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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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.
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.
The schism between Axl Rose and Slash is one of the most notorious feuds in rock, in many ways marking the end of Guns N’ Roses’ glory years. Theories abound as to why the duo’s relationship soured beyond repair, but now we may have the spark. According to the band’s former manager Doug Goldstein, Michael Jackson is to blame for their beef and subsequent split.
The movie Tommy debuted on March 19, 1975, setting the world ablaze as madman filmmaker Ken Russell transformed the Who’s 1969 rock opera into one of cinema’s all-time most audacious and incendiary trips of sight, sound, and fury.
In honor of Tommy’s 40th anniversary, then, let’s take a look back at the Who’s other contributions to film history, be it in the form of documentaries, concert movies, or performances by each individual band member—well, all except bassist John Entwistle who, aside from voicing himself on The Simpsons, never seemed to get bitten by the acting bug (perhaps Boris the Spider ate it in Ox’s case).
-By Frank Donovan
Listen up–’cause we’re about to save you a lot of embarrassment. There are some bands out there with names that mislead us into thinking they’re solo acts. But they’re NOT. When groups are named for the lead singer and/or said lead singer is the only prominent member among rarely seen bandmates (think Sade), things get confusing.
Newly minted Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz appeared on CBS This Morning to begin the long scramble for the White House. It’s his first full day on the campaign trail, and he’s already pissed off a huge demographic— rock ‘n’ roll fans. The GOP Senator from Texas has said that although he used to be a big fan of classic rock music, he was disappointed in how the rock community responded to 9/11. As a result, he’s now a die-hard country fan.
Metallica‘s classic 1986 album …And Justice For All has long been criticized for having a thin subpar bass sound, and now mixer Steve Thompson is pointing the finger at drummer Lars Ulrich. According to the engineer, Ulrich has very specific plans for how he wanted his drums to sound in the mix, and he didn’t care if other instruments suffered. In fact, he brought in a photograph of a mixing board set up to his standards!
Born in the 1950s via Elvis Presley on Ed Sullivan and Ricky Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the bond between television and rock-and-roll has been unbreakable since the earliest days of each medium’s very first revolutions in art, technology, and stirring up teenage trouble.
Proper rock TV theme songs didn’t really become a standard practice until the 1960s by way of hits like The Monkees, The Mod Squad, and perhaps the most inspiring of them all, Batman. However, with the ascent of hard rock, heavy metal, and punk in the ’70s, bands took to not only regularly wailing tunes in praise of their favorite boob tube entertainment, they often bashed out covers of TV theme songs. It’s a rich tradition that blazes on to this day.
Here now, are our picks for the 20 greatest hard-and-heavy rock revamps of classic TV themes.