The Hall of Heavy Metal History recently honored metal royalty at it’s 1st Annual induction Ceremony. The stellar event took place January 18, 2017, in Anaheim, CA and was hosted by Television/Radio personality Eddie Trunk,. The inductees, notable musicians, family members, friends, and fans around the world turned out in force to witness the event first hand. Proceeds benefited the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

“On behalf of myself, and the Hall of Heavy Metal History Board of Directors, thank you to all the Inductees, family members, staff, friends, bands, sponsors and fans who joined us in this Historic event,” says Hall of Heavy Metal History Founder/CEO Pat Gesualdo. Of course we will continue to honor those metal musicians who have fought so hard to keep metal music relevant over the years, include exciting interaction events for the fans, and help The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund as well. The 2018 Ceremony will be featured at a new venue, and is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Details will be released later this year on how fans can be included for the Nomination process. National fan events based around The Hall of Heavy Metal History are being scheduled for this spring and summer

Musicians Inducted Into the 2017 Ceremony Included:

Ronnie James Dio (With Wendy Dio accepting the Induction)

Metal Blade Records (With Slayer’s Kerry King Introducing Metal Blade CEO/Founder Brian Slagel),

Scorpions (With Mikkey Dee accepting the Induction),

Rainbow Bar and Grill

Rudy Sarzo

Vinny Appice

Lemmy Kilmister (With Motorhead Manger Todd Singerman accepting the Induction)

Ross “The Boss” Friedman

Frankie Banali

Andy Zildjian (President/CEO of “Sabian Cymbals“),

Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali (Together for a special 33rd Anniversary Induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 Heavy Metal Album status)

Don Airey

Randy Rhoads (With Kathy and Kelle Rhoads accepting the Induction).

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Ken Jaslow of Heavy Metal Hill uploaded his vids and pics from Friday’s event at the Anaheim Exposition Center.


Legendary Musicians and Music Industry Executives joined together for the Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Anaheim Expo Center, Anaheim CA

Hosted by Eddie Trunk, Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

The 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees:
 Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali with a special 33rd Anniversary Induction 
 of QUIET RIOT - the first band to achieve #1 Heavy Metal Album status
 Ross "The Boss" Friedman
 Vinny Appice Don Airey
 Randy Rhoads (with Rhoads' family members accepting)
 Ronnie James Dio (Wendy Dio to accept)
 Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead (with special guest accepting)
 Andy Zildjian, President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals
 Additional artists and music industry executives to be announced.

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.” — Hall of Heavy Metal History President/CEO Pat Gesualdo.


The Induction Ceremony took place, along with a VIP Meet and Greet with the celebrity Inductees after the Induction Ceremony.   Live bands will perform throughout the night.

Sponsors: Pepsi, TD Bank, Promark Drumsticks, D.A.D. Evans, and Modern Drummer Magazine.

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 D.A.D. to help bring therapy programs and services to disabled children and their families in over 15 countries.