This is something I used to do in a magazine I used to edit a couple of years ago. I took the idea from a column that used to appear on Scientific American magazine written by a British scientist called James Burke. His column was called “Connections” and consisted in relating history and science facts that were linked by a word until the cycle was finished. I just adapted it to Rock And Roll. Now, I’ll try to resurrect it every first Friday of the month here in the blog.
Joe Petagno is an artist famous for developing iconic cover art for a lot of Extreme Metal bands. However, he is mostly known for creating Snaggletooth, the mascot of Motörhead.
Motörhead had just released one of the best albums of their career, Bad Magic. It’s actually quite surprising that they still had an album this good in them, given Lemmy current health issues. It helps to have probably their most stable line-up ever with Phil Campbell (guitar) and Mikkey Dee (drums).
Mikkey Dee first rose to fame as Kind Diamond’s drummer in 1985.
King Diamond is scheduled to play his entire Abigail album at the Housecore Festival in San Antonio, TX at the end of this month. The festival is organized by Phil Anselmo.
Phil Anselmo, who had an acrimonious split when he left Pantera, was devastated when Dimebag Darrel (Panter’s guitarist) was shot dead on stage. After that, he’s been trying to no avail to rekindle his friendship with former Pantera’s drummer, Vinnie Paul.
Vinnie Paul makes an appearance in the music video for “Ain’t No Sunshine” from Black Label Society, alongside a horse masked Zakk Wylde.
Zakk Wylde, many people don’t know, but already guested in a song called “Nobody Rides for Free” from the album After the Reign by Southern Rock band Blackfoot.
Blackfoot’s first album contains their greatest classic “Highway Song” but it also contain a killer version of “Wishing Well”, another Rock classic from British Rock/ Blues stars, Free.
Free’s lead singer, Paul Rodgers, found more fame and more fortune when he formed Bad Company, after Free split, but he also had other projects like his solo career, his interesting stint with Queen, and The Firm, his project alongside Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin.
Led Zeppelin was one of so many bands who had the services of Hipgnosis for their covers in albums like Houses of the Holy, Presence, The Song Remains the Same, In Through the Out Door and Coda. But no other band had Hipgnosis covers as iconic as Pink Floyd.
Pink Floyd once had made an Official Music Programme for their 1974 tour where they appeared as cartoon heroes. Each character was drawn by a different artist and you know who drew keyboardist’s Richard Wright’s character? Joe Petagno.
Spock’s Beard – Snow
Y&T – Meanstreak
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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