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A History Of The Umlaut In Popular Music (You Know, Those Two Little Dots Above A Letter That All The Metal Bands Use)

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We often ponder the origins of famous band names, whether they be boy bands, metal bands or even just really offensive ones. It’s less often that we ponder the diacritical marks some bands use to make their monikers extra special. What’s a diacritical mark you ask? They’re the little doodads you often see above words in other languages that connote how it should be pronounced. The coolest of all diacritical marks is obviously the “umlaut,” which you see used by many heavy metal bands, such as Motörhead and Mötley Crüe. We started wondering, when did bands first start adding it to their logos and what does it mean anyway?  Read more…

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10 Bands That Kept It In The Family When Replacing A Member

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Rock n’ roll fans the world over were saddened last week by the news that founding AC/DC rhythm guitar great Malcolm Young was leaving the band due to ongoing health problems. If there was any solace to be taken, it was that the band was keeping it in the family in replacing him with nephew Stevie Young, who had previously filled in for Mal on AC/DC’s 1988 tour. They are hardly the first group to fill an open lineup spot with a band member’s kith and kin. Read more…

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The $10,000 Led Zeppelin Shirt And More Of The Most Expensive Vintage Rock Tees Of All Time

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Kiss’ Gene Simmons might think that rock is dead but he would be wise to invest in the mementoes of its glory years (though knowing him, he probably already has). Not only are classic rock bands still filling arenas to the tune of over $300,000,000 so far this year, but original concert tees from their heyday can fetch up to $10,000 and sometimes more. Whether on super models or super fans, the market for vintage rock t-shirts has exploded in recent years. Read more…

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INTERVIEW: Motörhead’s Lemmy Recalls Life Before Rock N’ Roll On Eve Of Concert Cruise

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The idea is almost too perfect to be true; rock n’ roll brigand Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead and a rogues gallery of hard rock heavies take to the high seas for a four-day high-decibal concert cruise dubbed Motörhead’s Motörboat. Embarking from Miami, Fl. this Monday and making its way to Cozumel, Mexico, the floating fiesta grande will feature performances from Motörhead, Anthrax, and Down among others and promises to bring chaos to the Caribbean, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since Blackbeard flew the Jolly Roger. On the eve of his departure, the consummate hard rock outlaw was kind enough to take our call and talk to us about a lifetime of rock n’ roll memories, and some that even precede rock n’ roll itself. Read more…

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Rock N’ Roll Outlaws And Iron Horses: 15 Badass Photos Of Rockers On Motorcycles

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Here it is Wednesday morning and you’re no doubt suffering PTSD from another nail-biting and horrifically violent episode of everybody’s favorite biker drama, Sons Of Anarchy. But way before SAMCRO brought 1%er culture into people’s living rooms, rock n’ rollers were scaring norms and singing tomes to badasses and their two-wheeled death machines. From Steppenwolf‘s ode to getting out on that highway, “Born To Be Wild,” to Motörhead‘s Hell’s Angels tribute “Iron Horse/Born to Lose,” outlaw rockers have always had a great affinity for outlaw bikers and some of them have been known to mount a steel horse from time to time as well.  Read more…

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Old Is The New New: 10 Classic Artists That Influenced Current Musical Trends

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There’s a common belief among music fans, critics and artists alike that there is nothing completely original in music. Even the most unique artists are influenced by their peers and their sounds can be traced back to the pioneers before them, going so far back as the classical music of Bach and Beethoven. So when we discuss current music trends, it’s only natural that we look to the artists and bands from past decades to see where these sounds and ideas were really first generated. From The Band to Talking Heads, Hall & Oates to Black Sabbath, there’s a multitude of classic artists whose sound, lyrics and overall vibe can be heard amongst the popular music trends of today. Read more…

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Rocka Rolla Turns 40: Judas Priest Reflect On Their Debut Album

40 years ago today, Judas Priest came shrieking out of turntable speakers for the very first time with their debut disc, Rocka Rolla. Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner discussed the band’s first studio outing recently when they stopped by VH1 headquarters.

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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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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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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…