Metal Blade Records (Celebrating their 35th Anniversary), Scorpions, and the Rainbow Bar and Grill have just joined the list of metal royalty who have been nominated for induction into the 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History. The All-Star Induction Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Anaheim Expo Center, Anaheim CA. Television and Radio personality Eddie Trunk will host the event.
Performing at the Ceremony will be Dio Disciples featuring Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, and Joe Retta. Ross The Boss (band), will also be performing, which features iconic Manowar guitarist Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman drummer Rhino (also formerly of Manowar), vocalist Marc Lopes, and bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X). Surprise artists will also take part in the event. Supporting bands include Budderside, and LA rockers Diamond Lane.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History inductees are:
–Ronnie James Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio (with Wendy Dio accepting the induction)
–Metal Blade Records (with label founder Brian Slagel accepting the induction)
–Scorpions (with drummer Mikkey Dee accepting the induction)
–Rainbow Bar and Grill (with owner Mikael Maglieri accepting the induction)
—Lemmy Kilmister, Motörhead (with Manager Todd Singerman accepting the induction)
–Ross “The Boss” Friedman, formerly of Manowar
—Rudy Sarzo, notably formerly of the Ozzy Osbourne band, Quiet Riot and Whitesnake
—Frankie Banali, of Quiet Riot (along with a special 33rd anniversary induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 heavy metal album status)
—Vinny Appice, formerly of Black Sabbath and Dio
—Don Airey of Deep Purple
—Andy Zildjian, President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals
—Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne (with the Rhoads family members accepting the induction)
Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel comments:
“We are totally honoured to be inducted into such a great organization. I am awestruck at the names that stand beside us, and so thankful for everyone who has helped us along the way. Huge thanks to all at the Hall of Heavy Metal History for this great honour.”
Tickets for the event are available HERE