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King’s X - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, 1989

Today marks the 25th anniversary of what many fans regard as King’s X’s magnum opus. I don’t even remember the circumstances surrounding my discovery of this album. I just remember that one day it didn’t exist for me, and the next I couldn’t imagine a world without it.

Many words have been written and much has been said about this album that, for many, defined the King’s X sound, and I feel completely inadequate to add any more than to simply state that Gretchen will remain one of my favorite albums of all time for a very, very long time to come.

Happy anniversary, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska!

Gettin’ Schooled By Monty Colvin

Not everyone knows it, but Monty Colvin, Galactic Cowboys bassist/singer/songwriter-turned podcaster, is also a crazy-talented artist. His work graces the covers and liner notes of several Galactic Cowboys albums and has appeared in the pages of popular magazines. Some of his larger-scale painting includes mural pieces. The Kansas City, MO (actually Lee’s Summit) branch of the School of Rock was so impressed with Monty’s talent that they gave him free rein to adorn the school’s walls with murals of iconic music-related art. Here’s the result of his efforts.

If you like Monty’s work, he has paintings for sale on his website, or you can commission him for a custom portrait or painting.

Happy Birthday, Steve Clark. The Def Leppard Guitarist would have been 54 today.

Remembering Elisabeth Sladen (February 1, 1946 — April 19, 2011)

Scorpions - Love at First Sting (March 27, 1984)

KISS on the cover of Rolling Stone
Photo © Fin Costello

Hell officially freezes over…

Randy Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982)

Randy Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982)

Happy Birthday, Johnny Cash! “The Man in Black” would have been 82 today. Photo © Sony Music Archives

Happy Birthday, George Harrison! The Beatle would have been 71 today.

Pink Floyd - Animals, 1977

via This Day in Music:

Pink Floyd released their tenth studio album Animals in the US, where it reached No.3 in the charts. The album’s cover image, a pig floating between two chimneys on Battersea Power Station, was conceived by bassist Roger Waters and realised by long-time design and photographic collaborators Hipgnosis.

Happy Birthday, Cliff Burton! The Metallica bassist would have been 52 today.

Happy 30th Birthday, Macintosh!

Happy 45th Birthday, Dave Grohl!

Remembering Steve Clark (April 23, 1960 – January 8, 1991)
Photo © Ross Halfin

Happy Birthday, Malcolm Young!
Photo © 2008 Matt Becker