Provided you are of the age to remember “Release Tuesdays” and buying music 1st on Vinyl, you will recall how many albums you bought because the cover art was cool or spoke to you somehow. Such was the case of the KISS “Debut” album for sure. The iconic make-up for Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss was really starting to take shape and become what we know today as The Demon, The Starchild, The Starman and Catman today. This early in “KISSstory,” for sure there was almost no radio airplay. So, heavier music needed to be found based on word of mouth, a live show, or via the great print magazines of the day like CREEM, Circus and Hit Parader. However, the favorite method for us here at KnuckleBonz, Inc was a trip to the local record store or head shop. Can still remember the KISS debut record sitting at the front of a bin and the end of the store aisle. The store was dim , but what there was highlighted Ace’s face in the upper right of the cover…will never forget it. The KISS Debut album was a no-brainer to bring to our 3D Vinyl® Limited Edition Collector Series. This officially licensed ltd. edition statue is on sale now here at https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/kiss/
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Gojira – New Music – New Videos – Like It Should Be…
Gojira dropped their new music video today called “Born for One Thing” from there new album “Fortitude”. Gojira sans can pre-order here: http://gojira.lnk.to/fortitude
Nice to see a metal band moving through this really f#cked up time without missing stride. The new video boats great production value, with cool live shots of the band and storytelling. Conjured feelings of what felt like long ago when seeing new music in the video format was how it was done…””music” TV actually ran music videos.
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Our rare sale of KISS Rock Iconz® and 3D Vinyl® Collectibles ends at close of business today. We are coming to the end of our KISS “Hotter Than Hell” and KISS “Alive” Rock Iconz sets. Don’t miss out if you are a KISS Superfan. Check the sale out here: https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/kiss/
In KnuckleBonz KISSTORY, we have now closed out the Kiss Alive II Rock Iconz set. Those designs featured the KISS stage costumes form the Love Gun era. We followed up with Hotter Than Hell and KISS Alive sets which are in their final days. We have a few units left before these go into the KnuckleBonz Vault, never to return. Our follow up productions were “KISS Debut” album and KISS “Destroyer” 3D Vinyl Limited Edition statues. Those production too will close out soon and make the trip to “SOLD OUTville.”
Out now for pre-order is the KISS On Tour™ Road Case and logo stage sign. Production is complete on that limited edition and is on the way to our US warehouse to ship to KISS Superfan re-orders. Pre-Order here: https://knucklebonz.com/product/kiss-alive-road-case-on-tour-collectible/
At this point, it’s unclear if we will create more KISS for any of the KnuckleBonz collector series.
Check out all the KISS and other great hard rock/heavy metal collectibles here at www.knucklebonz.com
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Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” – Simple Designs Can Be the Most Complex
When we began the initial discussions for our 3D Vinyl® Limited Edition State Series in 2017, the initial focus what to create something in statue and collectible form for Superfans™ that for what ever reason, did not dig the statue category. There was a ton of creative motivation obviously, but that was the touchstone moment.
Once we decided to move forward with a new KnuckleBonz collectible series, the real fun began; what albums should we initially create in 3D? We all blurted out our obvious favorites. Some were perfect for the 3D Vinyl format and could be expressed easily in statue form. Others, although amazing albums, with equally great cover art would prove elusive. One album that we all defaulted to and wanted to consider, was Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” The gold standard for concept albums, and the 8th studio release for Pink Floyd. The power of artist Storm Thorgerson’s pyramid with the prism light beam? Sounds great right? We are now 4 years into the 3D Vinyl Collector Series and we still have not pulled the trigger on any Dark Side of the Moon designs for 3D Vinyl. However, we are sneaking up on it and might submit something to Pink Floyd for consideration soon…Staytuned.
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Les Claypool of Primus has written and directed a new short film pulling in the slap bass and acting chops of none other than Ro
bert Trujillo of Metallica.
Claypool uses his music video and filmography skills to shoot this wacky ode’ to the old west that would make even “The Good the Bad and the Ugly” crack a forced smile. I can see Lee Van Cleef now. Claypool digs for, and finds gold, only to have his claim-jumped by Trujillo. A Primus-style slap-bass showdown ensues with the pair showing off their new EMG pick-ups. Spoiler alert, this is actually a promo video for the EMG Pickups endorsed by the Primus and Metallica vets.
Check it our here on Youtube: https://youtu.be/lP8RzPu54rY
Primus has rescheduled the “Tribute to Kings” RUSH tribute tour fort a 3rd time this summer. Hope it’s a charm…
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For years, like many music Superfans that saw their bands get snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, we would get pissed when the new inductees list would come out. We railed against the opaque nomination process controlled by a select few, expressing personal opinions rather that a true indication of a performers impact on the music industry and fandom as a whole.
This year was no different, a few bands/performers that have waited way too long have been tapped. Music’s ladies have often been left outside. So happy to see Tina Turner, The Go Go’s, Kate Busch and Dionne Warwick were included in the 2021 Class…and Carole King, are you f$ckin’ kidding me? It took this long for Carole King? Rage Against the Machine and Iron Maiden too have been tapped…duh.
That said, if we take a step back and look at what the RRHoF actually is, it makes the whole thing less vexing. Peel back the covers and all you really inside the glass pyramid in Cleveland is a money making enterprise. No better or worse than Six Flags Amusement parks or the local shopping mall…and yes, even KnuckleBonz. We are a business as well. The only thing that is considered when setting up these entertainment businesses is how they are going to get people to show up and lay down their hard discretional spending on what’s inside. Once you look thru that lens, what and who is in the RRHoF matters way less, or not at all.
What’s in a name? The reason reason this is such a flash point for music fans is the name that was chosen for this business enterprise, “Hall of Fame.” It suggests something it is not, and can never be. Only music Superfans can decide on a hall of fame, and we do it everyday with the music we listen to, the merch we buy, and so on. Emerson, Lake and Palmer and other obvious snubs are no less cool or important today that they were last week and will remain so. Thank goodness…
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KISS Rock Iconz® and 3D Vinyl® – Valentine’s Day Sale !
As most KnuckleBonz® collectors will know, the officially licensed, limited edition nature of the Rock Iconz and 3D Vinyl Collectible Statue Series does not really allow for many sales and discounts. That said, we have tried to offer more in this area given the year we have all just been thru.
Our 2021 Valentines Sale features all In-Stock KISS Rock Iconz and 3D Vinyl at 20% off retail.
Check KISS Sale Here: https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/kiss/
All of these KISS Collectibles are limited edition and in low supply. Don’t miss out on a chance to own officially licensed KISS collectibles from the classic “Hotter Than Hell’,” KISS Alive 1975 and KISS Destroyer” eras.
Once these are gone, no more will be created…Don’t Miss Out…No FOMO!
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The Power of Album Art – 3D Vinyl Collector Series from KnuckleBonz®
The digital music firehose began to run at full force either side of the new millennium. With it came more choices and access to music of all kinds than ever. It was also the footsteps of doom, and the beginning of the end for perhaps the most precious aspect of new music buying. The experience of going to retail and flipping through new music releases on Vinyl and other formats. Can’t tell you the number of times super classic bands where discovered by first connecting with album art. KISS for sure was a buy-at-fist-sight based on the original black debut cover with the make-up on Gene Simmons “The Demon”, Paul Stanley “The Starchild”, Ace Frehley “The Spaceman”, and Peter Criss “The Cat.” Destroyer also was a call to arms for early soldiers of The KISS Army. It was perhaps the most valuable form of marketing and creating awareness for bands.
While the Vinyl format has seen a resurgence and has been the only growing aspect of the music business in recent years, it’s hard to imagine the reverence for music that we once had returning.
What we do here is Rock Hard! everyday to try to make sure music Superfans never have to be without that special feeling when seeing great performers or album art represented in fine arts collectibles. That’s the sole focus of the KnuckleBonz 3D Vinyl®, Rock Iconz and On Tour™ Collector Series.
Check them all out here: www.knucklebonz.com
The album art of Def Leppard’d classic “Hysteria” gives only a hint at what the band and recording production team went through ahead of the 1987 release.
This was the 4th studio recording for the band Def Leppard featuring Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rick Allen, Steve Clark, Rick Savage. All wanted to step up the overall production value. Mutt Lange of AC/DC recording fame, was up in place as work began, but he quickly departed with a severe case of rock-n-roll burn out. In steps, song writer Jim Steinman from the Meatloaf “Bat Out of Hell” camp, but this yielded nothing the band liked so there was another departure. These were ahead of the devastating news of Rick Allen’s car accident that would eventually take his left arm. Rick’s dedication to return to the band is well documented as he used the time to master his new drum kit with a midi-trigger. Mutt Lange would expectantly return to only have to stop session again because of his own accident. He recovered quickly only to see lead singer Joe Elliot be taken out of action with the Mumps. To add to the calamity during this period for the band was the decline of guitar master Steve Clarke’s health. This would be the last record he would play on.
Hysteria released in August of 1987 and would go on to sell over 20 million records world-wide. Each track is amazing, No less this (7) singles dropped for this rock music masterpiece.
SIDE 1 – “Women, Rocket, Animal, Love Bites, Pour Some Sugar on Me, ”
Side 2 – “Gods of War, Don’t Shoot Shotgun, Run Riot, Hysteria, Excitable, Love and Affection”
Perhaps a great subject for our 3D Vinyl® series at some point as we lock down our production plans for 2021 and 2022 this week here at the KnuckleBonz® Studios. The design would spawn our own Hysteria.
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A quick backorder update for all you music Superfans…Back Order Update – Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Motorhead ON Tour and Rock Iconz Collectibles
“Algie” the Pink Floyd Pig for our ON Tour™ Collectible Series has gone on back order. We will be keeping this limited edition open to ship new units for this limited edition collectible again in late spring/summer. For this design, the Pink Floyd Pig is shipped in a distressed road case adorned with the tour itinerary and set list from the 1977 Pink Floyd World Tour in support of the album “Animals.” The Pig would become a fixture of live Pink Floyd performances going forward and is a perfect subject for On Tour. Check it out here https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/ac-dc/
The AC/DC Hell’s Bell On Tour Collectible statue from KnuckleBonz® has also run through the initial production pieces and is now on back order as we await new units in late spring/summer. Don’t miss out on this “Back in Black” era piece of live music tour history. for AC/DC. Again, a must for the On Tour Collection. See the AC/DC Hell’s Bell and other AC/DC Rock Iconz of Angus Young and frontman Brian Johnson here https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/ac-dc/
Motorhead Lemmy III Rock Iconz® Statue has finished new units in route and should be hitting the US ports anytime. This Rock Iconz statue is very limited and will be gone soon; don’t miss out if you are a Motorhead Superfan. Lemmy Kilmister appears from the classic “”Ace of Spades” era in this design. His white cowboy boots really set this one off. Order here https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/motorhead/
Check out all the in-stock Rock Iconz, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour Collectibles here at www.knucklebonz.com
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