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What’s Right And Wrong About The 2015 ‘Best Metal Performance’ Grammy Award Nominees

Heavy metal and the Grammys Awards. They go together like peanut butter and tuna fish.  No matter how hard they try, and honestly – they’ve never tried that hard, they can’t get it right.  Whether they’re ignoring the genre’s most important artists at their artistic peak, or giving them token awards past their prime, it’s at best too little, too late. And unfortunately, for the most part this year’s nominees for ‘Best Metal Performance’ are more of the same. Read more…

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Celebrate Metal All Month Long With 28 Classic Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Album Openers

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It might be the shortest month on the calendar and for many its one of the coldest times of the year, but that don’t matter ’cause we’re keeping warm all month long thanks to the molten riffs and fiery antics of heavy f***ing metal music. Yep, in honor of the impending season 14 return of That Metal Show, the only show on television on all things hard rock and heavy metal, and the premiere of Rock Icons on VH1 Classic on Saturday, February 21st, we’re going hard and heavy with our coverage of the loudest music genre in the known universe. Hell, we’ve even got some surprises planned that are going to blow your mind. And just to show you we’re serious, we’re counting down the 28 greatest album openers in the history of hard rock and heavy metal. Get it, 28? Like, one for each day of the month. Pretty clever, huh? Check back all month long to see what else we’ve got coming your way because it’s Metal F***ing February and it’s gonna rock! Read more…

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Eddie Money Talks About New Autobiographical Musical ‘Two Tickets To Paradise’


Rock legend Eddie Money has channeled Jersey Boys and Rock Of Ages with his new stage show Two Tickets To Paradise – The Musical. The singer says his show is like Frankie Valli’s autobiographical musical , with one major difference – it’s made for now. The musical features classic Money songs like “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets To Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight, ” combined with Eddie’s narration about his ups and downs as a former New York City policeman turned rock n’ roll star.

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Sam Dunn of Banger Films Discusses New VH1 Classic Docu-Series ‘Rock Icons’

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[Photo: Getty Images]

When it comes to film and television, no one has done as much to document hard rock and the heavy metal experience as Canadian production company Banger Films. Founded by former anthropology major and metal musician Sam Dunn and partner  Scot McFadyen, they’ve explored the genre and it’s most important bands in such documentaries as 2005′s Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, the band biopics Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage(2010) and Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014), and the television series Metal Evolution.  Now Banger is set to return with Rock Icons, a new 30-minute docu-series that takes you backstage with in-depth, intimate portraits of some of rock’s most important artists. The series debuts on VH1 Classic on  Saturday February 21st at 10/9C, immediately following That Metal Show‘s season 14 premiere, and geos beyond the limelight with Rush lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee. Director and show creator Sam Dunn talked with VH1 about the new series and the challenges of fitting someone’s entire life story into a haf hour, as well as what Banger has planned for the future. Read more…

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The 10 Most Unexpected Paul McCartney Collaborations

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Paul McCartney is one of the most iconic living musicians of all time. Whether you like him or not (and you like him, because who doesn’t love Paul, the best Beatle?) there’s absolutely no denying his cultural significance and immense musical talent, especially since his legacy is an ongoing one. That’s right: Paul McCartney is by no means done making music or a cultural impact. To celebrate the legend, and the release of his new single with Rihanna and Kanye West, “FourFiveSeconds”, we’re looking back at the times Paul McCartney shocked us with curveball collaborations. From Carly Simon or his secret band The Fireman, to rocking out on stage with Jay-Z and Linkin Park, these are the most unexpected Paul McCartney alliances we’ve been blessed with.

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Rush’s Geddy Lee To Appear On ‘That Metal Show’ Season 14 Premiere With Musical Guest John Petrucci Of Dream Theater

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[Photo: Getty Images]


The first guests of That Metal Show‘s 14th season have just been announced and this might just be the best season yet. Joining Eddie, Jim and Don on Saturday, February 21st will be none other than Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee. And if that isn’t enough to send fans of classic rock and progressive metal into a tizzy, mounting the TMS riser as season 14′s first musical guest is Dream Theater‘s very own wizard of the six-strings, John Petrucci. Read more…

by (@McBeardo)

The 10 Most Metal Moments In ‘Saturday Night Live’ History

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Live from New York—the city that brought you Kiss, Twisted Sister, Anthrax, White Zombie, and the Plasmatics—it’s heavy metal on Saturday night! Alas, as with other hometown hard rock heroes the Ramones, none of those Big Apple metal battalions ever got a guest shot on Saturday Night Live.

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8 Artists You Won’t Believe Were Once Considered Heavy Metal

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[Photo: Getty Images]

The parameters of the heavy metal music have been expanding and evolving ever since the very earliest days when Black Sabbath set the general boilerplate, Led Zeppelin broke open new possibilities, and late-’70s upstarts on the order of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest defined and codified the genre’s look, tone, and feel.
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