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28th December 2016


The Ross The Boss Band have announced their full-time touring line-up and the new members will play together for the first time at The Heavy Metal Hall Of History Induction Awards at NAMM 2017 on January 18th 2017.

The new line-up is Ross The Boss, Mike LePond from Symphony X, former Manowar drummer Kenny 'Rhino' Earl and Let Us Prey vocalist Marc Lopes.

The band will undertake the Discipline Of Steel Tour in 2017 which promises to "criss cross the globe" playing Manowar classics. Hydra Productions & Booking Agency say that "Eurotour 2017 will be announced soon".

Marc Lopes said the following:

"So I guess this makes it official. Yup, got myself a Most METALLLLLLL singing gig with the legendary Ross Friedman - Ross The Boss Band, alongside with Mike LePond from Symphony-X and Kenny 'Rhino' Earl ex-Manowar.

"We will be criss crossing the globe in 2017 on The Discipline Of Steel Tour. Classic Manowar set starting at the Heavy Metal Hall Of Fame Induction Event in Anaheim CA on January 18th.

"All dates will be announced soon. My gratitude to all involved - I have no words my friends. The Godz have blessed this dreamer.

"I promise to deliver this classic material with the upmost respect to its source and with pure power and brutality.

"And yes, Let Us Prey is still fully functioning and I will have a very Metal announcement on that in the coming days as well."

The Heavy Metal Hall Of History Induction Awards will be hosted by television and radio legend Eddie Trunk and will also feature performances by Dio Disciples (with Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Tim 'Ripper' Owens, and Joe Retta), The Ross The Boss and several others. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

MetalTalk will be attending the awards and reporting live for the UK from this wonderful event.

The 2017 Hall Of Heavy Metal History Inductees include:

Ronnie James Dio
​Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, with Wendy Dio accepting the induction

Rudy Sarzo
Formerly of Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake

Frankie Banali
​Of Quiet Riot, along with a special 33rd Anniversary Induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 Heavy Metal Album status

Lemmy Kilmister
Motörhead, with manager Todd Singerman accepting the nomination

Ross 'The Boss' Friedman
​Formerly of Manowar

Vinny Appice
Formerly of Black Sabbath and Dio

Don Airey
​Deep Purple

Andy Zildjian
​President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals

Randy Rhoads
​Ozzy Osbourne, with the Rhoads family members accepting the Induction

Metal Blade Records
Brian Slagel will accept the induction

With drummer Mikkey Dee accepting the induction

Rainbow Bar And Grill
Owner Mikael Maglieri will accept the induction

Hall Of Heavy Metal History President/CEO Pat Gesualdo told us: "The Hall Of Heavy Metal History is dedicated to preserving the legacy of those legendary Metal musicians who are often forgotten. This event is something the fans have been wanting for a long, long time. As a non-profit organization, we are also dedicated to working with Wendy Dio and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund."

A press conference and General Admission entrance will commence at 6:30pm from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. The Induction Ceremony will take place from 8:00pm to 9:00pm. A VIP Meet and Greet with the celebrity Inductees will take place after the Induction Ceremony and live bands will perform throughout the night.

Music fans can be a part of the most important night in Heavy Metal!! Tickets are $25.00 for General Admission and $75.00 for The Meet And Greet with the Celebrity Inductees. A General Admission ticket is required to attend the Meet And Greet event, which includes pictures and autographs with the Celebrity Inductees and gift bag with an official VIP Pass, a limited edition autographed poster, an official Event T-Shirt, an official Event Program and additional sponsor items. Tickets are available here.

About the Hall Of Heavy Metal History

The Hall Of Heavy Metal History is a non-profit organization dedicated to enshrining forever, those Legendary musicians, music industry executives, DJ's, journalists, and producers who are often overlooked, but responsible for making Heavy Metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they keep inspiring Heavy Metal fans throughout the world, from generation to generation.

The Hall Of Heavy Metal History is a division of the non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities). With over 45 Million + major media impressions, top Celebrities, Sports Stars, Law Enforcement Agencies, Major Corporations, Child Protective Agencies, School Systems, United States Congressmen and Senators, Doctors, Teachers, and the United States Department of State have joined with DAD to help bring therapy programs and services to disabled children and their families in over fifteen countries.

Photo Credit: Scott Braun


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