It’s difficult to find an area of music that the Beatlesdidn’t influence, but their contribution to the progression of heavy metal is often overlooked. Perhaps best remembered for their psychedelic art-rock and flawless pop singles, the Fab Four could certainly let their hair down and fire off some headbangers, inspiring metal architects like Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons. Plus their pioneering work with distortion, feedback, unorthodox lyrical topics, and death metal roars helped provide the building blocks of the genre.
So without further ado, in chronological order, here are nine Beatles songs that clearly helped pave the road to heavy metal.
Rock Icons director Sam Dunn admits that Daryl Hall may seem like a left-of-center pick for a series that focuses on amped up hard rock shredders like Slash and Dave Mustaine. But here Dunn explains why he was the perfect (although different) choice.
This year on That Metal Show we’re doing things a little differently and thinking up exciting new ways to bring you the best coverage of all things heavy metal and hard rock. One of those things is That After Show, where we keep the cameras rolling after the regular broadcast is over and let the TMS boys and their guests talk about, well, whatever the f-ck they want to talk about. This week hear Zakk Wylde, Kerry King, and Lzzy Hale sound off about their life in music.
We’ve brought you a list of children who shred harder than you, and now three of them have joined forces for a pre-teen group that is destined for metal stardom. The Warning is a power trio that consists of three sisters: 15-year-old guitarist Dany, 13-year-old drummer Paulina and 10-year-old bassist Alejandra. They’ve been earning fans by posting incredible covers to their youtube channel (mandatory viewing), ranging from Metallica to Katy Perry. But clearly, their hard rock chops are honed razor sharp.
If you want to watch Ed Sheeran act like the ultimate kid on Christmas morning, then look no further than this clip of the singer being presented with a replica of Jon Snow’s sword from Game Of Thrones. This moment is made possible by the kind folks at New Zealand’s The Hits Radio, who offered Ed a combo belated birthday/Game Of Thrones premiere present. Ed apparently loves swords (who knew?), and he’s also a massive GoT fan, so it stands to reason that Ed would be pretty pumped. But not even the hosts could anticipate his ultra-giddy reaction.
Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea went totally ’80s on the set of their new music video, “Pretty Girls.” The pair looked hotter than their crimping iron as they rode around Miami on the back of a red convertible, clad in washed-out jean vests, wild cheetah prints, and booty shorts. Did we mention they kiss? Yeah, that’s kind of a thing. Passing on the torch from her infamous Madonna smooch, it seems. Take a first look at photos from this “new classic” video!
This Saturday’s installment of Rock Icons features a no-holds-barred profile on Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates. The episode brings the pair together to discuss their dizzying rise to fame in the early ’80s, including all of the best—and worst—elements of success. Hall reveals that it wasn’t all rosy, and that he particularly loathed making music videos for the embryonic MTV market.
As the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck nears release, Frances Bean Cobain is speaking publicly about her famous father for the very first time. The latest issue of Rolling Stone features an in-depth interview with the daughter of Cobain and Courtney Love, in which she talks about executive producing the upcoming doc, and her feelings on her father’s band, Nirvana. Despite their ultra-legendary status, she admits that she’s not exactly a superfan.
If you’re missing out on Lykee Li‘s live performance at Coachella this year, this amazing video featuring her hauntingly beautiful cover of Drake‘s “Hold On We’re Going Home” will make you feel better. And then you’ll realize that you’re not going to experience the majesty of this performance in person, and you’ll feel worse. You win some, you lose some.