Wacken Open Air, one of the world’s largest heavy metal music festivals, and the Hall Of Heavy Metal History, have joined forces to induct legendary guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History. A special ceremony inducting Friedman as “Global Metal Ambassador,” will take place onstage at Wacken Open Air festival on August 3 in front of 75,000 metal fans in Wacken, Germany. Joining Ross on stage for the induction ceremony will be various Wacken Open Air officials, AFM Records representatives, and executives from the Hall Of Heavy Metal History.
“It is a great honor to join with Wacken Open Air to induct Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman, with the ‘Global Metal Ambassador Award,’ says Hall Of Heavy Metal History founder/CEO Pat Gesualdo.”If anyone deserves this award, it’s Ross. He’s been working extremely hard for decades to ensure that metal continues to thrive.”
“We are very happy to be part of this very special ceremony and looking forward to having Ross The Boss on our stage for the very first time inWacken,” says one of the Wacken Open Air promoters, Thomas Jensen.
The Hall Of Heavy Metal History is part of the non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums And Disabilities). Proceeds from both organizations are donated to establish free therapy services and programs to help disabled children and their families. Every January, iconic musicians and music industry personalities are inducted into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History in Anaheim, California.
The new lineup of ROSS THE BOSS, the band led by former Friedman, performed at this year’s Hall Of Heavy Metal History induction ceremony in January at the Anaheim Expo Center in Anaheim, California.