Timeline of heavy metal and hard rock music

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This is a timeline of heavy metal or hard rock, from its beginning in the late 1960s to the present time.

1963[edit]

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1964[edit]

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1965[edit]

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1966[edit]

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Note: The 13th Floor Elevators coined the term "psychedelic rock" in 1966, the first band ever referred to as psychedelic rock.

1967[edit]

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1968[edit]

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1969[edit]

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1970[edit]

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1971[edit]

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1972[edit]

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1973[edit]

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  • MC5
  • UFO Went on hiatus to find a reliable guitarist.
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1974[edit]

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1975[edit]

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  • Alice Cooper disbands, singer Vincent Furnier has name legally changed to "Alice Cooper" and launches solo career.
  • Hawkwind bassist Lemmy is fired when a drug arrest causes him to miss tour dates. He subsequently forms Motörhead.
  • Motörhead's original drummer, Lucas Fox, leaves the band. He is replaced by Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor.
  • Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple, and is replaced by ex-James Gang guitarist Tommy Bolin.

1976[edit]

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1977[edit]

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  • Alice Cooper undergoes treatment for alcoholism and begins a period of career decline.

1978[edit]

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  • Brian Robertson exits Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore rejoins in his place.
  • Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen joins at 15 as a permanent member.
  • The Who's drummer Keith Moon dies of Clomethiazole overdose on September 6, he was 32.
  • Scorpions' desire to move to a more commercial type of metal sound causes Ulrich Roth to leave for a solo career. He is replaced with Matthias Jabs.

1979[edit]

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1980[edit]

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1981[edit]

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1982[edit]

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1983[edit]

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1984[edit]

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Metallica

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1985[edit]

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1986[edit]

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1987[edit]

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1988[edit]

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1989[edit]

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1990[edit]

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1991[edit]

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1992[edit]

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  • AC/DC – Live UK #5 AUS #1
  • UFO – Lights Out in Tokyo Live
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1993[edit]

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1994[edit]

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1995[edit]

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1996[edit]

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1997[edit]

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1998[edit]

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1999[edit]

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2000[edit]

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2001[edit]

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2002[edit]

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2003[edit]

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2004[edit]

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2005[edit]

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  • Static-X lead guitarist Tripp Eisen was arrested in February for "lewd conduct against children."
  • Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch leaves the band after becoming a born again Christian and having conflicts with the band's subject matter.
  • Former Vader drummer Docent dies.
  • System of a Down is the first band since the Beatles to have two albums debut at #1 in the same year.
  • After Grammy Awards, #1 hits, and 3 out of 5 albums debuting at #1, System of a Down goes on an indefinite hiatus.

2006[edit]

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2007[edit]

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2008[edit]

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2009[edit]

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  • Metallica's 2008 album, Death Magnetic is nominated for four Grammy categories, winning Best Recording Package and Best Metal Performance for "My Apocalypse".
  • Metallica is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4.
  • Evile bassist Mike Alexander fell ill and died at the age of 32 on October 5 in Luleå, Sweden.
  • Ronnie James Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer on November 25, and is treated at the Mayo Clinic.
  • James "The Rev" Sullivan, the drummer of Avenged Sevenfold, dies from an accidental drug overdose on December 28.
  • Bon Jovi releases The Circle which debuts at number 1 on the Billboard 200.

2010[edit]

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  • Soundgarden reunites on New Year's Day.
  • Bassist and lead singer of Type O Negative, Peter Steele age 48 dies of heart failure on April 14, 2010.
  • Ronnie James Dio dies of stomach cancer at the age of 67 on May 16, 2010.
  • On June 16, "The Big Four of Thrash Metal", Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and Metallica, play together for the first time at the Sonisphere Festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland.
  • Judas Priest wins the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance of "Dissident Aggressor."
  • Iron Maiden's The Final Frontier reaches No. 1 in the U.K for the first time since 1992's Fear of the Dark. This album also marked Iron Maiden's highest ever chart position in the United States, debuting at No. 4. Overall the release peaked at No. 1 in 28 countries.[13]
  • Original Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson rejoins the band after departing in 2002.
  • After 25 years, Mike Portnoy leaves Dream Theater on September 8, 2010.
  • Scorpions announce that they will retire after touring in support of final album Sting in the Tail.
  • AC/DC headline Download festival, marking their return to Donington for the first time in 19 years, since 1991's Monsters of Rock. Also Rage Against the Machine and Aerosmith to headline.
  • Paul Gray of Slipknot dies on May 24, 2010 of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl.
  • Michael Kiske formed the rock band Unisonic and began touring again after 17 years.

2011[edit]

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2012[edit]

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  • Static-X Wayne Static and his solo band got rights to the name and converted the solo band to Static-X
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  • Following the firing of Geoff Tate from Queensrÿche, Tate formed a band consisting of musicians from his solo career and titled it "Queensrÿche", despite Queensrÿche already existing with Todd La Torre as the singer. Tate believed he still owned the legal rights to the name "Queensrÿche", and following a preliminary court hearing, both band's are temporarily allowed to use the name "Queensrÿche" until the next court hearing in November 2013.[14] Both versions of Queensrÿche have since released new albums and are touring under the same name as of April 2013.
  • Tony Iommi Lead Guitarist of the band Black Sabbath was diagnosed with the early stages of Lymphoma on January 9.
  • Drummer Dan Zimmermann of Gamma Ray leaves the band after fifteen year stable lineup. New drummer Michael Ehré.

2013[edit]

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  • After his car crash in 2008, original Deftones bassist Chi Cheng went into a coma. In April 2013 he died in hospital.
  • Black Sabbath's new album 13 became the first and only album by Black Sabbath to reach number 1 in America after 45 years of recording. Originally the closest they ever got to the number 1 spot in America was with their album Master of Reality which peaked at number 3.
  • Due to legal reasons, Ghost in the United States was forced to change their name to Ghost B.C.
  • Iron Maiden re-released their 1989 live concert VHS/live album Maiden England under the new title Maiden England '88 on DVD, CD, and LP formats.
  • Rob Caggiano departed from Anthrax to pursue a different musical direction. A couple of weeks later, it was announced that he had joined Volbeat whom he recently helped with production on their most recent album.
  • Slayer guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman died of liver failure on May 2, 2013, in a local Los Angeles hospital near his home in Southern California's Inland Empire. On May 9, 2013, the official cause of death was announced as alcohol-related cirrhosis.
  • Hammer Studios in Hamburg, Germany burned down on 18 November. No-one was hurt but a lot of valuable equipment was destroyed. Gamma Ray's upcoming album along with Deep Purple's new live album are expected to be delayed.

2014[edit]

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  • Grimace
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  • Prong – Unleashed In The West: Live in Berlin
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Richie Unterberger 2009.
  2. ^ Howard, David. Sonic alchemy: visionary music producers and their maverick recordings. p. 24. ISBN 0-634-05560-7. 
  3. ^ Rowley, David (2013). All Together Now. Troubador Publishing Ltd. p. 68. 
  4. ^ Allmusic 2007.
  5. ^ Sound & Vision, Volume 67, Issues 2–5. Michigan: Hachette Filipacchi Magazines. 2001. "Go forward to 1968 and The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album) and you get a veritable hard-rock clinic on what used to be, in the days of vinyl. Side 3: "Birthday," "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey," "Helter Skelter"" 
  6. ^ Hohman, Charles (21 December 1968). "An in-depth Look at the Songs on Side-Three". Rolling Stone. The White Album Project. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Sound & Vision 2001, p. 103.
  8. ^ "Reading the Beatles: Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, and the Fab Four" "the 1969 track "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", where heavy metal inscribes an earthy sexuality to Yoko Ono"
  9. ^ David Rowley. All Together Now. "...the heavy metal of 'I Want You (She's so Heavy)'..." 
  10. ^ Nicholas Schaffner (1978). The Beatles Forever. p. 125. "'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' — the weightiest slab of 'heavy metal' the Beatles ever quarried." 
  11. ^ a b c d AllMusic
  12. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 269. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  13. ^ "Iron Maiden Around The World In 66 Days". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  14. ^ "GEOFF TATE WINS COURT RULING TO CONTINUE USING QUEENSRYCHE NAME". Loudwire.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  15. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vengeance_Falls
  16. ^ "Angela Gossow Leaves Arch Enemy, New Singer Announced". Metal Hammer. 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  17. ^ "THE AGONIST Announce New Vocalist". Metal Injection. 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2014-04-06.