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Billy Idol – Dancing with Myself “Did You Know?”

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.

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Nick Mason Opens Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains Exhibition in LA

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.

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Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury, Rock Iconz of QUEEN

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.

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Our ACDC Hell’s Bell Rock Iconz On Tour Collectible – Great live shot of Frontman Brian Johnson

Here’s a great sht of Brian Johnson with AC/DC on his first tour with the band rining the Hell’s Bell. The inset live photo of the Hell’s Bell is very close to what we created for the Rock Iconz® On Tour Limited Edition Series. As you might know, there have been many versions of the Hell’s Bell since it first rang out over the AC/DC stage in 1980. The 1st to go out on tour was so heavy that actually broke through the stage at the Nausaau Colleseum while the band was loading in for that show.  It was hand cast in bronze at the Bellfounders in Loughborough in the UK. It actually weighed in at about 2000 pounds. It was clear right away the Hell’s Bell was not just another stage prop.

The AC/DC Hell’s Rock Iconz Hell’s Bell On Tour Ltd. Edition Statue is on back order and finishing the 2nd wave of production now. Reserve your here.

Also finishing production is our AC/DC Rock Iconz Limited Edition Statue of Angus Young and Brian Johnson. Pre-Order yours here.

We also are finishing a 2nd wave of production on the AC/DC For “Those About to Rock” Cannon for the On Tour Series. Reseve the ACDC Cannon here.

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New Video – Pantera CFH Road Case Rock Iconz On Tour Collectible

Pantera Cowboys from Hell  Road Case Rock Iconz® On Tour Collectible is the newest addition to the On Tour Collection. This detailed road case hold the MJ Leaf prop that band built in their hotel rooms in the early 90s touring days and brought on stage. Check out Pantera Home Video 2 to see these rare live clips.

Click Here – Pantera Rock Iconz On Tour Road Case Ltd Edrion Collectible Launch Video

This collectible stands 10 ” tall when stacked and comes with a color package. The Cowboys from Hell road case, stage backdrop and MJ Leaf stage prop are all included. Pre Order Here and don’t miss out. Only 500 of these officially licensedf Pantera Rock Iconz Collectibles are being cast in this super limited production run…No FoMO!

Check our www.KnuckleBonz.com to see all the great KnuckleBonz® Rock Iconz, On Tour and 3D Vinyl® Collectibles.

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42 Years of KISS Dynasty

Yesterday marked 42 years since the release of the KISS Dynasty record. While it not apparent to the KISS Army at the time, the original KISS lineup was only a short time away from it’s end. Peter Criss did not actually play on the album due to a combination of injuries to his hands from car accident and struggles with substance abuse. Anton Fig was called in to keep time as he had already worked with Ace on some of his solo efforts. The album did have radio success with “I Was Made for Lovin You“. It actually peaked at #11 on the US Billboard charts. But, perhaps the most lasting part of the Dynasty era are the amazing costumed. They were more elaborate than ever with Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter dawning capes with signature colors for each member. The KISS predominantly black and silver schemes were replaced by Red for The Demon, Hot Pink for The Starchild, Blue for SpaceAce and Green for The Catman. The photos and videos from this era are amazing.

KnuckleBonz has expended our license with KISS through 2023 with the band and we are hard at work on a new set of Rock Iconz.

Here’s a collectors list of the things we have created with KISS: KnuckleBonz and KISS

  • KISS Alive II Rock Iconz (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss) * These were essentially the Love Gun costumes w/ some minor tweaks)
  • KISS Alive 1975 Rock Iconz (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss) * From the costumes fro that era 1975)
  • KISS Rock Iconz Hotter Than Hell (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss) * All 4 band members, Gene is sporting the Skull shirt
  • KISS Debut Album 3D Vinyl (The band from that famous black cover and the glowing makeup.
  • KISS Destroyer 3D Vinyl – The most aggressive 3D Vinyl design to date sculpting all 4 characters in the illustrative style of Ken Kelly’s famous cover painting.
  • KISS ON Tour Road Case and Logo Stage Sign – The distressed Road case hold a banner from the Alive photo shoot by Fin Costello and the lighted sign used by the band thru the Alive era.
  • KISS Rock Iconz 2021 – #staytuned

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KnuckleBonz announces Queen statues are in production for the Rock Iconz® collectible series

KnuckleBonz announces Queen statues are in production for the Rock Iconz® collectible series

The hand-painted and numbered collectibles feature Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon in a limited edition of only 3000 each.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE >>  March 11, 2021: KnuckleBonz® announces its plans to create a limited-edition Queen set of collectible statues. Rock Iconz statues of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon will be created featuring the band from their 1981 performance in Montreal.

The Queen Rock Iconz Collectible Statues are crafted by hand using a fine-arts process where each figure is hand-painted, numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity on the base. The Queen Rock Iconz set will be hand-cast and crafted in 1/9 scale, making the average height of each statue approximately 8.5” tall. These are limited edition statues; only 3000 each are created, making these highly collectible.

“It’s been over a decade since our original QUEEN Rock Iconz designs for Freddie and Brian. This time out, we will be able to create the entire band, as it should be,” says Tony Simerman, CEO/Creative Director of KnuckleBonz, Inc. “We are beyond excited to ship individual statues for Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon late this year…and OH yes, lots of other surprises for QUEEN Superfans in our 3D Vinyl® and On Tour™ Series.”

All work created by the company is officially licensed and approved by the artists and their management. KnuckleBonz, the creator of the Rock Iconz® music collectible series, has been developing iconic, high-quality statues of the legend of rock music since 2003.

The Queen Rock Iconz statues sell for $155 each (for each individual statue) or can be purchased as a set (bundle of all 4 statues) for $558 USD. Each statue ships in a custom package and ships worldwide. These highly exclusive, limited edition collectibles are now available for pre-order to reserve. The anticipated ship date is late 2021; however, KnuckleBonz will announce a more precise shipping timeframe later this year. Stay tuned to knucklebonz.com in the coming weeks for updates.

KnuckleBonz, Inc. is focused on the creation of high-end collectibles and is committed to fine craftsmanship and the artistry of creating hand-crafted statues for the collector of licensed properties. KnuckleBonz developed the Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl™ and On Tour™ collectible series, a series of limited-edition collectibles specifically created for rock music fans worldwide. KnuckleBonz products are available online at knucklebonz.com, as well as through international distribution and specialty retail.

Pre Order Here: www.knucklebonz.com

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Rush Hemispheres 3D Vinyl® on the KnuckleBonz Lighted Stage

Up this AM on the KnuckleBonz lighted state is our RUSH “Hemispheres” 3D Vinyl® Collectible Statue. This is a limited edition, as are all KnuckleBonz Collectibles.

The Hemispheres album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales in 1978. The 1st side chronicles the struggle of heart and mind with “Cygnus X-1, Book II: Hemispheres”. “The Trees” was saw the most FM radio play, but the progressive rock finger shredder is “La Villa Strangiato.” Even the mighty Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart could not record this track in one performance from to back, so they split it into parts for recoding.

This is a fine example of our 3D Vinyl format with the main 2112 human form floating above the brain in front an endless blue mesa.

Check ou this RUSH 3D Vinyl Collectible Statue here: https://knucklebonz.com/product/rush-hemispheres-3d-vinyl/

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