BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Iron Butterfly, one of the quintessential founders of heavy rock music, will perform this Saturday at the Titusville Mardi Gras at Sand Point Park in Titusville, Florida.
Their signature song “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is regarded as one of the greatest rock songs of all time, with sales of over 30 million copies. The band today captures the essence and spirit of its 1960-70s sound. CLICK HERE for rest of the article
In January 1968, a half a century ago, the legendary Iron Butterfly released their first album titled, “Heavy”. That album contained the song Iron Butterfly Theme that many consider to be ground zero for the beginning of heavy metal music.
Thankfully, four of the five members of the Iron Butterfly who played on that album are still with us. Here is what they are up to:
Danny Weis – Guitarist – Still very much active in music and playing regularly in Ontario. Check out his FB page for updates.
Dougle Ingle – Keyboard, Vocals – The creative force behind the Iron Butterfly, Doug currently is not performing live.
Jerry Penrod – Bass – Jerry retired a couple years ago after a career as a transit driver in California. We have made contact with him recently and hope he will give us an interview in the future.
Ron Bushy – Drums – Drummer extraordinaire Ron is making a good recovery from illness and along with Mike Green control the legal trademark for the Iron Butterfly name. He can be contacted through our Official IB Facebook page. We will forward your message on to him. https://www.facebook.com/IronButterflyOfficial/
Darryl DeLoach – Vocalist – Unfortunately Darryl is no longer with us. He died in 2002.
Thanks to the members of the Heavy Album for bringing us such a classic piece of rock history.
An interesting detailed article about Iron Butterfly’s place in the history of heavy music. Highly recommend to read. The article is by Alan Di Perna. Here is an excerpt
There’s a Saturday Night Live sketch from the ’70s in which John Belushi, portraying the spaced-out acidhead character “Windowpane,” points to a copy of Iron Butterfly’s 1968 record In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and calls it “the heaviest record ever made, man.” That may well have been true when the L.A. band’s best-known song first hit the scene in the summer ’68. In the years since, Iron Butterfly have frequently been hailed as the fathers of heavy metal. They’ve been called that by no less an authority than Def Leppard, for instance. And thrash metal icons Slayer released their own head-banging version of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida in 1987.
So is it really true? Did Iron Butterfly really invent heavy metal? History buffs will tell you that inventions of any sort—from the light bulb to the telephone to the electric guitar—are rarely the work of one person, or even one group of individuals. But the case for Iron Butterfly’s role as important metal precursors is pretty strong.
Fans agree the latest version of the Iron Butterfly successfully recreates the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida era of the band in dynamic fashion. This year promises to be a great year for the band. Buddy Lee Atractions is the official agency that books the Iron Butterfly. If you are seriously interested in booking the band the agency can be through firstname.lastname@example.org,615.244-4336 (Cell),38 Music Square East, Suite 300 | Nashville, TN | 37203 , website: http://buddyleeattractions.com/iron-butterfly