If you were paying attention to the stars this weekend you might have noticed the significance of August 20th. On that single day, 3 of the greatest rock music performers and song writers were all born. Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy fame was born in 1949, Dimebag Darrell of Pantera born in 1966 and the elder Robert Plant born in 1948. There are a few photos of Phil Lynott and Robert Plant together, but doubtful if the 3 of them had much if any interaction. However, can you imagine that band? Holy sh*t!!!
KnuckleBonz has been fortunate to create 3 Dimebag Darrell Ltd. Edition statues. Check out the current Pantera work here from KnuckleBonz.
Our KnuckleBonz Phil Lynott statue design just got approved and we will be rolling that out for pre-order soon…stay tuned.
Rock Hard this Monday…
Guitarist and songwriter Link Wray, a tent post for the heavy metal, instrumental surf, punk rock and rockabilly musical genres was born on May 2nd 1929. We would have 93 years old.
Wray put the “POWER” in the power chord and introduced heavy distortion, something that rock music has not been able to do without since. The single Rumble, was one of the first songs actually banned in some US markets for fear that the playing of the song would promote teenage violence…well isn’t that the point! All kidding aside, if you have any doubt of the influence of Link Wray outside of Quintin Tarantino movies, take a look at the documentary film It Might Get Loud. You can see the pride Jimmy Page has at pulling out his 45rpm vinyl and dropping the needle on Rumble to explain how Wray controlled distortion. Link Wray’s power chords illicit some sincere air guitar moves from Jimmy. Amazing to see the greatness of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page reduced to the most basic fandom by the riff…a must see clip. https://youtu.be/LnyY3rJoaZ4
Rockabilly Hard Today!
For the 1st time since the KnuckleBonz Krew attended KISS with opening act David Lee Roth in March of 2020, we were able to step out and see an arena rock show. The Black Crowes had “The Remedy” and we were treated to what rock n’ roll is all about. A great band, with great songs, w/ undeniable passion. With the Robinson brothers Rich and Chris’s fabled feuding over the years, we thought this day might not come, but it did.
We were treated to a great night out with opening act Dirty Honey bringing the dirt. Riff oriented rock with a great singer front man in Marc Labelle, absolutely solid. You must tune in to this band if you subscribe to boogie rock in any form..
The Black Crowes were on fire tearing through the 1990 “Shake Your Money Maker” album in sequence to lead off the set. “No Speak No Slave” was also highlight for us. The band laid down a hit laden set throughout with an amazing cover of Led Zeppelin “Hey Hey What Can I Do” as closer. The previous show in LA had them closing with a Rolling Stones cover so this was a surprise treat. Check out The Black Crowes with Jimmy Page “Live at the Greek” and you will see why we were so excited.
All systems go for more shows this fall including Megadeth, Billy Idol, Greta Van Fleet, The Eagles and many others.
If you are not motivated to get out and go to a live show now after that last year and a half, it might be time for you to hang em’ up…get out there and ROCK!
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Calling at Music Superfans!!! KnuckleBonz has launched a new Vinyl Record section at our website. No, this is not 3D Vinyl, our Limited Edition Statue series. You can now buy Vinyl LP records at www.KnuckleBonz.com at the same time you are scoring music’s finest collectibles in our Rock Iconz, 3D Vinyl and On Tour Series.
The initial offering has something from most of the bands that we have worked with in our 18 years. We also have many titles from bands we have yet to bring in from our collectibles lines. We got a little of everything from Cheap Trick and Led Zeppelin all the way back to Carol King.
Check out Vinyl LP Here: https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/vinyl-records/
You can always just use the “Search Bar” at the top of the www.KnuckleBonz.com home page to Search by Artist.
If there is something obvious you think we should have like Mercyful Fate “Don’t Break the Oath”…yeh, we created that for our 3D Vinyl Limited Edition Statue series, it’s simply on Back-Order. We will building up the KnuckleBonz Vinyl LP offering as we go. “In a trip of a thousand miles, you must take the first step…”
Rock Hard this Friday ! We have such sites to show you in 2021.
Not all heroes in the the KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour™ and On Tour Series played an instrument. The paint brush and camera lens also made music for all of us when wielded by the great album cover artist and designers.
Before the digital age of music, Album and Poster art was and essential part of the music Superfan experience. It the same flag many of us still fly today on the art we have in the house or the clothes we wear. Can you imagine Pink Floyd’s legacy with the designs of Storm Thorgerson? The “Dark Side of the Moon” Prism, all of the “Wish You Were Here” “Hand Shakes” the “Delicate Sound of Thunder” “Lightbulb Man.” Aubrey Powell founded the great Hypgnosis (In Collaboration w/ Storm Thorgerson) and gave us classic Led Zeppelin cover art from “Houses of the Holy” and . Could we ever separate Pink Floyd “The Wall” from the illustrator and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe? We think not. So many of the great bands we love are so closely tied to the great artists that were associated with their album releases. Roger Dean defined the band “Yes” with unbelievable illustration and graphic design that almost let you here the albums before you dropped the needle. Many of us discovered the fantasy art master Frank Frazetta, from the album art of Molly Hatchet before we ever heard of “Conan the Barbarian” The list goes on. Can you imagine Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow without the “Rainbow Raising” cover painting of Ken Kelly? Oh yes, what we owe the KISS Destroyer cover to him as well…
For us, these images are as as important as the music that plays when you drop the needle. It’s an essential part of why we are in our 18th year here at KnuckleBonz.
Rock Hard! Kbonz
On this day in 1975 Led Zeppelin released their 6th studio album “Physical Graffiti “. The term studio is used loosely here because the album was primarily recorded at the Heady Grange county estate in Hampshire England. This is significant because the allowed the band ample time to improvise arrangements which fuels this masterpiece. Some of the heaviest Led Zeppelin to date was on the recording. The John Bonham’s drum open and Jimmy Page’s riff on “The River” are heavy bloody metal at it’s purest. Physical Graffiti also includes “Kashmir” showing off the diversity the band had in this era.
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
- “Custard Pie”
- “The Rover”
- “Houses of the Holy”
- “Trampled Under Foot”
- “In the Light” (Jones, Page, Plant
- “Down by the Seaside”
- “Ten Years Gone”
- “Night Flight”
- “The Wanton Song”
- “Boogie with Stu”
- “Black Country Woman”
- “Sick Again”
Included here is a clip of “The Rover” live from Seattle in 1977. Jimmy Page is wearing the icon “Poppy Suit” that was the subject of our 2007 Rock Iconz Limited Edition statue of Jimmy. We were fortunate to work directly with Jimmy Page on this design…still a fav for us here at the KnuckleBonz studio.
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Got wind of this “cover” of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir by Polish Guitar Virtuoso Marcin while listening to Sirius MX Radio Ozzy’s Boneyard Channel from Keith Roth this AM while on the way into the KnuckleBOnz Studio. He briefly described this acoustic this cover of the Physical Graffiti masterpiece, saying the both Paul Stanley of KISS and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audio Slave had given props. However, this gives no hint and how amazing this video clip really is. We’ve provided a link to check out guitarist Marcin Patrzalek from his Instgram feed. The 20 year old runs through Jimmy Page’s chord progression with tapping while simultaneously knocking out John Bonham’s percussion banging on the body of the acoustic guitar, complete with rim shots! It’s effortless and you can see Marcin is not just playing, he’s feeling this Led Zeppelin classic. Makes us feel good at KnuckleBonz that Rock is alive and well…Keep it up Marcin, we might be creating you for the Rock Iconz® Series before too long.
Rock Hard! Kbonz