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Happy Bday Freddie Mercury – The Definition of Rock Iconz

Look in the dictionary next to “Rock Star” and you will see Freddie Mercury’s picture…The definition of Rock Iconz

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.

We are at the end of the release of our 2nd KnuckleBonz Ltd. Edition Statue. No FoMO ! You can order Freddie Mercury here

All KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz statues are officially licensed, limited edition collectibles. This is a fine-arts production process where each statue is hand-cast, painted and numbered. Rock Iconz are created in 1/9th scale making them 8 to 9 inches tall. Each statue comes with a certificate of authenticity on the base of the statue.

 

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KnuckleBonz Announces New Iron Maiden “Piece of Mind” Ltd. Edition Statue

Excited to share first images of the new KnuckleBonz Iron Maiden Piece of Mind Ltd. Edition Statue. This is the 2nd Iron Maiden statue for the 3D Vinyl® Collector Series. Iron Maiden Number of the Beast 3D Vinyl launched earlier this year.

Pre-Order now and receive 20% Off for a limited time.

The Iron Maiden Piece of Mind Ltd. Edition Statue design in very unique in that it is almost a diorama type of set up. Have not created anything like in the almost 20 years of KnuckleBonz. The amazing original Piece of Mind album art by Derek Riggs dictated this approach. We are all very excited about the result here at the KnuckleBonz Studio.

The statue is also one of the largest we have ever created with dimension coming at 10 Inches wide X 10 Inches tall X 7 inches deep. The shipping weight is approximately 8Lbs.

Not more of 1983 of this statue will be hand cast and numbered for Iron Maiden Superfans worldwide.

Estimated ship date is early 2023.

Up the Irons !

Rock Hard this Friday !

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Steve Stevens w/ Billy Rock Iconz Statues Launched

Check out the newly released Steve Stevens and Billy Idol Rock Iconz® statues now…you can Pre-Order Here. Not more than 3000 per design will be cast for music Superfans worldwide.

Billy Idol and Steve Stevens Rock Iconz are sold separately, or as a set.

Steve Stevens is a Grammy-winning guitarist, songwriter, and composer, as well as one of the most recognizable and original guitarists to emerge from the 80s rock scene. Best known for his 38-year partnership with Billy Idol, his work on Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana”, his Grammy award-winning performance on the “Top Gun Anthem” and the release of three successful solo records, including the genre-crossing, “Flamenco A-Go-Go”.  Stevens’ catalog of hit songs that he co-wrote and performed alongside Idol include “Rebel Yell”, “Eyes Without a Face” and “Flesh for Fantasy”.  They sound as fresh and relevant today as the day they were released.  Stevens has performed on numerous movie soundtracks in addition to “Top Gun” including “Matrix Reloaded”, Once Upon Time in Mexico, “Speed”, “Big”, “Dogtown”. “Coyote Ugly”, “Look Who’s Talking Too”, “The Upside of Anger”, “Ace Aventura; Pet Detective”, “The Wedding Singer” and “Heavy Metal”.

Stevens has released new music with Billy Idol. Billy Idol and Steve Stevens will be in residence in Las Vegas in October…get out there and rock!

Rock Hard!

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QUEEN Rock Iconz Statues NOW SHIPPING from KnuckleBonz !

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.

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Candlemass “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” is latest entry to the 3D Vinyl Collector Series

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.

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PINK FLOYD – 46 Years Later, Still, “Wish You Were 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.

Rock Hard!

 

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Pink Floyd – The Story of Wish You Were 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.

Check out all the kool Knucklebonz Collectibles here.

Rock Hard!

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Birthday Wishes to Rock Iconz John Deacon of QUEEN

A “We Will Rock You” happy birthday to “Deacy”  from all of us here at KnuckleBonz. John Deacon of QUEEN turns 70.

John’s interest in music was growing at an incredibly early age and he took the decision to learn how to play the guitar. He was soon well practiced enough to form his first band, The Opposition.

Over the next few years, The Opposition went through numerous line-up changes and played many gigs. The Opposition’s bassist left the band, it fell to John to fill the gap. John was now playing the bass.

In October of 1970, John went to see a performance by a new band called Queen. Several months later, in early 1971, John again encountered Queen, when he was introduced to Brian May and Roger Taylor. Queen had just lost their seventh bass player and they asked John if he was interested in auditioning. Days later John found himself at a lecture hall at Imperial College where the band was rehearsing. Not long after, on 1 March 1971, John Richard Deacon became the fourth and final member of Queen.

John’s image as ‘the quiet one” began to evolve on the band’s third album, Sheer Heart Attack. His first song first composition for Queen appeared, with the rather catchy Misfire. John’s writing skills flourished in the recording sessions which followed. He would go on to compose some of Queen’s biggest and most popular hits including You’re My Best Friend, I Want To Break Free’ and Another One Bites the Dust, propelling Queen’s career to new heights.

Today John lives a life retired from Queen but still takes an interest in the continuance of the legacy of the band, and remains in contact with former bandmates, Roger Taylor and Brian May.

Pre-Order our Rock Iconz® Limited Edition Statues from John Deacon and the entire QUEEN band, Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor here. 

Rock Hard!

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Metallica “Enter Sandman” #1 College Football Entrance

College Football traditions go back over 100 years and are steeped in ceremony.  One of the most exciting experiences of any game played on Saturday is when the home team entries their stadium prior to kick off. We were pleased to see that heavy metal, which is so often marginalized in pop culture, and even in the music industry, won the top spot in a recent Fanbuzz.com poll. Voted #1 over traditions from powerhouse schools’ like USC, Clemson and Notre Dame was VA Tech’s team entrance to “Enter Sandman” from Metallica. The entire stadium jumps up and down as the James Hetfield belts out the Metallica Black Album classic. It’s crazy to see…

In the KnuckleBonz Blog is an image of the VA Tech lunch pale with James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammitt and Robert Trujillo circa 2019…

KnuckleBonz is working with Metallica on their new Rock Iconz Ltd. Edition statue set that captrures the band from live moments from their most recent Hardwired to Self-Destruct World Tour.

Check all the limited edition collectibles for Metallica here.

Rock Hard!

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Heavy Metal Happy Birthday James Hetfield of Metallica

A Heavy Metal Happy Birthday James Hetfield of Metallica…

Vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield is the undisputed riff-lord of modern hard rock and heavy metal. Born on August 3, 1963 in Downey, California, Hetfield is also recognized as the king of downpicking and revered as one of the most charismatic front men in music, with a unique style and the ability to roar the likes of “Battery,” sing hits like “Nothing Else Matters,” and connect effortlessly with audiences via his personal, heartfelt, and humorous stage-banter.

Born in Los Angeles during 1981, but bred and nurtured in California’s Bay Area, Metallica (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo) rewrote the heavy metal and hard rock playbooks, in the process becoming a worldwide musical phenomenon. With millions of album sales and streams in addition to thousands of sold-out venues around the globe, Metallica’s music has spanned the cult-classic prototype thrash of their 1983 debut album, Kill ‘Em All, to their wildly accessible hard rock classic, 1991’s The Black Album. Now approaching 40 years as a band, the guys continue to be one of the top touring acts in the world, with over two million fans attending the 150+ shows on their recent WorldWired tour.

Now shipping is our 1st ever Metallica Rock Iconz® Limited Edition Statues for Metallica. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo sold seperately or as a set

“Check em’ All ! Here