Bassists will be 2017 inductees into the Hall of Heavy Metal History
By David Sands
December 9, 2016
Two hard rocking heroes of the bass, Lemmy Kilmister and Rudy Sarzo, will be getting some well-deserved honors next year from an institution dedicated to giving metal its proper respects.
The Hall of Heavy Metal History will be inducting the two bassists at a special ceremony at the Anaheim Expo Center in Anaheim, California on Jan. 18. Eddie Trunk, longtime host of numerous hard rock and heavy metal TV and Radio shows, will be MCing the event. Proceeds will be donated to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
Lemmy, frontman and founder of the English hard rock outfit Motörhead is considered by many metalheads to be one of the founding fathers of the heavy metal genre. He passed away last December.
Sarzo is a veteran of a long list of beloved metal and rock acts including Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio and Blue Öyster Cult. He currently performs and records both as a solo artist and with groups like Animetal USA, Project Rock and GUNZO.
Along with the two legendary bassists, the hall will also be inducting Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman (Manowar), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Don Airey (Deep Purple), Andy Zildjian (President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals) and and the late Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne) and Ronnie James Dio. The night will also commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Quiet Riot’s Metal Health, the first metal album to top the Billboard 200 chart.
The Hall, a division of of the non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), is supervised by a group of executives from the music industry.
“The Hall of Heavy Metal History is dedicated to preserving the legacy of those Legendary metal musicians who are often forgotten,” says Hall of Heavy Metal History President/CEO Pat Gesualdo. “This event is something the fans have been wanting for a long, long, time.”
Headbangers interested in attending can buy tickets via the Hall of Heavy Metal History website.
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