Music is one of my biggest life motivators. It is something I truly enjoy in the same way an oenophile loves a good glass of wine or a gastronome appreciates a fine meal. My life would be much less fulfilling without music. That being said, I am also one with strong opinions who knows what he likes and does not. This page primarily focuses on the former.

The above photo is one that I did not take but I thought it was appropriate for this page because it looks like many concerts that I've attended.


 If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice
 - Rush

FavoritesOpen accordion icon
My favorites can vary from day to day. So this list is not set in stone. Think of it as more of a guideline that helps define my tastes and who I am.

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There are many genres of music I like. I typically choose what I'm listening to depending on what I'm doing. Here are my favorites:

  • 80s pop: Driving. Examples: Culture Club, Duran Duran, and Huey Lewis.
  • Bluegrass: Driving in rural areas. Examples: the Dillards, No Speed Limit, and Ricky Skaggs.
  • Classic rock: Anytime. Examples: Aerosmith, the Eagles, and Bob Seger.
  • Hair metal: In the car. Examples: Poison, Quiet Riot, and Whitesnake.
  • Heavy metal / power metal / symphonic metal: Workout. Examples: Adelitas Way, Avenged Sevenfold, and Disturbed.
  • Modern country / classic country: At work, on the water, or working in the yard. Examples: Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry, and Hank Williams Jr.
  • Oldies: Driving. Examples: The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who.
  • Punk rock: Workout. Examples: Circle Jerks, Cro-Mags, Propaghandi.
  • Rap / rap metal: Workout or jogging. Examples: Ashes to New, Kid Rock, and the Sugar Hill Gang.
  • Soul / funk / rhythm and blues: Jogging. Examples: Earth Wind & Fire, the Gap Band, and the Whispers.
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    There are a lot of great bands out there but these are some of the ones that come to mind when I think of my favorites.

  • AC/DC
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Kid Rock
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Motley Crue
  • Poison
  • Van Halen (but only with David Lee Roth)
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    VocalistsOpen accordion icon
    Some people are truly blessed with an amazing singing voice. In my opinion, these are some of the best:

  • Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Rob Halford of Judas Priest
  • Freddy Mercury of Queen
  • Dolly Parton
  • Geoff Tate of Queensryche
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    There are a lot of talented musicians but great guitarists make the world go round.

  • Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme
  • Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Dave Mustaine of Megadeth
  • Joe Satriani
  • Syu: One of the best guitarists you've never heard of.
  • Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen
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    After streaming services and music downloads overtook compact disc sales as the primary music media source, the concept of "albums" has fallen by the wayside. But there are still many that have a special place in my heart.

  • "...and Justice for All" by Metallica: This brings back memories from sea duty.
  • "Appetite for Destruction" by Guns N' Roses: According to Wikipedia, it is
    The seventh best-selling album of all time in the United States, as well as the best-selling debut album. With over 30 million copies sold worldwide, it is also one of the best-selling albums globally.
  • "Back in Black" by AC/DC: Hard rock at its finest.
  • "Born Free" by Kid Rock: Great album and concert. Kid Rock at his best.
  • "Decade of Decadence" by Motley Crue: Hits from ten years by one of the most memorable hair metal bands.
  • "Devil Without a Cause" by Kid Rock: Rock rap by the early morning stoned pimp, certified diamond.
  • "Diamond Dogs" by David Bowie: Very dark and original.
  • "Gold and Platinum" by Lynyrd Skynyrd: All the best of Skynyrd.
  • "Heaven and Hell" by Black Sabbath: Fantastic hard rock vocals.
  • "High and Dry" by Def Leppard: Hard rock the way it should be.
  • "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC: Every bit as good as "Back in Black."
  • "Little Piece of Dixie" by Blackberry Smoke: Some of the finest southern rock of the 21st century.
  • "Molly Hatchet" by Molly Hatchet: Hatchet's best.
  • "Pyromania" by Def Leppard: The last album before they went commercial.
  • "Resurrection" by Rob Halford: One of hard rock's most underrated albums
  • "Who's Next" by the Who: Some of the Who's greatest.
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    SongsOpen accordion icon
    My favorite songs inspire, motivate, and set or enhance my mood. I associate each of the below songs with a memory. But there are two songs that actually get me a little choked up because they stir up such strong feelings: The Star Spangled Banner and Free Bird.

    Here are some of my favorite songs, listed alphabetically:
  • Angel of Salvation by Galneryus: Japanese power metal.
  • "Awake" by Godsmack: Motivational song back from my serious weightlifting years.
  • "Bawitdaba" by Kid Rock: Total kick-ass song.
  • "Bodies" by Drowning Pool: Great workout tune.
  • "Click Click Boom" by Saliva: A good one for lifting.
  • "Come Again" by Damn Yankees: I think of this as an 80s version of "Stairway to Heaven."
  • "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey: Try not to sing along to this...I bet you can't.
  • "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor: This sparks memories from a lot of guy's guys in my generation.
  • "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers: Always makes me think of Carmen.
  • "Heads Carolina, Tails California" by Jo Dee Messina: Sparks fond memories of road trips.
  • "Kickstart my Heart" by Motley Crue: This song is about Nikki Sixx dying and them coming back to life.
  • "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" by The Commodores: My R&B side loves this song.
  • "Lady Strange" by Def Leppard: In my opinion, one of the Leppard's most underrated songs.
  • "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi: 80's anthem.
  • "Master of Puppets" by Metallica: Classic Metallica.
  • "Pornstar Dancing" by My Darkest Days: Hard tune with a nice beat.
  • "Prayer for the Little Man" by Blackberry Smoke: For my softer side.
  • "The Promise" by In this Moment: Powerful duet.
  • "Reach for the Sky" by Firehouse: 80s metal perfected in the 90s.
  • "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock: Makes me want to move around.
  • "Shot of Love" by AC/DC: This song would inspire me to run fast.
  • "Shot of Poison" by Lita Ford: Favorite song by my favorite Runaway.
  • "Stars" by Hear 'N Aid: A charity record recorded by a large ensemble of 40 heavy metal musicians, released in 1986.
  • "Surfing with the Alien" by Joe Satriani: My favorite guitar song.
  • "Super Freak" by Rick James: It's superfreaky...yeah!
  • "Super Villian" by Powerman 5000: Raw power.
  • Sweet Home Country Grammar: This is a mash-up between "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Country Grammar."
  • "Tears in a Vial" by Megadeth: Lots of memories from a tough time.
  • "Whip It" by Devo: A unique song in a class of its own.
  • "White Horse" by Chris Stapleton: For the cowboy in me.
  • "White Liar" by Miranda Lambert: Country music at its best.
  • "Wolf Totem" by The Hu featuring Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach: Throat singing and hard rock.
  • "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive: Another song that makes me want to move.
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    Anyone who has favorites also has least favorites.

    GenresOpen accordion icon
    With any genre of music, there are almost certainly songs I like, but if the percent of songs I don't like is very high, then it probably appears on this list.

  • Folk
  • Jazz
  • Traditional opera
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    VocalistsOpen accordion icon
    Some people are fantastic musicians or excellent songwriters but, in my opinion, have terrible singing voices.

  • Bob Dylan
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Dave Mustaine

  • There are also some musicians which I believe are not good singers but manage to write very good music that hides their vocal limitations.

  • Rob Zombie
  • Marilyn Manson
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    These concerts are listed in chronological order, as best as I can remember.

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  • Count Basie
  • Adam Ant
  • Mister Mister
  • Liberace: A truly fantasic entertainer.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd: 1986 or 1987.
  • Rossington Collins Band: Opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • Sting: 1986 or 1987, one of my least favorite concerts.
  • Yngwie Malmsteen: 1988.
  • Lita Ford: Opened for Yngwie Malmsteen (or vice versa).
  • Loretta Lynn: USO Show, 1988.
  • Metallica: The "...Justice for All" tour, 1988 or 1987.
  • Queensryche: Opened for Metallica.
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  • Weird Al Yankovic: Extremely talented performer.
  • Skid Row
  • Kiss
  • The Who: With Billy Idol appearing as guest.
  • Carl Filipiak
  • Eric Sardinas: This is the man that turned me onto the electric blues. His lively performance which combined blues and rock left me thoroughly entertained. He opened for Steve Vai but I much preferred Eric's show.
  • Steve Vai: March 24, 2005 at the Ram's Head Tavern in Baltimore.
  • Steve Vai playing the guitar

  • Machinehead
  • Megadeth
  • Heaven and Hell: Basically Black Sabbath with Dio, May 18, 2007.
  • The Blues Vultures: July 7, 2007 at The Music Cafe.
  • Mary Shaver Band: March 1, 2008.
  • We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration featuring Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, and James Taylor.
  • 24 Karat: May 1, 2009 at Perry's in Odenton.
  • The Charlie Daniels Band: September 12, 2009 at "Pickin' in the Panhandle: The West Virginia State Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival."
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  • Girls, Guns, and Glory: February 13, 2010 at the Purple Fiddle. They are a fine band from Boston described as having a rock 'n' roll, country, folk, and blues sound. They even won the Boston Music Award for "Outstanding Americana Act of the Year."
  • Roadside Cafe: June 2010 at Duvall's in Jessup, Maryland.
  • Baltimore Bluegrass Band: July 2, 2010 at Duvall's.
  • Vanderhook: July 9, 2010 at Perry's in Odenton.
  • Pickin' in the Panhandle 2010: September 11-12, 2010.
  • Carroll County Ramblers: August 22, 2011.
  • Remington Ryde: August 22, 2011.
  • Kid Rock: January 22, 2011. One of my favorite concerts. This was the "Born Free" tour.
  • Leroy Powell and the Messengers: Opened for Kid Rock.
  • Sheryl Crow: Opened for Kid Rock.
  • David Garrett: February 3, 2012.
  • One Flight Up: June 27, 2012.
  • Jamey Johnson: March 29, 2014.
  • Andreas Kern versus Paul Cibis: A "Piano Battle" concert show at the Austrian Embassy.
  • Blackberry Smoke: May 9, 2014 at the Filmore in Silver Spring, Maryland.
  • Blackberry Smoke on stage, performing

  • Delta Saints: Opened for Blackbery Smoke.
  • Artists seen on our Tennessee 2015 road trip:
    • Urban Soil
    • Eric Caldwell
    • The Lamp Light Blues Sessions
    • Justin Johnson
    • David Bradley and Friends (David Bradley, Greg Barnhill, Justin Zimmer, and Jamie Zimmer)
    • The Chris McDaniel Band
    • The High Falutin' Band
    • Blind Mississippi Morris
    • Joe Doyle
    • Casey Derhak
    • Chase and Earl
  • Lita Ford: December 11, 2016 at the Ram's Head in Annapolis with Carmen.
  • Lita Ford playing guitar and singing

  • Jukin: A great southern rock tribute band that I saw at Savage Fest 2017.
  • The Sherman Holmes Project Featuring Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley: December 9, 2017 at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore.
  • Kid Rock: March 3, 2018 at the Royal Farms arena in Baltimore with Janie.
  • Kid Rock on stage with fake longhorn steer skull behind

  • A Thousand Horses: Opened for Kid Rock.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revisited: July 30, 2018 at Maryland Hall in Annapolis with Norma and Sara. Definitely the best show for the money.
  • Miss Moon Rising: New Years Eve, 2019 at Carroll Baldwin Hall, Savage, Maryland.
  • Scythian: Irish and bluegrass music at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Maryland. February 16, 2024.
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    Halloween Party: October 27, 2006Open accordion icon
    Here I am at a Halloween Party. The theme was to come dressed as your favorite decade. Guess what decade I was representing?
    Me wearing my 80s metal clothes, standing in an 80s metal pose
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    Nikki Sixx: October 15, 2007Open accordion icon
    On October 15, 2007, Cliff (a co-worker) and I left work and took the Metro into Georgetown. Norma met us along the way. We headed to the Barnes and Noble bookstore where Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue arrived for a book signing. He was promoting his new book, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star. This book debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Seller List. After reading The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band, I just had to have The Heroin Diaries. Cliff and I are big fans of the whole 80s heavy metal scene...especially Motley Crue. We could not possibly pass up a chance to meet what I consider the mastermind of the greatest metal band from that era.

    Things were quite organized at the bookstore. I purchased two for myself and one for a friend. Cliff did the same. There was a two book or two CD limit. We went to the third floor of the store to get in line. I'm guessing there were about 70 people in front of us.

    I gave my camera to Norma and she waited patiently on the second floor for Nikki's arrival.

    A few times, we heard people on the second floor chanting "Nick, Nick, Nick!" Eventually, the line began to move...but ever so slowly.
    Profile of Nikki Sixx

    Eventually, we got to see Nikki. For a guy ready to turn 49 on December 11, he looked great. He definitely has all his hair, not too many wrinkles, and was quite slim. Add to that the fact that several years ago he was a heroin addict and died, he looked fantastic!
    Staight-on shot of Nikki

    Nikki signed both my books then shook my hand. He seemed quite the gentleman. I heard him on a Sirius Satellite Radio Hair Nation interview and he seemed very intelligent and well spoken. With all he has going on, I'm amazed he found the time to come to Georgetown for a book signing. He's quite busy with his new band, Sixx: A.M., interviews, and promoting his clothing line. I'm sure he must also have a hand in the filming of The Dirt, a movie based on the book.
    Nikki yawning and handing me my autographed book

    Cliff and I were both quite pleased to have met Nikki. Norma seemed pleased that I was pleased. I can honestly say that Nikki met all my expectations.

    We went across the street for Vietnamese food then took the Metro back to Hyattsville. The time was about midnight by the time we got off the Metro. It was a long evening...but well worth it.
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    Obama Inaugural Celebration: January 18, 2009Open accordion icon
    Norma and I went to church at All Souls Unitarian. The Reverend Rob Hardies gave an excellent sermon about Moses and Joshua. It all related nicely to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and the Presidential Inauguration. Additionally, it set the tone for the rest of the day.

    Afterwards, Norma, Thorston (a visiting photographer from Latvia), and I took a bus to the National Mall. As we neared the Washingon Monument, crowds began to form. It seemed everyone wanted to get near the Lincoln Memorial to see the inaugural celebration performance.

    Thorston ended up going his way while Norma and I walked around and looked for another entrance that might get us closer to the action. With 300,000 people expected, there were no short lines. We ended up standing about a third of a mile from the stage. Though it wasn't a great location, it wasn't bad and it was certainly a much better view than the one John Paul Jones had. I wonder why they put the Led Zeppelin bassist in a Napoleon hat.
    Me next to statue of John Paul Jones, the 'Father of the American Navy'

    We stood on a manhole cover which put us a few inches above most people. To our back, thousands stood closer to the base of the Washington Monument.
    Crowd behind us with the Washington Monument behind them

    Through my binoculars, I could see the Obama family walk across the stage. I couldn't make them out clearly but it was obvious that the silhouettes I saw from afar were the ones that appeared on the giant television screens in front of us.

    Bruce Springsteen opened the show.
    Bruce Springsteen on the big screen

    He was followed by several other acts including Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, and James Taylor.
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    Jon Bon Jovi on the big screen
    Jon Bon Jovi.
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    Garth Brooks on the big screen
    Garth Brooks.
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    John Mellencamp on the big screen
    John Mellencamp.

    Norma and I stuck around until Garth Brooks finished his performance. We wanted to beat the crowd to the Metro. While we were leaving, we caught a bit of Bono's show. It seems I've dated myself by referring to him as Bono Vox (the name he used in the 1980s)...and I still refer to John Mellencamp as John Cougar. Speakers included Joe Biden, Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, Tiger Woods, Jack Black, and Tom Hanks.
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    Tiger Woods on the big screen
    Tiger Woods.
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    Jack Black on the big screen
    Jack Black.

    I think I would have preferred if Jack Black had sung with Tenacious D but maybe it is just as well he didn't since the censored versions would not have been to my liking. Unfortunately, we missed Beyonce, Barack Obama's speech, and the finale.

    I thought it would have been nice if Steven Tyler, Kid Rock, and Alice Cooper had performed. I would have loved to have seen Alice sing "Elected":
         And if I am elected
         I promise the formation of a new party
         A third party, the Wild Party!

    While the performance was for the voters and Barack Obama, the real star of the show was Obama himself. The crowd went wild whenever the camera shifted to our soon-to-be 44th President.

    The whole event was a very positive and uplifting one.
    Norma and I

    The last eight years has seen a significant amount of polarity in our country. Like Lincoln, Obama is working to pull the country together, regardless of political party. Hence, the name of the event was simple and appropriate: We Are One.
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    Pickin' in the Panhandle: September 11-12, 2010Open accordion icon
    I attended the annual West Virginia Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival, also known as Pickin' in the Panhandle. I went to this on September 12, 2009 with Norma but then we only caught the final act of Friday and the morning acts of Saturday. This time I wanted to be around to enjoy much more.

    I sent out an e-mail to a LOT of people, inviting them to join me. Steven J. (a kayaker) bought his ticket for both days but ended up not going, due to work committments. In the end, I attended on Saturday with Joyce and Jimmy then on Sunday with Norma and Jessica (Norma's intern), shown below.
    Jessica and I sitting with hay bales behind

    We saw several bands but the ones I remember best are the following:
  • Lonesome Highway: A very good band. I bought their CD titled "The Highway Called."
  • Claire Lynch Band
  • Josh Williams Band: Excellent. Unfortunately, they didn't have any CDs for sale at the event. If they did, I would have bought one.
  • G2: The best bluegrass band ever to come from Sweden. I purchased their CD titled Where the Tall Grass Grows.
  • Mountain Heart: I felt this was the most memorable and talented band at the festival. Their music is a very strange blend of various genres. Definitely a band to see live.
  • Joe Diffie Bluegrass Band
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice: Another very talented band. Probably my favorite of the day.
  • Ricky Skaggs: Known not only for bluegrass, he also had some big country music hits, which the crowd seemed to prefer.

  • I was hoping to save money by buying CDs at the event directly from the performers but at $15 per CD, that was not the case. I was also hoping to get to taste some of the entries in the BBQ contest but I think only the judges got to eat the entries. The rest of us were limited to the vendors. Not that the vendor food was bad but I was hoping for more. The food was a little expensive too.

    The campground was just o.k. Very simple. Lots of porta-johns and water for washing your hands but none for drinking unless you bought bottled water. So bring lots of your own drinking water. No showers at the campground either.

    One thing that was nice is that I saw no mosquitos.

    Bring your own chair if you sit at the main stage. They have a few hay bales for sitting on but these are limited. The sun can get pretty intense so bring a hat and sunscreen. If you've got one of those chairs with the roof, that's even better. Don't worry about bringing a lowrider chair. The stage is elevated enough so you can bring a regular chair.

    The performers were very talented. This is definitely the place to go if you love bluegrass music.

    Overall, I had a good time. Next year I might just go for one day. I was a little disappointed that so few of the people I invited came out. But at least I had good people with me.
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     Rock quiz

    Are you a metal nerd?Open accordion icon
    You might be a metal nerd if you get 20 or more of the following questions correct. No using books, magazines, the internet, other people, etc. Just answer using what little you have between your ears. These questions are all centered around what I consider classic hard rock.
    1. In which of the following bands did Rudy Sarzo play bass guitar?
      1. Ozzy Osbourne
      2. Judas Priest
      3. Quiet Riot
    2. Randy Rhoads was alive for the release of which Ozzy Osbourne album(s)?
      1. Bark at the Moon
      2. Blizzard of Oz
      3. Diary of a Madman
    3. David Lee Roth's last album with Van Halen before being replaced by Sammy Hagar was ______?
    4. Name the four original members of Kiss.
    5. The album "Led Zeppelin 2" is also known as the ______ _______.
    6. What song starts out with, "Finished with my woman 'cause she couldn't help me with my mind"?
    7. Name the band known for having a drummer who lost his arm on December 31, 1984.
    8. What metal band performed with the San Francisco symphony orchestra in 1999?
    9. To whom did Al Gore ask, "What does SMF stand for when it is spelled out?"
    10. What country is Yngwie Malmsteen from?
    11. Lita Ford and Joan Jett performed together in what 1970s band?
    12. AC/DC is from what country?
    13. Name the rocker that Nikki Sixx claims snorted a line of ants.
    14. Name the British metal band whose lead singer publicly announced in 1998 that he is a homosexual.
    15. Prior to forming Megadeth, Dave Mustaine was the lead guitarist for what band?
    16. Bret Michaels, Tommy Lee, and Kid Rock all slept with what celebrity?
    17. Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson are all members of what Canadian band?
    18. What guitarist died on September 18, 1970, after suffocating in his own vomit after an overdose of barbiturates?
    19. Name the band whose lead singer was one of Britain's top fencers, an award winning author, a disc jockey, and a pilot.
    20. Name the Guns N' Roses song that appeared in the movie "Terminator 2." The music video starred Arnold Schwarzeneggar.
    21. Name the shock rocker whose stage name was a 17th century witch.
    22. Some people say the term "Heavy Metal" originated with the song lyrics, "Heavy metal thunder" from what 1968 song?
    23. Name the song that supposedly says, "My sweet Satan" when played backwards.
    24. Name the rocker who wrote the book titled "The Long Hard Road out of Hell."
    25. What is the word you might see when holding a Dio album upside down.
    26. Prior to forming his own band, Mark Slaughter sang with a band led by what former Kiss guitarist?
    27. Name the Christian metal band famous for "To Hell with the Devil."
    28. Name the 1970s band who originally recorded "Cum on Feel the Noize."
    29. Who are the "Toxic Twins"?
    30. Black Sabbath has a song titled N.I.B. What does N.I.B. stand for?
    31. Who was pronounced dead in 1987 after overdosing on heroin, only to revive after a few minutes by two shots of adrenalin to the heart?
    32. The incident in the previous question inspired what song?
    33. Who served 30 days in jail for manslaughter for a 1984 car crash that killed Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley?
    34. The death of Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley led to the breakup of what Finnish band?
    35. Name the musician who was born in Israel, worked as a schoolteacher, became an actor, managed the career of Liza Minnelli, and has his own action figure.
    36. What is the Satanic acronym that AC/DC supposedly stands for?
    37. What is the Satanic acronym that Rush supposedly stands for?
    38. What is the Satanic acronym that Kiss supposedly stands for?
    39. "Children Of The Night" is an organization to get adolescent runaways, sexually abused children, and prostitutes off the streets of Los Angeles and to help them to re-enter the mainstream society. What heavy metal singer was presented with the Dave Pritchard Memorial Award because of his help with "Children Of The Night"?
    40. Who is the "Red Rocker"?
    41. What Kiss song was inspired by the "Three Stooges"?
    42. Who is credited with making the hand symbol that represents the Devil a popular gesture at heavy metal concerts?
    43. What metal band almost named themselves "Bucket of Lard"?
    44. What metal god once worked as a car horn tester?
    45. What hair band singer became interested in classical music and studied ballet around 1976? Hint, his real last name is Fawcett.
    46. In the 1985, there was a joint effort from the heavy metal scene to raise money for famine relief in Africa. This project included members of such bands as Dio, Quiet Riot, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Queensryche, Blue Oyster Cult, Dokken, Night Ranger, Judas Priest, W.A.S.P., Journey, Y&T, Vanilla Fudge, and the parody band Spinal Tap. What was the name of this project? What was the name of their hit song?
    47. In the horror film "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare," who played the part of Freddy Krueger's abusive foster father, Mr. Underwood?
    48. What 80s hair band features two of the younger brothers of members of Quiet Riot?
    49. What guitar god is quoted as having said, "The more seriously a band takes themselves, the more they look like Spinal Tap"?
    50. Who is the Motor City Madman?
    51. The band D-A-D began playing together in the early 1980s in Copenhagen, Denmark. What was their original name? Hint: the acronym is DAD.
    52. What famous guitarist is missing two fingertips from his right hand?
    53. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, "metalheads" were sometimes called another name because of their habit of jerking their heads backwards and forwards vigorously in time with the music, often simultaneously while playing air guitar. What is this term?
    54. What characteristic do the following bands have in common that very few other bands have?
      1. Fleetwood Mac
      2. Giuffria
      3. Lynch Mob
      4. Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
      5. Santana
      6. Van Halen
      7. Vandenberg
      8. Vinnie Vincent Invasion
      9. Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force
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    1. A, C
    2. B, C
    3. 1984
    4. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss
    5. Brown Bomber
    6. Paranoid
    7. Def Leppard
    8. Metallica
    9. Dee Snider
    10. Sweden
    11. The Runaways
    12. Australia
    13. Ozzy Osbourne
    14. Judas Priest
    15. Metallica
    16. Pamela Anderson Lee
    17. Rush
    18. Jimi Hendrix
    19. Iron Maiden
    20. You Could Be Mine
    21. Alice Cooper
    22. Born to Be Wild
    23. Stairway to Heaven
    24. Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner)
    25. Devil
    26. Vinnie Vincent
    27. Stryper
    28. Slade
    29. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
    30. Nativity in Black
    31. Nikki Sixx
    32. "Kickstart My Heart"
    33. Vince Neil
    34. Hanoi Rocks
    35. Gene Simmons
    36. Anti-Christ Devil Child or After Christ Devil Comes
    37. Rulers Under Satan's Hell
    38. Kings/Knights/Kids In Satan's Service
    39. Ronnie James Dio
    40. Sammy Hagar
    41. Calling Doctor Love - thanks to Tawn Mastery of Hair Nation
    42. Ronnie James Dio - thanks to Tawn Mastery of Hair Nation
    43. Rhino Bucket - thanks to Kim Mulligan of Hair Nation
    44. Ozzy Osbourne - thanks to Kim Mulligan of Hair Nation
    45. Kip Winger - thanks to Kim Mulligan of Hair Nation
    46. "Hear 'n Aid" by Stars - thanks to Kim Mulligan of Hair Nation
    47. Alice Cooper
    48. Hurricane - thanks to Kim Mulligan of Hair Nation
    49. George Lynch - thanks to Kim Mulligan of Hair Nation
    50. Ted Nugent
    51. Disneyland After Dark
    52. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath
    53. Headbanger
    54. All these bands are named after a member of the band who is not the lead singer.
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    I find it interesting how so many of the hard rock bands appeal to our sense of sin. Sort of like, "If you enjoy it, it must be bad." Bands build reputations. For the hard rock groups, one can have an image of being woman chasers, devil worshippers, hard drinkers, or just plain old ass kickers. Often times, it is a combination of a few of these. Sometimes the reputation changes over time. Motley Crue started out with more of a devil worshipper image and this later changed to being woman chasers. Maybe what it all comes down to is that hard rock music appeals to our sense of rebellion. It can rebel against religion, parents, the law, or societal norms. Whatever the appeal, it has attracted people (mostly young people) for decades and while the names and faces may change (heavy metal, pop metal, alternative, grunge, goth, etc.) it's still rock and roll to me. As Ozzy says, "Long live rock and roll!"
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  • Alice Cooper in the 1980s
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd when Ronnie Van Zant was alive
  • Motley Crue on their Doctor Feelgood tour
  • Ozzy Osbourne when Randy Rhoads was alive
  • Van Halen in the early years, when David Lee Roth was in the band
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    I like metal, bluegrass, and country music. One thing I like about all three is "Osborne."
  • Ozzy Osbourne: An Englishman who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
  • Osborne Brothers: A popular bluegrass act during the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Brothers Osborne: A country music duo consisting of brothers T.J. Osborne and John Osborne.
  • I heard a song by Brothers Osborne titled "I'm Not for Everyone" which I really like. These guys are natives of Deale, Maryland, a small town about 37 miles from Savage in neighboring Anne Arundel County. On December 8, 2020, I bought this I guess that means I'm supporting a local business.
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    According to Kim Mulligan, former Hair Nation D.J., Rudy Sarzo says there are three type of rock star hair:
  • Arena Hair: Big.
  • Stadium Hair: Bigger, so the folks in the cheap seats can see you.
  • Backstage Hair: Smaller, so as not to scare away fans.
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