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Exclusive: Watch Brian May Of Queen And Adam Lambert Discuss The Future

VH1 Classic On Tap DJ Nik Carter sat down with revered rock guitarist Brian May of Queen and and solo star Adam Lambert backstage at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony presented by Classic Rock magazine. They were there to pickup the award for Band of the Year for their ongoing Queen + Adam Lambert concert tour which has thrilled fans of both the legendary British rockers and the American Idol veteran and solo star.  Read more…

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10 Musicians Who Turned Down Insane Amounts Of Money

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Last week we were slack jawed over news that Robert Planet allegedly tore up an $800 million contract to reunite with Led Zeppelin. They say everyone has their price, and we can say without hesitation, that ours is well below $800 million dollars.  Even though Plant later admitted that he greatly exaggerated the number, history is peppered with musicians who, for many reasons, have refused to sell out.

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Punk Rock Guitar Hero James Williamson Of The Stooges Revisits Lost Classics On New Album

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Though he’s hardly a household name, to fans and followers, Iggy & The Stooges guitarist James Williamson’s contribution to music is equal to any of his more famous contemporaries. His guitar playing on the band’s cataclysmic third album, Raw Power, a combination of furiously down-stroked power chords and sputtering, vicious leads, created the punk rock guitar style which has echoed down through the ages in the music of the Ramones, Black Flag, and all their cantankerous progeny.  Like Tony Iommi in heavy metal, his actual sound is as important as what he played, an aggressive, high-end, overdriven roar, with little recorded precedent. When you think of the sound of punk rock, real punk rock, what you hear is the sound he created in 1973 by plugging his Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar into a Vox AC30 amplifier and cranking it up until your ears bleed. Read more…

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The Occult Histories Of 10 Famous Musicians In Honor Of National Occult Day

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Happy National Occult Day everyone! Oh, you didn’t know it was National Occult Day today? Well it is, so now is the time to celebrate if you’re a Wiccan, a Kabbalahist, or just your garden variety Satanist. No one is really sure how the holiday came to be, which only makes sense since the term “occult” means “knowledge of the hidden,” however, some of the greatest musicians in history have flirted with spiritual pursuits beyond the regular mainstream religions we all know and love. Read more…

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From The Gridiron To Iron Maiden Fans, Trace NFL Football’s Heavy Metal Connection

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Both take place in stadiums and send their crowds into rabid frenzies. Both rely on equal parts emotional intensity, pinpoint accuracy and brute force. With it’s aggressive physicality and full contact fandom, NFL Football is the heavy metal of professional sports.With its agressive riffing and full contact live performances, heavy metal is the NFL football of music (though you could make a case it’s the MMA of music as well). Read more…

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Classic Heavy Metal Album Covers Come To Life In 10 Eye Popping GIFs

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One of the visual calling cards of heavy metal music is it’s awesome album cover artwork. From the blown out post-hippie designs adorning Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath records to the fantasy-themed illustrations of Dio and Iron Maiden and going to the extreme with thrash and death metal’s graphic portrayals of violence and brutality, eye popping cover art is as essential to the genre as distorted guitars and high-pitched singing. Read more…

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Kid Rock Announces New Album First Kiss And Ambitious Tour Plans For 2015

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Fresh from dropping in on a fan’s birthday party, and creating a viral video sensation in the process, hard rocking rapper Kid Rock has announced plans for a new album. The “American Badass” posted the news on his website and said that the record, to be titled First Kiss, will come out on February 24th. The album will he his first for storied record label Warner Bros. Records.

Kid Rock entered the studio fast on the heels of his highly successful $20 Best Night Ever Tour. The record marks “the continued evolution of one of music’s most versatile performers,” adding “the music will speak for itself.” Following the album’s release, Rock will again hit the road with his Twisted Brown Trucker Band for an “even more ambitious” tour that will take place during summer 2015.

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Sammy Hagar Says “Record Business Is Kind Of Done” And Maybe Chickenfoot Too


In an exclusive interview with Nik Carter, singer Sammy Hagar talks about why the future of supergroup Chickenfoot may be in peril thanks to the changes in the music business. “When you spend a half million dollars on a record and it sells 125,000 records, I’m sorry, that’s pay to play.” said the Red Rocker, who also spoke candidly about how his age effects the commitments he is willing to make. “Everything I do now is…I’m looking at this could be my last year of this” he said, adding “I’m trying to pick and choose everything I do and make it more special. For me.” Read more…

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Metallica Honor Those “For Whom The Bell Tolls” And Steal The Show At The Concert For Valor

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On a night that honored those who served their country in the United States Military, Metallica showed why they are the biggest heavy metal band in the world. Introduced by metal loving comedian Jack Black as “a favorite of our troops,” and surrounded on stage by servicemen and women, the band’s appearance at The Concert For Valor had the same emotional impact as The Who’s performance at The Concert for New York City following the September 11th attacks. Read more…

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Exclusive: Get Ruff This National Metal Day With National Metal Dogs

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Today, November 11th, is known the world over to metalheads as National Metal Day, when we celebrate all things loud and proud and rejoice in the history, the culture and the restorative, invigorating power of HEAVY F***ING METAL!!! And what better way to celebrate the most dominating genre in the history of music than with videos of heavy metal dogs? Am I right? So in the spirit of all that is unholy, and in honor of this heaviest of all holidays, we present you with National Metal Dogs! Read more…