Category Archives: Throwback Thursday

Quiet Riot – “Thunderbird”: A Special Throwback Thursday Tribute

RIP BJ

By Adam Waldman

Rock and roll history is rife with stories about rock stars that passed way before their time.  The only silver lining is that they leave behind a legacy that lives on long after their passing.

If you’re a heavy metal fan from Generation X, you will never forget the tragic loss of legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads.  After beginning his career with Quiet Riot, he took the rock world by storm as the guitarist on Ozzy Osbourne’s classic solo albums (Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman).  “Thunderbird” (at least in part) is a tribute to Randy Rhoads and the legacy that he left behind.

Fast forward to today, and the rock and roll funeral that took place to say goodbye to BJ Taylor (a member of Generation X).  He wasn’t a rock star in the traditional sense, but made a huge impact with the work that he did behind the scenes with his company, Blitzcreek.  Like Rhoads, he leaves the world much too soon.  And though he leaves with a legacy in the rock world, his greatest legacy is the difference that he made as a friend, husband, and most importantly, as a dad to three beautiful daughters.

Hard Rock Daddy only acknowledges Throwback Thursday every once in a while.  Today seemed like the perfect time to reflect back on a song that has always had the feeling of a rock and roll sendoff to a friend.  BJ and I had only met through social media in recent months, but he and his wife, Jennifer, made an impact on me with their story.

We are planning a tribute to celebrate BJ’s birthday on 11/21/15.  Logistics may delay the tribute, but it is going to happen as soon as possible.  Until then…”fly on ‘Thunderbird’ fly…spread your wings to the sky.” RIP BJ.

Three For Throwback Thursday: JUDAS PRIEST

Three For Throwback Thursday  - Judas Priest

Three For Throwback Thursday featuring:  Judas Priest.  The theme of the week is usually revealed below the last video, however, in celebration of the release of Judas Priest’s 17th studio album, Redeemer Of Souls, Hard Rock Daddy is doing a special Three For Throwback Thursday to honor the 45-year history of one of the most influential heavy metal bands in music history.  In addition to writing numerous classic metal songs, Judas Priest has put their stamp on the cover songs that they have recorded in such a meaningful way, that you forget that they didn’t pen the original versions.  Between 1977 – 1978, Judas Priest recorded three cover songs that ended up becoming fan favorites…

 

 

This week’s “Three for Throwback Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:              Judaas Priest

SONG:                “Diamonds & Rust”

ALBUM:               Sin After Sin

RELEASED:          April 23, 1977

ORIGINAL VERSION:     Joan Baez (1975)

 

 

 

ARTIST:               Judas Priest

SONG:                 “Better By You, Better Than Me”

ALBUM:                Stained Class

RELEASED:           February 10, 1978

ORIGINAL VERSION:     Spooky Tooth (1969)


 

 

 

ARTIST:               Judas Priest

SONG:                 “Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)”

ALBUM:                Hell Bent For Leather

RELEASED:           October 9, 1978

ORIGINAL VERSION:     Fleetwood Mac (1970)

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Three For Throwback Thursday: Twisted Sister, Dio, Black ‘N Blue

Three For Throwback Thursday - Twisted Sister, Dio, Black 'N Blue

Three For Throwback Thursday featuring:  Twisted Sister, Dio and Black ‘N Blue.  The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.

 

This week’s “Three for Throwback Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:             Twisted Sister

SONG:               “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

ALBUM:              Stay Hungry

RELEASED:          May 10, 1984

WEBSITE:            www.TwistedSister.com

 

 

ARTIST:               Dio

SONG:                “The Last In Line”

ALBUM:               The Last In Line

RELEASED:           July 13, 1984

WEBSITE:             www.RonnieJamesDio.com

 

 

ARTIST:               Black ‘N Blue

SONG:                 “Hold On To 18”

ALBUM:                Black ‘N Blue

RELEASED:           August – 1984

WEBSITE:             www.BlackNBlueOfficial.com

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

Summer of ’84 Hard Rock Anthems

 

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Three For Throwback Thursday: Cinderella, Motley Crue, Dillinger

Three For Throwback Thursday - Cinderella, Motley Crue, Dilliinger

Three For Throwback Thursday featuring:  Cinderella, Motley Crue and Dillinger.  The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:             Cinderella

SONG:               “Coming Home”

ALBUM:              Long Cold Winter

RELEASED:          May 21, 1988

WEBSITE:            www.Cinderella.net

 

 

ARTIST:               Motley Crue

SONG:                “Home Sweet Home”

ALBUM:               Theatre Of Pain

RELEASED:           June 21, 1985

WEBSITE:             www.Motley.com

 

 

ARTIST:               Dillinger

SONG:                 “Home For Better Days”

ALBUM:                Horses & Hawgs

RELEASED:           August 13, 1991

WEBSITE:             https://www.facebook.com/dillingerband

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!

 

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