Against the Grain, Ep. 10

Against the Grain, Ep. 10

Hey everyone, hope we are all having a good week! This week I decided to go for an 80’s theme, and honestly I think I did a pretty great job. Christmas is 19 days away!

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Obligatory Rick Flair.

This Week In Music…

Papa Roach just announced their tour for next year.

The Eagles tickets for Toronto are already sold out from regular price, resale tickets are starting at about $180 a pop.

Pearl Jam just announced new dates for South America and Europe, continuing a very long tour.

Scott Weiland passed away two years today.

Myles Kennedy’s new solo album will come sometime next year.

Black Sabbath’s Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath released on Dec. 1st, 44 years ago.

Music History

Metallica is a rock metal band formed in 1981 by drummer Lars UlrichUlrich put an ad in the Recycler, a local newspaper, looking for a guitarist and vocalist, and he found this in guitarist James Hetfield, who joined the band, and they created their first demos.

A year later, they posted another ad, and found another member in guitarist Dave Mustaine, who they recruited due to his very expensive gear and great sound. While watching a band called Trauma perform, they took a notice to their bassist, Cliff Burton, and his technique with a Wah Pedal. They asked him to join the band, and in 1983 he finally said yes.

Later in 1983, the band ejected Mustaine, calling him a drunk and a terrible guitarist, then recruiting Kirk Hammett on guitar. They then recorded their debut album, Kill ‘Em All, in April of 1983, and their first show with Hammett would be supported by the growing metal act Anthrax.

In 1985 came Ride the Lightning, which helped the band take off, assisted by opening for the likes of Bon Jovi and RattMaster of Puppets, the band’s greatest success, came in 1986, and charted for 72 weeks. They then were given the opportunity to tour with Ozzy Osbourne, but on Sept. 27th, 1986, the band drew cards to determine which bunks they would sleep in. Cliff Burton drew the card to pick Hammett’s bunk. During the trip, the driver lost control of the bus and it flipped over, leaving Hetfield, Ulrich, and Hammet unharmed, but throwing Burton from the bus and pinning him under it, killing him.

In 1987, they found a replacement for Burton in Jason Newstead, and released …And Justice for All in 1988, featuring the song One1991 saw the release of the Black album, Metallica’s most ambitious release yet. It brought the band to mainstream attention, and they went on tour with Guns n Roses the following year, where Hetfield suffered 3rd degree burns to his hand from the pyrotechnics. Through 1994 to 1999, the band released Load, Re-Load, Garage Inc. (a cover album), and S&M with the San Francisco Orchestra.

In 2001, Newstead left the band to pursue other projects, and was replaces by Robert Trujillo after many rounds of auditions, and then recorded St. Anger with this lineup. Death Magnetic came in 2008, with the bands rock and roll hall of fame induction coming in 2009, and Hardwired… to Self Destruct releasing in 2016.

Heavy Hitter

This week, the whole show was pretty heavy. It’s the 80’s. Come on.

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Band of the Week

Band of the week goes to Motley Crue, featuring Home Sweet Home and Kickstart My Heart.

Double Shot

Tom Petty is awarded this weeks Double Shot, and in consequence, Running Down a Dream and Free Fallin’ were played.

80’s baby, always fun! Have a great week, cheers!

Music for Relief

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  1. Motley Crue – Kickstart My Heart
  2. Loverboy – Working for the Weekend
  3. AC/DC – Hells Bells
  4. Queen/Bowie – Under Pressure
  5. Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
  6. Whitesnake – Still of the Night
  7. Rag Doll – Aerosmith
  8. Def Leppard – Hysteria
  9. Max Webster – Paradise Skies
  10. Metallica – One
  11. Metallica – Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  12. Metallica – For Whom the Bell Tolls
  13. Motley Crue – Home Sweet Home
  14. Van Halen – Hot for Teacher
  15. Guns n Roses – Rocket Queen
  16. Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine
  17. Skid Row – I Remember You
  18. Tom Petty – Running Down a Dream
  19. Tom Petty – Free Fallin’


Cliff Burton, pictured below.

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