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Christmas gift ideas for your headbanger

Everyone loves music…but what do you get for the person who owns CDs, cassette tapes, vinyl records, and MP3s of all their favorite songs already? You could take a chance on new bands such as Greta Van Fleet or Red Dragon Cartel, but you run the risk of getting something that doesn’t quite tickle their ears. Music appreciation is, after all, highly subjective.

Fortunately, there are other ways to enjoy music besides listening to it. Weird, right? But thanks to companies like Funko and McFarlane, you can get collectible figurines of rock stars and band mascots. Here are a few helpful links.
Alice Cooper POP Funko
Funko POP

Ozzy Osbourne McFarlane
McFarlane Figures

Bif Bang Pow! KISS Unmasked

Iron Maiden Super 7 Figures
Various Other Figures and Statues

Playing Cards

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R.I.P. Clive Burr

(March 8, 1957 – March 12, 2013)

Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr passed away Tuesday.

Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast by Neil Daniels (2012)

Iron Maiden book review

Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast
by Neil Daniels
Voyageur Press, 2012
224 pages

There are certain bands that define genres, and when one speaks of the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” (commonly referred to as NWOBHM), Iron Maiden is almost universally held up as the standard by which all others are judged. Throughout lineup changes and reunions, critically panned records, and the changing musical landscapes, Iron Maiden has persevered. Having just released their fifteenth studio album, The Final Frontier, in 2010, author Neil Daniels decided it was time to chronicle the band’s history. His book takes the reader back to 1975 and the roots of the group that could be, as the writer suggests, “perhaps the greatest Britsh heavy metal band of all time.”

Throughout the pages of Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast, fans are treated with quotes from Steve Harris, Paul Di’Anno, Bruce Dickinson, and other band members. Photographs are displayed liberally, and a carefully researched tour itinerary for each year is recorded. Other items printed for posterity include concert advertisements, t-shirts, LP and singles artwork, ticket stubs and concert photographer passes. Each studio record is given a fresh, retrospective review by the author, who is not afraid to call the band out when they did not quite hit the high mark they set for themselves with their first few releases.

While much of the information in this book may not be new for hardcore Iron Maiden fans, it is nice to have it all collected in one place such as this. Add all of the photographs and images of memorabilia, Iron Maiden: The Unauthorized History of the Beast becomes a must-have for the metal fan’s library.

Voyageur Press

Purchase Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast by Neil Daniels.

Hard Rock Halloween

I’m in the process of putting together a setlist for my October 25 radio show which will focus on horror-themed hard rock music. I’ve already got some Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, and Alice Cooper lined up, among others. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments. Keep in mind that this is a hard rock show. No pop (sorry Michael Jackson), no oldies (so forget “Monster Mash”), and we don’t get too heavy (in other words, no “cookie monster” vocals). Ideas?

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