History Of Metal: Events, Album Releases & Birthdays


Date Year Event
January 7th 1968 David Gilmour officially joined Pink Floyd
July 20th 1975 Motorhead played their first ever gig, supporting Greenslade at the Roundhouse in London, England
December 25th 1975 Iron Maiden was formed by bassist Steve Harris

Album Release Dates Archive

Mob RulesLed Zeppelin IVAce Of Spades
Date Year Band Album
January 4th 1984 Judas Priest Defenders Of The Faith
January 7th 1971 Black Sabbath Paranoid
January 12th 1969 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
January 19th 1988 Megadeth So Far So Good… So What!
January 28th 1986 Black Sabbath Seventh Star
January 31st 1994 Black Sabbath Cross Purposes
February 2nd 1981 Iron Maiden Killers
February 8th 2011 Motorhead The World Is Yours
February 10th 1978 Judas Priest Stained Class
February 13th 1970 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
February 24th 1975 Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
February 26th 1981 Judas Priest Point Of Entry
February 26th 1991 Motorhead 1916
March 1st 2005 Judas Priest Angel Of Retribution
March 10th 1998 Motorhead Snake Bite Love
March 23rd 1976 Judas Priest Sad Wings Of Destiny
March 23rd 1998 Iron Maiden Virtual XI
March 24th 1979 Motorhead Overkill
March 28th 1973 Led Zeppelin Houses Of The Holy
March 29th 1982 Iron Maiden Number Of The Beast
March 31st 1976 Led Zeppelin Presence
April 9th 2002 Motorhead Hammered
April 11th 1988 Iron Maiden Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
April 14th 1980 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
April 14th 1980 Judas Priest British Steel
April 14th 1986 Judas Priest Turbo
April 17th 1982 Motorhead Iron Fist
April 23rd 1977 Judas Priest Sin After Sin
April 24th 1989 Black Sabbath Headless Cross
April 25th 1980 Black Sabbath Heaven And Hell
May 11th 1992 Iron Maiden Fear Of The Dark
May 15th 2001 Megadeth The World Needs A Hero
May 15th 2007 Megadeth United Abominations
May 16th 1983 Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind
May 16th 2000 Motorhead We Are Motorhead
May 17th 1988 Judas Priest Ram It Down
May 30th 2000 Iron Maiden Brave New World
June 4th 1983 Motorhead Another Perfect Day
June 8th 1995 Black Sabbath Forbidden
June 13th 2008 Judas Priest Nostradamus
June 17th 1997 Megadeth Cryptic Writings
June 22nd 1992 Black Sabbath Dehumanizer
June 22nd 2004 Motorhead Inferno
June 27th 1975 Black Sabbath Sabotage
July 11th 1995 Motorhead Sacrifice
July 14th 1992 Megadeth Countdown To Extinction
July 16th 2001 Judas Priest Demolition
July 17th 1982 Judas Priest Screaming For Vengeance
July 21st 1971 Black Sabbath Master Of Reality
August 7th 1983 Black Sabbath Born Again
August 9th 1986 Motorhead Orgasmatron
August 13th 2010 Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
August 14th 1992 Motorhead March Or Die
August 15th 1979 Led Zeppelin In Through The Out Door
August 20th 1990 Black Sabbath TYR
August 26th 2008 Motorhead Motorizer
August 28th 2006 Iron Maiden A Matter Of Life And Death
August 29th 2006 Motorhead Kiss Of Death
August 31st 1999 Megadeth Risk
September 3rd 1984 Iron Maiden Powerslave
September 3rd 1990 Judas Priest Painkiller
September 5th 1987 Motorhead Rock ‘n’ Roll
September 6th 1974 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla
September 8th 2003 Iron Maiden Dance Of Death
September 9th 2009 Megadeth Endgame
September 14th 2004 Megadeth The System Has Failed
September 19th 1986 Megadeth Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?
September 24th 1977 Motorhead Motorhead
September 24th 1990 Megadeth Rust In Peace
September 25th 1972 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Vol. 4
September 25th 1976 Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy
September 28th 1978 Black Sabbath Never Say Die!
September 29th 1986 Iron Maiden Somewhere In Time
October 1st 1990 Iron Maiden No Prayer For The Dying
October 2nd 1995 Iron Maiden The X Factor
October 5th 1970 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
October 9th 1978 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather
October 15th 1996 Motorhead Overnight Sensation
October 22nd 1969 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
October 27th 1979 Motorhead Bomber
October 28th 1997 Judas Priest Jugulator
November 1st 1987 Black Sabbath The Eternal Idol
November 1st 1994 Megadeth Youthanasia
November 1st 2011 Megadeth Th1rt3en
November 4th 1981 Black Sabbath
November 8th 1971 Led Zeppelin
November 8th 1980 Motorhead
November 19th 1982 Led Zeppelin Coda
November 29th 1993 Motorhead Bastards
December 1st 1973 Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath


Date Year Musician Best Known As Current/Former Member Of
January 3rd 1946 John Paul Jones Led Zeppelin
January 8th 1946 Robby Krieger The Doors
January 9th 1944 Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin
January 10th 1955 Michael Schenker Michael Schenker Group, UFO, Scorpions
January 20th 1951 Ian Hill Judas Priest
February 4th 1948 Alice Cooper
February 12th 1939 Ray Manzarek The Doors
February 16th 1965 Dave Lombardo Slayer
February 19th 1948 Tony Iommi Black Sabbath
February 27th 1957 Adrian Smith Iron Maiden
March 6th 1968 Michael Romeo Symphony X
March 6th 1970 Chris Broderick Megadeth
March 12th 1956 Steve Harris Iron Maiden
March 19th 1953 Billy Sheehan Mr. Big
April 2nd 1967 Phil Demmel Machine Head, Vio-Lence
April 14th 1945 Ritchie Blackmore Rainbow, Deep Purple
April 17th 1974 Mikael Akerfeldt Opeth
April 20th 1967 Mike Portnoy Dream Theater
April 24th 1963 Joey Vera Armored Saint
May 5th 1948 Bill Ward Black Sabbath
May 5th 1966 Shawn Drover Megadeth
May 7th 1961 Phil Campbell Motorhead
May 17th 1958 Paul Di’Anno Iron Maiden
May 25th 1948 Klaus Meine Scorpions
May 31st 1948 John Bonham Led Zeppelin
June 6th 1960 Steve Vai Whitesnake, Alcatrazz
June 6th 1961 Tom Araya Slayer
June 23rd 1962 Chuck Billy Testament
June 24th 1944 Jeff Beck The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group
July 5th 1952 Nicko McBrain Iron Maiden
July 10th 1942 Ronnie James Dio Black Sabbath, Dio, Rainbow
July 12th 1967 John Petrucci Dream Theater
July 15th 1956 Joe Satriani G3
July 17th 1949 Geezer Butler Black Sabbath
July 19th 1968 Robb Flynn Machine Head, Vio-Lence, Forbidden
July 19th 1971 Russell Allen Symphony X
July 23rd 1964 Nick Menza Megadeth
July 29th 1959 John Sykes Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder
July 31st 1971 John 5 Rob Zombie
August 7th 1958 Bruce Dickinson Iron Maiden
August 19th 1945 Ian Gillan Deep Purple
August 20th 1948 Robert Plant Led Zeppelin
August 20th 1949 Phil Lynott Thin Lizzy
August 21st 1951 Glenn Hughes Black Sabbath, Deep Purple
August 24th 1963 John Bush Anthrax, Armored Saint
August 25th 1951 Rob Halford Judas Priest
August 31st 1948 Rudolf Schenker Scorpions
August 31st 1967 Gene Hoglan Testament, Fear Factory, Dethklok, Forbidden
September 6th 1961 Scott Travis Judas Priest
September 13th 1957 Vinny Appice Kill Devil Hill
September 13th 1961 Dave Mustaine Megadeth
September 13th 1967 Tim “Ripper” Owens Yngwie, Dio Disciples
September 22nd 1951 David Coverdale Whitesnake, Deep Purple
September 29th 1968 Alex Skolnick Testament
October 13th 1960 Joey Belladonna Anthrax
October 25th 1947 Glenn Tipton Judas Priest
October 27th 1951 KK Downing Judas Priest
October 31st 1961 Mikkey Dee Motorhead
November 4th 1956 Jordan Rudess Dream Theater
November 6th 1966 Paul Gilbert Mr. Big, Racer X
November 12th 1964 David Ellefson Megadeth
December 1st 1957 Chris Poland OHM
December 3rd 1948 Ozzy Osbourne Black Sabbath
December 8th 1943 Jim Morrison The Doors
December 8th 1962 Marty Friedman Megadeth
December 18th 1954 Uli Jon Roth Scorpions, G3
December 23rd 1956 Dave Murray Iron Maiden
December 24th 1945 Lemmy Kilmister Motorhead
December 24th 1963 Neil Turbin Anthrax