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April Fool’s Gold: Top 10 Classic Rock “Fool” Songs For April 1st

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The first 24 hours of the fourth month each year, popularly known as April Fool’s Day, is traditionally set aside for jokes, pranks, hoaxes, bunkum, and other comical trickery in which bafflement is turned into good humor by way of the post-punchline declaration, “April Fool!”

Rock-and-roll seems to take a more sober-minded approach to the concept of the “fool,” though. Classic rock songs that directly address “fools,” especially in the title, tend to have an air of warning, dismissal, outright mockery, and even anger. No fooling!

For this April Fool’s Day, take some time between crank calls and inflating Whoopee Cushions to check out our playlist of the Top 10 Classic Rock “Fool” songs.

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by (@McBeardo)

Rock On, Queens of Noise: 10 MORE Killer Heavy Metal Frontwomen

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Recently, VH1 Classic saluted Iron Maidens: 10 All-Time Great Heavy Metal Front-Women, and the response was so thunderous, we decided we had to follow-up with another tribute to regal female metal might.

Of course, any proper homage to music’s most extreme queens must also include mighty bows to hard rock pioneers such as Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart; along with pumped fists in honor of punk poet Patti Smith,’80s icon Pat Benatar, and even folkies on the order of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, whose innovative techniques and musicianship profoundly influenced Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, and others.

By leaping skyward from the shoulders of those giants, women in heavy metal today rock as hard, as powerfully, and with as much commanding innovation as any of their male peers. Plus they do in an endlessly expanding realm of hard-and-heavy subgenres. Without further ado, then, let us now praise 10 more all-time great heavy metal front-women.

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by (@Bosnaud)

Watch This Throwback Vid Of Hozier Covering Pink Floyd Back In His College Days

We all have to start from somewhere, and for Hozier that somewhere was Trinity College back in his native Ireland. Before he was a VH1 You Oughta Know artist, or taking folks to church with his Grammy nominated single, Andrew Hozier-Byrne was a member of Trinity Orchestra—Ireland’s only orchestra entirely ran by students. Back in 2012 —clean-shaven and sans ponytail— Hozier sang lead on the orchestra’s performance of Pink Floyd’s classic album, The Dark Side Of The Moon.

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The Top 18 Heavy Metal + Hard Rock Cover Songs Of The Modern Era

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By: Doc Coyle

I love cover bands. I can’t help it. We’re supposed to look down on the bar band in the corner banging out “Don’t Stop Believin” or “Livin’ On A Prayer” for the zillionth time. But, I am helpless to their charms when they are really good, like the seasoned pros in New Orleans and Nashville or Steel Panther when they do their cover show in Hollywood. I have my own damn cover band I like them so much.
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by (@JordanRuntagh)

‘Rock Icons’ Sam Dunn Recalls The Struggle To Book Nikki Sixx

Last night Rock Icons delivered an incredibly candid portrait of Nikki Sixx but series director Sam Dunn is here to tell us that it wasn’t as carefree and easy as it looks. Dunn admits that Sixx was potentially the busiest guest in the shows history, juggling two bands, an international tour, a radio show, and movies.

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Twisted Sister Pay Tribute To A.J. Pero In This Week’s ‘That Metal Show’

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This Saturday, That Metal Show is back on VH1 Classic with an episode you won’t want to miss. The gang is joined by Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, and Taylor Momsen, the Gossip Girl-turned cool rocker. Plus, the guys from Twisted Sister pay tribute to their late drummer, A.J. Pero.
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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Hard Rock + Heavy Metal Album Covers Reimagined With Kittens Is The Internet’s High Point

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The internet is a wonderful thing. It gives us access to our favorite music, the latest heavy metal news, and (of course) cat memes. Now a certain genius has found a way to combine all three—and it just might be the high-point of the interwebz. The amazing Kitten Covers tumblr features classic album covers reimagined with adorable kittens in place of the band. The badass-ness and cuteness play off each other like sweet and salty in a Reeses Cup, creating a phenomenon we can’t get enough of. From Metallica to Iron Maiden, and even deeper cuts like Minor Threat, these heroes did it up real big.

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by (@McBeardo)

St. Anger Himself: 10 Times Everybody On Earth Got Pissed Off At Lars Ulrich

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Oops… he did it again. On the verge of the 15th anniversary of Lars Ulrich filing suit on behalf of Metallica against the band’s own fans, the hothead named by the Village Voice to be “the douchiest drummer of all time” has once more enraged what seems to be the entire human population.

This time, it has to do with the bass on 1988’s …And Justice for All. Next time? Well, there’s no guessing how Lars will next lose still more friends and somehow alienate even more people—it’s just a guarantee that it will happen.

Until then, let’s look back at 10 times everyone alive simultaneously got pissed off at Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

“I Used To Hide Behind My Hair”: Nikki Sixx Reflects On His Early Motley Crue Fashion In ‘Rock Icons’ Sneak

In the next installment of Rock Icons, Nikki Sixx reflects on Motley Crue‘s early days—including his fashion choices. In this exclusive sneak peak of Saturday’s episode, Sixx admits to Sam Dunn that his trademark wild hair actually served as a defense mechanism.

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