When I heard about the 1st Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History I thought it was a great idea and a cool way to get back to those heavy metal bands that don’t get so much credit at the well-known Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Either because the heavy metal term and genre still undermined and satanized in some circles or because that organization still doesn’t grasp how globally vast heavy metal has become in the last 30 years.
Whatever the case might have been, Pat Gesualdo the Hall of Heavy Metal History President/CEO came up with the idea of having a place for heavy metal bands to be recognized for their influence and their importance in the heavy metal genre. the 1st Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History induction ceremony was hosted last Wednesday, January.18 2017 just before the beginning of the NAMM show weekend at the Anaheim Expo Center in Anaheim, CA.
For the first edition, the inductees were; Ronnie James Dio, Metal Blade Records, Scorpions, Rainbow Bar And Grill, Ross “The Boss” Friedman, Lemmy Kilmister, Rudy Sarzo, Andy Zildjian, Don Airey, Frankie Banali, Vinny Appice, and Randy Rhoads, and the ceremony was hosted by heavy metal radio host Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show)
The induction ceremony was also accompanied by performances of Dio Disciples, Ross The Boss, and Diamond Lane.
We arrived around 5:30 pm before the rain as the press conference was scheduled for 6:30 pm. Unfortunately, there was not a press list prepared and we were told to just write off our names and publication on a piece of paper which I found quite odd for a ceremony that included so many heavy metal celebrities in the building, in other words, anyone could have got in just by saying they were with some of the celebrities in the building or they were press. In fact, there were four teenagers who stood up among the press during the beginning of the ceremony and left minutes later as they discovered this was not the event they were looking for.
The press conference started around 7 pm and it was held behind the stage where a long table was set up for some of the inductees and some of those receiving the induction on behalf of the absent inductees, without the proper set up, the press was forced to shout out questions and cramp one on top of each other to get a good photo from the celebrity table.
After waiting for a long half-hour, the band Diamond Lane kicked off the event, and after that Eddie Trunk took the stage, and we were on our way to induct some of these icons into the newly formed heavy metal hall of fame. Ronnie James Dio‘s induction was received by his wife Wendy Dio, Metal Blade Records was inducted by a surprise appearance of Kerry King (Slayer) who handled the induction to Metal Blade CEO, Brian Slager. Motörhead and Scorpions drummer Mikkey Dee accepted two awards, on behalf of Lemmy and also the Scorpions. Rainbow Bar And Grill owner Mikael Maglieri accepting the induction on behalf of the legendary sunset strip place. Randy Rhoads induction was received by his brother Kelle and sister Kathy Rhoads. Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali received their induction into the hall, along with a special 33rd Anniversary induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 Heavy Metal album status.
Ross “The Boss” Friedman (ex-Manowar), Vinny Appice (formerly of Black Sabbath and Dio), Don Airey (Deep Purple) and Andy Zildjian (President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals) were also inducted into this first edition of the Hall of Heavy Metal History
After the induction ceremony Dio Disciples and Ross the Boss band took the stage to close up the night with two pretty cool sets. Unfortunately, because of the time, there were not many guests left in the building to presence such powerful performances.
Hall of Heavy Metal History Induction Ceremony press conference.