THE RODS – Metal Will Never Die; The Official Bootleg Box Set 1981-2010 [Cherry Red / HNE 4xCD] (2022)

THE RODS - Metal Will Never Die; The Official Bootleg Box Set 1981-2010 [Cherry Red / HNE 4xCD] (2022) full

Cherry Red / Hear No Evil Records is releasing ”Metal Will Never Die; The Official Bootleg Box Set 1981-2010”, a four Clamshell Box Set of live recordings by the unashamedly heavy metal legends THE RODS. A raw and often uncompromising set of illicitly made and under the counter sold albums / recordings.
The release features live sets from the early ‘80s (El Paso 1981 / 1982) where The Rods is full metal mode, and more recent 2009 and 2010 live captures showcasing how well this cult band keep rocking the stages.
The Rods’ debut album, ‘Rock Hard’, was released in 1980, re-titled simply ‘The Rods’ the following year, it was swiftly followed by the ‘Full Throttle’ EP, material from these releases making up the bulk of CD One which was recorded across two concerts in 1981 and 1982 in HM stronghold, El Paso, Texas.

Finding champions in the rock and metal press, especially UK’s Kerrang! magazine, they released the ‘Wild Dogs’ LP in 1982, their rising popularity making them the perfect opening act for Iron Maiden on their Beast On The Road UK tour, which is captured here on CD Two.
A highly prolific band throughout the early 1980s, they released ‘In The Raw’ (1983), ‘The Rods Live’ (1983), ‘Let Them Eat Metal’ (1984) and ‘Heavier Than Thou’ (1986), shortly after which The Rods went their separate ways for more than two decades.

Reunited in 2008 with the Feinstein and Canedy joined by Gary Bordonaro on bass, they became a firm festival favourite, especially in Europe as was captured at the Headbangers Festival in Germany in 2009 which features on CD Three.
Comeback album ‘Vengeance’ was released in 2011 to positive reviews, featuring tracks that had been previously previewed at a performance in their hometown of Cortland, New York in 2010, which is featured here on CD Four.
Rockin’ great box set


CD 1: El Paso 1981 / 1982
El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, 27th August 1981
1. Angels Never Run
2. Get Ready To Rock ‘N’ Roll
3. Crank It Up
4. Drum Solo
5. Power Lover
El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, 3rd September 1982
6. Rockin’ And Rollin’ Again
7. Waiting For Tomorrow
8. Get Ready To Rock ‘N’ Roll
9. Guitar Solo
10. Too Hot To Stop 11 Drum Solo
12. Power Lover

CD 2: Portsmouth 1982
Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK, 8th March 1982
1. Rockin’ And Rollin’ Again
2. Waiting For Tomorrow
3. Get Ready To Rock ‘N’ Roll
4. Nothing Going On In The City
5. Too Hot To Stop
6. Crank It Up
7. Guitar Solo
8. Getting Higher
9. Rabid Thunder (Drum Solo)
10. Power Lover

CD 3: Headbangers 2009
Schierenhöh 13, Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany, 25.7.09
1. Make Me Believer / Raise Some Hell
2. Hurricane
3. Devils Child
4. Let Them Eat Metal
5. Born To Rock
6. Get Ready To Rock ‘N’ Roll
7. Burned By Love
8. Too Hot To Stop
9. Rabid Thunder (Drum Solo)
10. Violation
11. Waiting For Tomorrow
12. Hot City
13. Cold Sweat And Blood
14. Wild Dogs
15. Nothing Going On In The City
16. Crank It Up
17. Power Lover
18. The Night Lives To Rock

CD 4: Cortland 2010
Cortland, New York, 2010
1. Raise Some Hell
2. I Just Wanna Rock
3. Hurricane
4. Devil’s Child
5. Let Them Eat Metal
6. Born To Rock
7. Evil In Me
8. Burned By Love
9. Ride Free Or Die
10. Ace In The Hole
11. Drum Solo
12. Get Ready To Rock ‘N’ Roll
13. Metal Will Never Die



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