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VH1 Classic’s Brand New 11-Part Documentary Series, Metal Evolution, Premieres Tonight

As part of VH1 Classic’s National Metal Day, the first episode of Metal Evolution
will premiere tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series will map the development of the metal genre over 11 episodes, beginning tonight with Pre-Metal — aka, the stuff that was the precursor to this magnificent genre. (The opposable thumb, if you will.)

Our sneak peek video will give you an idea of what to expect of the documentary, with candid, intimate interviews with the musical geniuses that made metal happen. A snippet of conversation with Dave Davies of The Kinks reveals how the “dirty guitar” sound that inspires metal musicians came about, as Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath decribes the importance of the sound The Kinks pioneered. Metal Evolution is a must watch not only for fans of metal but for everyone — it’s an inspiring look at the movers and shakers who made music history.

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Black Sabbath Set To Reunite, Will Record A New Album And Tour The World In 2012

It’s safe to say that the genre of music known as metal might not have happened if John Michael Osbourne, Francis Anthony Melby Iommi, Terence Michael Joseph Butler and William Thomas Ward hadn’t met as teenagers in Birmingham, England (not to mention adopting nicknames like Ozzy and Geezer). The foursome, better known as Black Sabbath, formed in the late sixties and forever transformed the landscape of music with their sludgy riffs, foreboding lyrics and totally bad ass attitude. After releasing five platinum albums, the group disbanded in 1978, but the impact they made was undeniable, so much so that VH1 named them the #2 artist on our list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

Black Sabbath briefly reformed in the summer of 1997 (sans drummer Bill Ward) for the Ozzfest tour and the 1998 album Reunion, but outside of that, the group has been dormant since the late seventies. However, earlier today at a press conference held in Los Angeles, the band announced that all four of the band’s original members have committed to recording their first album of original material since 1978, and will be embarking on a 2012 World Tour. (The rumors were true!)

Many metalheads and music fans are really excited about this news, because, well, how could you not be? It’s Black Sabbath! (Not to mention, their record is set to be produced by Rick Rubin.) However, some cynics out there might be curious about the band’s motives for deciding to bury the hatchet after 30+ years of acrimony, and here’s what they’re wondering:

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by (@kat_george)

Twelve Photos Of Metal Legends Being Totally Un-Metal

“Metal dudes are people, too!” you shout, and we hear ya, we honestly do. But here’s the thing — we like to live under the fantasy, however inaccurate, that metal dudes just do totally awesome metal stuff all the time. We want to believe that metal dudes go around biting the heads off bats, smashing guitars, sticking it to the man and headbanging ALL THE TIME. The same way we like to believe that pop stars all eat, sleep and go to the gym in their elaborate costumes, rappers freestyle battle each other in the street and country singers all know how to lasso like cowboys.

Obviously, the illusions we live under (yes, we’re twisted, we know, but being twisted is like, SO metal), are unrealistic, and we have to admit we get a perverted sense of pleasure when the wall does come down. So if you want to see what metal dudes are doing when they’re not being metal, and just being sort of, well, regular, click through to our gallery below! Beware: there are images of James Hetfield WEARING A KNITTED SCARF! Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor READING BOOKS! Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine HANGING OUT WITH A GEORGE W. BUSH IMPERSONATOR! If this is all just too much for you and all you want is to see metal guys being, like, totally metal, then check out National Metal Day on VH1 Classic, airing all day today!

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[Photos: Getty Images]

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Shearer’s Spotlight: On National Metal Day, We Reveal Jim Shearer’s Top 4 Metal Moments

Jim Shearer Celebrates National Metal Day

Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

Jim Shearer's Spotlight

Jim Shearer

If you haven’t heard—or haven’t tuned into VH1 Classic today—today is National Metal Day. I may not strike you as a headbanger, but let it be known, I fancy all genres of music.

So keeping in theme with the day, here are my Big 4 Metal Moments:

4.) Headbanging With Anthrax
In 2003 when MTV2 revived the metal franchise Headbanger’s Ball, a kickoff concert was held in Cleveland where I got to give a rousing introduction to thrash metal legends, Anthrax. Since we we’re in Cleveland—home of the Browns—I decided to get everyone’s blood boiling early by coming out on stage dressed in Pittsburgh Steelers colors and waving a Terrible Towel. It worked to perfection!

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by (@kat_george)

Axl Rose Debunks Misconceptions In An Exclusive Interview From Tonight’s That Metal Show

Today is VH1 Classic’s National Metal Day, a day of exclusively metal-related content, which includes That Metal Show‘s revealing interview with legendary Guns’n’Roses frontman (and the sexiest man to ever wear leather pants, according to my mother) Axl Rose. In the above snippet of conversation from tonight’s EXCLUSIVE interview, Axl’s first in FIVE YEARS (!!!), he talks about the misconceptions that have plagued his career — and how some were born of simple miscommunication.

When Axl is asked what he thinks the biggest misconception about him amongst the audience might be he replies, “There’s too many things. There’s too many things said. It’s like two decades of people talking. And most of the time they’re talking about things somebody who had a bias started or said. They could have said it jokingly… People say all kinds of things!” Relatable and good-spirited, Axl’s conversation with Eddie Trunk paints him as a true industry veteran with an awareness and understanding (without animosity) of how the gossip mill runs for those in the limelight. And his insight doesn’t end there — Axl’s wise words translate just as easily to the lives of us ordinary folk dealing with haters.

Be sure to check out the full interview on tonight’s episode of That Metal Show, which will air at 11 p.m. tonight only on VH1 Classic!

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by (@kat_george)

Has Lady Gaga Gone Mental For Real? No, It’s Just The First Still From Her “Marry The Night” Video (Allegedly)!

Last night, we reported on the Tweet that had Lady Gaga fans in a tizz, as Mother Monster promised a “Twitter surprise” for her followers. And the Lady did not disappoint, tweeting a picture of herself on a stretcher flanked by two nurses in what seems to be some kind of fantasy mental institution (above). The picture was simply captioned “It’s Not that I’ve been Dishonest, It’s Just that I Loathe Reality.”

According to internet chatter, the image is the first still from Gaga’s eagerly anticipated “Marry The Night” video, which she’s boasted will be her longest video yet. From the look of the still, we’re guessing it may just be a little bit surreal, chanelling the uncanny and the absurd in celebration of ambiguous Gagaism. And we’re hoping the crazy, out-of-this-world costumes LG’s been wearing to promote the single in live performances, like at the MTV EMA’s where she sang atop a synthetic moon, will make a reappearance in the forthcoming video.

[Photo: Lady Gaga's Twitpic]

by (@kat_george)

Tuned In: It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than Brian Eno, Stephen Colbert And Michael Stipe Singing “Lean On Me”

Oh hello, three legends all in one room at the same time making silly jokes and singing a capella together! Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert hosted Brian Eno, but who needs boring chats about “new projects” and “music” when you can memorialize R.E.M‘s (R.I.P, sad face!) Michael Stipe as a trophy on a shelf and have him sing “Lean On Me” with you? So happy Friday! This is pretty much the most awesome thing ever, you’re welcome.

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by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: VH1 President Tom Calderone Reminisces About The History Of Unplugged

VH1 President Tom Calderone Reminisces About The History Of Unplugged
As the Internet gets hyped up over Kelly Clarkson‘s upcoming Unplugged set (premiering at VH1.com on November 17 and airing on VH1 the next day at 11 p.m. EST), VH1 President Tom Calderone tells Billboard that Kelly is a social media fiend, and shares some recollections about Unplugged episodes past.
[Billboard]

Hans Zimmer Crowdsources For The Dark Night Rises Soundtrack
In an unorthodox project, composer Hans Zimmer is working on recording a crowdsourced chant for the new Christopher Nolan Batman film. You can even get involved! [Flavorwire]

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by (@kat_george)

Lady Gaga’s Twitter Account Announces A “Surprise For Monsters Tonight”; What Could It Be?

Lady Gaga got the Twitterverse talking this afternoon, tweeting to her followers, “There may even be a twitter surprise for Monsters tonight…” Retweets and replies began saturating the Twitter feeds of Gaga fans (like us!) with everyone a flutter over what the cryptic tweet could possible mean. Lady-G let her fans sweat it out for 7 whole minutes before posting a follow up tweet that read, “This will be the longest video I’ve released to date. I will unveil a film still tonight. The beginning of the story I never told you,” further escalating excitment and speculation.

With the Mother Monster refusing to provide closure, the carrot is dangling and the throngs of fans hopping around below are all anxious for a bite. What could this mystery reveal entail? Will it be more images of A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, the exotic pop-star’s first (and eagerly anticipated) Thanksgiving special? Or will it be the official video for “Marry The Night” to follow her epic performance of the track at MTV’s EMAs? Or have we missed the mark entirely, and will it be something completely unexpected? We know Lady Gaga can be a bit of a mixed bag — which only adds to our anticipation when we know the girl has something special on the boil!

[Photo: Getty Images]

by (@kat_george)

MUTEMATH Bring The Blues To Jay Leno

We’re not sure how this slipped under our radar (maybe we had a little bit too much fun over the weekend) but our current You Oughta Know featured artist, MUTEMATH, appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Friday night. Bringing all the easy blues and organic soul that we love MUTEMATH for, the band played an energetic rendition of “Blood Pressure” from their new album Odd Soul. And Jay Leno himself even gave VH1 a shoutout for featuring MUTEMATH as You Oughta Know—lucky for Leno, now we wont ever have to say “I told you so!”

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