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My List Of The Ten Best Hard Rock / Metal Bands Of All Time-Agree? Disagree?

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Initial post: Mar 8, 2012 7:15:48 AM PST
W. Parrish says:
In roughly chronological order:
1. Led Zeppelin--Best Albums: IV, II, Physical Graffiti
2. Black Sabbath (Ozzy)--BA: Paranoid, Volume 4, Master Of Reality
3. Deep Purple--BA: Machine Head, In Rock, Fireball
4. Aerosmith--BA: Aerosmith, Toys In The Attic, Rocks
5. AC / DC--BA: Back In Black, Hell's Bells
6. Van Halen (Roth)--BA: Van Halen, 1984
7. Motorhead--BA: Ace Of Spades, No Sleep Till Hammersmith
8. Metallica--BA: Kill 'em All, Master Of Puppets
9. Slayer--BA: Reign In Blood, Seasons In Abyss
10. Guns n' Roses--BA: Appetite For Destruction

Honorable Mentions: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Randy Rhodes (just for being such an amazing guitarist), the first three Motley Crue albums, Megadeth, and Rage Against The Machine

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 8:26:47 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
I agree...except for putting Rage Against The Machine anywhere NEAR a "best of" list. ;)

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 9:01:22 AM PST
zlh67 says:
I personally would ditch Slayer and Guns n Roses (1 album does not a great band make) and add THE WHO and Living Colour, but that's me.

And, AC/DC's best album... "Back In Black"? I'd go High Voltage, H2H or Dirty Deeds first, but that's me. And... "Hells Bells"? Is that an AC/DC album?

And RATM definitely deserves an honorable mention.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 9:34:55 AM PST
vivazappa says:
KISS for GnR

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 10:53:06 AM PST
ufo needs to be in there somewhere. schenkers speed quitar work in the seventies laid the foundation for what came later. 'no heavy petting' is the album from them.

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Posted on Mar 8, 2012 1:18:01 PM PST
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vivazappa says:
GnR had one great record...KISS is iconic (and Alive I is better than everything GnR put out combined)...
I'll stick with what I said above even if I'm 4-11...

Besides no one in KISS ever made me wait forever for a show to they could watch a DVD...
And KISS never walked off the stage because they had to throw a tantrum!

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 1:37:07 PM PST
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Vivazappa ~

"GnR had one great record"
Yup, you are very correct and that's all they need to make the list due to the influence of that record upon thousands of bands that have formed since.

As for KISS (and I'm waaaaay to old for this band) it's all about the spectacle and not so much about the music.
In the summer of 1976 I went to the Sports Arena, San Diego, Ca. to see Montrose. Well, as I bought my ticket (expensive it was at $6.00!) It said on the ticket KISS plus support band. I asked the ticket lady "Support band who? I thought it was Montrose!" She looked at some papers and said: "Montrose, is second-billed and KISS is the headliner" Well, I didn't like the sound of this and when the show happened Montrose did about an hour and Sammy Hagar was long gone by this time. About half the crowd left after Montrose's set and we went up to the balcony to injest some good illegal substances and watch this KISS band. Up front of the stage instead of mangy older Montrose fans there is now a bunch of 12 year old boys that have put on makeup and lipstick and I thought we may be now at a New York Dolls show!

KISS played like a second-rate garage band and fireworks exploded and the bass player spat up blood with a big ol' Linda Lovelace tongue tangling in front of pre-teen boys that were goin' frantic and screamin' their li'l pre-teen heads off. Drum riser climbs up about 20 feet above the stage and a firehouse burned down and it was about 3 million dollars worth of production for a $5.99 band.....I understand why this made money but, these guys needed to learn how to play them guitars!

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 1:45:15 PM PST
jasperg55 says:
If it had to be only ten best, I would definitely have Iron Maiden, Saxon, UFO & Priest there, so I'd dump V.H., Slayer, Guns & Roses & ? to do it. I agree with the other poster, that Rage would not be anywhere near this list, or honorable mention. It's tough to go with just ten, but my four adds I listen to regularly.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 1:52:58 PM PST
Philip S Wolf-My younger brother was a huge KISS fan back then and went to that show you saw. He went to the show a KISS fan and came back a Montrose fan. Never liked Kiss after that. RIP Ronnie Montrose.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 1:55:18 PM PST
J. Coco says:
I disagree with others about Guns N' Roses having one great record - in my opinion they had three.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 2:06:30 PM PST
William F. Parrish-I would have Black Sabbath at #1 and would include the DIO and Gillan versions of Sabbath as well as Ozzy.
1984 is the worst Van Halen album of the Roth era. Fair Warning, II and Women And Children First are much better.

What about Get Your Wings for a great Aerosmith album?

My Top 10 are-
1. Black Sabbath
2. Iron Maiden
3. Judas Priest
4. Ritchie Blackmore-Deep Purple&Rainbow
5. Led Zeppelin
6. Megadeth
7. Robin Trower
8. Blue Oyster Cult
9. UFO
10. Slayer

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 2:28:32 PM PST
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Stephen ~

Was your little brother in kat-makeup? If so I saw him at that show on Midway Ave!
Even without Sammy, Montrose was great in concert...
Oh, yeah you got both Ritchie Blackmore and Robin Trower on your list and that is very good to see.
I saw Blackmore playing in Deep Purple three times and twice with Rainbow. And I have seen Robin Trower twice. In 1974 he was second billed to Sha Na Na at Winterland, San Francisco (replay KISS concert story when half the crowd leaves after his set!)

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 3:29:48 PM PST
Not a single Detroit band in the top ten or the hm? Of course I disagree. Cooper, the Stooges, Nugent, Grand Funk Railroad, the MC5; any listing without them is wholly inadequate. And where's Uriah Heep?

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 4:11:51 PM PST
B L T says:
I agree with the first three. Didn't get into the other seven enough to have an opinion.
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 4:39:51 PM PST
Philip S Wolf-No, he wasnt that into them to put on makeup. Did you see Rainbow in 1978 when they opened for REO Speedwagon? Crowd left when Rainbow left.
Did you see Trower in 1976 at Balboa Stadium with Jethro Tull and Rory Gallagher? Tull had no chance after Trower and Rory were done blowing everybody away.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 9:27:14 PM PST
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Stephen ~

I saw Rainbow on the "Rainbow Rising" tour of 1976 at the Berkeley Community Theater inside Berkeley High School (my sister saw Jimi Hendrix play there in 1970 and I saw Genesis in there in 1975) and I brought along some buddies (two of em' didn't know Rainbow) and we had some wonderful LSD before the drive into Berkeley and Shorty Hullenger thought the buildings were attacking the car, it was a good drive.

This lineup of Rainbow had Ritchie, Tony Carey, Cozy Powell, Jimmy Bain and the amazing singer: Ronnie James Dio.
For a few years (1975-1977) this was the best hard rock band on the planet. They were the only band that night and it was a $4.00 ticket. The band played almost the entire contents of the first two albums. The drums exploded into white light in the middle of: "Stargazer" and Shorty was melting as well. This concert makes my top-10 of best shows outta hundreds I have attended as it was as perfect as a show could be, lights were perfect and the spots never missed a target and the sound was fantastic and the performance was better than any Deep Purple show I have seen before or after.

I saw Rainbow again on the "Difficult To Cure" tour at an outdoor venue at the University of Hawaii campus in 1981 when the band featured Joe Lynn Turner as the singer. Ritchie, wasn't into it much by then and it was a bit of a let-down as they were not the band that they were in 1976.

I mentioned I saw Robin Trower on the "Bridge of Sighs" tour in 1974 and I saw him in Norfolk, Virginia at Bessie's Boathouse in early 1985 and it was fine to be up close but the eighties edition of Robin's band didn't have James Dewar or Reg the drummer and it was O.K. but not great like his orginal band was. I saw almost every Southern Rock Band on the planet when I lived in Virginia as they have a GREAT music scene in that state!

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B. rogers says:
All of my favorite Guns N' Roses songs are from those "Use Your Illusion" albums. "November Rain", "Civil War", "Don't Cry", "Knocking On Heavens' Door"...never got into "Appetite" that much.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 6:04:58 AM PST
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vivazappa says:
I saw that same KISS/Montrose show at the LA Fourm (Feb 76)...
I did not know Sammy was out and thought Montrose had lost it with Bob James on vocals...
Major disappointment...we knew they were opening and their being on the bill tipped the scales as to if we should go...

KISS shocked me...never heard a single note of um before the show...
I went to see what they were about...simple...sloppy...over-the-top...schlockmeisters...
On the way out I bought a program...which I never buy...(I have one other from the Yes Relayer tour)
Oh yeah...I went out and bought ALIVE I the very next day!
Been a KISS fan ever since! (and I got one of those big @$$ ballons they dropped...had to pop it to protect my score!)

Always cool to find someone who saw the same show with an opposite point of view...

About GnR..."come on man"
Simmons over Axl any day of the week!

And who did they influence?
Ratt...Poison...Winger...and Warrent

"I know a secret down in Uncle Tom's cabin"...blah blah blah...

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 8:46:42 AM PST
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Vivazappa ~

I wasn't happy that Sammy had left the band as well but, Bob James was good but, he didn't have any of Sammy's stage antics so he just stood their and sang. Ronnie was playing a mile a minute and it packed quite a punch. I've seen Sammy many times since and here in the mountains Ronnie and Sammy have played together and stuff like "Bad Motor Scooter" is ten times better when it's Sammy and Ronnie and now that is over....

In 1975 I was into Montrose and by 1976 I was into The Tubes and Kansas and by 1977 I was into...ETC. ETC!
I was over twenty years of age when I attended the KISS/Montrose show and way too old for the makeup and special production effects as it was all gimmick and little substance. Give me The Ramones anyday, now that's a GREAT band!

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 9:09:59 AM PST
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vivazappa says:
I was 18 at that time in 1976...
We almost got into a wreck on the way to the show...and it's a good thing we didn't...the van had a distinct odor...

And don't get me started on The Ramones ;)
I always prefered X and The Clash

I saw The Tubes at Cal State Fullerton in 76...great show...wild show!
By the time I saw them in 81 they were much tamer...

In the same month I saw that KISS/Montrose show I saw:
Bowie-Station to Station tour
Deep Purple-with Bolin...the show I saw is on a CD...Live at the Long Beach Arena...the greatest venue to see a show ever!
The Who (early March)
as I look back it was one heck of a month...

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 9:38:05 AM PST
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Steelers fan says:
Hard Rock/Metal (not exactly the same thing)

Best=most important

Jimi Hendrix Experience
B. Sabbath
D. Purple
J. Priest

If there are any more important than the above, they don't come to mind at present.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 9:39:54 AM PST
Steelers fan says:
Metallica could be substituted for J. Priest. I would say they're equal in importance.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012 9:45:20 AM PST
g pankratz says:
just look at sammys tracks.....every thing he touches just gets better
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