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Joe Cocker, British Rock And Blues Belter And Star Of Woodstock Festival, Dead At 70

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Joe Cocker, who thrilled audiences at the famed Woodstock Festival and had hit records from the ’60s to the ’90s, has succumbed to lung cancer and died at the age of 70. His impassioned, gravely vocals put on unforgettable stamp on such songs as his 1968 cover of The Beatles “With a Little Help From My Friends” and his 1982 soundtrack duet with Jennifer Warnes “Up Where We Belong.” It is believed he had been battling the disease for some time and his agent Barrie Marshall confirmed his death, telling the BBC ““It will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts.” Read more…

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The Best Kid Metal Shredders We Saw On YouTube In 2014

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It’s been a hell of a year for Youtube shredders, whether they be little kids or more seasoned players, and by seasoned players we mean teenagers. From 9-year old Li-sa-X to Brooklyn tween metalheads Unlocking The Truth, there’s a lot of young talent out there who have found fame via the internet. We’ve already told you about kids that shred harder than you and now we’re bringing you the year’s best Youtube kid metal shredders to help spread holiday cheer, because nothing blows away the Holiday Blues than some pipsqueak ripping out sick metal leads on a guitar they can barely hold! Read more…

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Watch Prog-Metal Masters Dream Theater Live In Concert Tonight On Palladia And VH1 Classic


Progressive metal standard bearers Dream Theater have been thrilling fans since the late ’80s with their mix of heavy riffs, soaring vocals and technical expertise. The concert DVD Breaking The Fourth Wall – Live From The Boston Opera House came out this summer and shows the band is still operating at peak performance as they deliver highlights from their impressive and extensive discography. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire show tonight at 9/8C on Palladia and VH1 Classic. Read more…

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13 Sick Songs About The Most Horrible Serial Killers Of All Time

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The acclaimed podcast Serial concluded last night and has had fans on the edge of their seats during its first season with its in depth investigation of the 1999 murder of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee. It’s success is no surprise as nearly all humans share a morbid fascination with murder, which has manifested itself in art from the tragedies of ancient Greece through the “Murder Ballads” of the 17th century and modern day cable dramas such as Dexter and True Detective. Killers, and particularly serial killers, became a favorite song topic of punk rock bands in the late ’70s.

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‘That Metal Show’ Hosts Eddie, Don And Jim Share Their Top 5 Metal Albums Of The Year

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The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah started last night and Christmas is just a week away so what better time to stuff your stockings with the gift that keeps on giving, that’s right, HEAVY F**KING METAL! And who better to tell you about the greatest metal albums of the year than Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, the hosts of That Metal Show, the only show on television about all things heavy metal and hard rock. Whether your tastes run from old schoolers like Judas Priest and Ace Frehely, or newer bands such as Kyng or King 810, it’s been a great year for loud guitars and killer riffs. See what albums the TMS boys rocked to in 2014 and tune in to VH1 Classic next year when That Metal Show returns. Read more…

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Announce 2015 Inductees Including Green Day, Joan Jett And Stevie Ray Vaughan

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced it’s “Class of 2015″ inductees today, and as befitting of the genre’s 60 year legacy, those being honored stretch from 1950′s R&B vocal group The “5″ Royales to 1990′s pop punk revivalists Green Day. Other first time honorees include Texas blues guitar hero Stevie Ray Vaughan and his backing band Double Trouble,  hard rockers Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, soulful ’70s singer-songwriter Bill Withers, and pioneering ’60 rockers The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Making return appearances will be “punk Godfather” Lou Reed, who was inducted in 1996 as a member of The Velvet Underground, and Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who will receive the Award For Musical Excellence. Read more…

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Judas Priest And Steel Panther Finish Tour In Style With Epic On-Stage Metal Collab


Metalheads might have mixed feelings about the pairing, but there’s no denying the affection tourmates Judas Priest and Steel Panther feel for each other. This manifested itself at the final stop of their tour together when metal god Rob Halford brought the Panthers up on stage to sing their heavy metal classic “Living After Midnight,” which you can watch above. Sure when band might have helped create the world’s loudest genre and the other at times seem like ironic-interlopers, but both bands and their fans stand united in their love of heavy f–king metal.  Read more…

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Nick Mason Calls Pink Floyd’s ‘The Endless River’ Album A “Graceful Swansong”


Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason confirmed the band’s recent album The Endless River, which featured posthumous recordings of keyboardist Rick Wright, is indeed the band’s last in an interview with VH1. “David (Gilmour, Floyd guitarist and singer) has made it really clear he doesn’t want to carry on and sadly it’s not something I can do on my own.” said Mason. The erudite drummer however seemed at peace with the prognosis, adding “So I think we’ll just sort of really enjoy a slightly graceful swansong with this record.” Read more…

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Troubles Be Damned, AC/DC’s Latest ‘Rock or Bust’ Goes #1 In 10 Countries Around The Globe


Legendary Australian boogie-meisters AC/DC have had many highs in their career, and their most recent feat is one for the record books. The band’s latest album, Rock or Bust, debuted last week in the number 1 spot in album charts around the world, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, and Germany. In the good old U.S. of A., home to those “American thighs” singer Brian Johnson is so fond of, the record debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and sold over 174,000 albums in its first week. Read more…