September 18th 1970 is a one of the most star-crossed days in rock music history. On this day, the original wave of guitar heroes crashed with the death of Jimi Hendrix; although many would argue Hendrix was a tsunami on his own. Sept 18th 1970 also marked the advent of what we now know as “metal” with the release of the seminal Black Sabbath record Paranoid.
By all accounts, Jimi Hendrix was at a transitional point in 1970, living in London with some sincere doubt about the recording industry and where he wanted to take his career. While there have always been questions and doubts, there has never been any information to say Jimi’s death was anything but a tragic mistake with sleep medication.
We recognize Paranoid was the 2nd record for “Brummies” Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, but the tracks on the record speak for themselves. After this release, Sabbath shifted gears and begin to tour worldwide as a headliner, and enjoying their only real radio play from that era with the single Paranoid. Drop the needle on that record now, it immediately transports you to an amazing time in music, but it also holds up so well. Any band would give body parts to have their name on that album today.
We currently have 2 different KnuckleBonz Jimi Hendrix Ltd. Editions Statues that are still available to our website. Check out Hendrix from the Hear That Train a Comin’ and Woodstock eras here.
Later this fall we will announce our 1st ever Black Sabbath KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz Statue set taking you back to circa 1975. Stay tuned here on official socials media for pre-sale information.