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Guess The Heavy Metal Crotch: Do You Know Which Rock Gods These Loins Belong To?

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Rock and roll is for the most part about sex. Actually the term “Rock N’ Roll” is an old blues term which literally refers to rocking and rolling between the sheets, creating the two-backed beast, getting busy, in other words, having sex. So it makes sense that the music itself often deals with the actions happening down in the nether regions. Heavy metal, being one of the most outrageous permutations of rock n’roll, has a long history of not only celebrating that most holy of holies in song but in costume as well. From the skin-tight pants of ’70s rockers like Led Zeppelin that left little to the imagination to the attention grabbing codpieces of Kiss and others, heavy metal bands have always tried to bring your eyes below the belt. So rather than trying to dress things up and talk about rock n’ roll as a force for revolutionary self-examination and critical thinking we think it’s time to celebrate the great crotches of hard rock, both male and female. Take a guilt-free gander at the following groins and see if you can guess the rock gods they’re attached to. We promise not to judge if you stare too long. Read more…

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That Metal Gear: Lita Ford – Watch Her Talk About How She Got her Start On The Guitar!


This season on That Metal Show we decided to go behind the stacks and interview some of your favorite TMS guests about their musical gear and find out how they got started playing their instruments in our That Metal Gear features. This week we’re proud to take That Metal Gear to the next level and present an exclusive online interview with heavy metal‘s leading lady, the legendary Lita Ford.

Lita got her start at the age of 16 with groundbreaking all-female hard rock group The Runaways which set the stage for her ‘80s career as a platinum-selling solo artist. Watch Lita walk us through her set up, talk about her love of Black Sabbath and share amazing stories about touring with the Ramones and how Deep Purple and Rainbow guitar god Ritchie Blackmore forever influenced her playing! Read more…

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13 Classic Hard Rock Songs That Will Make You Scream “More Cowbell!”

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Poor cowbell. The once-celebrated percussive instrument that has since been dragged through the comedic mud (albeit hilariously) by Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken and company on Saturday Night Live. But back in the day, some hard rock and heavy metal bands actually held the ole ‘bell in high regard (well, sorta). Whether used as the foundation for the song, in one particular section, or  just for the intro, many legendary bands have utilized the percussion instrument – from Mountain to Led Zeppelin to Judas Priest to of course – Blue Öyster CultRead more…

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That Metal Show Goes Classic Rock Next Episode With Mick Jones, Leslie West And Lita Ford!

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Everyone knows That Metal Show is the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal but this Saturday the show focuses on two legends of classic rock. Ed, Don and Jim are joined by Mick Jones, guitarist and primary songwriter for FM radio staples Foreigner, and hallowed king of syrupy guitar tones, Leslie West of Mountain. And if that ain’t enough, the lovely and legendary Lita Ford breaks down the barriers as the show’s first ever female guest musician, and it’s about time! Check out pictures from this week’s taping and tune in Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the whole show and also see the boys address the latest Kiss controversy surrounding their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, only on VH1 Classic.

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Heavy Before Metal: Which Classic Hard Rock Albums Are Turning 40 In 2014?

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Last month we told you about 30 Classic Heavy Metal Albums That Are Turning 30 in 2014. Today we go deeper into the history of the loudest genre in music and count down 29 classic hard rock albums that are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. In many ways 1974 was the first year of the ’70s proper. The peace and love aesthetic and musical experimentation of the 1960′s was a fading memory and a whole new generation of kids were ready to party down to the harder rocking sounds that would evolve into full-tilt heavy metal by decade’s end. Read more…

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Who Are The Top 5 Guests Ed, Don And Jim Would Like To Have On That Metal Show?

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Each week on That Metal Show, Eddie, Don and Jim rank their favorite musical moments from the worlds of hard rock and heavy metal in the TMS Top 5 and then argue about what the final ranking should be. This week That Metal Debate centered on which hard rock and heavy metal legends the boys most want to have on a future TMS episode as guests. Is it one of the members of game-changing hard rockers Van Halen? Is it the guitar virtuoso behind one of music’s greatest bands of all-time, Led Zeppelin? Which of the brothers behind Australia’s biggest hard rock exports would Eddie and Jim prefer to chat with? Check out the Top 5 Guests We’d To Like To Have On That Metal Show plus the boys personal picks on the following pages and vote for which you’d most like to see on the final page. And don’t forget to tune-in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night to see what the boys are going to argue about next.

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10 Unexpected Metalheads: Which Celebs Love Banging Their Heads To Heavy Metal?

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We all know what a metalhead looks like, right? They’re big, hairy dudes, covered in tattoos and wearing the prerequisite uniform of denim and leather, as Saxon sang of, covered in patches of their favorite heavy metal bands. Well, take a gander at the following glamorous, well-coiffed, self-professed heavy metal maniacs from the world’s of TV, film, sports and politics and prepare to have your narrow-minded prejudices shattered into a million pieces. Read more…

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Things Get Heavy On That Metal Show Next Episode Heavy When Lamb Of God Stops By!

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Things take a turn for the serious this Saturday night when the boys of That Metal Show  welcome Randy Blythe and Chris Adler from New Wave of American Heavy Metal pioneers Lamb Of God. Find out how the band dealt with the 2012 arrest of Blythe on manslaughter charges, his subsequent acquittal and the band’s upcoming documentary As the Palaces Burn, which deals with the incident and its fall out.  On top of that, Anthrax great Charlie Benante stops by to absolutely kill it on the drums and guitar and Don, Ed and Jim chat with neo-’70s hard rockers Scorpion Child via Skype. Check out pictures from this week’s shoot and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic this Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the latest episode of the only show on television on all things heavy metal and hard rock.

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Happy Birthday To Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi! Check Out The Evolution Of His Facial Hair!

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Today, February 19th, marks the 66th birthday of one of the architects of heavy metal, the master of riffs, legendary Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell guitarist Tony Iommi. Without the sound itself of his Gibson SG plugged into a wall of amp stacks the genre as we know it might very well not even exist. As well as being a sonic pioneer in the world of ultra-heavy evil riffing, Mr. Iommi is also a trendsetter in the world of rock facial hair. Though he’s gone clean shaven from time to time, he is best known for sporting any number of variations on the mustache.  Whether it’s the early peach-fuzz  of the Sabbath’s early days,  the manly handlebar ‘stache of the band’s Golden Years, or his recent forays into goatees, Mr. Iommi’s facial hair is a major part of his image and one of the many things that makes him such a badass. So in honor of his birthday let’s stroll down memory lane and take a gander of the facial hair evolution of Tony Iommi.

 

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That Metal Gear: Mark Tremonti

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Every Saturday night on VH1 Classic That Metal Show brings you interviews with the biggest names in heavy metal and hard rock. And each week That Metal Gear interviews your favorite TMS guests to find out how some of the genre’s most accomplished musicians got their start playing their instruments and what guitars and amps they’re using to get their sounds. This week we caught up with Mark Tremonti, formerly of Creed, and currently holding things down for Alter Bridge and Tremonti. Mark is at heart a true metalhead who cut his teeth as a teenage thrash metal fanatic and also a true gear nerd when it comes to guitars and amps. Find out what he’s using, what he’s listening to and how he crafts those giant hooks while staying true to his metal roots. Read more…