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John Densmore + Carlos Santana Sit Down With VH1 Classic On Tap

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Classic rock fans are in luck this Christmas, because VH1 is leaving something extra special under your tree. Yes, it’s a double feature of interviews with two rock icons! VH1 Classic On Tap host Nik Carter spoke to the Doors drummer John Densmore and also guitar god Carlos Santana, so read on to hear what they had to say! When you’re done watching these stellar videos, head over to VH1 Classic On Tap for more exclusive interviews with the biggest names in classic rock.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Nevermind The Novelty, Here’s 12 Christmas Songs That Actually Rock

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Let’s be honest here, most Christmas songs suck. Whether they be pop, heavy metal or hip hop, at best they’re amusing to hear once or twice but are usually just novelty songs that are no better than “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” and that song friggin’ suuuuucks. That ends right here, right now. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

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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Brit Rocker Double Feature: Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott + ELO’s Jeff Lynne Stop By ‘VH1 Classic On Tap’

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You’re in luck today, music fans— because we’ve got a a double helping of interviews with two British rock icons! Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott and Electric Light Orchestra brain Jeff Lynne both sat down with VH1 Classic On Tap‘s Nik Carter and shared stories from their legendary careers. When you’re done watching these stellar videos, head over to VH1 Classic On Tap for more exclusive interviews with the biggest names in classic rock.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

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…