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Watch The Brand New Video For “Shot In The Dark” By AC/DC

Classic rockers AC/DC have released the official video for their first single "Shot In The Dark" from their brand new album PWRUP that hits record stores on November 13th! https://youtu.be/54LEywabkl4 POWER UP is the long awaited new album from AC/DC, and the band’s 17th studio album. For POWER UP, the band reunited...

80s Music Video Of The Day: Motley Crue – Too Young To Fall In Love

Official music video for 'Too Young To Fall In Love' by Mötley Crüe from the album "Shout At The Devil" https://youtu.be/d25tXdJSedE?list=PL5fRL6A4m-DFddDPJU5Ugr3NRhxrm5GtR You say our love Is like dynamite Open your eyes It's like fire and ice Well, you're killing me Your love's a guillotine Why don't you just set me...

Hear AC/DC’s First New Single “Shot In The Dark” Right Here!

AC/DC will release their new album "PWR/UP" on November 13th, 2020. Check out the brand new audio/video for the single "Shot In The Dark" right here: https://youtu.be/xNhn1KOqq8g

Rock Guitar Legend Eddie Van Halen Dead At 65

Multiple outlets are reporting the sad news of Edward Van Halen's death.  It appears that Eddie's battle with cancer had taken a turn for the worse approximately 72 hours ago with cancer spreading to other organs.  His death has been reported by his son Wolfgang Van Halen with himself, Eddie's...

Get Ready To PWR UP With AC/DC!

It appears AC/DC is back with Brian Johnson as the singer and rumors are swirling that the new album will be called PWR UP or "Power Up".  Check out the recent still shot that appears to be from a video shoot which shows Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Stevie Young, Cliff...

Watch Twisted Sister’s Full 1984 Stay Hungry Concert

You're watching the FULL CONCERT of Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry (Live at San Bernardino, CA 1984) courtesy of the official Twisted Sister Youtube channel. https://youtu.be/CXbdZUt2qUQ       Setlist 1. The Kids Are Back 2. We're Not Gonna Take It 3. I Wanna Rock 4. Under The Blade 5....

Cinderella Vocalist Tom Keifer Releases New Video For “Amped Up From Latest Solo Album

“All Amped Up” from Tom Keifer #keiferband release “RISE” Order “RISE” here https://orcd.co/tomkeiferrise https://youtu.be/z999rnQEm2w “The song ‘All Amped Up’ was inspired by and written to describe the reckless abandon and rush of a loud rock show. With all the concerts being canceled this year, I think everyone is starving for...

8os Music Video Of The Day: Whitesnake – Here I Go Again

You're watching the official music video for Whitesnake - "Here I Go Again '87" from the album 'Whitesnake'. "Here I Go Again" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987. https://youtu.be/WyF8RHM1OCg https://whitesnake.com/ I don't know where I'm goin' But I sure know where I've been Hanging on the...

80s Music Video Of The Day: Ratt – Round And Round

You're watching the official music video for RATT - "Round And Round" from the album 'Out Of The Cellar'. "Round And Round" is featured in season 2 of the Netflix show 'Stranger Things' and was recently used in a Geico Insurance commercial. https://youtu.be/0u8teXR8VE4 https://www.therattpack.com/  

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 2)

  Danger Danger Danger Danger released their self-titled debut in 1989 and with the help of MTV had success with the single “Naughty Naughty”.  The band mixed a lighter keyboard sound with glam metal to offer a radio-friendly sound. They didn’t release their second album until 1991 and by then...

80s Music Video Of The Day: Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55

Released in 1984 when the speed limit was actually 55 miles per hour. Sammy should have no problem maintaining this speed these days! https://youtu.be/RvV3nn_de2k

80s Music Video Of The Day: Quiet Riot – Cum On Feel The Noize ( In Honor Of Drummer Frankie Banali 1951-2020)

Today's video is a tribute to Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali who passed away yesterday from Pancreatic Cancer. Cum On Feel The Noize was the first single by a heavy metal band to reach #1 on the Billboard Charts. https://youtu.be/ZxgMGk9JPVA   Frankie Banali was the longtime drummer with the multi-platinum...

Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali Dead At 68

Frankie Banali was the longtime drummer with the multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot. Metal Health reached the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts.  Banali also played drums in the band W.A.S.P. as well as performed as a touring drummer for several other rock acts.  Banali was diagnosed with...

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 1)

AC/DC After becoming a rock n’ roll sensation from Australia, AC/DC was on track to take the world by storm. However, tragedy struck as Bon Scott was found dead after reportedly choking on his own vomit, while unconscious, from a long night of drinking. Each album release had propelled the...

Seriously…How Many People Thought At Least Some Of The Band Members In Poison Were Female At First?

Okay, let’s talk about this for a minute.  I seriously can’t be the only guy that thought at least one of the band members was a girl when this album first came out.  Back in August of 1986, Poison released their debut album called “Look What The Cat Dragged In”. ...

“BIOGRAPHY: THE NINE LIVES OF OZZY OSBOURNE” Premieres Labor Day On A&E Network

TWO-HOUR DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND CAREER OF THE ROCK LEGEND WATCH A PREVIEW HERE https://youtu.be/pX6p0Tel7Ps   A&E Network’s Emmy Award winning “Biography” banner will premiere a new documentary special celebrating one of rock’s biggest stars. Featuring exclusive interviews and archival footage, “Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne” delves into the...

80s Music Video Of The Day: Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer

https://youtu.be/lDK9QqIzhwk Once upon a time not so long ago Tommy used to work on the docks, union's been on strike He's down on his luck, it's tough, so tough Gina works the diner all day working for her man She brings home her pay, for love, for love She says,...

Seriously…How Many People Thought At Least Some Of The Band Members In Poison Were Female At First?

Okay, let's talk about this for a minute.  I seriously can't be the only guy that thought at least one of the band members was a girl when this album first came out.  Back in August of 1986, Poison released their debut album called "Look What The Cat Dragged In". ...

Enuff Z’Nuff Release First Single “Broken Love” From New Album “Brainwashed Generation”

New Album “Brainwashed Generation” Out July 10, 2020 Pre-order/save “Brainwashed Generation” here: https://orcd.co/brainwashgen https://youtu.be/YR4cFWGIByA  

Interview With Don Dokken

Recently, I sat down with Don Dokken to discuss his new album, appropriately named The Lost Songs: 1978-1981.  I've been a fan of Dokken for years and I was interested to talk with Don, not only about the new album but also about his relationship with the members of the...

80s Music Video Of The Day: Motley Crue – “Home Sweet Home”

"Home Sweet Home" was released in 1985 on the Motley Crue album Theatre of Pain. The music video which documented the band's undertakings over the course of one or several concerts. Some of the original videos was shot in Houston, Texas live at The Summit during the 1985 Theatre of...

Happy Birthday To Ratt Vocalist Stephen Pearcy Who Turns 64 Today, July 3rd!

As the founder, lead singer, and songwriter of the rock band RATT, Stephen Pearcy led his creation to Mega-Platinum Success year after year since coming "Out of the Cellar" in 1984 and capturing critical acclaim for his performances, style, and uniquely salacious vocals.  The band RATT has sold well over (20) million records...

Original lead vocalist of Enuff Z’Nuff, Donnie Vie, has just released the new single “All My Favorite Things”

Original songwriter/lead vocalist of Enuff Z’Nuff, Donnie Vie, has just released the new single “All My Favorite Things” via Deko Entertainment. It is available digitally worldwide June 19 th through ADA/Warner Music Group. Donnie states, “I wrote this in the quarantine/stay at home period of 2020, reflecting back on my...

A BRIEF HISTORY OF JAPANESE HARD ROCK AND METAL IN THE ’80s

A BRIEF HISTORY OF JAPANESE HARD ROCK AND METAL IN THE '80s     We thought it would be fitting for The Wild '80s to do an article about Japanese hard rock and metal. Now, I’m not going to cover every single Japanese rock band here, but I do think...

The Good, The Bad And The Dirt On The Motley Crue Movie, One Year After It’s Release

On March 22nd, 2019 Netflix premiered “The Dirt”, the biopic about the infamous and sordid details of the lives of Motley Crue.  Having read the book, I was curious how they were going to fit everything into a two-hour movie.  And the truth is, that they didn’t.  Considering the long career...

Pretty Maids New Live Album “Maid In Japan – Back To The Future World” Is An Instant Classic!

Artist: Pretty Maids Album: Maid In Japan - Back To Futureworld Genre: Melodic Metal / Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: May 22, 2020 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: The Pretty Maids prove that they still have it with this live release more than 30 years after their...

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider to Release “For The Love of Metal Live” Album & DVD/Blu-Ray

Experience electrifying DEE SNIDER concert moments and more from your home! Legendary heavy metal frontman, actor and radio personality DEE SNIDER recently announced the July 31, 2020 release of For The Love Of Metal Live, a larger than life live album and DVD/Blu-Ray set available via Napalm Records. Music lovers around the world are craving...

Watch And Listen To The New Video From Dokken’s Upcoming Release Of THE LOST SONGS: 1978-1981

It wasn’t always multi-platinum sales and stadium gigs for Dokken.  There was a first-phase and there were early days, and it is those bold first steps to stardom which are celebrated comprehensively on Dokken’s The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 album, out on August 28th 2020 through Silver Lining Music. Featuring spectacular sleeve art by...

Happy Birthday To Kip Winger And Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer Today, June 21st!

Aerosmith Drummer, Joey Kramer Turns 70 today! Joey Kramer has been handling the drumming duties for the almighty Aerosmith since 1970. Legends. Icons. Idols. These are the words used to describe those rare bands that have been adored for a lifetime and immortalized as distinct creators of rock and roll....

King Kobra….Where Are They Now?

King Kobra was started by drummer Carmine Appice after he finished work touring with Ozzy Osbourne for the “Bark At The Moon” tour.  The band was rounded out by mostly unknown musicians at the time consisting of Mark Free (Lead Vocals), Mick Sweda (Guitar), David Micheal Phillips (Guitar) and Johnny...

The Top 15 Christian Heavy Metal Bands Of The ’80s

01. Stryper-Stryper has to be at the top of this list. Not because I think they're the best, but because their contribution to Christian metal is the equivalent of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest in the non-christian metal world.  I never really got the goofy outfits that looked...

25 Great Hard Rock Albums Of The ’80s That You Might Have Missed

During the 80’s hard rock ruled the airwaves. Quiet Riot’s Metal Health became the first #1 metal album of all time. Soon after the scene exploded with bands like Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Dokken, Ratt, Warrant, Poison, and many more. Unfortunately, for every success story, there were great bands...

Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man (Review)

Review: So, none other than the Prince Of Darkness himself has returned with a brand new solo album called "Ordinary Man".  Pay close attention to the title... because it does an adequate job of describing a lot of the songs on this album.  "Ordinary" is what I'd call most of...

10 Bad Albums By 10 Of The 80’s Greatest Hard Rock Bands

You wanted the best….you got the best! Now here are some of their worst albums These 10 artists are some of hard rocks’ most famous bands during the '80s.  Most have long careers with certified Gold and Platinum albums.  But even these artists have at least one album that they’d...

Def Leppard’s Change In Sound: The Tale Of Two Leppards

Def Leppard is arguably one of the most successful bands to emerge from the 80’s hard rock and heavy metal scene.  The band found success early on, hitting the scene with their debut full-length album “On Through The Night” in 1980. Followed up, only one year later with “High N’ Dry”, the band...

Autograph – Where Are They Now?

Known primarily for their biggest hit single "Turn Up The Radio", Autograph released three major albums for RCA Records including "Sign In Please", "That's The Stuff" and "Loud and Clear". https://youtu.be/j8CcTYsMHYU   The original lineup of Autograph got together in 1983. The band consisted of vocalist Steve Plunkett, guitarist Steve...

Motley Crue, Def Leppard And Poison Summer Stadium Tour Officially Postponed Until 2021

The news that everyone has dreaded to hear....The Summer Stadium Tour, featuring Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts has officially been postponed until 2021 over COVID-19 coronavirus concerns. The following update on the stadium summer tour of Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett...

Def Leppard – Hits Vegas (Live)

Tracklisting: 01. Die Hard The Hunter (Live) 6:11 02. Animal (Live) 4:06 03. Excitable (Live) 4:28 04. Foolin' (Live) 4:49 05. Too Late For Love (Live) 5:33 06. Billy's Got A Gun (Live) 5:24 07. Slang (Live) 2:52 08. Promises (Live) 4:17 09. Paper Sun (Live) 5:26 10. Let It...

Def Leppard: The Early Years 79-81′ Box Set (Review)

Artist: Def Leppard Album: The Early Years Box Set 79-81′ Box Set Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal Label: Ume/Virgin Release Date: March 20, 2020 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: If you were to add Pyromania to this box set, it would be the perfect box set of what I call Def...

Dio – The Studio Album Collection: 1996-2004 (Review)

Artist: Dio Album: The Studio Collection 1996-2004 Genre: Metal Label: BMG/Niji Release Date: March 20, 2020 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: The late great Ronnie James Dio is now a legendary figure in the Heavy Metal genre.  His untimely death in 2010 from stomach cancer was a loss that was...

Geico Customer Has Ratt Problem

Geico Insurance has just released a brand new commercial featuring “Ratt”.  Watch the video below as Stephen Pearcy and company perform “Round And Round” in the attic of this Geico customer.  The video pays homage to and spoofs Ratt’s original video for the song: The 40-second spot is part of Geico’s “Bundling...

How Beavis & Butthead Ruined Winger’s Momentum At The Peak Of Their Popularity

From the late ’80s into the early ’90s Winger built momentum and became an overnight sensation, in part thanks to a heavy rotation of their videos on MTV, which at that time, actually showed music videos. Winger’s debut album went platinum in the U.S. After a successful first album, the...

Cinderella…Where Are They Now?

Formed in 1982 by Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham, Cinderella was one of the biggest bands of the '80s rock and metal era.  Following several lineup changes, the band solidified their members with Jeff Labar and Fred Coury.    The band's debut album "Night Songs" was an instant success with comparisons...

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