Heavy Metal

by (@unclegrambo)

Motley Crue Announces Their Final Tour Ever (And They Mean FINAL!)

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With sales of recorded music on the wane and no longer driving the kind of coin they once did, reunion tours by bands looking to line their pocketbooks have saturated the marketplace. Over the course of the last decade or so, the ticket-buying public has gotten wise to these promotional gimmicks, forcing bands to get extremely creative with the value proposition that they set forth for these tours. This has been an overall win for those of us who love live music, making delightful events like the “Hear [INSERT YOUR FAVORITE ALBUM] live in its entirety!” possible. Mötley Crüe is no stranger to the reunion game—they famously put aside their differences and announced a reunion tour back in 2004—but in a press conference held in Los Angeles today, the hair metal hellions upped the ante with a game-changing move: The announced their FINAL TOUR EVER! (Really!)

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

What Are The Top 5 Motorhead Songs?

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Motorheadbangers worldwide let out a collective groan last week as news spread that the band had to cancel their upcoming European tour due to Motorhead-honcho Lemmy’s continuing health problems. One of rock’s most unrepentant badasses, Lemmy lived on a diet of Marlboros, Jack Daniels and Lord knows what else for over 50 years and apparently it’s FINALLY catching up to him at 68 years of age. He was diagnosed with Diabetes in 2000 and was hospitalized last year due to a hematoma but if anyone can knock a disease on its ass it’s the man in black. This week on VH1 Classic‘s That Metal Show, Don, Jim and Ed paid tribute to one of hard rock and heavy metal’s greatest bands on the TMS Top 5 and counted down the Top 5 Motorhead Songs Of All Time. See the final list and check out the boys personal picks on the following pages and vote for your favorite songs in our poll. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Eddie Trunk Puts “Clueless” Grammys On Blast For Years Of Metal Neglect!

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The Grammy Awards has had a long history of ignoring hard rock and heavy metal ever since the genre emerged screaming from the womb of late ‘60s rock. Consider that such legendary bands as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath never received a single Grammy Award during their existences and years later were only awarded for live recording from their reunion shows. Last night’s show seemingly went to lengths to include hard rock and metal with performances by Metallica and Queens Of The Stone Age though metal fans have been rightfully outraged about Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman being excluded from the In Memorium montage. in DJ, author and host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, Eddie Trunk is one of hard rock and metal’s biggest fans and greatest advocates and has long been critical of the genre’s treatment by the mainstream media in general and institutions like The Grammys and The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in particular. We asked Eddie to share his thoughts on last night’s show and why the music still never gets the respect it deserves all these years later. Read more…

by (@megsokay)

Biggest Grammys 2014 Snub? Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Was Left Out Of The “In Memoriam” Segment!

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Sure, some people might be mad that Kendrick Lamar lost the Best Rap Album Grammy Award to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but the most egregious Grammy snub came during the evening’s “In Memoriam” tribute. The Grammy Awards left Slayer‘s Jeff Hanneman and Iron Maiden‘s Clive Burr and off of the In Memoriam montage–despite the fact that Hanneman actually won two Grammys!

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by (@unclegrambo)

Metallica Adds A Classical Twist To Their Fiery Version Of “One,” But Was It Metal Enough?

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It’s been 22 long years since Metallica performed at the Grammy Awards. The heavy metal gods were at the height of their critical and commercial success in 1992 when they tore up the Grammys stage with a killer performance of “Enter Sandman,” but tonight’s performance of their stone classic “One” was able to match that moment thanks in part to a very interesting twist: The addition of Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

That Metal Gear: Joel Hoekstra From Night Ranger + Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

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Metal fans rejoiced last week at the return of That Metal Show, the only show on television about all things hard rock and heavy metal. This season as an added bonus we’re going behind the stacks with some of your favorite musicians and TMS guests and finding out how they got started playing their instruments, who their favorite players are and what equipment they’re using. We caught up with this week’s musical guest Joel Hoekstra who’s known for his work with Night Ranger and Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as being the house guitarist for the hair metal musical Rock Of Ages to find out about his multiple rigs and his love of Gibson guitars. Check back each week to find out more of your favorite shredder’s live rigs and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night at 11/10C for new episodes of That Metal Show! Read more…

by (@unclegrambo)

New Jersey Metalhead Photobombs Local News Reporter During A Snowstorm

A severe snowstorm hit the East Coast earlier this week, one that could be described by our metal brethren as a Blizzard of Ozz. As is the case in extreme weather situations like this, a local news channel sent a reporter and a cameraperson out into the streets to show viewers at home what Mother Nature is capable of. What followed, though, is what Metal Sucks is describing as The Most Metal Photobomb of All-Time.

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11 Heavy Songs By Bands That Weren’t That Heavy

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While Black Sabbath blew the doors wide open for heavy metal, many of their peers (and predecessors) were experimenting with their own signature brand of rock n’ roll. And though a lot of these artists were a little, well OK, a lot tamer than Ozzy and company, they did occasionally venture into some hard rock and even heavy metal territory. Their music helped influence and lay the foundation for future rawk and metal artists. You may be familiar with some or even all of these tunes (damn…really?), but it’s an interesting reminder that although these classic bands tended to favor the mellower stuff, there were a few select songs in their respective catalogues that actually cranked the amps to 11. From Pink Floyd to Chicago to The Beatles, they all had at least one killer heavy tune. Here’s a list of 11 heavy songs by bands that aren’t very heavy. Or are they??? (Dun dun dunnnn.) . Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Sneak Peek Saturday’s All New Episode Of That Metal Show!

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The East Coast may be in the depths of a deep freeze this week but that doesn’t matter because the only show on television about all things heavy metal and hard rock has returned to New York City! That’s right, That Metal Show is back on VH1 Classic and all is right again in the world. This Saturday see what happens when the boys catch up with Vernon Reid and Corey Glover of influential alt rockers Living Colour and Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose.  Check out photos from this week’s shoot including some super sexy shots of Miss Box Of Junk Jennifer Gottlieb and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night at 11/10C  for the latest episodes!

by (@BHSmithNYC)

That Metal Gear: Zakk Wylde – Find Out His Favorite Guitars, Players + How He Gets His Tone!

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In honor of season 13 of That Metal Show which premieres tonight on VH1 Classic we’re going behind the stacks and finding out what you’re favorite guitarists are playing and what better way to start than with episode 1 guest, legendary Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde. Besides being one of the greats of heavy metal guitar he’s also one of the most down-to-Earth and humble musicians you’ll ever have the pleasure of talking to. Though known for his fearsome looks and manic pinched harmonics he is also a student of bluesy players like Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and the legendary Jimmy Page and adds that to his unparalleled arsenal of guitar technique. Let’s find out what Zakk has to say about his favorite gear, his favorite guitar players and which That Metal Show host he’d most like to marry. No, seriously. Read more…