This Day in Metal: April 18th 1987 Headbangers Ball Premiered On MTV (Watch Long Lost Footage with Lemmy)

This Day in Metal: April 18th 1987 Headbangers Ball Premiered On MTV (Watch Long Lost Footage with Lemmy)

On This Day in Metal April 18th 1987, the first episode of Headbangers Ball aired on MTV.

The episode was co-hosted by Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, who were in fine, humorous form as they introduced and announced videos from  and , as well as an interview with a then-new Tesla.

Over the years Headbangers Ball was hosted by Kevin Seal (1987–1988), Adam Curry (1988–1990),  Riki Ractman (1990–1995, 2021), Jamey Jasta (2003–2007) and Jose Mangin.

Rikki Rachtman reflects back on his time on the show.

Rachtman says.

Having Axl Rose as his wingman on the audition for Headbangers Ball helped him secure the gig, and Rachtman soon found himself taking part in now legendary television moments with a variety of musicians. Whether it was skydiving with Megadeth, hanging out in a German castle with Danzig or goofing off with Alice in Chains at the notorious – and deadly – Action Park waterpark in New Jersey, Rachtman made weekends appointment viewing for metalheads.

The show ran until 1995 — but by then the kind of hard rock that crossed over into the alternative realm (e.g. Soundgarden, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots) had infiltrated the playlist.



Cinderella - Somebody Save Me

Dokken - Dream Warriors
Aerosmith - Let the Music Do the Talking
Motorhead - Mean Machine
AC/DC - Who Made Who
Shy - Break Down the Walls
Poison - Talk Dirty to Me
Ratt - Slip of the Lip
Judas Priest - Another Thing Comin'
Accept - Balls to the Wall
Motley Crue - Smokin' in the Boys Room
Twisted Sister - You Can't Stop Rock N' Roll
Whitesnake - Still of the Night
W.A.S.P. - I Don't Need No Doctor
Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin
Krokus - Ballroom Blitz
Def Leppard - Rock of Ages
Warlock - Fight For Rock
Yngwie J. Malmsteen Rising Force - You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget
Kiss - Tears Are Falling
Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel the Noize
Autograph - Loud And Clear
Motorhead - Ace of Spades

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