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Joe Elliott Explains Why Def Leppard’s Not A Heavy Metal Band, And Hey, That’s OK


Fresh off his appearance on That Metal Show‘s season 14 premiere, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott sat down to chat with VH1 Classic On Tap‘s Nik Carter. Among other subjects, the singer discussed their recording plans, his love of classic British rock and how the music press has never quite gotten the band. Among their many misconceptions is the idea that Leppard are a heavy metal band. “We’re not dissing metal when we say we’re not metal. We’re not a reggae band either,” said Elliott, but, he added, “Get Scott Ian(from Anthrax), get Glenn Tipton from Judas Priest, and get Lemmy in a room and say to them ‘Def Leppard are a metal band. Discuss.’ They’ll all burst out laughing and say, ‘Off course they’re not. They’re a good hard rock band.” Read more…

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Hear Why Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Loves Being A Metal God In ‘Rock Icons’ Sneak Peek

This Saturday night on Rock Icons, find out what it takes to be a true metal god when the show profiles legendary Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford. Long known as one of the defining singers in heavy metal music, Halford turned personal pain into platinum with his glass-breaking falsetto wails on some of the greatest metal music of all time. Read more…

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Jimmy Page Loves This Children’s Orchestra Version Of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” And So Will You

We’ve told you about kids who shred harder than you, get ready for an entire orchestra of rockin’ younguns! The Louisville Leopard Percussionists have served up a xylophone-centric version of Led Zeppelin‘s classic “Kashmir” that’s caught the attention of Jimmy Page himself!

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The 15 Metal Bands, Young And Old, You Should Be Listening To In 2015

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-By Doc Coyle (@doccoyle)

Being charged with spotlighting 15 bands that I think matter in 2015 is daunting. I’m not Bill O’Reilly. I’m not trying to pawn off propagandized opinion as fact. In my best impression of an authoritative figure, this is a collection of musical acts, young and old, that I predict will make an impact this year. Periodically, I have these exploratory talks with my friends within the music industry (A&R people, agents, promoters, musicians, managers, DJ’s), and part of the goal is to try and figure out where heavy music is going. What is the next “big thing”? No one knows. I don’t know either, but I wanted to shine a light on those bands that are making artistic strides in a time when homogenization is rampant, and discovering beacons of hope through the digital white noise is becoming increasingly difficult. Read more…

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Miss Box Of Junk Talks Fitness With Geddy Lee, Joe Elliott And John Petrucci


That Metal Show is back on the air and that means that each and every week we are graced yet again with the best part of the show, Miss Box of Junk! Sure, seeing the greatest names in hard rock and heavy metal interviewed each week is pretty cool, and we like Eddie, Don and Jim too, but c’mon already, Miss Box of Junk rules, OK? Now as we all know, when not helping the boys with the weekly TMS Top 5 and Stump The Trunk segments, Jennifer Leah Gottlieb is a real life fitness trainer and nutrition expert, so who better to talk to TMS guests Geddy Lee of Rush, Def Leppard‘s Joe Elliott and Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci about how they keep fit on and off the road. Read more…

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Watch Mary Poppins Slay With A Death Metal Take On “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

Did you ever wonder if maybe Mary Poppins had a darker edge underneath that squeaky-clean smile? Well, it looks like you were right all along, because this nanny can summon up a killer death metal scream from the fiery depths of hell. Watch as she slays a version of her Disney classic, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

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Billy Corgan Blasts Faceless Posers And Plastic Pop Stars In ‘Playback’ Interview


The internet is buzzing yet again after Smashing Pumpkins main-man Billy Corgan said he would have punched Kanye West if the rapper had tried to ruin one of his Grammy moments. Speaking on an Australian morning news show, Corgan said “I’ve stood at that podium too, and I’ll tell you what— if somebody got up on my stage, I would knock them out. I don’t care who it is.” Such outspokenness, however, should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the guitarist, as he has never shied away from saying what’s on his mind. In a brand new Playback interview feature, Corgan says exactly what he thinks is wrong in today’s musical climate.” Read more…

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Veteran Swedish Rockers Europe Return With Exclusive Premiere Of 2 New Songs

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Long-running Swedish hard rockers Europe continue their momentous return with their latest album War of Kings.  In celebration they have posted an exclusive online premiere of two new tracks from the album; “Days of Rock N’ Roll” and “Nothin’ To Ya.” For fans accostumed to the Rainbow-gone-glam top 10 hits “The Final Countdown” and “Carrie,” just how heavy these songs are might come as a surprise, but according to singer Joey Tempest, “War Of Kings is the album we always wanted to make, ever since we were kids listening to bands like Zeppelin, Purple and Sabbath.” Read more…

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The Most Groan-Worthy Album Title Puns In Music

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By Frank Donovan

When an artist is finished recording an album and it’s time to give it a name, how can they desecrate their efforts with a pun? Were their dads in the studio? For whatever reason, musical wordplay has transcended era and genre, forcing fans to groan and hang their heads in shame. Ok, and crack a smile (don’t tell anyone).

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