From the advent of the music industry, the bands we listen to and revere defined us in our formative years. We paired off into groups that gravitated to musical genres. Pop music always had the largest following with fans that may or may not be passionate. As you descend into other genres, fandom becomes more intense and vital to who you were, and are. Punk and Metal would most often square off and choose sides with an occasional cross over. However, there are a few bands that transcend musical genres, and even pop culture. Such is the case with The Misfits. From humble beginnings in Lodi NJ, Jerry Only and all the various lineups have had something for all. From original singer Glen Danzig, thru the more metal releases with Michale Graves, the following of the band has been among the most loyal in music. The formation of The Misfits established the Horror/Core/Punks, but heavy metal too really dug things right off. Cliff Burton of Metallica flew the Misfits flag on-stage with the Fiend skull tee-shirt on stage at Day at The Green, Oakland 1985. His arm was also tatted with The Fiend. With the flick of the wrist the band can re-unite today and sell out arenas anywhere in the world. They are a rarity…something all camps enjoy and agree on as cool and important.
Yesterday marked the anniversary of the 1st Full length Misfits album release, “Walk Among Us.” Album “American Psycho” and the “Dig Up Here Bones” track is still a fav here at KnuckleBonz. Relive or discover some Misfits today…
29 Years since the Pantera “Vulgar Display of Power” Release – 3D Vinyl Sale Today ONLY !
Hard to believe it’s been 29 years since Pantera dropped “Vulgar Display of Power” on us. We remember the heavy metal scene struggling with it’s identity at that time, with some of the heavier bands embracing the grunge or “alternative” brands. The Cowboys from Hell where having none of that and were flying the metal and power groove flags high. From the opening riff on “Mouth of War” to the heavy flow of the final track “Hollow”, this record was an instant classic. A perfect record, that has happened only a few times in hard rock/heavy metal history. The amazing musicianship of Phillip Anslemo, Rex Brown, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul Abbott was on full display. But, the meaning of these songs went further than many metal tracks. It hard to imagine how relevant some lyrical lines would still be today “Be Yourself, By Yourself, Stay Away from Me!” Can the world today be summed up any better?
The KnuckleBonz® 3D Vinyl® Limited Edition Statue for Pantera Vulgar Display of Power is available now and on SALE today only to mark the 29th anniversary of the release.
Order Here, Ships Today: http://bit.ly/Pantera3DVinyl
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
“Houses of the Holy”
“Trampled Under Foot”
“In the Light” (Jones, Page, Plant
“Down by the Seaside”
“Ten Years Gone”
“The Wanton Song”
“Boogie with Stu”
“Black Country Woman”
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.
Yesterday was blues guitar great Johnny Winter’s birthday. He rocked the blues from the time he was a grade-schooler playing with his father right up until his passing in 2014 while on tour. He played the blues until the day he died which is exactly what he sad he would do. Johnny Winter was the 1st blues virtuoso to break thru to a mass audience in the US signing what at the time was the biggest recoding contact advance ($600K) and playing to arena crowds. He honored the blues greats like Muddy Water like no other, producing (3 ) Grammy winning albums for muddy. Johnny Winter, “had the dirt” and played some of the heaviest riffs ever heard combining picking and slide guitar effortlessly. His gravely blues voice over those riffs still bring chills to all of us here. “Still Alive and Well!, Johnny” We miss you…
Rock Iconz® continue to be some of the most sought after collectibles in music and entertainment. As you know, all of our products are limited editions. Here’s an update on some recent availability…don’t miss out of you are a Superfan on any of our bands.
KISS® Alive Rock Iconz “SOLD OUT”– Gene Simmons “The Demon” and Ace Frehley “The Spaceman” are now SOLD OUT. Soon to follow will be the rest of the KISS Alive Set fot Paul Stanley :The Strachild” and Peter Criss “The Catman.”
Mercyful Fate King Diamond Rock Iconz – Gone forever is our King Diamond Mercyful Fate Rock Iconz Statue. This was the 2nd working witn KIng Diamond. The original solo era Rock Iconz for King is SOLD OUT as well.
Pink Floyd “Pig” On Tour“Back Order” – The Rock Iconz “On Tour” Collectible of the Pink Floyd Pig and “Animals” era Road Case has sold -thru the current inventory. You can back-order here https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/pink-floyd/ to make sure you have a chance to own this iconic piece of Pink Floyd legacy.
Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath Rock Iconz “Back Order”– Iommi’s Rock Iconz sold thru the last in-stock unit and has gone on back order. This was gone within days of landing the initial production wave. Get in the back-order queue to have any chance of owning this Black Sabbath / Tony Iommi history. Back Order Here – https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/tony-iommi/
“The Show Must Go On ! ” and it will next week. Tune in for a “Killer” Rock Iconz announcement.
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.
A happy 73rd birthday to the Black Sabbath’s “Godfather of Metal”, Tony Iommi.
Iommi’s new KnuckleBonz® Rock Iconz® statue is super hot and has already sold-thru the initial production units. More are on the way later this year, but you will have to queue back up up this one to gurantee your place in this limited edition. That is the nature of the limited edition products we create here at KnuckleBonz.
The current Iommi design sees the Black Sabbath “Riff-Lord” from the mid-70s Sabbath era in one of his flowing white tops and red guitar. He sits atop an Iommi-logo cross. This Rock Iconz statue is limited to only 3000 pieces world wide. FOMO…don’t miss out.
Get in the back-order queue here: https://knucklebonz.com/product/tony-iommi-rock-iconz-2/
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/
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.
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