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6th July 2017

hall of heavy metal history

Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice recently spoke to Hall Of Heavy Metal History founder/CEO Pat Gesualdo and you can see the interview in full below.

Pat was asked about the differences between the Hall Of Heavy Metal History to other award ceremonies and said:

"The Hall Of Heavy Metal History is the one place those legendary and iconic musicians that have been carrying the flag for so long for Heavy Metal can be inducted: we are the home for those musicians. Those people who have been working so hard for decades, so we honour them in an induction ceremony every year.

"A lot of these other ceremonies only want relevant bands now and maybe one or two guys that are actually literally responsible for starting the genre. We honour some of the newer musicians as well but mostly the originators, the founders of Metal.

"The Hall Of Heavy Metal History is also a non-profit organization. Proceeds go to helping disabled children and wounded veterans and support for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.”

hall of heavy metal history
Pat Gesualdo

Pat was also asked whether Metal fans around the world can be involved in the voting process:

"The voting system is overseen by the Hall Of Heavy Metal History Nominating Committee. The committee is comprised of major record company executives and legendary musicians. So in order to open up the whole process to the fans throughout the world we are going to be posting on the website (here) categories.

"The induction ceremony will include Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal musicians and bands over the years that are responsible for bringing Heavy Metal to where it is today. Then the world will get a chance to choose who they want, so the fans get to be involved in the process. It does not only have to be what we list and post, the fans can always send in somebody that may not be the list and we welcome that too.

"And then it goes to the committee and the most votes for each person/band will then be inducted into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History. The electronic voting will probably be opening soon and that will go to September, October 2017. Modern Drummer will be one of the sites involved as an access point and they will be posting it on their website and social media that will all filter back into the nominating committee."

All inductees will be nominated in September and the second induction ceremonies will take place on January 24th 2018 at the Wynn Hotel in Anaheim, California. Whitney Alyson Ribbins of and Steve Göldby of, both Nominating Committee Members for the Hall Of Heavy Metal History, will officiate the Induction Ceremony.

Here's the full interview with Pat:

Hall Of Heavy Metal History Induction Categories 2018:
Metal Band, and/or Musician
Hard Rock Band, and/or Musician
Rock Band, and/or Musician
Progressive Rock Band, and/or Musician
Music Industry Executive
Lifetime Achievement
Current Legend

Potential nominees must meet strict criteria and guidelines in order to be Inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History. These include:
At least twenty million retail units/downloads sold worldwide
Legendary status of Artist, Band, Executive, or Journalist for a minimum of twenty years (with the exception of Current Legend category)
Contributions to a band, bands, the music industry, and possibly societal involvement

Stay posted because we will let you know as soon as voting is open.

The very first Hall Of Heavy Metal History Inducton Ceremony took place on a glittery night in California in January 2017 and you see just what happened and who was inducted right here:


The Hall Of Heavy Metal History have joined forces with Wacken Open Air, the world's largest and premier Heavy Metal music festival, for a special ceremony inducting Ross 'The Boss' Freidman as 'Global Metal Ambassador'.

The ceremony will take place on the Main Stage at Wacken Open Air festival on Thursday August 3rd 2017 in front of 75,000 Metal fans.

Joining Ross on stage for the Induction Ceremony will be various Wacken Open Air officials and AFM Records executives. Whitney Alyson Ribbins and Steve Göldby will also officiate this ceremony.


Pat Gesualdo said:

"It is a great honour to join with Wacken Open Air to induct Ross 'The Boss' Friedman with the 'Global Metal Ambassador Award'. If anyone deserves this award, it's Ross. He’s been working extremely hard for decades to ensure that Metal continues to thrive."

Wacken Open Air promoter Thomas Jensen said:

"We are very happy to be part of this very special ceremony and looking forward to having Ross The Boss on our stage for the very first time in Wacken."



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