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Get Tickets To Attend A Live Taping Of That Metal Show This Season!

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Yeah that’s right, That Metal Show, the only on-air destination for all things hard rock and heavy metal returns to its New York City roots for season 13 this January! Tune in to VH1 Classic each week to see hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine and the delightful Miss Box Of Junk hobnob with the biggest names in the greatest genre of music ever created. Read more…

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Stairway to Tinseltown: Led Zeppelin’s Greatest Movie Moments

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When it comes to classic rock songs used in movie soundtracks, few band are as elusive and carry as much weight as Led Zeppelin. The mystical overlords of hard rock and proto-heavy metal are notoriously picky about what films they license songs to and getting permission from them usually involves a personal screening, lots of begging and a very, very large fee. One of the holiday seasons biggest movies, American Hustle, made excellent use of the Zeppelin classic “Good Times, Bad Times” in its advance trailers though it is not featured in the movie itself and director David O. Russell has also used tracks of theirs in his highly acclaimed movies The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook. The band can also lay claim to a couple movie soundtracks of their very own for the concert films The Song Remains The Same, filmed during their early ‘70s peak, and Celebration Day, which chronicled their legendary reunion show of 2007.  So as we wind on down the road, our shadows taller than our souls, let’s take a band we all know, and check out Led Zeppelin’s biggest movie moments of all time.

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That Metal Show Season 9 Outtakes: John 5 + Paul Rodgers Mutual Admiration Society

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In less than 2 months That Metal Show will make its return to VH1 Classic and its birthplace of New York City. To get you in the mood we’ve gotten our hands on some awesome backstage extras from past seasons and will be rolling them out each week leading up to the TMS Season 13 premiere on January 18th. This week see what happens when Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 bows down before the “Voice of God,” legendary Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers.  Read more…

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Nirvana, KISS & More To Join The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

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The newest class of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been announced. This year’s group includes grunge rockers Nirvana, the glam rock band KISS, smooth pop duo Hall and Oates, former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel, songbird Linda Ronstadt and folk hero Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam).

Each of the acts is undoubtedly an influential music legend, but this list is making us wonder how Rock and Roll do you have to be to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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That Metal Show: Top 5 Albums Of 2013

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Christmas is almost here and shortly after comes New Year’s so there’s no better time to look back at the year’s music releases in hopes of finding some stocking stuffers for your holiday season. 2013 was a banner year for hard rock and heavy metal with such legends as Black Sabbath, Motorhead and Voivod releasing great new records, strong showings from newer bands like Scorpion Child, The Winery Dogs and Noctum and tons of great releases in the underground metal community as well. We asked That Metal Show hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson what their favorite albums of the year were so click through the following pages to see what they were rocking out to in 2013. It’s already looking like 2014 will be an epic year with That Metal Show returning to New York City on January 18th so don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night for the only show on television about all things hard rock and heavy metal and have a great holiday season. Read more…

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The Name Remains So Lame: 10 Metal Bands With Non-Metal Monikers

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So you’ve decided it’s time for you to start your very own metal band. You’ve got the requisite Marshall stacks and pointy guitars, you’ve assembled a group of like-minded metalheads with which to play and you’ve found yourself a cramped rehearsal space to start creating heavy sounds. Only thing you need now is a band name. Hmm…how about…Rainbow? Dew-Scented? The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza? YEAH, NOW THAT’S FREAKIN’ METAL!!! Wait…what? It turns out that some metal bands have decided to go a different route from the typical death, chaos and destruction themes and chosen handles that are a little, dare we say…lamer? And although these band names don’t exactly convey heaviness, once the songs kick in and you hear those pummeling riffs, there’s no mistaking that these are indeed HEAVY METAL bands. Here’s a list of 10 Metal Bands with Non-Metal Monikers – band names as atypical as the various types of metal they play. Read more…

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Middle-Earth Anthems: 10 Classic Hard Rock Songs That Pay Homage To The Hobbit

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Since their publication in the 1930’s J. R. R. Tolkien’s  books, The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings cycle,  have been inspiring people with the mythical tales of the people of Middle-earth and the struggle between the forces of good and evil. During the psychedelic ‘60s the books became extremely popular in the rock underground and no shortage of bands paid homage to the series in lyrics, song titles and band names. Legendary hard rockers Led Zeppelin practically made a career out of referencing them, both figuratively and often literally. Their heavy metal progeny picked up the helm and to this day many metal bands are named after figures and places in the book including such current black metal bands as Darkthrone and Gorgoroth among others. The latest movie installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens today so in honor we’re taking a look at some of the greatest references to the series in classic hard rock. So pack your pipe, don your magical cloak and spend some time with these Middle-earth anthems to get in the mood for the film. Read more…

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13 Spooky Numbers To Listen To This Friday The 13th!

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Few days fill people with more dread than Friday The 13th. The date connotates bad luck, bad vibes, bad omens and people tread lightly until the strike of midnight signals the shift to the completely benign and innocuous Saturday The 14th. Its bad reputation comes from its association with the unlucky number 13 and, it’s said, being the day when in 1307 the King of France had the mystical, medieval order of The Knights Templar arrested. Musicians, of course, are scared of little besides a day job and they’ve been using the date and that most cryptic of numbers in song titles and lyrics since before Stevie Wonder sang “Superstitious.“ In fact, the mighty Black Sabbath even named their latest album 13 and it went straight to number 1 so maybe it’s not so unlucky after all. Regardless, in honor of today actually being Friday the 13th we’ve pulled together 13 spooky anthems that use the number in their names to help you get through the day which hopefully finds you happy, healthy and smart enough to know there’s no such thing as unlucky numbers and days. Or is there……

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That Metal Show Season 8 Outtakes: Tom Morello & dUg Pinnick On Their Illinois Roots

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In less than 2 months That Metal Show will make its return to VH1 Classic and its birthplace of New York City. To get you in the mood we’ve gotten our hands on some awesome backstage extras from past seasons and will be rolling them out each week leading up to the TMS Season 13 premiere on January 18th. This week see what happens when Rage Against The Machine guitar hero Tom Morello and King’s X singer and bassist dUg Pinnick talk about their first concert experiences and their shared Illinois roots. Read more…

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Looks That Kill: Nikki Sixx Of Motley Crue’s Most Outrageous Rock Star Fashions

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Today marks the 55th birthday of the man behind Motley Crue, born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr. in 1958 but better known to us all as Nikki Sixx. This rock n’ roll outlaw has been causing trouble since he was a teenager and also happens to have penned and played bass on some of the greatest anthems in hard rock and heavy metal history. Since forming the Motleys in 1980 he has sold over 80 million records worldwide, survived multiple near-death experiences, formed the bands Brides of Destruction and Sixx:A.M. and penned the memoir The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, chronicling the darkest days of his drug addiction. Through it all Nikki has always had, as Motley Crue once sang, the “looks that kill.” From the leather and chains of Motley Crue’s early days through the glamiest of glam metal fashions at their height and his badass biker chic of recent years, he has displayed unmatched rock n’roll style. In honor of his birthday and his everlasting cool take a gander of 15 of his most outrageous rock star outfits.