‘Crazy Train’ With Randy Rhoads On Guitar

Guess who I added to the graveyard’s alley today? When I got the concept of this page in May, I immediately started to write down the names of the musicians whom I should gather here and initially there was eight of them. The first names were obvious: Peter Steele, Quorthon, Ronnie James Dio, others appeared in my mind as I was doing a quick research in my memory of heavy metal music: Chuck Schulinder, Jeff Hanneman, while Dead, Somnium and Valfar came to my mind when I listened to their songs. I wrote short bios based on Wikipedia and added photos, exactly like I did for Grunge Graveyard years ago. I thought I was done. Then I recalled Dimebag and Cliff. Then I recalled Nicole and Aleah. But I thought, Ok now it is done.

And then, just a couple of weeks ago, we were checking the English presentation that my friend prepared for this weekend’s conference and it included the example of Ozzy Osbourne. While we were examining his case, I suddenly thought of a horrific episode from his history and another name came to my mind. Randy Rhoads.

So here he is in a video devoted to him and I have a personal request for all the metal musicians: please do take care of yourself! Eat healthy food, exercise, and do not take unnecessary risk! I know it doesn’t sound like a stereotypical rock’n’roll lifestyle but I just don’t want you to be included on this page! I want you to live, create and flourish until you are 80 or 90. Until then, please do not give me the reasons to place you here, ok?!

 

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Visions Of Atlantis ‘Lost’ With Nicole Bogner On Vocals

I have added two more pages (hopefully the last ones!) to Metal Graveyard today, the ones with the bios of Nicole Bogner from Visions of Atlantis and Aleah Stanbridge from Trees of Eternity, and I thought that these two amazing and talented ladies may sing for us during the weekend. Today it is Nicole’s turn and tomorrow Aleah will take the place of honour.

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Non Omnis Moriar

It all began a couple of years ago with Grunge Graveyard. I wanted to create a kind of virtual cemetery for the grunge musicians who haven’t had their graves or their graves were located beyond the reach of most fans.  Like I wrote in the intro, in most cultures graveyard is not just a place to bury the dead. People come there to say goodbye, to cry, to recall memories, to laugh, to bring flowers and to light a candle.

It was supposed to be a place of remembrance for the ones who left us long time ago like Andy, Kurt or Layne so I have experienced a real shock when I had to add the place first for Scott Weiland and now for Chris Cornell. His recent death has been a trauma for me, Chris was one of my teenage heroes who helped me to get through the hardest times. In the first impulse, I thought of deleting the whole Grunge Graveyard because I realized that with time these virtual graves will be more and more numerous and I didn’t think I could deal with that.

But soon I realised something very important, something that the people of Antiquity have already known. Let me quote the poem of an ancient Roman author Horace.

I have completed a monument
More lasting than bronze and far higher
Than that royal pile of Pyramids (…)
My end won’t be complete, and a great
Part of me will evade the death god

This is the quintessence of any art. By creating, you leave a piece of yourself in your work. Thanks to the book you write, the picture you paint or the song you sing, you never die completely. In the past, people believed that the person only wholly dies when the last person who knew him/her dies as well because as long as the memory lives, this person lives, too. Now, in the era of media and the Internet this is truer than ever before.

Since grunge and metal music are the biggest loves of my musical life, I decided that instead of destroying Grunge Graveyard, I will create Metal Graveyard for Peter, Quorthon, Ronnie James and others who have influenced our lives with their music. You are encouraged to leave your comment and share your memories. Thank you.

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