1982 in heavy metal music
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This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 1982.
Newly formed bands
- Armored Saint
- Corrosion of Conformity (not originally a metal band)
- Death Angel
- Dirty Rotten Imbeciles
- Spinal Tap
- Steve Vai
- X (later known as X Japan)
Albums & EPs
- Iron Maiden's first album with Bruce Dickinson, The Number of the Beast, reaches No.1 in the U.K. music charts.
- Motörhead's Guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke leaves the band and is replaced by ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson.
- Judas Priest's single You've Got Another Thing Comin' is released. It will go on to become the band's best selling single.
- Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Randy Rhoads dies in an airplane accident on March 19.
- Late that year Iron Maiden's drummer Clive Burr is fired from Maiden because of personal and tour-schedule problems and Nicko McBrain from Trust is hired to replace him.
- Ace Frehley, Space Ace and lead guitarist of Kiss, leaves the band. Vinnie Vincent takes his place.
- Queen departs from their hard rock legacy with the ill-received funk/disco album Hot Space
- December: Former Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan replaces Ronnie James Dio in Black Sabbath
- The band Metallica leaves Los Angeles and relocates to the San Francisco Bay Area.
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