Randy Rhoads, Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister Among 2017 Heavy Metal Hall Inductees
As every fan of hard rock knows, the “heavy metal” genre gets little respect from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A new non-profit organization—the Hall of Heavy Metal History—is aiming to remedy that. For 2017, nine artists will be enshrined into the newly formed Heavy Metal hall. They are: Ronnie James Dio (Wendy Dio accepting the induction), Rudy Sarzo (bass, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), Frankie Benali (drums, Quiet Riot), Lemmy Kilmister (bass / vocals, Motorhead, special guest accepting induction), Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman (guitars, Manowar), Vinny Appice (drums, Black Sabbath, Dio), Don Airey (keyboards, Deep Purple), Andy Zildjian (President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals) and Randy Rhoads (guitar, Ozzy Osbourne, Rhoads family accepting induction).
In addition, there will be an induction of Quiet Riot’s Metal Health LP. Released 33 years ago, Metal Health was the first metal record to reach Number One on the Billboard 200 chart.
The induction ceremony will be staged January 18 at the Anaheim Expo Center in Anaheim, California. A press conference (8pm – 9pm) will precede the ceremony, which will also feature bands playing long into the night. “The Hall of Heavy Metal History is dedicated to preserving the legacy of those legendary metal musicians who are often forgotten,” commented Hall of Heavy Metal History President and CEO Pat Gesualdo, in a prepared statement. “This event is something the fans have been wanting for a long, long, time.”
Proceeds from ticket sales are being donated to The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. For more ticket information, click visit the Hall of Heavy Metal History website.