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Drummer Marky Ramone Recounts His Personal ‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg’ In New Autobiography

Though relegated to being a cult band during their time together on this Earth, few bands can claim to have had as great an influence on rock n’ roll music as Forest Hills finest, the Ramones. Their 1976 debut album effectively launched the punk rock explosion, both in their native New York City and in the U.K., where their distorted, three-chord buzzsaw anthems inspired first wave English punkers like The Clash and Damned. Joining in time for the band’s monumental fourth album Road to Ruin, drummer Marky Ramone was there for the band’s heyday and was the band’s longest serving drummer, after having played with Brooklyn proto-metal band Dust and seminal CBGB’s mainstays Richard Hell and The Voidoids. His new autobiography Punk Rock Blitzkrieg chronicles a life in music, from being a teenage rock n’ roll fan in the ‘60s to touring the world with brothers Ramone. It’s an essential read for fans of rock in its purest essence and Marky talked to his about his motivations for the book, the Ramones worldwide legacy and his future plans. Read more…

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Life-Coaches, Kitty Cats And The 10 Softest Moments In Heavy Metal History

Heavy metal is about power. Sometimes heavy metal is about conflict. Often it is about anger, though other times it is about joy. The kind of joy one feels when they watch a bully get beaten up or the underdog team whip the pants off the favorites. It is hard stuff. Heavy metal is not about nice things. It is not about wholesome things (though it can be about values like strength, loyalty and perseverance). Heavy metal is not about kitty cats. Or is it…? Read more…

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We Gave Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz A Bag Of His Favorite Records To See What He Had To Say!


Happy days are here again Fall Out Boy fanatics. The boys release their brand new album American Beauty / American Psycho today, chock full of anthemic melodies, infectious hooks and the band’s usual mix of poignant lyrics without the pretentsion. There’s a song on the new album called “Favorite Record” and to mark today’s release we handed bassist Pete Wentz a bag full of some of his favorite records (hopefully) and others that relate to his past and asked him to talk about what they meant to him. Read more…

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You Won’t Believe Which 25 Classic Metal Albums Are Turning 25 In 2015

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As we count down another batch of records that celebrate important anniversaries this year, 1990 looms large in the history of hard rock and heavy metal. While the dawn of the nineties saw the United States winning the Cold War against the Soviet Union, in the world of metal the thrash hordes had fought the glam bands to a stalemate. While both sub-genres retained huge followings (for the time being), grunge waited in the wings and a new crop of even more underground bands would take thrash’s innovations to even sicker extremes. What’s most striking about those records celebrating their 25th, or “Silver,” anniversary this year is the sheer diversity of what was considered metal in the year 1990. Read more…

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The Black Crowes Break Up Again, This Time Maybe For Good

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It would seem that storied Southern rock jam band The Black Crowes have once again called it quits, however, there’s reason to believe that this the break is going to stick. While the band has always been at the mercy of the sibling rivalry between vocalist Chris Robinson and his guitar playing brother Rich Robinson, the latest dissolution apparently came after the singer allegedly asked for a greater stake in the ownership of the band. In a statement Rich Robinson said, “I love my brother and respect his talent, but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100 percent of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to.” Read more…

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‘That Metal Show’ Wants You To Show Your TMS Colors And You May Be Featured On An Episode

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The time is nigh That Metal Show faithful, the time is nigh! Now that the Season 14 premiere date has been announced, the pace quickens, the heart begins to beat faster and in anticipation of its return to VH1 Classic, we’re asking all you TMS heads to send us your pictures of you showing off your That Metal Show gear, whether it be t-shirts, hoodies, hats or whatever else you’ve scored from the That Metal Show online shop, available HERE. Read more…

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‘That Metal Show’ Returns For Season 14! Watch The Premiere February 21st at 9/8C!

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Just when you thought you’d heard the last of them, the boys are coming back to VH1 Classic for the monumental 14th season of That Metal Show, starting Saturday, February 21st at a brand new time, 9/8C! That’s right, after a nearly year long hiatus, hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson will rise from the ashes like a chrome-plated phoenix to take their rightful place on the TMS sound stage in the heart of The Big Apple and welcome the biggest and most badass names from heavy metal and hard rock’s past, present and future! Read more…

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Director David Dobkin Shows Maroon 5 His ‘Wedding Crashers’ Tricks In New “Sugar” Video

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If you’ve seen the latest Maroon 5 video  “Sugar” you might notice it’s similarity to the 2005 romantic comedy The Wedding Crashers, starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two dashing rogues who sneak into nuptials in search of lovelorn bridesmaids. While Maroon 5′s goals are far more noble —to rock strangers’ weddings with an impromptu performance— the similarities are little coincidence as both were directed by Hollywood veteran David Dobkin. Read more…

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AC/DC Announced To Headline Coachella Festival Alongside Jack White And Drake

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The band who once sang “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll” are proving once again that which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Despite losing founding guitarist Malcolm Young and enduring the ongoing legal woes of drummer Phil Rudd this year, Australian hard rockers AC/DC continue to move from triumph to triumph. Their new album Rock or Bust went #1 worldwide and now the long running boogiemeisters have been announced as headliners of that hippest of all musical events, California’s Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. Read more…

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20 Classic Heavy Metal And Hard Rock Albums That Are Turning 40 This Year

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Another year is upon us which means a whole new slew of classic albums will be marking important anniversaries and making us all feel old. For hard rock and heavy metal, some of the genre’s most important records are turning 40 this year, having been released in the year 1975.  It was an important time for the music, halfway between the post-hippie era of the previous decade and the ensuing metal revolution that would gather steam heading into the ’80s. Read more…