# DXL…”Metallica on Cellos”…

That is the perfect way to describe today’s honoree, Apocalyptica cellist (yes, cellist) Perttu Kivilaakso (1978), who was born on this date, May 11th, in Helsinki, Finland.  His unique group, consisting of three cellists and a drummer, started out covering Metallica songs on cello…some of the greatest music this writer has heard!

He plays with fellow cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lotjonen and drummer Mikko Siren and they have been rocking the universe (just not the “bubblegum” crowd) since 1993, putting out an astonishing eight albums so far.  Their 2007 album “Worlds Collide” features collaborations with such artists as Lacuna Coil frontwoman Christina Sabbia, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, and former Three Days Grace frontman Adam Grontier and is one of my all-time favorite albums of theirs.

A fine Finnish salute to you, Mr. Kivilaakso…and many happy more!

His birthday twins include; late artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989), late comedian Phil Silvers (1911-1985), late comedian Foster Brooks (1912-2001), late “Jesse Duke” Denver Pyle (1920-1997), religious leader Louis Farrakhan (1933), journalist/author Mike Lupica (1952), former MTV personality Martha Quinn (1959), late actress Natasha Richardson (1963-2009) and former wrestling superstar and trainer Billy Kidman (1974).

I bid you a fond adieu and thank you for coming…be back real soon…I promise…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

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