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Event to be hosted by Eddie Trunk and DJ Keith Roth.

The Metal Hall of Fame will host a fifth anniversary bash with a live pre-show and the video premiere of the 2021 Metal Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Sept. 12, 2021, in Middletown, NJ.

The event will be hosted by radio/television personality Eddie Trunk and DJ Keith Roth (SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard and Hair Nation). Guests scheduled to appear in person are Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister); 2021 inductee Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss, who will sign copies his book The Decade That Rocked; celebrated drum virtuoso/Metal Hall of Fame founder Pat Gesualdo; legendary album cover artist Ioannis, who will be exhibiting his original album cover artwork from Fates Warning, Quiet Riot, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen and Uriah Heep, among others; and founding member of Manowar and The Dictators’ Ross The Boss.

The Dictators, featuring Ross The Boss, Andy Shernoff and Albert Bouchard, founding member of Blue Oyster Cult, will introduce their new singer/guitar player with a special acoustic performance at the event. Additionally, a special Metal Hall of Fame artwork and signed memorabilia exhibit featuring numerous Metal Hall of Fame inductees will be on display.

The live pre-show event will be held at the Middletown Arts Center, located at 36 Church Street in Middletown and will begin at 12 noon EDT. The debut of the 2021 Metal Hall of Fame Induction Gala, hosted by Cathy Rankin, will take place at 2 p.m. EDT and will be available to viewers throughout the world HERE.

“The world premiere of the pre-recorded 2021 Metal Hall of Fame Induction Gala is a great way for all hard rock and heavy metal fans around the world to take part in our annual event,” said Metal Hall of Fame spokesperson Owen Kennedy. “Unfortunately, we had to do a recorded video gala in 2021, as a result of Covid 19 lockdown restrictions. We are excited that as of now, the annual 2022 Metal Hall of Fame Gala will be back to normal in January and held in person.”

Watch a special introduction video HERE.

The live event is presented by Deko Entertainment, and 89.5 WSOU. To attend the live pre-show, sign up at to reserve a free ticket for admission.

The 2021 Metal Hall of Fame Video Inductees are:

  • Kiss
  • Doc McGhee, manager, 1995-current
  • Bill Aucoin, manager, 1973-1982 (posthumous)
  • Bruce Kulick, 1984-1996
  • Eric Carr, 1981-1991 (posthumous)
  • Iron Maiden
  • Paul Di’Anno, 1977-1981
  • Blaze Bayley, 1994 -1999
  • Derek Riggs (creator of “Eddie”)
  • Triumph
  • Gil Moore
  • Rik Emmett
  • Mike Levine
  • Stryper
  • Michael Sweet
  • Robert Sweet
  • Oz Fox
  • Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss (photographer)
  • Marty Friedman

Presenters include Paul Stanley, Dee Snider, Gus G, Jimmy Kay, Frank DiMino, Nigel Glockler, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Carrie Stevens, Charlie Benante, Keith Roth, Glam Rock Guy, Todd La Torre, Joey Vendetta, Roman Fernandez (accepting for Bill Aucoin), Bobby Rock, Eric Singer, Lisa Lane Kulick, Jeff Scott Soto, Sara-Jean Bartky (accepting for Eric Carr) and Chris Jericho, among others.

The Metal Hall of Fame (The Most Important Night In Hard Rock and Heavy Metal!!) presents the annual Metal Hall of Fame Celebrity Charity Gala. It is dedicated to forever enshrining the iconic musicians and music industry executives responsible for making Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they continue to inspire fans throughout the world, from generation to generation. The Metal Hall of Fame is part of the 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities). D.A.D. provides free therapy and advocacy services for special needs children and wounded veterans in health facilities, schools and community centers in over 15 countries.

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