Backstage Auctions has announced its annual "Rock Gods And Metal Monsters Auction", a one-of-a-kind, rock-you-to-your-core online auction event. "Almost every item being offered in the auction is "iconic hard rock and heavy metal memorabilia" and is easily identifiable to a specific artist or band that spans three decades," explains Backstage Auctions founder Jacques van Gool.The auction, which is scheduled to go live in April, features amazing rock relics direct from the personal collections of Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Page Hamilton (HELMET), John Tempesta (THE CULT, ex-WHITE ZOMBIE, EXODUS, TESTAMENT), Sean Yseult (ex-WHITE ZOMBIE), Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), Scott Rockenfield (QUEENSRŸCHE), Al Jourgensen (MINISTRY)… just to name a few. "This year's auction catalog really took on a life of its own when we started getting in so many rare but highly personal items from each of the artists and industry executives," says van Gool. "It's not every day that you get a dozen guitars belonging to Scott Ian, but knowing that each of these guitars have a kick-ass story, that is a fan or collector's dream. Of course, giving fans and collectors direct access to rare pieces of rock history is always our goal when we build our auction events, and we have definitely achieved that with this auction." There is definitely a wide range of collectibles featured in the auction and whether you are a fan or collector, you can bet that your inner rock star will come out! "We have everything from guitars, amps, cabinets, drum kits and heads, Gold and platinum records awards, artist stage worn apparel to master recordings, rare concert posters, historical ephemera, photos and negatives with 'money shots,' picks and sticks and the list goes on and on. We couldn't be more pleased with how the catalog came together and the final result," adds van Gool. Equally impressive are the private collections of various music industry executives, which feature a jaw-dropping collection of RIAA record awards, rare and sealed vinyl, promotional items, signed memorabilia, ephemera, promo jackets and concert shirts, interview cassettes and so much more. "The fact that these executives worked for various records labels, means the memorabilia covers a wide range of artists such as JUDAS PRIEST, KISS, VAN HALEN, THIN LIZZY, OZZY OSBOURNE, PEARL JAM, PANTERA, TWISTED SISTER, DOKKEN, Gary Moore, KORN, STRYPER, INCUBUS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, METAL CHURCH, GRIM REAPER and the list just goes on, it's very impressive," says van Gool. The event, aptly titled the "Rock Gods and Metal Monsters Auction", is a not-to-miss opportunity for fans and collectors around the world to own an authentic piece of one of the most significant genres of music history. The online auction starts April 21 and will run through April 29. A special VIP All Access preview of the entire auction catalog will be available beginning Saturday, April 14. For more information, visit www.backstageauctions.com.