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Hear An Exclusive Stream Of The Essential Richie Kotzen Disc 1, Including 3 Unreleased Tracks

The Essential Richie Kotzen doesn’t hit stores until September 2nd, but you don’t have to wait until then to hear new tracks from your favorite axe-man. VH1 has a sneak peek of Disc One from the double-disc greatest hits collection, which features three never-before-heard tracks. Crank the speakers on your Macbook, press play up above, and bust out that air guitar.

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INTERVIEW: Ace Frehley On His New Album And What Went Wrong At The Rock Hall Of Fame

It’s not uncommon to hear fans opine that the best Kiss album isn’t a Kiss album at all, but is actually the 1978 solo album from their extraterrestrial former-lead guitarist Ace Frehley. So it was welcome news when Ace let it be known that he was looking back to that first solo album while putting together his latest, entitled Space Invader, which came out last week. Read more…

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Swan Songs: The 10 Greatest Farewell Albums In Rock

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Rock ‘n roll history is rife with bands that break up and reunite many years later only to release, well…not so great albums. But for some of the most iconic artists of all time, we’ve watched them burn out instead of fade away. Whether it’s due to the death of a prominent band member or tensions that led to the dissolution of the group, these artists just simply weren’t able to continue. And though they might have felt like abrupt endings at the time, the good news is that some of these groups ended on very high notes, releasing great albums – in some cases even putting out the best collections of their entire careers. From The Beatles to Simon & Garfunkel, Nirvana to The White Stripes, rock’s past is filled with examples of phenomenal artists releasing arguably their best work toward the end of their existence. Here’s a list of the 10 greatest farewell albums in rock history, records that signified the end of the bands, but the beginning of their legacies.

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1984 Vs. 2014: Which Year Ruled Harder For These Music Icons?

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A lot can change in 30 years. On the night of September 14th, 1984, sexy Material Girl Madonna took the stage for her career making performance of “Like A Virgin” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Thousands of miles away that same night, Henry Rollins and his seminal hardcore band Black Flag played a chaotic set on the wrong side of Tijuana in some forgotten dive. Nowadays Rollins is a revered punk rock elder and hosts shows on The History Channel while Madge struggles to remain relevant in the high-speed modern music marketplace. Some of music’s biggest names were operating on the margins of the music industry in 1984 while the hitmakers of that era often find their heyday behind them. Read more…

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Meghan Trainor Helps Count Down 10 Songs That Are All About That Bass


Meghan Trainor has one of the hottest summer jams this season with “All About That Bass,” her tribute to those girls with that extras “boom boom that all the boys chase.” And no summer jam worth it’s saltwater taffy doesn’t have that deep low end, usually thanks to a grooving bass riff, that makes you want to grind into the wee hours on a hot summer night. We asked Meghan to share some of her favorite bass-riffs with us and pulled together 8 more down rump thumpers that will have you shaking the junk in your trunk until school starts in the fall. From disco to classic rock, from the King of Pop to the King of Punk Funk, check out 10 songs that are all about that bass.
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Miss Box Of Junk Shows How To Get The Look Of A Heavy Metal Video Vixen In 5 Easy Steps!


August is I <3 Video Vixen month at VH1 and today we turn our attention to those  big-haired, provocatively- dressed, sexy sirens of 1980′s heavy metal videos. You saw them dance on cars, knock people out with their American thighs and steal the show from the lead singers of Whitesnake, AC/DC and Motley Crue and now you can learn how to get their look in 5 easy steps from none other than That Metal Show‘s very own Miss Box Of Junk AKA Jennifer Leah Gottlieb. Read more…

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First Flops: 10 Classic Rock Debut Albums That Failed To Break The Band Into The Big Time

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30 years ago this week a little known punk funk band from Los Angeles named the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their self-titled debut album. Following its release….they remained a little known punk funk band from Los Angeles. Gradually though, over successive releases and tours, they built their fan base and finally broke big with their fourth long player, 1989’s Mother’s Milk. Few artists have a hit record straight out the starting gate, and some rather noteworthy bands didn’t see success until three of four albums into their careers. Read more…

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20 Legendary Rockers That Changed Music With A Fender Guitar In Their Hands

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This past Sunday was the birthday of one of the legends of the electric guitar, though it wasn’t as a player that he made his fame. Born on August 10th in 1909, Leo Fender however did irrevocably change not just guitar playing but music itself with his introduction of the first mass-produced solid body electric guitars (the Telecaster), the electric bass (the Precision or “P-Bass”) and his myriad amplifier innovations. He also invented perhaps the coolest looking electric guitar ever, the Stratocaster, whose sleek look and bold curves is an almost visual representation of rock n’ roll. Starting with musicians like Buddy Holly and Dick Dale, rockers took to Fender guitars, basses and amps early and are a major reason much of rock sounds the way it does. Read more…

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Rock Hypnotically To Their First #1 Album In 37 Years

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The careers of many a classic rock band can be divided into two eras: their prime years – where they made their reputation and issued hit records, and then “everything after.” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are somewhat of an anomaly, in that their commercial success and critical acclaim has stretched over decades, pouring out hit albums and singles as the musical landscape continued to evolve around them. And close to 40 years and 12+ albums into their lifespan, they’re still rocking, even if their releases don’t make as much of a splash as they used to. This makes it an unexpected yet ideal time for them to strike with Hypnotic Eye, one of the band’s most solid efforts to date, and their first release the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, which it did this week. Read more…

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Celebrate Eddie Trunk’s 50th Birthday With That Metal Show‘s Top ‘Stump The Trunk’ Moments!


Today marks the 50th birthday of one of the foremost experts and advocates of heavy metal music and the host of VH1 Classic‘s That Metal Show, the one and only Eddie Trunk. Whether he’s interviewing the biggest names in rock or sparring with co-hosts Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson over his favorite UFO album, there’s no doubt Eddie lives, breathes, eats, and sleeps hard rock and heavy metal. He’s such an expert that fans line up to try and best him with arcane metal trivia in the ‘Stump The Trunk’ segment each TMS episode. In celebration of Eddie turning the big 5-0, we’re happy to share with you some of the greatest ‘Stump The Trunk’ moments in That Metal Show history. Read more…