31 Years Ago: Judas Priest Ramp Up the Metal With ‘Painkiller’
Just when it looked like Judas Priest had been dethroned, the defenders of metal lashed back with their 12th album, 'Painkiller.'
32 Years Ago: Motley Crue Release ‘Dr. Feelgood’
Mötley Crüe were unapologetically obsessed with crafting the kind of sticky, sleazy hard rock that defined MTV hair metal.
37 Years Ago: Metallica Release ‘Ride the Lightning’
How would Metallica follow up 'Kill 'Em All'? On July 27, 1984, we got 'Ride the Lightning.'
51 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Paranoid’
One of metal's most important albums.
38 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Release ‘Piece of Mind’
The first with Nicko McBrain.
29 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Release ‘Fear of the Dark’
It'd be the last with Bruce Dickinson for a while.
42 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Fire Ozzy Osbourne
On April 27, 1979, after various attempts to get Ozzy back on the team, Black Sabbath fired their lead singer.
39 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Arrested for Urinating on Alamo Cenotaph
In 1982, he was banned for the next decade.
47 Years Ago: KISS Get to Work With Self-Titled Debut Album
On Feb. 18, 1974, KISS arrived.
20 Years Ago: Jason Newsted Leaves Metallica
On Jan. 17, 2001, bassist Jason Newsted revealed the news that he was exiting Metallica.