You want a rock opera classic? Here you go … everything “70’s rock excess” in one tight, fantastic album. Released on October 23, 2006, My Chemical Romance gives us the story of “The Patient.”
Meatloaf releases “Bat Out of Hell” on October 20, 1977. Jim Steinman is the composer, Todd Rundgren the producer. It’s #343 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Judas Priest release their fifth album on October 9, 1978. It was originally called, “Killing Machine” but, in deference to the Cleveland Elementary School shooting in January 1979, the album’s title was changed to “Hell Bent For Leather.”
Rolling Stone’s Lester Bangs loved it and hated it. Advance orders were nearly 1 million and it was a major hit in both the US and Europe.
Get on your knees time to pray, boy — Alice in Chains release on September 29, 1992.
The album was recorded during the 1992 LA Riots. Jerry Cantrell said the riots did indeed affect the album to certain extent …
I was actually in a store buying some beer when some guy came in and started looting the place … also got stuck in traffic and saw people pulling other people out of their cars and beating the crap out of them. That was some pretty scary shit to have to go through, and it definitely affected the overall feel of the album.”
Black Sabbath release “Vol 4” on September 25, 1972. The great Lester Bangs, who wasn’t a fan of the Sabbath’s earlier albums, came around with this one:
“We have seen the Stooges take on the night ferociously and go tumbling into the maw, and Alice Cooper is currently exploiting it for all it’s worth, turning it into a circus. But there’s only one band that’s dealt with it honestly on terms meaningful to vast portions of the audience, not only grappling with it in a mythic structure that’s both personal and powerful but actually managing to prosper as well. And that band is Black Sabbath.”
Foo Fighters release their Grammy winning 6th album on September 25, 2007. It’s half rock and half acoustic.
We haven’t been ready to write a record like this until now. I know that Dave wouldn’t have been comfortable putting violins on a song before. But for whatever reasons, it just felt like the right time to explore those things now. The last record, obviously, was half heavy stuff, half acoustic songs. It really was like two sides of the coin. It sounds obvious, but this time around we weren’t afraid of incorporating everything into one song if it felt right.”Taylor Hawkins
Soundgarden release their second on September 21, 1991.