It was a sparkling occasion last Wednesday in Anaheim, California when the third annual Hall Of Heavy Metal History inductions produced a night of a thousand stars in more ways than one on an occasion that will be talked about for years to come.

The world premiere of the new feature length documentary film from Cleopatra, ‘Band vs Brand’, made it a lively and interesting start to proceedings with this year’s inductees including Mike Portnoy and Dave Ellefson, Bob Daisley, whose award was accepted by John Sykes, as well as producer Max Norman and drummer Lee Kerslake in a rousing and poignant Blizzard Of Ozz special.

Drummer Lee, recently given just months to live, was presented with his platinum discs for his contributions to the ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’ and ‘Diary Of A Madman’ albums and Hall Of Heavy Metal History President Pat Gesualdo read out the handwritten letter from Ozzy that accompanied this massive gesture from the Osbournes.

Lita Ford was inducted by die wunderschön Doro Pesch and MetalTalk Editor-In-Chief Steve Göldby with drummer Nigel Glockler, who celebrated his birthday the following day, and manager Adam Parsons accepting on behalf of Saxon.

Budderside frontman Patrick Stone got carried away during the LA rockers’ blistering and captivating live set, jumping onto Wendy Dio and Todd Singerman’s front row table to address the crowd, while the live set from Appice brothers Vinnie and Carmine was a double whammy of spine-shaking greatness.

The inductions of Jeff Scott Soto, US radio station KLOS, Foreigner’s Jeff Pilson, Anthrax’s Frank Bello, Megaforce Records founders Jon and Marsha Zazula and Testament were all superbly entertaining with ​Jean Beauvoir and 2018 inductee Munsey Ricci adding extra spice to proceedings.

Check out our photo gallery right here and stay posted for news of the 2020 inductions right here on MetalTalk.

Heil euch im Saal!


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