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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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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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Side One, Track One: The 25 Greatest Album Openers In Classic Rock History

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-By Frank Donovan

Today we rarely listen to entire albums, track by track, as one cohesive experience painstakingly crafted by musicians and their producers. But it used to be nothing short of crucial, especially for debut albums, to open with a bang. The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” was a jubilant yet bold testament to their new progressive, symphonic sound; Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” introduced not only their album Nevermind, but also the Seattle sound to the world. Like they say, first impressions matter!

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Black Sabbath Bassist Geezer Butler Arrested After California Bar Brawl

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Looks like we may have to rethink our list of metal’s biggest baddasses. 65 year old Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler spent Tuesday night in jail after being arrested for battery, vandalism, and disorderly conduct. The legendary heavy metal musicians apparently got into an argument that turned physical at the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley National Park. He was later released after “detox and citation”, according to local police. Read more…

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Iconic Guitars That Have Passed From One Rock Legend To Another

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For nearly every rock n’ roll guitarist there is a nearly-as legendary guitar. Think of Jimmy Page and his “#1″ late ’50s Les Paul Standard, Eric Clapton‘s “The Fool” SG he used in Cream and “Greeny”, the hallowed 1959 Les Paul Standard used by Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green, Irish blues rock great Gary Moore and now in the possession of Metallica shredder Kirk Hammett. It’s fascinating to think of one guitar passing through the hands of three famous guitarists, though it’s more common than you might think.

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New VH1 Classic Show ‘Rock Icons’ Profiles Legendary Rockers – Watch The Premiere Saturday, February 21st At 10/9C!


From Banger Films, the people that brought you the Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage documentary and the TV show Metal Evolution, comes an all-new docu-series profiling the biggest icons in hard rock, heavy metal and classic rock. Rock Icons premieres Saturday February 21st at 10/9C, immediately following the That Metal Show‘s season 14 kick-off, and takes you backstage with in-depth, intimate portraits revealing who these rock stars really are. Each 30-minute episode is jam-packed with exclusive interviews and  never-before-seen footage with featured artists and the key people who helped shape their careers. Read more…

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Tom Petty Officially Gets A Songwriting Credit On Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

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As soon as Tom Petty heard Sam Smith sing “Stay With Me”, Petty thought, “Well, that sounds too damn familiar.” He was right. The chorus and melody of “Stay With Me” sound almost identical to Petty’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down” so Petty’s publishers went after Smith’s publishers to get to the bottom of the issue.

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Drummer Marky Ramone Recounts His Personal ‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg’ In New Autobiography

Though relegated to being a cult band during their time together on this Earth, few bands can claim to have had as great an influence on rock n’ roll music as Forest Hills finest, the Ramones. Their 1976 debut album effectively launched the punk rock explosion, both in their native New York City and in the U.K., where their distorted, three-chord buzzsaw anthems inspired first wave English punkers like The Clash and Damned. Joining in time for the band’s monumental fourth album Road to Ruin, drummer Marky Ramone was there for the band’s heyday and was the band’s longest serving drummer, after having played with Brooklyn proto-metal band Dust and seminal CBGB’s mainstays Richard Hell and The Voidoids. His new autobiography Punk Rock Blitzkrieg chronicles a life in music, from being a teenage rock n’ roll fan in the ‘60s to touring the world with brothers Ramone. It’s an essential read for fans of rock in its purest essence and Marky talked to his about his motivations for the book, the Ramones worldwide legacy and his future plans. Read more…