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The Artistry of Dave Brockie (A.K.A. Oderus Urungus of GWAR)

On this day in 2014, we lost Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus of Gwar. RIP Head Master Scumdog!

Thought we would share a shot from the KnuckleBonz studio this AM. One of the KnuckleBonz founders actually went to High School with Dave and was fortunate to work w/ GWAR on a couple of projects. Brockie was many things, super creative, super intelligent, super nice, super hilarious and a superfan of his beloved Washington Redskins, DOH! Washington football team.  Would have been fun to hear the Oderus take on that…

This pic is of Dave’s, Oderus Urungus GWAR mask he sculpted and cast for us in 2001. Note the eye sockets and mouth area are still intact. This is how it would come out of the hand-made plaster mold. Dave asked us of we wanted him to set it up like he would for stage wear cutting these areas out and we said, NO WAY!. What you see is a little more Dave Brockie and a little less on the “Intergalactic Hulking War Machine” that was frontman of Gwar Oderus Urungus.

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Here’s’a great video  interview with Dave not long before we lost him…check it out:

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Number of the Beast Anniversary – The 2nd coming of Iron Maiden’s Eddie

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.

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“Far Beyond Anniversary” – Pantera Far Beyond Driven Album for 3D Vinyl

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!

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Check out the launch video: https://youtu.be/drXB00qkDKc

 

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Celebrating KISS Destroyer 45 Years – Paul Stanley “Bob Ezrin was the Key”

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:

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Rock Iconz Randy Rhoads (1956 to 1982) “Hard to Believe It’s Been 39 Years”

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/

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Designing QUEEN (Freddie, Brian, Roger and John) Rock Iconz….”So Many Choices”

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/

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Check Out the QUEEN Live at Montreal look here:

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KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz Grace QueenOnline.com and Official Band Socials

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

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KISS Destroyer 45 Year Anniversary – KnuckleBonz 3D Vinyl Series “Toughest Assignment”

The KnuckleBonz® 3D Vinyl® Series has been in production for over 3-years now for those Superfans worldwide that want to celebrate the great album art of the last 50 years in 3D. When we decided to produce KISS Destroyer for the series we knew we had a touch task ahead. We first had to sculpt the KISS band Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehly and Peter Criss in the style of the great fantasy artist Ken Kelly. That was quite a task alone, but add the complexity of  having (4) full statues in a single collectible. This had to be done 1976 times in the limited edition for a price that fans could still reasonably afford.  All of us were really happy with the result back in 2018.

KISS Destroyer is the high water mark for the original line up in the studio and produced some of the bands most iconic songs. “Detroit Rock City” “Flaming Youth” Shout It Out Loud”  and “Beth” are staples for the KISS live shows today.

For sure KnuckleBonz collectibles are not for everyone, and not meant to be. 3D Vinyl, Rock Iconz® and On Tour® collectible are expensive to create and license. We a limited edition is SOLD OUT, only a few thousand Superfans worldwide participate.

Enjoy our KISS 3D Vinyl Limited Edition Statue here on it’s 45th Anniversary –  https://knucklebonz.com/product/kiss-destroyer-3d-vinyl-2/

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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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Tom Morello on Ozzy’s Boneyard This Week Radio Comandante

Caught some of Tom Morello on Sirius XM the “Ozzy’s Boneyard” channel on the way into the KnuckleBonz® studio ahead of our QUEEN Rock Iconz® launch tomorrow AM. His show #RadioComandante is talking about his influences.  Eddie Van Halen was the subject and how EVH how looked at the guitar and his tone differently than anyone before. EVH produced sounds never before heard; sound we only associate with him and Van Halen. Morello also shared a story about his 1st guitar, a Gibson Explorer, and how his experimentation with the tone knob helped define his sound that we know associate with Rage Against the Machine, Audio Slave/Chris Cornell, Prophets of Rage ect. He also touched on  his record on college collection and what his room mate hated, Ozzy Osbourne, Dokken. Geeyyad, glad we had cool room mates. Check it out, really great radio for sure…#RadioComandante

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