We’ll admit it: we jumped the gun yesterday thinking that Rihanna was going to finally drop her long-awaited full length, R8. Like many of you, we stayed up all night refreshing our iTunes until we fell asleep on our Macbook. And when we finally took our face off the keyboard this morning, we came to the cold realization that we still lived in a R8-less world. These past few hours have been an emotional roller-coaster for the Rihanna Navy, and you can watch the drama play out on your Twitter feed.
The wait is over, the rih-turn is happening! Rihanna has taken to Instagram to announce that new music is dropping on March 26th—as in TOMORROW! The singer shared what is presumably album art for her long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s Unapologetic. She’s been teasing snippets of her new music on social media for weeks, and it looks like tomorrow we finally get to hear the finished product.
Newly minted Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz appeared on CBS This Morning to begin the long scramble for the White House. It’s his first full day on the campaign trail, and he’s already pissed off a huge demographic— rock ‘n’ roll fans. The GOP Senator from Texas has said that although he used to be a big fan of classic rock music, he was disappointed in how the rock community responded to 9/11. As a result, he’s now a die-hard country fan.
Metallica‘s classic 1986 album …And Justice For All has long been criticized for having a thin subpar bass sound, and now mixer Steve Thompson is pointing the finger at drummer Lars Ulrich. According to the engineer, Ulrich has very specific plans for how he wanted his drums to sound in the mix, and he didn’t care if other instruments suffered. In fact, he brought in a photograph of a mixing board set up to his standards!
Last night’s episode of Rock Icon‘s chronicled the life and music of the great Dave Mustaine. And we’re pleased to present you with this exclusive video, where series director Sam Dunn tells the story of meeting Mustaine for the very first time.
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 Jamey Jasta, Michael Angelo Batio and John Bush and Joey Vera of Armored Saint sound off about their life in music.
This Saturday night on Rock Icons, we hear from metal guitar god Dave Mustaine. Although he’s been manned Megadeth for more than three decades, his name will forever be linked with Metallica. After serving as the band’s original lead guitarist in their nascent days, he was fired from the group just prior to the recording of their first album, Kill ‘Em All. While undoubtedly devastating, Mustaine explains how the experience helped pave the way for his future career and worldwide success.
Kelly Clarkson‘s recent album Piece By Piece is the latest step on a public journey that dates back to 2002. While 13 years might not seem long, the music industry has gone through a staggering transformation in that time. Think of it— Clarkson ascended the pop throne in an age when CDs were the only game in town, YouTube didn’t exist, and the closest thing to social media was putting song lyrics in your AIM profile. Her over-quoted status as “The Original American Idol” reminds us that she arrived on the scene before the airwaves boasted a perpetual bumper crop of musical competitions.
Her career perfectly straddles the last gasp of ’90s mega-sales and the digital revolution, and she’s remained vibrant musical force throughout. In our new episode of Playback, Clarkson speaks about how she achieved her artistic goals on her own terms, and what has been gained —and lost— as a result of the changing way we enjoy music.
AC/DC‘s classic “You Shook Me All Night Long” kicks serious ass, but does it still rock when played in a bluegrass style? Finnish viral video gods (yes, there is such a thing) Steve’n’ Seagulls set out to find the answer. Spoiler alert: it still rocks.