpoint.

























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Happy Birthday FLEA (video)

 #flea #redhotchilipeppers #rockfileradio
Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), better known as Flea, is an Australian-born American musician and actor. He is best known as the bassist, co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band and 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the only constant member of the band (lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis was briefly fired from the band in 1986). Flea is also the co-founder of Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit music education organization founded in 2001 for underprivileged children. Flea also briefly appeared as the bassist for such bands as What Is This?, Fear and Jane's Addiction. Originally a jazz trumpet player, Flea learned to play bass in high school from close friend and future Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak, who required a bassist for his band Anthym. Flea soon developed his own style and joined the group, but quit several months later in order to play for the punk rock outfit Fear. He then rejoined Slovak to form an intended one-off band: Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem along with fellow high school alumni Anthony Kiedis and Jack Irons; the impromptu collaboration would ultimately give birth to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Highly regarded as one of the best rock bass players of all time, his work as a bassist incorporates several musical styles, ranging from aggressive slap bass to more subdued and melodic techniques. Drawing influences from funk music and punk rock, Flea centers his playing on simplicity and minimalism while viewing complexity as a device that should be used in moderation. Aside from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, he has collaborated with many artists, including The Mars Volta, Alanis Morissette, Johnny Cash, Young MC and P. Flea is ranked #2 on Rolling Stone's "Readers Pick the Top Ten Bassists of All Time." Flea has also made occasional forays into acting, appearing in films that span many genres such as Suburbia (1983), Dudes (1987), Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Part III (1990), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Motorama (1991) The Chase (1994), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Big Lebowski (1998), in addition to voicing the character Donnie Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys (1998-2004).
























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Happy Birthday BOB WEIR (video)

#bobweir #gratefuldead #rockfileradio
Robert Hall "Bob" Weir (born October 16, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, most recognized as a founding member of the Grateful Dead. After the Grateful Dead disbanded in 1995, Weir performed with The Other Ones, later known as The Dead, together with other former members of the Grateful Dead. Weir also founded and played in several other bands during and after his career with the Grateful Dead, including Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, RatDog, and Furthur, co-led by former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh.
During his career with the Grateful Dead, Weir played mostly rhythm guitar and sang many of the band's rock-n-roll tunes. As a guitarist, he is known for his unique style of complex voiceleading, bringing unusual depth and a new approach to the role of rhythm guitar expression.


















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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Happy Birthday DAN MCCAFFERTY (video)

#danmccafferty #nazareth #rockfileradio
William Daniel "Dan" McCafferty (born 14 October 1946, Dunfermline, Scotland) is a Scottish vocalist, best known as the lead singer for the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth from its founding in 1968 to his retirement from touring with the band in 2013.
Under the influence of artists such as Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Otis Redding, McCafferty became one of the founding members of Nazareth in 1968. He has appeared on all of Nazareth's albums and has toured with them for 45 years. He co-wrote some of the big Nazareth hits, including "Broken Down Angel", "Dream On" and "Bad Bad Boy". He has released two solo albums. He is married and has two children.


















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Happy Birthday JUSTIN HAYWARD (video)

#justinhayward #themoodyblues #rockfileradio
Justin Hayward (born October 14, 1946) is an English musician, best known as singer, songwriter and guitarist in the rock band The Moody Blues.

Hayward was born in Dean Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, England and educated at Shrivenham School, Berkshire and The Commonweal School, in Swindon.

The Moody Blues are an English rock band. Among their innovations was a fusion with classical music, as heard in their 1967 album Days of Future Passed.
The Moody Blues have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded 14 platinum and gold discs. As of 2013 they remain active with one member from the original band from 1964 and two more from the 1967 lineup.


























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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Happy Birthday SEAN TIBBETTS (video)

#seantibbetts #kamelot #rockfileradio
Sean Tibbetts, (who formerly used the stage name Sean Christians), (born October 13) is an American bass guitarist and current bass player for symphonic power metal band Kamelot. He was the original bassist, and is one of the founding members. He was succeeded by Glenn Barry, but has since rejoined. After leaving Kamelot he has played for Wykked Wytch and is formerly a member of Royal Anguish (2004–2009). He also works as a freelance bass guitar teacher. Additionally, Sean helped out on tour, filling in for former bassist Glenn Barry when he was unable to perform due to family reasons.
Sean also works in the Tampa Bay Area, for a Fire Protection Company, as a skilled and well regarded Lead Fire Alarm Technician.

In December 2009, it was announced that Sean had rejoined Kamelot, replacing Glenn Barry who stepped down for family reasons.



















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Happy Birthday JOEY BELLADONNA (video)

#joeybelladonna #anthrax #rockfileradio
Joey Belladonna (born Joseph Bellardini, October 13, 1960, Oswego, New York) is an Italian-American thrash metal musician, best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Anthrax. He is also the vocalist and drummer of the cover band Chief Big Way.
Belladonna is part Native American (from modern-day Canada) on his mother's side (who is Iroquois) and part Italian American. In his youth, he looked up to bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Kansas and Rush, bands that Belladonna said created "stuff that was very intricate but yet catchy and hooky you know, with great vocals."
Joey Belladonna was the lead singer of Anthrax from 1984 to 1992, and was considered part of the classic-lineup (also featuring Dan Spitz, Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante).

Belladonna returned to the band when the "classic" lineup reunited and toured during 2005 and 2006.

His voice has been featured on 5 studio albums and several EPs that have sold a total of 8 million copies worldwide. During Belladonna's first tenure with Anthrax, the band was nominated for three Grammys, and he was voted the Number 1 metal singer two years in a row in Metal Forces Magazine.
In early 2010, Belladonna officially rejoined Anthrax in time for the "Big Four" shows at the Sonisphere festival. Following these and other shows, Belladonna returned to the studio with the band to record new vocals for their long awaited album Worship Music.

Joey Belladonna possesses a tenor vocal range.



















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Happy Birthday SAMMY HAGAR (video)

 #sammyhagar #vanhalen #chickenfoot #theredrocker #rockfileradio
Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar (born October 13, 1947), also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and musician. Hagar came to prominence in the 1970s with the hard rock band Montrose. He afterwards launched a successful solo career, scoring an enduring hit in 1984 with "I Can't Drive 55". He enjoyed huge commercial success when he replaced David Lee Roth as the lead singer of Van Halen in 1985, but left the band in 1996. He returned to the band for a 2 year reunion from 2003 to 2005. On March 12, 2007, Hagar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen.
Outside of music, he founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand and restaurant chain, as well as Sammy's Beach Bar Rum. His present musical project is lead singer of Chickenfoot.





















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Friday, October 12, 2018

Happy Birthday JEFF KEITH (video)


#jeffkeith #tesla #rockfileradio
Jeffrey Lynn "Jeff" Keith (born October 12, 1958 in Texarkana, Arkansas) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer of the band Tesla. He was also the lead singer for the band Bar 7.
Before he became part of Tesla, Keith lived in Idabel, Oklahoma with his mother Anita and sister Joey. He attended Idabel High School and eventually moved to Sacramento, California to live with his father. Keith started out singing in the band Troubleshooter with his brother BK and bassist Pete Pedri; before joining City Kidd (later known as Tesla) in 1983. He now lives with his wife, step-daughter and son in Granite Bay, California.
Jeff Keith supports non profit charities thru his yearly Ride for Reason concerts in the Sacramento, California suburb of Roseville. Proceeds from the concert have gone to local area foster children, Toys for Tots, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Nor Cal Clean and Sober Living. Some of the contributing artists have included Jeff Keith, Paul Holdgate, Julianna "Jules" Pollifrone and Alan Gratzer.





















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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Happy Birthday DAMIAN WILSON (video)

#damianwilson #landmarq #headspace #threshold #rockfileradio
Damian Wilson (Born: October 11, 1969) is an English musician, songwriter and vocalist that has appeared on over 70 separate album releases. Damian is mostly known in the progressive metal genre, as the lead singer of Headspace and (formerly) Threshold. He also sang and toured with bands and projects such as for Star One, Ayreon, Landmarq, Praying Mantis and with Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist he has released 5 solo albums, a DVD and a retrospective compilation album.

Damian began recording music in 1991 with the band Landmarq. He featured on their debut album, Solitary Witness which was released in 1992, followed by a second album, Infinity Parade (1993) and The Vision Pit (1995).

Damian sang on English prog metal band Threshold’s debut album Wounded Land' (1993). In 1996, Damian would join up with Threshold again to record their third album Extinct Instinct'. Another successful European tour followed, after which Damian left the group. During that time Iron Maiden approached Damian to audition and considered him as a replacement for the departing Bruce Dickinson.

In 1997, Damian’s first solo album Cosmas was released. This album was a departure from the heavy/progressive rock sound that his fans had been used to.

In 1998 Damian was one of the lead vocalists on Arjen Lucassen's Ayreon album Into The Electric Castle.

From 1998 to 2000 he played the lead role of Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh's touring production of Les Misérables. He was asked to audition for the role after he tripped over the dog owned by an actor who knew his work, while running along the Thames.
After the Les Misérables tour Damian sang on the next three Ayreon albums The Dream Sequencer, Flight of the Migrator and Ayreonauts Only. His collaboration with Arjen Lucassen would result in three more Star One albums; Space Metal (2002), Live on Earth (2003) and Victims of the Modern Age (2010).[4] In 2000 and 2001, Damian toured Europe and South America with Rick Wakeman as part of the English Rock Ensemble. This resulted in a Live DVD and an album Out There.

After the tour with Rick Wakeman, Damian released his second solo album Disciple (2001) which was partially recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. The recording session at Abbey Road was filmed and broadcast by the BBC.

Damian toured his solo material with a full band under the name Damian Wilson Band. A second tour was planned, but Damian was hospitalized and the tour was cancelled. A studio session recording of the rehearsals for the tour was released on CD in 2002, Live in Rehearsal. In 2003 Damian’s third official album Let’s Start A Commune was released.

Together with Adam Wakeman Damian formed the progressive rock band Headspace. Mainly to keep in contact with each other between their busy touring schedules. An EP I Am was released in 2007 and they supported Ozzy Osbourne on his Black Rain tour in 2007.

Just before the start of their Dead Reckoning tour, Threshold singer Andrew McDermott leaves the band. Having only a few days to learn the new Threshold material, Damian stepped in as lead vocalist for the tour. Reinstated as lead vocalist, for the first time since 1997, Damian continued to tour with the band. In 2009 Damian tours Europe with his Damian Wilson Band. This time he performs songs from the bands and projects he has been involved in as well as solo material. The tour is filmed and released in 2011 as 3DVD set including a live concert and tour documentary Cheers Lads; 20 Years Of Avoiding A Job.
Within Temptation guitarist Ruud Jolie, who also played guitar during the 2009 DWB tour, asks Damian to sing for his side project Maiden uniteD’; a collective of musicians that play rearranged acoustic version of Iron Maiden tracks. Damian and Anneke van Giersbergen sing on their first album Mind The Acoustic Pieces (2010). After a small club tour the project takes off and Damian finds himself playing venues and big festivals all over Europe. He records two more albums with the project Across The Seventh Sea (2012) and Remembrance (2015).

In the same year as the Damian Wilson Band live DVD set is released, Damian also releases a 31-track retrospective double album, I Thought The World Was Listening 1997 - 2011. This album featured remastered tracks from throughout Damian’s solo career, re-recorded versions of songs and previously unreleased new material. The release of this album also marked the return to the stage as a solo artist. Damian has been playing select solo shows, mainly acoustic, through Europe since 2011.

Damian’s solo album Cosmas is re-released as a remastered edition in 2012. On the last of a series of solo shows he played the album in its entirety.

Headspace signs a 3-record deal with Inside Out Music and their debut album I Am Anonymous is released in 2012. It is a concept album in which Damian’s lyrics are directed the listener. “This is about you and your relationship with humanity, ultimately the battles fought within the mind from child to man. Through Kubler Ross’ model of impending death, with reference to war, the turmoil leads us to peace and acceptance... only then to swing straight back round to chaos.”  A second album was released in 2016; All That You Fear Is Gone.

2012 is also the year in which Threshold releases its first album since 1996 with Damian as lead vocalist, March Of Progress, followed by an extensive European club and festival tour. A second album, For The Journey, follows in 2014. The following tour is recorded and released as double live album European Journey in 2015. Threshold and Damian parted ways in 2017.
In October 2015 Damian announced two new albums for 2016. Weir Keeper’s Tale; an acoustic album with Adam Wakeman, which was released in January 2016, and a new solo album, his first in over a decade. “I’ve never stopped writing songs so I have accumulated a lot since my last solo album. In June we have started recording in Dublin with some amazing musicians from all over Europe. We’re happy to say that we’ve come a long way these last couple of months and the album is taking shape. I believe we’re creating something worthy of your expectations. The songs reflect on how our personal relationships are relevant to the bigger picture, even on a world level.”

The new album Built for Fighting was released September 9, 2016. The album contains 11 new original songs and a cover of Depeche Mode’s Somebody Built for Fighting was mixed and mastered in Sweden by the Fascination Street duo Jens Bogren and Tony Lindgren, who have worked with acts such as Opeth, Devin Townsend and Headspace.

















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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Happy Birthday LZZY HALE (video)

#lzzyhale #halestorm #rockfileradio
Elizabeth "Lzzy" Hale (born October 10, 1984) is the lead singer, second guitar and front-woman of Grammy Award-winning American hard rock band Halestorm. She has been with the band since its inception in 1998.
Elizabeth "Lzzy" Hale has been actively writing and performing original music since 1997 when she was 13 years old. Both Lzzy and her younger brother, Arejay, started learning piano at the age of 5; Lzzy later progressed to a keytar and Arejay to the drums. Lzzy began learning to play the guitar at 16. The teen siblings released an EP titled Don't Mess With the Time Man in 1999, marking Lzzy's first appearance as a recording artist/lead vocalist. Lzzy has since enjoyed good success as not only Halestorm's lead singer, but also with guest appearances with artists such as Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, Seether and Adrenaline Mob. On July 21, 2010 she appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with Halestorm, performing "Familiar Taste of Poison". In 2012, on the Carnival of Madness tour, she performed the Halestorm song "Break in" with Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee. Also, on the Alter Bridge Fortress tour, she performed Watch Over You with Myles Kennedy on select dates.
Lzzy Hale lent her vocals to a reworked version of the Shinedown song "Shed Some Light" from the 2005 album Us and Them. Lzzy and Shinedown's Brent Smith performed the song live on one occasion. Lzzy also appeared in the Shinedown song "Breaking Inside." On September 5, 2007, Halestorm appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as part of the "Jaywalking" segment. On July 21, 2010 they appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing "Familiar Taste of Poison".
Lzzy was featured on the track "Close My Eyes Forever" with singer David Draiman on the self-titled album "Device" by Device released on April 9, 2013.

Halestorm was the last band to share the stage with Ronnie James Dio for his final performance on August 29th 2009, as they opened for Heaven And Hell at Atlantic City's House Of Blues. 




















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Happy Birthday DEAN ROLAND (video)

#deanroland #collectivesoul #magnetsandghosts #rockfileradio
Dean Roland (born October 10, 1972) is an American musician. He is best known for being the rhythm guitarist of the rock band Collective Soul. He is also part of the rock duo Magnets & Ghosts alongside Ryan Potesta.




















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Happy Birthday ERIC MARTIN (video)

#ericmartin #mrbig #rockfileradio
Eric Lee Martin (born 10 October 1960, Long Island, New York) is an American rock singer/musician active throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s both as a solo artist and as a member of various bands. He earned his most prominent success as the frontman for the hard rock/glam metal band Mr. Big, a supergroup (currently reunited) who scored a big hit in the early 1990s with "To Be with You," a song that Martin wrote during his teen years.

A local of the San Francisco Bay Area, Martin first started his career in the music industry in 1978.




















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