Randy Rhoads Rock Iconz® Ltd. Edition Statue from KnuckleBonz® 1st Wave of Production is complete and on way to KnuckleBonz USA Warehouse.
This 1st wave of the 3000 unit Rock Iconz Limited Edition Statue production went well with only minor Covid disruptions. This our 3rd production of Randy Rhoads working directly with the Rhoads Family and Randy Rhoads Truest. The shot here in the Blog is from the very first days of performing live with Ozzy Osbourne 1981. The design has Randy in his red leather stage outfit w/ white shoes and almost still can see him looking at back for ques from Tommy Aldridge at Day on the Green at the Oakland Coliseum. Most of the Blizzard of Oz was played during these live sets. There were of course s smatteri9ng of Black Sabbath era songs to close the set.
Pre-Orders are super crazy on this one so it looks like we might have to go right on “back-order” after the 1st production wave hits our warehouse and goes out the the Randy Rhoads Superfans that have already pre-ordered.
If you are paying attention, you will see we have silently launched variant designs for our original GHOST Cardinal Copia Rock Iconz® Statues. Cardinal Copia “White Tux” and Cardinal Copia “Black Cassock” are now shipping. We launched these via our opt in e-mailing list last Friday and the super limited edition of 333 per design is almost gone. Posting here for the faithful that follow GHOST and KnuckleBonz for 1st crack at the rare variant designs.
In 18 years, we have only done a very small number of variant designs. Jimi Hendrix is probably the most well known. We did a gray scale, color and bronze coated casting of our 1st Hendrix statue.
GHOST fans have been lobbying for more Cardinal Copia since the 1st Rock Iconz designs went so fast. We were happy to oblige, Ghost fans are amazing. Cardinal Copia “White Tux” variant, has the good Cardinal with his White Fedora and his black and silver cane with the serpent head handle. The base is taken from the original SOLD OUT Red Cassock design. The Cardinal Copia “Black Cassock” limited edition has the Cardinal on top the the “Rats” base design in stunning red.
To say it’s taken a while would be an understatement, but at long last, we are happy to announce Tony Clifton is coming to the Rock Iconz Limited Edition Statue Series. This will not be the bullshit Andy Kaufman “Faux Tony”. It’s the real Tony Clifton. The crooning, belligerent all-star will be sculpted at life-size and ship with a Harmon-Kardon sound system that belts out Tony hits..Volare!!!
Limited to Only 2112..Ships Fall of this same year.
April 1st is a bitter sweet day in AC/DC history and it has nothing to do with April Fools. It’s the day the band officially announced Brian Johnson as their new singer to replace Bon Scott after his tragic passing.
Brian may have been somehow destined for the AC/DC gig by Bon Scott himself. Before joining AC/DC, Bon was with his Aussie group, “Fang” doing a “Hail Mary” tour in the UK. This was a last chance for this struggling outfit and they opened for a moderately successful glam-rock group called “Geordie.” The singer was none other than Brian Johnson. Brian was actually sick during their set with a stomach ailment that had him drop to his side in pain during a couple numbers. Bon thought it was part of the performance and mentioned it to Angus Young and Malcolm Young some time later. That mention got Brian on the audition list when AC/DC has decided to carry on and look for a replacement for Bon. The rest we now know is history. AC/DC “Back in Black” was released later than year in July and the band was on their mega-stadium headliner trajectory that continues to this day.
Pictured in our blog is Angus Young atop Brian’s shoulders from circa 1980 in our AC/DC Rock Iconz Limited Edition Statue design. Urban legend is that Bon was inspired to do this during the AC/DC shows because of seeing Brian pull this off in the Geordie live show. Brian would have to weigh in on what’s the real story there. The statue is in full production and tracking toward a Fall 2021 ship date.
In 1982, after the moderate success of their debut album “Killers,” Iron Maiden took a big chance, hiring a new singer and frontman, Bruce Dickinson. Uhh, things worked out pretty well for Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Clive Burr and Dickinson as Iron Maiden “Number of the Beast” cracked the Top 10 UK charts and got global radio play with the single “Run to the Hills.”
This was the 2nd time Eddie, Iron Maiden’s mascot, was summoned to grace an album cover, and it remains one of the most enduring images for the band. The exaggerated perspective of Eddie and muted colors of the sky are set off by the fantastic flames that dance around Eddie and the scarlet devil at his feat.
It’s just a matter of time before KnuckleBonz and the Iron Maiden camp get together…hang in there Superfans.
On this day in 1994 Pantera showed the music world that metal was not just a “sub-genre”, but was #1 in music. Pantera’s “Far Beyond Driven” became the 1st true heavy metal record to debut in the US. What’s super impressive is that Phillip Anselmo, Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul Abbott and Rex Brown took no steps backwards to achieve this commercial success. They actually turned up the heaviness…I’m Broken!!!
This album art proved a real challenge for our 3D Vinyl Limited Edition Statue Series. We decided to stray for the tradition 12×12 album oriented format and created a hybrid that brings the great cover photographic treatment to a desk or shelf mount display. This KnuckleBonz collectible is still in pre-order and super hot. Check it out here to be one of only 1994 fans that will own this piece of metal music art: https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/pantera/
The 1st wave for Pantera Far Beyond Driven is finished and in route to our US warehouse. We expect it to hit the US ports in April and then must clear customs to begin the short truck ride to the KnuckleBonz warehouse. Stay tuned here for update…DOn;t Miss Out!
Rock Hard! Kbonz
Check out the launch video: https://youtu.be/drXB00qkDKc
Heard a recent interview with KISS Paul Stanley on Sirius/XM Radio and he was talking about the pressure on KISS to follow up on the massive success of KISS “Alive.” Another live record was not on the table. KISS Alive was basically a “best of” record with no new material. KISS Alive featured tracks from the first 3 studio albums, KISS “Debut” , KISS “Dressed to Kill” and KISS “Hotter Than Hell.” None had these had achieved any radio foothold. KISS had built their loyal following strictly thru 1975 on their amazing live performances. Speaking with Sirius/XM, Paul Stanley talked about the need for follow up success in the studio. Without it, it was easy to imagine Alive being the high water mark for the band. An unsuccessful follow up, could have damaged the bands rep beyond repair. It was at the suggestion of KISS manger Bill Aucoin, that they bring in Bob Ezrin to produce the new album which we now know as KISS “Destroyer.” Aucoin was not simply goin on a hunch. Bob Ezrin can be closely tied to the success of the original Alice Cooper band and albums like “Billion Dollar Banaies and “Schools Out.” Also throw in the Aerosmith’s classic “Get Your Wings”. All done prior to 1976. Ezrin pushed the Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss to new studio heights. 45 years later, we celebrate was is arguably the best studio effort from KISS…drop the needle on this rock classic today…
KnuckleBonz® celebrates the great album art of the last 50 years in a limited edition collector series called 3D Vinyl®. Our favoaite albums are brough to life in stunning 3D statues. All are officially licensed in limited editions of never more than 3000 per design. You can order KISS Destroyer 3D Vinyl here:
Hard to grasp it’s been 39 years since we lost guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads. Can still remember the lingering effects of the damage we did from the partying at the Ozzy Osbourne Dairy of a Madman concert at the Omni in Atlanta March 17th, 1982. We got to see Randy Rhoads ablaze that night. Ozzy lifted Randy high over head, we cheered and head banged with no hint at what was to come. March 18th it was on to Nashville for what would be Randy’s last performance. On March 19th, 1982, he was gone…
Randy Rhoads was the inspiration and the engine for Ozzy’s first 2 solo records, “The Blizzard of Oz,” and “Diary of a Madman.” It’s fair to ask, how would Ozzy’s career would have progressed if Randy was not there for that critical, but all too brief time?
We have included a short video here from the KnuckleBonz® production floor. Our work on the Randy Rhoads 3 Rock Iconz® Ltd. Edition Statues continues and is going well. Still on track for the May/June ship date. This is one of the fastest sellers in the 18 years of KnuckleBonz. Pre-Order now to be part of not more that 3000 Superfans to own this limited edition collectibles. This production is officially licensed with the Rhoads Family and the Randy Rhoads Trust. You can Pre-Order Here: https://knucklebonz.com/product/randy-rhoads-rock-iconz-statue/
One of things we get asked the most when talking about the KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz® Limited Edition Statue Series is, “how do you decide on the era.” When working with the likes of QUEEN Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon there are so many eras and looks for the band. How do you decide on what to create. While there’s many things that go into a big decision like that, the biggest thing is to look at it from the “Superfan” perspective. After all, we are all fans 1st here at KnuckleBonz, just like you. We simply think, “what would we want on our shelf, in the mancave, on the desk etc. ? In the case of our new QUEEN Rock Iconz State designs, we knew that for the 1st time we would be creating the entire band, so we wanted a great stage costume for each member. We created Freddie Mercury and Brian May over a decade ago from the post “Shear Heat Attack” era so Freddie was in his “Harlequin” Body suit and Brian was wearing one of his signature flowing top w/ clogs. That removed that era as we had already gone there. We looked at the tours after this when Freddie’s hair starts to become shorter, all the way thru QUEEN “Live at Wembley” and QUEEN “Live Aid” Concert. All are supercool and iconic, but we found that the best live costumes across the entire band was the QUEEN “Live in Montreal” Show. Every band member had a great stage look. Even the more subtle John Deacon was flashing “great garb in blue.” We also look carefully for something that has not been done before and that was the case here…so there you go, QUEEN Rock Iconz(Set 1).
That said, over the next 2 to 3 years, you can expect a lot of surprises for QUEEN fans across all our lines, Rock Iconz, 3D Vinyl® and ON Tour®. Let us know what you would like to see from KnuckleBonz…”We are listening to you always…” https://knucklebonz.com/vote-new-rock-iconz/
We are so fortunate to have the support of KnuckleBonz® Rock Iconz® Ltd. Edition Statues by the band Queen (Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon) on their official website and social media.
When launching a new products, we always get the word out through our online sites and social media, as well as our great International distributors around the world. We have built a dedicated following of Superfans and collectors over the past 18 years. Many have the full KnuckleBonz line dating back to our original Randy Rhoads I “Diary of a Madman” era design in 2003. However, there is no more powerful way to bring info about a new Rock Iconz, 3D Vinyl® or On Tour® design than official band websites and social media. These news items and social media posts let fans know the band is behind the work and they are officially licensed. KnuckleBonz has never, and will never, never release anything that does not have band approval.
Check out our Queen Rock Iconz news story and social media posts at the band official sites today.
Pre-Orders are happening now.
Make sure to snag a piece of this limited edition for Queen from their early 80s era here at www.knucklebonz.com