This month 30 years ago marked the premiere of something far different than what we were accustomed to seeing on MTV going back to the days of The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”. It was the first episode of “Headbangers Ball”.
Launched on April 18, 1987, “Headbangers Ball” was actually spun off from “Heavy Metal Mania”, a monthly segment hosted by Dee Snider two years earlier. This version was longer and most certainly louder, enjoying an eight-year run until the folks at MTV yanked it off with no warning (typical of the lack of respect I feel metal is subject to).
Guns ‘n’ Roses’ appearance on “Headbangers Ball” is still landmark to this day,…
,…and you can’t call a show “Headbangers Ball” without a visit from the inimitable Lemmy,…
For the uninitiated, here’s a Cliff’s Notes version of some of the show’s highlights:
What are your fondest memories of “Headbangers Ball”?
Hi, I'm Pete Rizzo, early morning elixir for your weekends.
I love music and I love talking about it. I grew up listening to bands like Rush (best band on the planet!), Van Halen (Diamond Dave all the way), AC/DC (Bon rules!) and Genesis (the Gabriel years). But my true love is progressive rock and heavy metal. The louder, crunchier, more bombastic and self-indulgent, the better!
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