TVD Ticket Giveaway: M3 Rock Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 5/3 and 5/4

Can we just agree at this point that grunge didn’t kill hair metal, it just sort of…put it on hold for a bit? OK, for maybe 25 years – but still.

The success of the M3 Rock Festival, now in its 5th year, is testament to Metal’s popularity which in some circles (TVD HQ) has never really waned. The 2013 line-up reads like a who’s who of the Metal Masters preaching to a leather clad choir.

“M3 Rock Festival starts with The Official M3 Kix-Off Party, which will get things started Friday, May 3rd at 5:30pm. Acts playing Friday night are W.A.S.P., KIX, Danger Danger and Bad Seed Rising.

The full-blown 2013 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, May 4th at 11am and will include Bret Michaels Band, Twisted Sister, Jackyl, Steel Panther, JSRG, Firehouse, Great White featuring Jack Russell, Kings X, Loudness, Steelheart, Trixter, Love/Hate, Tuff, In The Pink, Korupt, and Streetlight Circus.”

We have your chance to win one pair of 2-day lawn tickets for BOTH days before they even go on sale this Friday, 1/25.

Enter to win the pair of tickets by telling us in the comments below which band’s LP on VINYL kick-started your love of all things Metal. We’ll choose one winner for the pair of tickets on Friday at 9AM. Afterward, tickets can be purchased right here beginning this Friday, 1/25 at 10AM!

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209 comments
sarahfl1
sarahfl1

Van Halen Baby!! Saved my lunch money and bought their 1st album and mine too!

RocknRoll4Ever
RocknRoll4Ever

Queen - News of the World. Rock on Freddie Mercury!

kisergurl
kisergurl

Dr. Hook and the medicine show!

The Vinyl District
The Vinyl District

A winner has been chosen and has confirmed!

Thank you all for your entries! Many more to come...

CherylBeachleyVarkalis
CherylBeachleyVarkalis

It all started with KISS Alive--the vinyl is worn out now but I'm still hanging in there!!!

sirfyre
sirfyre

Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry got me hooked for life! I played that album so many times I'm surprised that the record player needle didn't wear all the way through the record! Now if only I still had enough hair to tease it up for the show...

\m/(◣‿◢)\m/

Gary Roen
Gary Roen

Twisted Sister "Under The Blade" got me hooked...SMF for life!

Mike Sander
Mike Sander

Firehouse and Trixter were my 2 kick ass bands to get me going in the 80's and still today i listen 24/7 to all the hair bands ... ROCK ON !!!!!!! it is well worth the trip from Florida to come see all the bands in may!!!!!!  plus the road trip with my friends is awsome tooo.

carla
carla

Ratt and Dokken kick started my heart for hair band metal!!! I love them all! I listen to them all daily on XM Radio....Hair Nation!!! The station that put me in touch with the info about this M3 Festival!!!

cspilla
cspilla

KISS Love Gun!!!  I was 6 when it was releaseed and my older sister got it for me on the day it came out.  My sister had Alive! and the music and imagery from it just struck me as a kid.  But, it wasn't until I got my first LP that metal stuck with me going forward.

tunetokyo
tunetokyo

Twisted Sister,STAY HUNGRY was the first Vinyl (hell it was the first heavy metal album I EVER got)..XMAS of 1984 when I was 10 years old....have been a rock n' roller ever since!!!!


I STILL haven't seen them live, was too young back then, and they haven't been to the midwest since they reunited!!!!

Randy Gill
Randy Gill

KISS, I heard them 1st, then I saw the album cover. Instantly hooked in 4th grade. I went on the collect all the albums and other memoribilia that I still have today.

CrystalMcCoy
CrystalMcCoy

Poison! I have been a fan of Poison since I was 10 years old and I'm still a huge fan today at 35 years old! I go to a Poison or Bret Michaels show when ever they are within driving range for me! Totally stoked for this show!

newbarbarian79
newbarbarian79

KISS - Rock & Roll Over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was 10 at the time and wanted to see them in concert so bad. I remember they said on the radio to bring your canned food donations to the show and put them under their KISSMAS tree!!!

fletch1
fletch1

Cinderella Night Songs....and over the years I have gotten the album cover autographed by Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham, Jeff Labar, Fred Coury..."and" Rick Criniti.  I know...who?  He played keyboards on the record, toured extensively with the band and appeared in their first 3 videoas off NS.

TamTam69
TamTam69

Oh definitely KIX!  Being semi local, I was obsessed, I had NEVER listened to rock and this new found HAIR GLAM blew me away and I am still stuck in the 80's, as my friends tell me! 

LEANNE SKEEN
LEANNE SKEEN

For me it was Aerosmith in1978. I was 11 yrs old. I think rhe vinyl the neighbor girl had was their Greatest Hits. The red and white cover with Dream On, Come Together, Sweet Emotion. Been hooked ever since. Pre Mtv.

CarenBarrere
CarenBarrere

I had many !  But first fav's would be 

Mott the Hoople "The Hoople"

Nazareth "Hair of the Dog"

Uriah Heep "Demons and Wizards"


chrisod1
chrisod1

AC / DC Back in Black when I was in 8th or 9th grade.

RevQuinn
RevQuinn

it would have to be MotleyCrue and  Shout at the Devil that hooked me, I was 13 yrs old and just amazed at what I was seeing and hearing. I had Kiss, Alice Cooper and others already. But for bands of that era it has to be the Crue

rsibincic
rsibincic

Hands down, Mötley Crüe's Too Fast for Love kick-started my love of all things Metal!!! 

I played Live Wire over, and over and over with my headphones cranked all the way up - at all hours of the night - repeating until I nailed the drumming (on my matress).   Tommy Lee rocks!   \m/ \m/  


   

KarenMarieHemme
KarenMarieHemme

Kix Midnight Dynomite, thank god we lived in Northern VA. We could actulally go see them play for next to nothing at the Warner theatre, Jacks, To top it off there was always Hammer Jacks.  Thats how I remember the 80's  The album was so worn out I had to go buy another one.

Jay
Jay

I Heard Twisted Sister sing "I know its only rock and roll (But i like it) on the radio...and I was memorized ..so I would sneak into my brothers room and listed  to "You cant stop Rock and Roll" on vinyl....and the rest is history!!!

brendon
brendon

it was aerosmith  toys in the attc.that was the first album i ever bought. it was in 77 or 78. i was 8 or 9 at the time

GiaJupiter
GiaJupiter

All of that 80's hair metal scene was sooo great! When bands & fans had fashion style, glamour, fun, passion,& sex/sleaze appeal! I remember being in Hollywood on the Sunset Strip back in the 80's & it was like a glam rock/metal fantasy come true. A non stop parade & party of beautiful rockstars, & wanna be rockstars w/Guns & Roses,& Motley Crue hanging out @ the clubs. Oh wow, Motley Crue, "Too Fast for Love" has got to to be the #1 album of all time that summed up my love for sleaze metal & rock n' roll & induced the sexiest, rockstar dreams & put glitter & stars in my eyes..."Starry Nights" was another great song. Then, W.A.S.P. on 12" vinyl "F*ck like a Beast". That was totally killer & had real balls! And, of course, no young high school metal chick could ever not be truly inspired by the masters of glam/metal..KISS! "Love Gun", "Rock & Roll Over" all those albums were so great & inpirational. I'm so glad that I was lucky to be young enough & old enough to grow up & experience rock when it was REAL rock! I LOVE 80's hair metal, it's my absolute fave! :)

brian h
brian h

kiss alive,i was 12 and my friend got me to listen to his copy of it,i liked it so much i had to have it for myself.played it over and over,then got destroyer and every one since

SUSAN M H
SUSAN M H

ALICE COOPER'S FROM THE INSIDE-THAT;S ALL IT TOOK ME TO HOOK ME!!

SmiteTheBeast
SmiteTheBeast

I wish I could say I picked up this vinyl in 1987, but alas I had to wait until 2012 to find this gem at Smash! Records: Savatage's Hall of the Mountain King. All the great riffs and talented vocals contained in one beautifully-drawn album are almost too much to handle.

MikeClement
MikeClement

I was in Rocka-Rolla Records, an independent record store in Michigan in the 70s through the 90s, with my dad when I was 6. I forget what he was looking for, but as soon as we walked in there was a huge display for KISS Destroyer. All it took was one look at that album cover and I had to have it. And then the music. The intro to Detroit Rock City and then the hammer on notes when the music begins. That was it. I was all in. I knew every word of every song by the end of the weekend. I monopolized the only turntable in the house (it didn't take long for my parents to invest in my first set of head phones!) for the next couple years until I got my own a couple years later for my birthday! God I loved that album and every head banging, fist pounding record I bought since.

AdamBrooks1
AdamBrooks1

It was Quiet Riot's "Metal Health" in 1983 when I was 11 that drove me Metal! It was a blast growing up in that era watching all my favorite bands and now getting a chance to see them again!

Vinny
Vinny

Mine was Aerosmith's Dream On. I was like 7 years old and my older niece ( yes I said older, my parents were older when I came along)!! Was such an influence, she lived in the city and I lived in a very small town and when she came to town she always bought her Aerosmith albums, Get Your Wings was my favorite with Seasons of Wither and Lord of The Thighs were awesome, she also liked Kiss and of course so did I! The Rock and Roll Over album was one of my first too, Rock and Roll all night!!!!

lisa p
lisa p

Cinderella Night Songs back in middle school.

mmcdermi
mmcdermi

Motley Crue 'Shout at the Devil" was it that started it for me... Shout ...Shout...Shout at the Devil!

lemmyswart
lemmyswart

Kiss alive one. I was SIX and begged my parents to no avail. My uncle said if I had money for him to buy smokes n beer and money for the album he would take me to the store.In my first but not last criminal act I liberated twenty dollars from my moms purse. My uncle snagged grandmas car keys and off we went to beckley's liquor store and then to Waxie Maxies. I went in ALONE while my uncle was in the arcade and bought Kiss Alive One and Cheech And Chongs Los Cochinos I got the cheech and chong because my uncles had Big Bamboo and I loved it.That shit is funny for a little kid. The clerk never even blinked when I put them up on the counter. We went back home and jammed out.Then laughed our asses off. My uncle was and still is the coolest!

The Holland Family
The Holland Family

@Mike Sander Florida? Were headed there from Fl also! Daytona...Were having a yardsale to raise the funds and yeah the roadtrip will be a blast!Cant wait

The Holland Family
The Holland Family

@carla ur so lucky! Wish i had xm but we got our old vinlys! Its all good though the vast majority of the hair scene its great played front to back n u cant beat the sound of vinyl. Still wish i had xm though u can hear some obscure songs u havnt heard inawhile inbetween the hits! Rock on!

The Holland Family
The Holland Family

@tunetokyo Yup thats what sucks about being old enough to appreciate such great music but too young to go!!!! I used to BEG to go to these shows but my parents were lik "not a chance" But its all good my friend cause at M# we got twenty some of the greatest bands to knock back a few, raise our devil horns, and blow our minds!

RevQuinn
RevQuinn

@fletch1  Yea Criniti was also a guitar player with his own band and trying to get signed. They claim thats why he didnt want to be onstage or in videos with Cinderella. It was his " day job" and wanted to make it on his own.

The Holland Family
The Holland Family

@RevQuinn I hear you, I had to say Ratt because it was my first of many albums i had to buy many timed because of wearing them out but man shout at the devil...we would just sit there and listen to that record...the intro ...man the cover with the pentagram and the band in front of fire, it just seemed so evil back then.Awesome album! Just pure rock begining to end awesome album

The Holland Family
The Holland Family

@GiaJuper Well said! The 80s was great music and great parties. We all wanted to be rockstars and were proud of it! The music was fun and exciting before grunge came around and to release a record u had to be misirable.rockstars were our heros with hugh riffs scorching solos, powerballads! These bands r still here ready to rock n were ready to party! Thank god for M3! Its the ultimate release. Bring it on were ready to shake the rafters!

The Holland Family
The Holland Family

@AdamBrooks1 That album started it all. The first of the genre that the rest followed and what a monster album. The song metal health is pure perfection. How can you not love it? Starts off with those hugh cords...n the chorus? Bang your head!!! You just cant get anymore metal that that! Remember the video n he through the mask in the crowd? I wanted to be in that crowd more than I wanted to breath. It was crazy. historical landmark

The Holland Family
The Holland Family

@lisa p A good friend of mine made fun of me for mentioning cinderella, sang some disney song or something...till I put that record on. The laughing stopped

The Holland Family
The Holland Family

@ChrisTheus OZZY!!!!! My first Ozzy wasn't a record it was a tape....Bark at the moon I got from my sister along with Dio the last in line. I got all I could as soon as I could, Blizzard, Diary, Holy Diver, imagine my awe when I found out both of these awesome singers were in Sabbath! I was like "Who is this legendary band?" and I had so much new (to me) music to go and search out! Ozzy is the madman, RIP Dio and Sabbath invented Heavy Metal

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