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Celebrate No-Shave November With The 20 Greatest Beards In Heavy Metal

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Every November men around the world let their razors rust and let the facial hair flow as part of No-Shave November to help raise cancer awareness. Now as everyone knows, heavy metal is home to some of music’s most hirsute rockers and what better way to ring in the month than by checking out some of the greatest beards in the history of hard rock. Read more…

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Exclusive: Slash On Playing With Myles Kennedy “It’s Definitely A Band”


Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash appeared on VH1 Classic’s On Tap radio show with Nik Carter recently to discuss his new album, World On Fire, which has received near universally good reviews since its release earlier this fall. A large part of what makes the album so damn good is the expert pairing of one of the world’s last true guitar heroes with excellent backing from Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Slash says it’s no accident the band has cranked out two albums in 3 years and countless tours since he hooked up with the Alter Bridge singer during the recording of his eponymous 2010 solo album. Read more…

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Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page Discusses New Autobiography With Artist Jeff Koons In Front Of Rapturous NYC Crowd

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It’s been a busy year for Jimmy Page. Earlier this year, the Led Zeppelin guitarist began an exhaustive reissue campaign, expanding each of the band’s classic releases to include companion discs of outtakes and extensive liner notes, packed with rare pics. Last month saw the release of Page’s “photographic autobiography,” Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, which tells the reclusive rock legend’s life story in hundreds of never seen before photos, from his start as an innocent choirboy to the hedonistic heights of rock stardom. Last night Page appeared at New York City’s 92nd St. Y for a conversation with famed modern artist Jeff Koons to discuss, literally, his past, present and future. Read more…

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These 20 Heavy Metal Horror Movies Will Make You Bang Your Head With Fright This Halloween

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In the realm of heavy metal, every day is Halloween. Just consider the costumes, the make-up, the shrieking, the zombie mascots, the haunted house stage decor, and the omnipresence of horned demons and hungry gargoyles set loose in tribute to the forces of darkness. And what back stage rider is complete without a gluttonous array of sweets and candies(no brown M&M’s please)?

Another way of looking at it, though, is that for one day each year, the whole rest of the world goes heavy metal. Either way, come late October, Halloween and heavy metal are as intertwined as the words “trick” and “treat.” The unholy wellspring from which each draws its greatest inspiration is the hairy, scary visual and cultural vocabulary of horror movies. Read more…

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Joe Perry On Steven Tyler “You Can Love Your Brother, You Don’t Have To Like Him”


It’s no secret the sibling rivalry between Aerosmith‘s “Toxic Twins,” A.K.A. guitarist Joe Perry and singer Steven Tyler, has been flaring up over the past few years. It’s gotten so bad at times they’ve almost come to blows. But as Perry said when he sat down with VH1 On Tap‘s Nik Carter, conflict is to be expected when you consider the two’s long history. As Nick succinctly put it, “It’s complicated.” Read more…

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The Case Against Led Zeppelin: Is Hard Rock’s Greatest Band Guilty Of Musical Plagiarism?

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As the old adage goes, good artists copy, great artists steal. The victims of such artistic theft, however, might contest the veracity of such a statement. And while the musical greatness and innovations of classic rockers Led Zeppelin are an uncontestable fact, so too is it true that they have more than once used other artists riffs and lyrics and failed to properly credit or compensate them. On Monday a Pennsylvania judge ruled that relatives of deceased guitarist Randy California, nee Randy Craig Wolfe, could move forward with a lawsuit claiming Led Zeppelin stole the music from their career-defining 1971 epic “Stairway To Heaven” from his band Spirit’s 1968 recording “Taurus.” The intros of both songs are startlingly familiar, and the band’s were familiar with each other, however actually proving copyright infringement is a harder task. Read more…

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Find Out About Heavy Metal’s Latino Heritage In Honor Of National Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th and finished up a couple days ago, pays tribute to Hispanic Americans’ rich contribution to the history and culture of the United States. One thing that most metalheads know, is Hispanic Americans have also made huge contributions to the history and culture of heavy metal music. Some of metal’s biggest acts include members from a variety of Hispanic backgrounds, from Chilean-born Slayer frontman Tom Araya to journeyman bassist Rudy Sarzo who lived in Havana, Cuba until the age of 11. It’s a story that doesn’t get told much and surprises those ignorant of the genre and we thought it was time to set the record straight. Read more…

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For Those About To Rank: Count Down Every AC/DC Song With The Word “Rock” In The Title

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It has been said that AC/DC only sings about four things; f**king, rocking, Hell and balls.  And while most of their songs are in one way or another about sex, a not insubstantial amount of their catalog deals with rock n’ roll music and the act of rocking itself. Funnily enough, the actual term “rock n’ roll” is also a euphemism for having sex, so I guess in the end they really are all about f**king. Besides the ones about Hell and balls that is, but I digress. The point is, AC/DC are if not the greatest rock band of all time, certainly the most rocking and the one that has sung the most times about rock n’ roll. Like, on almost every album. Hell, three of their albums even have the word “Rock” in their title, including their latest, Rock Or Bust, which is due out next month and contains another three songs about rock and / or rocking. So the time has now come to rank every AC/DC song with the word “rock” in the title, from the most rocking to the not-quite-as-rocking-as-the-preceding-songs-but-still-pretty-goddamn-rocking-next-to-most-things. There’s 18 of them in all, so let’s get rockin.’ Read more…

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15 Breakthrough Classic Rock Albums That Made The Bands Superstars

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Not every band can be Led Zeppelin or The Beatles or The Jimi Hendrix Experience and immediately make rock history and find fame with their debut album. Many groups we now consider legendary toiled away for years in relative obscurity or achieved cult success, gradually building their fan-bases until one gold album launched them into the stratosphere. Several of the following artists even considered breaking up before finally breaking big; after all, when you put as much work as these bands did into promoting, touring and crafting your own signature style, there’s a point where you just don’t know where it’s all going. But, oh did it go somewhere, to say the least. Whether it’s U2’s The Unforgettable Fire, Rush’s Moving Pictures or Queen’s A Night at the Opera, these groups reached superstar status with one single album – breakthrough successes that contained their biggest hits to date and solidified them as rock legends. Here are 15 historic rock albums that broke the band.

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