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What Are The Top 5 Motorhead Songs?

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Motorheadbangers worldwide let out a collective groan last week as news spread that the band had to cancel their upcoming European tour due to Motorhead-honcho Lemmy’s continuing health problems. One of rock’s most unrepentant badasses, Lemmy lived on a diet of Marlboros, Jack Daniels and Lord knows what else for over 50 years and apparently it’s FINALLY catching up to him at 68 years of age. He was diagnosed with Diabetes in 2000 and was hospitalized last year due to a hematoma but if anyone can knock a disease on its ass it’s the man in black. This week on VH1 Classic‘s That Metal Show, Don, Jim and Ed paid tribute to one of hard rock and heavy metal’s greatest bands on the TMS Top 5 and counted down the Top 5 Motorhead Songs Of All Time. See the final list and check out the boys personal picks on the following pages and vote for your favorite songs in our poll. Read more…

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Pharrell’s Hat, Taylor’s Headbanging And The Other Grammy Moments Everyone’s Talking About

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We’ve already hashed out who was the worst-dressed and who had the hottest arm candy on the 2014 Grammy Awards red carpet last night, but what were the biggest moments of the night? From Taylor Swift‘s head-banging performance (and her surprise at not winning an award) to Pharrell’s comically large hat, here are the 10 moments everyone is talking about this morning–and will continue to talk about in years to come.

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Eddie Trunk Puts “Clueless” Grammys On Blast For Years Of Metal Neglect!

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The Grammy Awards has had a long history of ignoring hard rock and heavy metal ever since the genre emerged screaming from the womb of late ‘60s rock. Consider that such legendary bands as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath never received a single Grammy Award during their existences and years later were only awarded for live recording from their reunion shows. Last night’s show seemingly went to lengths to include hard rock and metal with performances by Metallica and Queens Of The Stone Age though metal fans have been rightfully outraged about Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman being excluded from the In Memorium montage. in DJ, author and host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, Eddie Trunk is one of hard rock and metal’s biggest fans and greatest advocates and has long been critical of the genre’s treatment by the mainstream media in general and institutions like The Grammys and The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in particular. We asked Eddie to share his thoughts on last night’s show and why the music still never gets the respect it deserves all these years later. Read more…

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Biggest Grammys 2014 Snub? Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Was Left Out Of The “In Memoriam” Segment!

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Sure, some people might be mad that Kendrick Lamar lost the Best Rap Album Grammy Award to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but the most egregious Grammy snub came during the evening’s “In Memoriam” tribute. The Grammy Awards left Slayer‘s Jeff Hanneman and Iron Maiden‘s Clive Burr and off of the In Memoriam montage–despite the fact that Hanneman actually won two Grammys!

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Metallica Adds A Classical Twist To Their Fiery Version Of “One,” But Was It Metal Enough?

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It’s been 22 long years since Metallica performed at the Grammy Awards. The heavy metal gods were at the height of their critical and commercial success in 1992 when they tore up the Grammys stage with a killer performance of “Enter Sandman,” but tonight’s performance of their stone classic “One” was able to match that moment thanks in part to a very interesting twist: The addition of Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang.

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Grammys 2014: Paul McCartney And Ringo Starr Reunite Onstage For 50 Years Of Beatlemania

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February 7th marks 50 years since the historic day when the a Pan Am jet touched down at New York’s JFK airport, bringing the Beatles to America for the very first time. The 2014 Grammy Awards celebrated half a century of Beatlemania by reuniting Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr onstage for the first time in nearly five years…along with a little help from artists they helped to inspire!

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That Metal Gear: Joel Hoekstra From Night Ranger + Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

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Metal fans rejoiced last week at the return of That Metal Show, the only show on television about all things hard rock and heavy metal. This season as an added bonus we’re going behind the stacks with some of your favorite musicians and TMS guests and finding out how they got started playing their instruments, who their favorite players are and what equipment they’re using. We caught up with this week’s musical guest Joel Hoekstra who’s known for his work with Night Ranger and Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as being the house guitarist for the hair metal musical Rock Of Ages to find out about his multiple rigs and his love of Gibson guitars. Check back each week to find out more of your favorite shredder’s live rigs and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night at 11/10C for new episodes of That Metal Show! Read more…

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New Jersey Metalhead Photobombs Local News Reporter During A Snowstorm

A severe snowstorm hit the East Coast earlier this week, one that could be described by our metal brethren as a Blizzard of Ozz. As is the case in extreme weather situations like this, a local news channel sent a reporter and a cameraperson out into the streets to show viewers at home what Mother Nature is capable of. What followed, though, is what Metal Sucks is describing as The Most Metal Photobomb of All-Time.

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11 Heavy Songs By Bands That Weren’t That Heavy

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While Black Sabbath blew the doors wide open for heavy metal, many of their peers (and predecessors) were experimenting with their own signature brand of rock n’ roll. And though a lot of these artists were a little, well OK, a lot tamer than Ozzy and company, they did occasionally venture into some hard rock and even heavy metal territory. Their music helped influence and lay the foundation for future rawk and metal artists. You may be familiar with some or even all of these tunes (damn…really?), but it’s an interesting reminder that although these classic bands tended to favor the mellower stuff, there were a few select songs in their respective catalogues that actually cranked the amps to 11. From Pink Floyd to Chicago to The Beatles, they all had at least one killer heavy tune. Here’s a list of 11 heavy songs by bands that aren’t very heavy. Or are they??? (Dun dun dunnnn.) . Read more…