Fans of British comedy, panel shows, Stephen Fry and proving their friends wrong no doubt know the global phenomena that is QI. Turning facts upside-down and defying the public consensus to show us all up as idiots. The people behind the show (aka the QI Elves) have created us this heavy metal factfile so you can impress your mates at the pub tonight.

1. The Big Bang was quieter than a Motörhead concert.

  1. The lead singer of the death metal band Hatebeak is a 27-year-old parrot called Waldo. The band never tours because they’re concerned the decibel levels of live gigs would harm his hearing. He’s not the only non-human extreme music star. Caninus were a pitbull-fronted grind band. Their two lead singer dogs were called Basil and Budgie.
  2. Led Zeppelin performed in Denmark under the name ‘The Nobs’ because Eva von Zeppelin, granddaughter of the inventor of Zeppelin airships, threatened to sue them otherwise for tarnishing the family name.
  3. Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi once blew up Richard Branson’s prize carp. It was in 1983, while at his recording studios, and Iommi launched fireworks into his private lake and accidentally destroyed some of his fish. Iommi described Branson as ‘not happy at all’ about it.
  4. Cats get stressed out when they listen to heavy music. Research published in the Journal Of Feline Medicine And Surgery showed that if you put headphones on a cat and play it AC/DC music, its heart rate and pupil size will increase. (When they’re played classical music, by contrast, cats’ heart rates and pupil sizes decrease).
  5. A ‘mosh pit’ should really be called a ‘mash pit’. The term ‘mosh’ was coined accidentally by the band Bad Brains in about 1980. They meant to yell out on stage ‘mash it – mash down Babylon!’, a reggae inspired term. This was misheard as ‘mosh it’, and the phrase stuck.
  6. In 2007, a Swedish man had his heavy metal addiction classified as a disability, and was given financial benefits and allowed time off work to go to metal gigs. He went to 300 gigs per year.
  7. The term ‘heavy metal’ was coined by Steppenwolf in the song Born To Be Wild – but they weren’t talking about a music genre in the song, they were referring to a motorbike.
  8. The last time Monty Python star Graham Chapman appeared on film before he died was in the music video for the Iron Maiden song Can I Play With Madness.
  9. In a 2014 episode of The Simpsons, Bart wrongly referred to metal band Judas Priest as ‘death metal’. Following outrage from fans, the following episode opened with Bart writing on the blackboard: ‘Judas Priest is not “Death Metal”’.
  10. This Is Spinal Tap is the only film on IMDB to be rated out of 11, not 10.

The QI Elves also debunked three of heavy metal’s biggest myths for us. Just to warp our reality completely.

Myth: Metal musicians do a lot of shouting, but they can’t actually sing.
A recent survey of popular music singers, conducted by VVN Music, found that the two musicians with the greatest vocal range were both metal singers: Corey Taylor (Slipknot) and Mike Patton (Faith No More)

Myth: Ozzy Osbourne intentionally bit the head off a live bat on stage. 
It wasn’t intentional; he thought it was a rubber toy until he bit it, at which point he was distressed to find ‘my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine.’

Myth: Metal music makes people violent and angry.
A study recently published in the journal Frontiers In Human Neuroscience found that listening to ‘extreme music’ – including heavy metal, emo, punk, screamo and hardcore – calms people down. After listening to extreme music, fans of these genres showed decreased levels of hostility, irritability and stress, and increased levels of inspiration and motivation.

Heavy Metal Music facts from the QI Elves

Written By Brett Tingley

The former home of one of the most notorious figures in the study of the occult and the mystical has gone up for sale. The fire-ravaged ruins of Boleskine House, the one-time residence of Aleister Crowley, have been listed for sale at £500,000 (around $650,000 USD).

Crowley, who called himself “The Great Beast” and was once called “the wickedest man in the world,” was an influential figure and author in the realm of ceremonial magick and the occult, inspiring countless followers to pursue the study of higher mysteries and the esoteric. Naturally, Crowley’s former residence Boleskine House is alleged to be haunted or cursed and was reportedly used for Satanist rituals and black magik ceremonies between 1899 – 1913.

Could any dark forces still linger on the property?

Given it’s history, it seems that way. Boleskine House sits on the southeastern shores of Loch Ness, itself an infamous location. Crowley owned the property until 1913, after which it was owned by Major Edward Grant who committed suicide in Crowley’s former bedroom with a shotgun. Following Grant’s death, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page bought the property.

Jimmy Page was a collector of Crowley relics and writings and believed the site’s dark history would inspire his songwriting. The caretaker Page hired to live at the property reported paranormal experiences and terrifying encounters with what he described as “pure evil” while at Boleksine House. For reasons unknown, Page unceremoniously sold the property in 1992. Since then, the house has changed hands several times between private owners and in 2015, over half of the house was consumed by a fire, the cause of which was never determined.

The sale of Boleskine House is being managed by selling agent Galbraiths who describe the site as a former “gracious B listed Georgian house of historic note” offering the opportunity “to restore the house and grounds to create an outstanding property subject to obtaining the necessary consents.”

What will become of this notorious and seemingly cursed property?

Cursed Loch Ness Home Of Occultist Aleister Crowley Goes Up For Sale

“Harvest Pyre”, the new video from ABBATH, the solo project of former IMMORTAL frontman Abbath (real name Olve Eikemo), can be seen below. The song is taken from ABBATH‘s second album, “Outstrider”, which will be released on July 5 via Season Of Mist. The disc was recorded at Dub Studios in Kristiansand, Norway with producer Endre Kirkesola, who has previously worked with BLOOD RED THRONE, GREEN CARNATION, SIRENIA and IN VAIN, among others.

Track listing: 

01. Calm In Ire (Of Hurricane) 
02. Bridge Of Spasms 
03. The Artifex 
04. Harvest Pyre 
05. Land Of Khem 
06. Outstrider 
07. Scythewinder 
08. Hecate 
09. Pace Till Death (BATHORY cover)

The artwork was created by Kim Holm and Olav Iversen.

When Abbath announced that he had left IMMORTAL, it sent massive shockwaves through the metal scene. The iconic frontman had long become the “face” of the Norwegian black scene, his image synonymous with the genre. Upon releasing his debut album with his eponymous new band, ABBATH, in 2016, trve fans were satiated with a dose of icy, blackened fury.

ABBATH 2019 is:

Abbath – Vocals, Guitar 
Ole Andre Farstad – Guitar 
Ukri Suviletho – Drums 
Mia Wallace – Bass

Video Premiere: ABBATH’s ‘Harvest Pyre’

Apr 6th 2012 #Accept released the album “Stalingrad” #AgainstTheWorld #Revolution #ShadowSoldiers #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

It debuted at number 81 on the #Billboard 200, becoming Accept’s first album to crack the top 100 in the United States since Metal Heart (1985).

Apr 6th 2012 #Exumer released the album “Fire & Damnation” #WakingTheFire #TheWeakestLimb #IDareYou #CrushingPoint #ThrashMetal

Did you know..

It was released twenty-five years after the band’s previous album Rising from the Sea (1987).

Apr 6th 2009 #Cauldron released their debut album “Chained To The Nite” #DreamsDieYoung #ConjureTheMass #BoundToTheStake #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Black ‘N Blue song “Chains Around Heaven” on this album.

‪Apr 6th 2004 #WASP released the album “The Neon God: Part 1 – The Rise” #TheRunningMan #RagingStorm #WhatIllNeverFind #HeavyMetal‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪It’s the first of a two-part conceptual album about an abused and orphaned boy named Jesse, who finds that he has the ability to read and manipulate people. ‬

Apr 6th 1999 #GWAR released the album “We Kill Everything” #ThePerformer #Friend #MaryAnne #Jagermonsta #CrossoverThrash

Did you know…

It was the final Gwar album featuring Michael Bishop, who returned for a few months to replace Casey Orr as Beefcake the Mighty.

Apr 6th 2005 #Loudness released the album “Racing” #SpeedManiac #CrazySamurai #MisleadingMan #PowerGeneration #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was their first album entirely sung in English since 2001.

Apr 6th 2018 #Kamelot released the album “The Shadow Theory” #RavenLight #Amnesiac #MindFallRemedy #BurnsToEmbrace #PowerMetal

Did you know…

It was their only studio album to feature Johan Nunez, replacing longtime member Casey Grillo on drums.

Apr 6th 1952 #UdoDirkschneider singer with #UDO and former with #Accept was born!! #HappyBirthday #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

His son Sven Dirkschneider is a drummer and also plays in the band U.D.O.

Apr 6th 1964 #JohnnyDee drummer with #BritnyFox and #Doro was born!! #HappyBirthday #HardRock #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

Johnny Dee began his career as drummer for the heavy metal band World War III in his home town Philadelphia around 1985.

‪Apr 6th 1974 #BlackSabbath and #DeepPurple performed at the first ever #CalJam in #Ontario #California #HardRock‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪The California Jam attracted 300,000 paying music fans. ‬

‪The festival set what were then records for the loudest amplification system ever installed, the highest paid attendance, and highest gross in history.‬

Here’s the band performing War Pigs!!!

Apr 7th 1989 #Sepultura released the album “Beneath The Remains” #SlavesOfPain #Hungry #InnerSelf #SarcasticExistence #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

Kelly Shaefer (Atheist) and John Tardy (Obituary) did background vocals on the song “Stronger Than Hate”

This Day In Metal

Apr 5th 2004 #Vehemence released the album “Helping The World To See” #KillForGod #AloneInYourPresence #DarknessIsComfort #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know..

“Her Beautiful Eyes” was a re-recorded song off an earlier demo.

Apr 5th 2007 #Monstrosity released the album “Spiritual Apocalypse” #SacredOblivion #TriumphInBlack #TheBloodlineHorror #DeathMetal

Did you know…

Kelly Shaefer of Atheist did guest vocals on the songs “The Inhuman Race” and “Firestorm”.

Apr 5th 2019 #Exumer release NEW album “Hostile Defiance” #Trapper #Descent #Raptor #VerticalViolence #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Entombed song “Supposed to Rot” on this album.

‪Apr 5th 2005 #CorrosionOfConformity released the album “In The Arms Of God” #ItIsThatWay #SoMuchLeftBehind #InfiniteWar #SludgeMetal ‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪It was their first album to not feature drummer Reed Mullin.‬

‪Stanton Moore of the band Galactic played drums on this album.‬

‪Apr 5th 1985 #Venom #Slayer and #Exodus played the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois. #CombatTourLive ‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪The tour was ranked number 1 in Decibel‘s Top 100 Metal Tours of All Time special issue.‬

‪The crowds were batshit crazy, as were all metal gigs of this period. It was the first time I’d seen stage diving and mosh pits.‬

Apr 5th 2013 #Volbeat released the album “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” #LonesomeRider #TheHangsmanBodyCount #PearlHart #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The track “Room 24” featured vocalist #KingDiamond

It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

Apr 5th 2002 #LayneStaley singer with #AliceInChains died. #RIP

Did you know…

In 1984 Layne joined a glam metal band called Sleze, who would change their name to Alice N’ Chains. Months later Layne took that name and changed it to Alice In Chains.

Apr 5th 1998 #CozyPowell legendary drummer who played with #Whitesnake and #BlackSabbath died in car accident. #RIP

Did you know…

Powell had appeared on at least 66 albums, with contributions on many other recordings. Many rock drummers have cited him as a major influence.

Apr 5th 2007 #MarkStJohn former guitarist with #KISS died. #RIP #HardRock

Did you know…

St. John was with Kiss only a short time; but he was featured on the album Animalize, the second album of the non-makeup period.

April 6, 1990, All of Motley Crue’s tours have no doubt been eventful for drummer Tommy Lee, but the band’s spring 1990 dates in support of their hugely popular Dr. Feelgood album ended up making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

On April 7, just a few days after being hauled down to the police station and fined for mooning a Concert crowd in Georgia, Lee ended up making a different kind of post-show detour after the band’s stop in New Haven, Conn. This time, he ended up at the hospital instead, with the band forced to end their show about halfway through their usual setlist.

The Associated press reported that Lee was hospitalized with a mild concussion — but was “alert, awake and in good spirits” — after falling off the kit at the end of his “flying drum solo” and hitting his head on the floor. 

A hospital spokesman, while admitting he wasn’t exactly sure how it happened, told reporters the fall was “part of the routine,” but that wasn’t entirely true.

Watch Tommy Lee’s 1989 Drum Solo

As the chronicalogical Crue timeline details the incident, on most nights, Lee’s solo ended with a spectacular but fairly uneventful bungee drop. In New Haven, however, he was worried that the brake wouldn’t be pulled in time, so he uncoupled himself in order to “reach his foot strap, turning him upside down.” 

Thus inverted, Lee culminated his 20-foot fall with a painful head-first landing. Fortunately, he didn’t sustain any serious damage. Although Lee finished his next few solos with a far less death-defying version of the bungee drop, his injury was just part of the band’s all-out approach to its music. 

“We don’t just play rock ‘n’ roll, we live it,” bassist Nikki Sixx is quoted as saying in the AP report. “We go on tour and get broken bones, diseases, the crowd leaves bloody. It’s more like going to war.”

Plasmatics’ Wendy O. Williams Commits Suicide April 6, 1998

Ten years after her cult shock-punk band’s last tour,
Plasmatics’ lead singer Wendy O.
 has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Williams’ longtime companion and onetime manager found her body in
the woods just outside of their Storrs, Conn., home on Monday.
Williams was 48.

Williams, who pursued a solo career after the Plasmatics’s 1982
swansong Coup d’Etat, was nominated for a Grammy in 1985
for best Female Rock Vocal. She had also dabbled in both film and
television acting (Reform School Girls in 1986 and
McGyver in 1990), but had dropped out of the public eye in
recent years and had been working as an animal rehabilitator. In an
Associated Press report, manager Rod
 said that Williams had found it difficult to live
a normal life past her peak and had been despondent for a long

“This was something she had planned,” Swenson said. “It was no
spur-of-the-moment thing.”

The Plasmatics debuted their hybrid of punkish heavy metal and
performance art at New York’s infamous CBGB in
1978. Swenson, a Yale grad who dubbed himself “Captain Kink” and
produced live sex shows in the ’70s as well as videos for
Patti Smith and the Ramones,
dreamed of starting his own band and picked Williams, one of his
stars, to front it.

From the beginning, the focus of the Plasmatics’ act was on
Williams, who would use sledgehammers and chainsaws to wreak
genuine havoc on television sets, guitars and, most memorably,
Cadillac Coupe de Villes. Williams’ simulated sex acts and
provocative partial nudity — as well as the band’s mohawks, hair
dyes, nurses’ outfits, ballet tutus and songs about sex, violence
and fast food — rounded out the Plasmatics experience. The package
garnered a healthy dose of media attention, a cult following,
modest album sales and the title “queen of shock rock” for

Predictably, the no-holds barred stage antics also drew multiple
obscenity charges for Williams, who was arrested on January 18,
1981 in Milwaukee and the following night in Cleveland. Williams
and Swenson were also charged with battery and resisting arrest the
first night, when, according to witnesses, Williams slapped an
officer after she was grabbed in a sexually abusive way. Williams
and Swenson were taken to a hospital after the resulting fracas
(both claimed to have been abused by the arresting officers.)
Williams and Swenson later sued but lost their case.

In the aftermath of the arrests, Williams remained a vocal
advocate of her rights to self expression.

“Using sex to create the law is so stupid, and I’m not the kind
of person who walks the middle of the line,” Williams said in a
1981 Rolling Stone interview. “We’re not out to pick
fights. But then the essence of what we do is shaking up the middle
class; I think if you don’t do that with your music, you’re just
adding to the noise pollution.”

Williams, who was raised on a farm in Upstate New York and ran
away from home at 16, is survived by her mother and two sisters.

1966  The Beatles
The first session of what would become The Beatles album Revolver started in the evening at Abbey Road studios London, with the recording of the basic track of a new John Lennon song ‘Tomorrow Never Knows.’
1967  The Beatles
The first master tape of The Beatles new album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was made. The song order on side one is different from the final product at this point, the last five songs on that side being initially ordered as follows: ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’, ‘Fixing a Hole’, ‘Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘Getting Better’, and ‘She’s Leaving Home’. The Beatles had specified that there were to be no gaps between songs – a unique idea at the time.

1968  Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard sang ‘Congratulations’ the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest held at the Royal Albert Hall London, winning second place behind the entry from Spain.
1968  Syd Barrett
Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett had officially left the group. Barrett was suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.
1968  Simon and Garfunkel
Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack of Mike Nichols’ movie The Graduate. The film boosted the profile of the folk-rock duo and on the strength of the hit single ‘Mrs. Robinson’, the soundtrack album rose to the top of the charts.

1971  The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones launched their own record label, ‘Rolling Stones Records’, with Atlantic Records, (after their recording contract with Decca Records expired). The first album to be released was Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka in 1971, and is widely credited with being the first world music LP.

1973  David Bowie
David Bowie released ‘Drive-In Saturday’ which became a Top 3 UK hit. The lyrics name-checked Mick Jagger ‘When people stared in Jagger’s eyes and scored’, the model Twiggy ‘She’d sigh like Twig the wonder kid’, and Carl Jung ‘Jung the foreman prayed at work’.

1974  Black Sabbath
The California Jam 1 festival took place in Ontario, California, featuring The Eagles, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Earth, Wind & Fire, ELP, Black Oak Arkansas and Seals & Croft. Over 200,000 fans attended.
1979  Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart married actor George Hamilton’s ex-wife Alana Hamilton in Beverly Hills, California. The couple had a daughter, Kimberly, and a son, Sean. Alana and Rod Stewart divorced in 1984
1985  Gilbert O’Sullivan
UK singer, songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan won a lawsuit against his manager Gordon Mills for unpaid royalties and was awarded $2 million.
1987  Pink Floyd
Roger Waters’ lawyers issued a statement that Roger believed himself to be the creative driving force behind Pink Floyd and therefore he would contest the use of the name by anyone else and any former members of Pink Floyd.
1998  Tammy Wynette
American country singer Tammy Wynette died aged 55. She scored 12 hit singles including ‘Stand By Your Man’, and sold over 30 million records world-wide, married five times and once filed for bankruptcy. Known as the first lady of country music. Wynette had the 1991 hit with The KLF ‘Justified and Ancient’ which became a No. 1 hit in eighteen countries.
1999  Johnny Cash
An all star tribute to singer, songwriter Johnny Cash took place in New York City with Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak and U2 all performing for the TV special.
2000  Joni Mitchell
An all-star tribute to Joni Mitchell was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City featuring performances by Elton John, Bryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Richard Thompson, k.d. Lang, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
2000  Steve Strange
Eighties pop star Steve Strange lead singer of Visage – was arrested after stealing a £10.99 Teletubbies doll in Bridgend, south Wales. He was given a suspended jail sentence after being caught on a shoplifting spree stealing cosmetics and clothes from High Street stores. Strange was already on bail for stealing a £15 ladies’ jacket from Marks and Spencer in Cardiff when he was arrested.
2004  Niki Sullivan
Guitarist and singer Niki Sullivan, died suddenly of a heart attack, at his home in Independence, Missouri aged 66. Sullivan was one of the three original members of Buddy Holly’s backing group, The Crickets. He co-wrote a number of his hit songs and sang back-up vocals on 27 of the 32 songs Buddy recorded over his brief career.
2006  Eminem
Eminem filed for divorce from his wife Kim less than three months after the couple re-married. Eminem first married his high school sweetheart Kimberly Scott in 1999. He fantasised about her death in his 2000 hit ‘Kim’ and their first marriage ended the following year. The couple remarried on 14 January 2006. Eminem was seeking joint custody of their 10-year-old daughter Hailie Jade Scott.
2009  PRS for Music
PRS for Music announced that the money made by UK artists overseas increased by £20m ($29.45) in 2008, with British talent earning almost £140m ($206.23) in 2008. It said international tours by UK acts including The Police, Coldplay, Elton John and Iron Maiden had boosted income. Four of the top 10 bestselling albums globally were by British artists, Coldplay’s Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends was the bestselling album, with 6.8 million copies sold, while Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy was fourth with her debut album Rockferry, Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse were sixth and seventh respectively.
2016  Merle Haggard
American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler, Merle Haggard died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, California. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound. Haggard scored over 10 US Country No.1 albums during his career.

Martin Luther King Jr. Is Killed


US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is killed after being shot on a Memphis motel balcony. King’s life inspires a number of songs, including U2’s “Pride (In The Name Of Love).”

Three days after King’s assassination, Nina Simone performs a song written in tribute, “Why? (The King of Love Is Dead).” Further musical tributes are conflated with the death of Senator Robert Kennedy, who is killed two months later: The Rascals’ “People Got to Be Free,” inspired by King and Kennedy, goes to #1 in August; later in the year Dion has a hit with “Abraham, Martin and John,” a song about King, Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. Even Elvis gets in on it, with a King/Kennedy song called “If I Can Dream.”

The most trenchant tributes to King come more than a decade after his death, when his legacy is unbound from Kennedy’s. Stevie Wonderleads a successful campaign to get King’s birthday declared a national holiday, with his 1980 track “Happy Birthday” written in King’s honor. U2 learns about King in 1983 when they visit the Chicago Peace Museum, leading to two songs on their album The Unforgettable Fire: “MLK” and “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” (Bono references the shooting as “Early morning, April 4” in the lyric, although it actually happened at 6 p.m.).

In ensuing years, songwriters of all stripes lionize King. Public Enemy pleads his case in “By the Time I Get to Arizona“; Rage Against the Machine calls him a “Renegade of Funk.” The folk music community, a powerful voice for King’s work during his lifetime, also comes through, with Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain” reflecting on his famous speech. Hip-Hop is sprinkled with references to King, with the Game/Nas collaboration “Letter to the King” explaining how they came around after years of youthful indifference. “You the first real Braveheart, we miss you,” Nas raps.

1987Starship‘s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond and used in the movie Mannequin, hits #1 in the US.

1973A taped Elvis Presley concert entitled Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii is telecast on NBC and proves to be a huge success. The total worldwide audience for the show, the first commercial worldwide satellite broadcast, amounts to over a billion people.

1964The Beatles hold the top five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the following singles:

5) “Please Please Me
4) “I Want To Hold Your Hand
3) “She Loves You
2) “Twist And Shout
1) “Can’t Buy Me Love

1960Frank Sinatra’s version of “High Hopes” from the movie A Hole In The Head wins the Oscar for Best Original Song.

2015Marilyn Manson is sucker punched by a fellow patron at a Denny’s in Alberta, Canada. The rocker, who stopped by the restaurant for a late-night meal after a show promoting his Pale Emperor album, denies claims that he insulted the assailant’s girlfriend and spurred the incident.

2014Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes announce the end of their 25-year marriage that included the birth of three sons. The pair met in 1983 when both were working on the film Staying Alive (Marx on the soundtrack, Rhodes as a dancer).

2009At the Public Hall in Cleveland, Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Metallica, Run-DMC and Bobby Womack are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2008Procol Harum‘s Gary Brooker wins an appeal in London to an earlier ruling, which stated that Harum organist Matthew Fisher was entitled to 40 percent of the royalties from the band’s 1967 smash “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.” Though the new ruling notes that Fisher wrote the organ line and should be co-credited, it also overturns the royalty award by noting that Fisher waited 38 years to sue.

2008The Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones concert documentary Shine A Light hits theaters. The next week, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jack White appear on the cover of Rolling Stone with the headline, “Blues Brothers.”

2007An article is published in New Musical Express quoting Keith Richards as saying, “I snorted my father.” Richards later claims it was an April Fools’ joke.

Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia’s ashes are scattered in the Ganges river in India by Dead guitarist Bob Weir and Garcia’s widow, Deborah.

1996More trouble for Wilson Pickett, who after serving a one-year jail sentence in 1994 is arrested at his New Jersey home and charged with possession of two grams of cocaine. Still on probation, he enters a rehab center in August.

Beastie Boys make their first concert appearance playing instruments at a show at The Palladium in Los Angeles.

1978Loretta Lynn sings “One’s On The Way” on episode #308 of The Muppet Show. Because the Muppet Theatre is supposedly being fumigated, the entire show takes place at a railroad station.

R&B singer Andre Dalyrimple is born in Georgia. Along with his three brothers, he’ll form the group Soul For Real, known for their 1994 hit “Candy Rain.”

2004 – Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy enters rehab to treat an addiction for painkillers… — 2004 – Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy enters rehab to treat an addiction for painkillers, pushing back the release of their A Ghost is Born album. 

2003 – Avril Lavigne walks away with four Junos at the Canadian… — 2003 – Avril Lavigne walks away with four Junos at the Canadian awards ceremony, including New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for Let Go.

Queen has announced that they will release a series of unreleased live recordings from their legendary performance at Live Aid as part of the original soundtrack to Bohemian Rhapsody, the upcoming Queen biopic.

This Day in Music

An elderly couple who lived in a quiet retirement community in Stockholm, Sweden has reportedly been sued for blasting Iron Maiden too loud – blasphemy, right?

According to Aftonbladet, the couple used the English heavy metal band’s music to take revenge on a new couple that moved to their neighborhood.

Other neighbors say the issues started in October when the new neighbors arrived and their sex life was too loud. Apparently the new couple would go at it “all night” – just a reminder, this is a retiremnt community. Respect.

However, the unnamed couple – an 81- and 71-year old – were having none of it and decided to make more noise but turning up the dial on their sterio and chucking on some Maiden.

It got so bad police were called and had to force their entrance to the house while “Afraid To Shoot Strangers” was playing. Thankfully no shots were fired.

Police reportedly charged the couple with harrasement and the lawsuit was later dropped.

Elderly couple sued for blasting Iron Maiden too loud

1940  Eden Kane
English pop singer and former teen idol Eden Kane who had the 1961 UK No.1 ‘Well I Ask You’. He is the brother musicians Peter Sarstedt and Clive Sarstedt.
1940  Ray Davis
American musician Ray Davis the original bass singer and one of the founding members of The Parliaments, and subsequently the bands Parliament, and Funkadelic. Davis died in New Brunswick, New Jersey on July 5, 2005, at the age of 65, of respiratory problems. 
1940  Astrud Gilberto
Brazilian samba and bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto Her version of ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965.
1943  Chad Allan
Chad Allan who was the founding member and original lead singer of the Canadian rock band Guess Who who had the 1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman’.
1943  Vangelis
Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, and orchestral music Evangelos Papathanassiou, (Vangelis). He is best known for his 1981 Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots Of Fire.
1945  Speedy Keen
Songwriter, vocalist, drummer and keyboard player Speedy Keen, from Thunderclap Newman who had the 1969 UK No.1 & US No.37 single ‘Something In The Air’ which was produced by Pete Townshend. Keen died of heart failure on 21 March 2002 aged 56.
1946  Terry Jacks
Canadian singer, songwriter Terry Jacks who had the 1974 UK & US No.1 single ‘Seasons In The Sun’.
1947  Bobby Kimball
Bobby Kimball singer with American rock band Toto who had the 1980s Top 5 hits ‘Hold the Line’, ‘Rosanna’, and ‘Africa’. The band has released 17 studio albums, and has sold over 40 million records worldwide.
1949  Dave Greenfield
Dave Greenfield, keyboards with the English rock band the Stranglers who had the 1986 UK No.2 single ‘Golden Brown’ and over 20 over other UK Top 40 singles.
1949  Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker, Brecker Brothers. Notable jazz and rock collaborations included work with Steely Dan, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Donald Fagen, Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, John Lennon, Aerosmith, Dan Fogelberg, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey, and Parliament-Funkadelic. He died on January 13, 2007.
1956  Patty Donahue
Patty Donahue, singer from experimental post-punk band from Akron, Ohio, The Waitresses best known for the 1982 hit ‘Christmas Wrapping’. Donahue Died of lung cancer 6 December 1996.
1959  Perry Farrell
American singer-songwriter and musician Perry Farrell from Jane’s Addiction. Farrell created the touring festival Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction in 1991; it has since evolved into an annual destination festival. Farrell has also led the alternative rock groups Porno for Pyros and Satellite Party.
1981  PJ Morton
PJ Morton, American R&B singer, musician, producer and one of the keyboardists in Maroon 5.

Born On This Day March 29