QUEEN Rock Iconz® for Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon have landed at the KnuckleBonz USA warehouse and will start shipping the week of September 20th. As always, KnuckleBonz® pre-order Superfans have priority and these orders will go out first, based on the order they were received. Once those orders have all been filled, we will start shipping orders per our usual in-stock methods that usually process within 48 hours of an online order at www.knuckleBonz.com. Note: Very limited inventory remains for additional sales for 2021…Don’t miss out.
The KnuckleBonz QUEEN Rock Iconz set captures the band circa 1982. You can get a great live look at the stage-wear of the band on the QUEEN “Live in Montreal” concert film that has been recently remastered. It might be some of the best DH footage of the band from that early 80s era.
Order you QUEEN Rock Iconz Limited Edition Statues here.
Also take a look at the QUEEN Rock Iconz launch video here.
In 1981, the new platform of MTV and a few artists were poised to dominate the new music scene. Is there a better pioneer and beneficiary of this new music video platform and Billy Idol? Look no further than the video “Dancing with Myself” for validation.
DID YOU KNOW?
*Dancing with Myself was actually a Generation X song, first released first in the UK in 1980. Billy was in Generation X in the late 70s post punk era.
*Billy Idol and bass player Tony James were inspired to write the song while tour in Japan 1979. They were struck by Japanese disco-goers dancing to their own reflections in mirrors than lined the club walls.
*The video theme was a take on the “Omega Man” movie post apocalyptic theme casting Billy Idol as the last man on earth against a crazed mutant horde.
*Dancing with Myself was Billy Idol’s first hit in both the UK and the USA.
*The single Dancing with Myself and MTV video launch Billy Idol’s solo career. Joining with guitar god Steve Stevens, Idol would go on to become one of the biggest performers of the post punk, new wave MTV era.
Check out the official video here.
Our original Rock Iconz® Limited Edition Statue with Billy Idol sold out in 2019. KnuckleBonz® collectors will be happy to learn that (2) new designs for the Rock Iconz Series with Billy Idol and Steve Stevens will be announced soon, Staytuned…
As always, check out the greatest music performers and KnuckleBonz Collectibles here.
The doom “metalpiece” from Candlemass “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” is latest entry to the 3D Vinyl® Collector Series from KnuckleBonz®. This 1986 release in considered a defining moment on the heavy metal timeline.
We launched pre-sales last Friday for Candlemass. The signature skull of Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is mounted atop dilapidated oak, not exactly “Under the Oak” if you will pardon the pun. Rusty barb wire encircles this design atop the classic Candlemass red logo. We went back and forth between the 12×12″ format we used for things like Mercyful Fate “Don’t Break the Oath” 3D Vinyl and this table top design. We opted for this ultimately because you Superfans have been telling us you prefer that format.
The Canlemass 3D Vinyl Ltd Edition Statue is cast in resin and hand detailed. It stand’s 10 inches tall and ships with a color package and custom packing. Only 1986 of this design will be cast for Candlemass and Doom Metal Superfans around the world.
Don’t miss out. Pre-Order your here.
On this day in 1975 Pink Floyd released their follow up album to Dark Side of the Moon, “Wish You Were Here.” This was the 2nd full-on concept album from the band and was written exclusively by Roger Waters. After the life changing success of Dark Side, Waters laments about the loss of the talent and friendship of Syd Barrett and the bands growing distaste for the music business. It’s no surprise that music critics would knee-jerk and write that the new material was largely uninspired. However, fans disagreed and the album went to #1 in birth the USA and the UK. Both David Gilmour and keyboardist Richard Wright have said Wish You Were Here was their favorite Pink Floyd album.
Wish You Were Here was one of the 1st creation in our 3D Vinyl Limited Edition Statue Series that celebrates the great album art of the last 50 years. Check out Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 3D Vinyl here.
June 10th was forever known as “Doom’s Day,” when Candlemass released their debut album laying the cornerstone to a new musical genre “Doom Metal.”
Candlemass was inspired by the fathers of all forms of metal, Black Sabbath. Adding operatic vocals to to slow, ominous riffs, Candlemass departed from the common faire of the day coming out of Europe which featured panicked speed and high pitched vocals.
While certainly not a commercial success on it’s initial release, the band was actually dropped by the original record label because of slow sales. Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is now permanently etched in the timeline of all true metal fans of any form.
Candlemass “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” Track Listing:
2. Deaths Gate
3. Crystal Ball
4. Black Stone Wielder
5. Under The Oak
6. A Sorcerer’s Pledge
Drop the needle on this metal masterpiece today…
Nick Mason Opens Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains Exhibition in LA.
Hollywood Boulevard was alight Sept 2nd as Pink Floyd founding member, drummer Nick Mason, cut the ribbon to open the the “Their Mortal Remains” Exhibition. Even Floyd Superfans might forget that Nick Mason is actually the only member of Pink Floyd to appear on every recording and play every Pink Floyd show since the bands 1st days with Syd Barrett.
Over (350 Pink) Floyd artifacts are on display the at the Vogue Multicultural Museum in Los Angeles thru Jan 9th 2022. We were lucky enough to be invited to the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Here’s some pictures of some of the items that have inspired KnuckleBonz® work with Pink Floyd…The Pink Floyd Pig “Algie” floats above the exhibition opening crowd. The original pick was flown above the Battersea Power Station in the UK. The Pig broke lose of the tether and floats over the UK disrupting air traffic and landing in a farmers field in Kent. Our Rock Iconz® On Tour™ Pink Floyd Pig Collectible is on back order here…reserve your now. Only 1977 are being cast for Pink Floyd Superfans worldwide.
Pink Floyd Division Bell Stage Mock Up was on display. This is cool as you can see “Mr. Screen” in the center of the concert rigging. Note the light banks that line the stage. This was the inspiration for the statue base design of our On Tour Limited Edition Collectible for the Division Bell Pink Floyd Screen Collectible. Production has wrapped on this design and is on the way to our US warehouse. Reserve yours here with a pre-order. Limited to 1994 worldwide.
Pink Floyd “Time” short film animation cell created by Ian Emes was on full display. Notice the square aspect ratio of this production animation cell. It’s squared versus the typical landscape format. This was because this animation was bound for the 1st use of the Pink Floyd circular projection screen on the 1972 Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon” world tour. Life would never be the same for David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright after this…
Check out all the Pink Floyd Collectibles from KnuckleBonz here.
Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury, Rock Iconz of QUEEN. He would have been 75.
The life of Farrokh Bulsara began on the East African island of Zanzibaron September 5, 1946. 25 years later in London under the name of Freddie Mercury, he was fronting the now legendary rock group named Queen.
The Bulsara family moved to Middlesex in 1964 and from there Freddie joined up with a blues band called Wreckage while studying graphic design courses at Ealing College of Art. While singing for Wreckage, a fellow student introduced Freddie to Roger Taylor and Brian May, founder members of a band called Smile. Smile metamorphosed into Queen when Freddie joined Roger and Brian as the lead vocalist. The final member of the band, which was to stay together for the next 20 years, was bassist John Deacon, who joined the band on 1st of March 1971.
The rest is rock history. EMI Records and Elektra Records signed the band and in 1973 their debut album Queen was released and hailed as one of the most exciting developments ever in rock music.
Very soon Queen’s popularity extended beyond the shores of the UK as they charted and triumphed around Europe, Japan and the USA where in 1979 they topped the charts with Freddie’s song Crazy Little thing Called Love.
Freddie Mercury, who majored in stardom while giving new meaning to the word showmanship, left a legacy of songs, which will never lose their stature as classics to live on forever. Despite twenty years having passed since Freddie lost his life to HIV complications, he remains in the minds of millions throughout the world as one of the greatest artists we will ever see.
KnuckleBonz ® is in the final days of Pre-Orders of our QUEEN Rock Iconz® Ltd. Edition Statues for Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. You check them out and Pre-Order here.
The QUEEN Rock Iconz Statues have just hit the port of Oakland and are in-line to offload and make the short trip to our USA warehouse. If you have not pre-ordered the Rock Iconz®Ltd. Edition Statues for Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, better get in line. This is one of the hottest sets in KnuckleBonz 19 year history bringing you the coolest collectibles from all the great music performers.
Pre-Order QUEEN Rock Iconz Limited Edition Statues here.
These QUEEN Rock Iconz designs are from circa 1982 era…think “QUEEN In Montreal”
In the blog as a quick shot on the lighted stage with Freddie Mercury and his Rock Iconz color box design.
AS always, see all the latest Rock Iconz, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour™ KnuckleBonz Collectibles here.
A belated happy birthday to Scorpions co-founder Rudolf Schenker. The mighty German Axeman turned 73 yesterday.
We were fortunate to be able to work with the Scorpions across all our product lives Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour ™ this past year. Check out all the KnuckleBonz Collectible for the Scorpions Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, Mattias Jabs here.
Scorpions were founded in Hannover Germany in 1965 by Rudolf Schenker. From the outset, the band has laid down hard rock and heavy metal that has excited fans across the planet. The soaring vocals of Klaus Meine along with the dual guitar attack of Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs has been the engine driving classic albums such as “Lovedrive, Blackout, Love at First Sting” and many others. Perhaps no other band in rock history has been able to master hard driving riffs alongside power ballads. In 1988, Scorpions were the first major rock band to play in the Soviet Union with (10) SOLD OUT shows. The following year, they headlined the Moscow Music Peace Festival which was the inspiration for this statue design. Scorpions have influenced countless contemporary bands and to this day remain a stadium and festival headliner. Scorpions celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2015, and there is no end in sight with new tour dates to come.
Check out all that’s going on at KnuckleBonz here.
This will not be a news flash for Pink Floydians, but I have been surprised recently in conversations of the number of people who are not aware of a really great documentary of the making of Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here.” If there has ever been pressure on a band to follow up after breakthrough commercial success in music, this is it. If you recall, Wish You Were Here was the follow up album to Dark Side of the Moon, need we say more.
The (59) minute film was released in 2012 and has interviews with all four Pink Floyd members, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. There is a a focus on specifics for all the tracks like Have a Cigar and Welcome to the Machine, but there is also a large section on how the record was inspired by co-founder Syd Barrett. The band gives candid insight on the relationship each member had with him. We were struck by the sincere sadness you could see from Roger Waters and David Gilmour about the loss of this great talent and great friend.
Also, there are awesome interviews with the visual side of Pink Floyd in cartoonist Gerald Scarfe and designer Storm Thorgerson. They are both heroes to us here at KnuckleBonz.
The Story of Wish You Were Here It is easily streamed on a number of video services. We caught it this weekend on the music streaming service Qello.
We have lots in the works with Pink Floyd now in all 3 of our collector series, Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour ™. Check that out here.
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