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The Day The Music Died: 15 Music Legends Who Died In Plane Crashes

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55 years ago today, the burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll sound lost three crucial pioneers. Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed when their rented single-engined Beechcraft plunged into a corn-field near Clear Lake, Iowa. The event became known as “The Day The Music Died” after being immortalized in Don McLean’s song “American Pie,” and we still mourn the loss of these musical icons today. Who knows how music history would be changed had these men lived to progress and grow as artists? It’s a tantalizing thought, indeed…

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Celebrate The Super Bowl With Hard Rock’s Top 10 Jock Jams!

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The Super Bowl hits today with a giant wallop of testosterone, from the on-field battling to the at-home screaming to the face-painting to the cheap beer and nachos. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from piling on even more masculine energy with this list of the greatest rock and metal stadium anthems. Whether you’re rooting for Seattle or Denver to triumph in the end, or you just don’t care at all, there’s at least one song on this list that you’ve cared about at some point in your life. And while these songs have been played at stadiums of all sports ad nauseam and can now be considered quite Velveeta-cheesy, they’re still some of the most motivating, inspiring and adrenaline-rushing songs we’ve ever known. From AC/DC to Queen to The White Stripes, they’ve all hit us hard with melodies and messages of hope, belief and victory. So to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII, here’s a list of the 10 Greatest Rock & Metal Jock Jams of all time – songs that are the musical equivalent of a kick in the pants. Hope you’re wearing your cup. Read more…

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That Metal Gear: Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson

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Each week That Metal Show on VH1 Classic brings you the latest news and interviews with the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. This season in addition we’re interviewing some of TMS’ biggest guests and finding out how they got their starts playing their instruments and finding out what they’re playing and what other players got them jazzed to pick them up in the first place. This week we’re catching up with Dave Ellefson, bass player in legendary “Big Four” thrash metal pioneers Megadeth. Some people grow up in cities renowned for their thriving metal scenes but Dave grew up in a farm in Minnesota and had to work a little harder than most to get his start in music and as such has wide ranging tastes in music, from classic hard rockers like Kiss and Thin Lizzy to punk rock and jazz. Find out how he got his start and what gear he uses to get the varied sounds needed when playing live with Megadeth. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee + Mick Mars Talk About The Band’s “Final” Tour


“Farewell tours are for those band’s that lie to their fans and come back in about 5 or 10 years.” So says Tommy Lee, drummer for the long running heavy metal band Motley Crue, in the wake of the band announcing their final tour. Final, not farewell. The band is so adamant that their upcoming ‘All Bad Things Must Come To An End’ tour is the absolute last Motley tour ever they’ve signed a binding “cessation of touring document,” which makes it official they will never hit the road under the name Motley Crue ever again. Seriously. VH1 News caught up with Lee and guitarist Mick Mars shortly after their press conference announcing the tour. See what they have to say about their upcoming final act and find out why they have no regrets.

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Thrash Metal Bass Summit Next Time On That Metal Show!

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In case you haven’t heard, 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 it’s a trash metal bass summit as 4-string wranglers Dave Ellefson from Megadeth and Frank Bello from Anthrax sit down with the boys and if that isn’t cool enough Guns N’ Roses guitar maniac Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal is this week’s special musical guest. Check out photos from this week’s shoot and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night at 11/10C for the latest TMS episodes!

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Hilarious “Metal Albums With Googly Eyes” Tumblr Will Melt The Coldest Headbanger Heart

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A few weeks back we brought you a Tumblr that specialized in making classic album covers out of Lego blocks. Well today things get even better, because your favorite heavy metal album covers are about to get a googly-eye makeover!

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Class Of 1984: 30 Classic Heavy Metal Albums That Are Turning 30 This Year!

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It may seem like a distant memory now, but at the time 1984 was a very foreboding year. Whether in the dystopian George Orwell novel of the same name or the punk rock exploitation thriller Class of 1984, it had ominous connotations and the reality of it wasn’t much better. The threat of nuclear war between The United State and The Soviet Union hovered in the air, especially that summer when U.S. President Ronald Reagan glibly joked “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Reagan was the perfect And the soundtrack to such a bleak year, from Zurich, Switzerland to California’s San Fernando Valley, was heavy f**king metal. Read more…

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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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Folk Music Legend Pete Seeger Dead At 94

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Legendary folk music icon Pete Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. He was as famous for his work championing folk music and for his committal to civil rights as he was as a singer, instrumentalist (he played both guitar and banjo) and writer of such folk standards as “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” and “Turn, Turn, Turn!” His career as a performer spanned over70 years, going all the way back to the seminal folk groups as The Weavers and The Almanac Singers. In later years he became an elder statesman of folk music, mentoring Bob Dylan and Don McLean among others. Read more…

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10 Classic Rockers With Little-Known (And Awesomely Bad) Disco Phases

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Disco. Even after almost forty years we still don’t fully understand it. It came on like a force of nature; strong and fast, swiftly devouring everything in its path. It swallowed up formerly rockin’ musicians and in their place left lame overly-catchy songs with throbbing bass. It wasn’t pretty. But by god, it was fun to dance to! It seemed like everyone had a “disco phase” in the late ’70s…even bands that probably wish you’d forget all about it. Read on to hear 10 Saturday Night Fever-worthy tunes from the most unexpected of bands. Strap on your platforms and enjoy!

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