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Iron Butterfly talks Lobster Festival and 50 Years of Music

Whether you call them one of the first heavy metal bands ever or know them as one of the biggest rock groups of all time, there’s no way to deny that Iron Butterfly helped define the music of the 60’s and 70’s while laying the tracks for the sounds of today. Their driving rhythms and dirty guitar sound broke all music sales benchmarks ever when they first hit the scene getting them a wall of Multi-Platinum, Platinum, Gold, and Silver albums. All that is to say, that when they take the Lobster Festival Stage, Friday September 25 – the beach is gonna rock.

Iron Butterfly Named #1 Drum Solo Of All Time!

Yes, this psychedelic solo, one of the longer ones in rock history, made it to number one. It was supposed to have been name “In The Garden of Eden,” but the singer was slurring his words when he told Ron Bushy, the drummer, the title, and the garbled name stuck. That’s rock for you!

Iron Butterfly receives Lifetime Achievement Award!

This was presented at the 20th annual San Diego Music Foundation Awards on September 12, 2010. Mayor Sanders was onstage with Iron Butterfly and, along with former recipient (and San Diego DJ) Jim McGuiness, presented the Lifetime Achievement award to the band.

Tom Scholz of Boston on Iron Butterfly!

“…oh, yes, I can’t forget the very first Iron Butterfly album (1968’s ‘Heavy’), which was not (the band’s second 1968 album) ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.’ It has a song called ‘Iron Butterfly Theme,’ and that had as much to do with getting me into rock as hearing The Kinks or The Yardbirds.”

To prove it, Scholz began to sing the principal melody from the all-instrumental “Iron Butterfly Theme” over the phone from his suburban Boston home. He gave extra emphasis to its unabashedly psychedelic guitar lines.

“The ‘Iron Butterfly Theme’s’ odd time-signature, the sound of the guitar and its brute power, that’s what really got me,” the 67-year-old Scholz recalled.

Rockcellar Magazine names 'Vida the Number One All-Time Long Song.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is a 17-minute jam extravaganza, the title song of Iron Butterfly’s 1968 LP that takes up the entire second side. “It actually started as a country ballad and was originally only one minute and 20 seconds long,” drummer Ron Bushy told Drumhead magazine. “Then we went on tour all over the U.S. with the Airplane for three months, and we fine-tuned it. We played that song in concert every night during that tour with a drum solo in it.”

Live Review

Iron Butterfly is perhaps one of the most influential psychedelic bands out there and they are well recognized for putting a heavy metal slant to their psychedelic sound.

Seeing them live entails groovy vibes of hazy organs run through a whirling Leslie speaker and phased guitars saturated in thick sounds of distortion. Their songs go on for extensive amounts of time sucking the audience in a psychedelic whirlwind of delightful and interesting tones. The whole audience will be sure to go crazy when they break out their psychedelic classic “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, which has made it on VH1’s list of greatest hard rock songs of all time. This song encompasses everything great about psychedelic music. It contains long musical drones in the minor key progression and it later gets into more exotic sounds with some gypsy scales in the chorus. Live performances of this song allow for the members to appropriately show off their skills with drum solos, guitar solos, and organ solos.

Iron Butterfly’s shows are a colorful experience to take part in. They have vibrant psychedelic colors projected onto the stage and tie-dyed banners displayed behind them. The audience is always enthusiastic to see Iron Butterfly. They dance in psychedelic trances and breathe in every part of the live performance. Iron Butterfly has had strong influences on many great bands including Led Zeppelin. Iron Butterfly helped influence Led Zeppelin’s heavy psychedelic sound that they are so renowned for producing. Jimmy Page has even stated that Led Zeppelin’s name was somewhat inspired by Iron Butterfly’s name. Not only has Iron Butterfly achieved great critical success, but they have also achieved commercial success with their album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, having sold more than 30 million copies making it one of the best selling albums of all time. There have been several rumors of Iron Butterfly getting back together for some more shows, and if these rumors become true, you should definitely jump on the opportunity to have your mind blown on the psychedelic musical journey that Iron Butterfly is ensured to take you on.

myRockworld remembers: "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" - Gold Album-award, The Industry's Very First "Platinum Album"!

“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” stayed on the charts for 140 weeks, with 81 weeks in the Top Ten! To date the album has sold in excess of 30 million copies and remains an undisputed classic in the archives of rock with DJ’s and audiophiles worldwide!

allthewayfay (Amazon Review)

Aside from the success of ‘In the Garden of Eden’, these guys were not one hit wonders. And I wouldn’t refer to their ‘one hit’ as just any old hit. It was an anthem of our times. They were true muscians. Metamorphasis was an extremely well-written album. The melodies, the clarity, the blues mixed with rock…just ahead of their time. As was a band from Texas called Bloodrock. For me, this is one of those, “If-I-were-stranded-on-an-island, albums”. Like many good bands from the day, Iron Butterfly didn’t bow down to the ‘write-me-a-hit’ record producers, so ultimately they were proabably a one hit band. But not with musicians and song writers who followed them. Same with the likes of Bloodrock and Savoy Brown. Another great band who did cave into the producer demands was Grand Funk Railroad. They could have gone either way, but chose the hit highway and had success. Iron Butterfly. As good today as in the day.

San Diego Mayor Loves Iron Butterfly!

As the head of America’s Finest City, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is often caught between a rock and a hard place as his ambitious visions for the future meet daunting political and budgetary realities. But come next Sunday, Sanders will be in a uniquely hard-rock place — by choice — when he presents the legendary band Iron Butterfly with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th annual San Diego Music Awards.

“I still listen to Iron Butterfly. I have a pair of drumsticks the band autographed for me and an autographed copy of ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,’ ” said Sanders, 60, who recalls exactly when he first heard the 1968 album many credit with launching hard rock.

Roger G (Amazon Review)

It was July 20th 1969, We went to see Iron butterfly in Hampton Beach,NH. Before the show at the Sea Ranch Lodge where we stayed, we witnessed history by seeing “Man land on the Moon” on the small black and white TV. Then off to see IB in true color. This was a most memorable event as history was made on both counts. To this day when I hear of Iron Butterfly I think of the moon landing and when I hear of the moon landing, I think of Iron Butterfly, A true Metamorphosis. This band was phenomenal and to this day they still stand strong. I recommend this album to all IB fans and the rest is history.

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