Rockdetector.com reached a landmark tally of 30,000 bands. Not only does this represent the world's biggest database, online or otherwise, of international rock and metal bands, it is the more remarkable for every single band biography being a uniquely penned history.Rockdetector is owned by Garry Sharpe-Young, known previously for designing album covers for the likes of SKYCLAD, GRIM REAPER, SAVAGE and QUEENSRŸCHE, journalism for U.K., U.S. and German magazines and numerous A&R credits across more than 30 albums. Garry also designed and made Rob Halford's famous "Painkiller" jacket. "I never imagined in my wildest dreams Rockdetector could get so big — and still have so far to go. I started out just by logging all the facts I could from all the interviews I did and it just grew and grew. Hitting 30,000 bands was quite a stunner." Rockdetector went online in December 2000. It has already spawned nine accompanying books. Next up is "Classic British Rock" (info) and "Classic US Rock" (info), the first to see full international distribution across USA and Asia through Helter Skelter Publishing in London. "These books cover all the classics from ZEPP, PURPLE, SABBATH, PRIEST, MAIDEN, VAN HALEN, B.O.C. — progrock, heavy metal, boogie, southern rock and AOR. They also include the major thrash names and come right up to date with today's 'classically' styled bands like THE DARKNESS, VELVET REVOLVER and WINTERVILLE. I still have my next BLACK SABBATH tome in the background too, then all the previous Rockdetector titles will be amended. Black metal, death metal, thrash metal, doom — they are all going to be updated." In December 2004, Rockdetector launched the Global Gig Guide, a fully searachable international rock and metal concert guide. Within weeks it held data on thousands of concerts around the world. "The gig guide is just amazing. Bands sign up for a one-off, lifetime fee then enter all their gigs for life — past, present & future. They get quite addicted, putting in future shows and adding in old tour dates too. Bands are signing up really fast." For the future Rockdetector is focusing on independent bands. Independent CD sales for U.K., Europe and Scandinavia launches this summer. "I'm getting hundreds of CDs every week now from all over the world and most of them are independent, self-financed releases. Soon bands will be able to sell their CDs straight to fans through the web site and get paid for every one they sell. They'll also get all the regular data updates, soundclips, photos and the gig guide all into the bargain. It's going to be amazing."
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appears next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).