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Don’t Judge A Book: 20 Fantastic Classic Albums With Truly Terrible Cover Art

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Our mother always said: looks aren’t important, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That’s why we gave these AMAZING classic albums a chance, even though their cover art kind of looked like hell.

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Pretty Boys? Rock Stars in Truly Insane Makeup

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With schlock rock pioneers, Kiss, going on a forty-city tour this summer (a grueling schedule for aging Baby Boomers; hope they’re bringing Ben-Gay) — we realized that the band was celebrating a huge milestone in 2014. Forty years of wearing truly psychotic makeup. Sure, they weren’t the first to do it – - that title goes to that weasly-genius Alice Cooper — but the fact that they were four big, brawny New York dudes made up to look like clown demons was super-memorable. And they took it so seriously! Each member was painted in the style of a different character: Starchild (Paul Stanley), The Demon (Gene Simmons), Space Ace (Ace Frehley) and Catman (Peter Criss). Totally bonkers, but seventh grade boys adored their freaky looks. Next up? A slew of bands hit stages looking like ghouls crossed with drag queens.

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EXCLUSIVE: Watch The World Premiere Of Eric Clapton’s New Video, “Call Me The Breeze”

Last July we said a sad goodbye to guitar great J.J. Cale, but now he’s getting a fitting memorial from fellow axe-man Eric Clapton! With a little help from luminaries like Tom Petty, John Mayer, and Willie Nelson, Clapton is releasing a tribute album for his friend entitled The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale. The album hits shelves on July 29th, but VH1 has the exclusive music video for the album opener, Clapton’s soulful cover of Cale’s “Call Me The Breeze”!

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One Album Wonders: 10 Classic Rock Bands Whose Legacy Rests On A Single Studio Album

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Though its significance is on the wane due to single-song downloads, time was when the full-length studio album was the ultimate artistic achievement of any self-respecting rock band or artist. An album was the encapsulation of all a band’s talents and personality, and when we think of the greatest artists of rock, their reputations were made on a canon of recorded works. But what about those bands and artists whose legacy rests on a single release? Read more…

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The Last Words Of 15 Music Legends

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We’ve offered up many reminders that rock ‘n’ roll has more than its fair share of occupational hazards, from plane crashes, drug overdoses, murders, freak accidents, and even stage mishaps. Tragically, we’ve lost so many of music’s finest far too soon, but now we’d like to share their final messages with the world. Yes, these are their last words before they went up to that great gig in the sky.

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10 Rock Bands That Unbelievably Still Have All Their Original Members

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With the exception of maybe Led Zeppelin, nearly every band in the history of rock n’ roll is on tour this summer, or so it seems. Whether they recently reformed or never went away, the lure of concert cash and merch money is enough to make any aging rocker get on the bus. However, the musicians you see playing your favorite songs of yesteryear might be very different than those that played on the original albums. It’s gotten so bad we wrote about 20 Bands with Only One Original Member a couple months back. That’s not the case with these bands.  Read more…

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10 Drummers Who Sang Their Hearts Out From Behind Their Kit (So No, Dave Grohl Doesn’t Count But Taylor Hawkins Does)

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Let’s be honest, musicians are generally speaking not usually the most athletic people. However, this rule is stood on it’s (drum)head when it comes to those well-muscled percussionists that sit behind the trap-kit. It takes massive amounts of strength, coordination and endurance to master the drums, let alone play them for a typical 40-minute set. If that ain’t enough, there’s a small but multi-skilled set of elite drummers who have been known to take lead vocals while playing their drums AT THE SAME FREAKIN’ TIME! And you thought walking and texting was hard! Read more…

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Civil Wars, Stabbings And The 15 Fiercest Feuds In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock History

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Band beefs are nothing new, whether between members or ex-members of the same group, or rivals from the same scene. Whether fighting for their turn in the spotlight or for the affections of a groupie, competition is as natural to the life of a rock band as camaraderie, and where there is competition there is usually conflict. In the world of hard rock and heavy metal, home to some of music’s loudest loud mouths and even the occasional genuine badass, things can escalate quickly from smack-talking to catching a smack. Read more…

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My Dad Is Cooler Than Yours: 10 Unlikely But Awesome Heavy Metal Fathers

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Father’s Day. A time to celebrate the man who drove you to little league, taught you about life, cheered you up when you were feeling down. But what if your dad was on the road 80% of your young life, snorting lines of ants and partying with groupies and throwing TVs out of hotel windows? Well that doesn’t make him a bad person, or a bad father – does it? Sure, “normal” dads may have had more quantity time with their kids, but a lot of heavy metal dads had just as strong a bond with their young ‘uns (albeit in a different way) and made sure to give them everything they need to grow into decent, responsible adults. We think. And though the offspring of heavy metal legends might not be thanking their dads with a Hallmark card and a polo shirt for his big day, there’s no reason they shouldn’t celebrate them and show them how much they mean. From Ozzy to Lemmy to Tom Araya and Eddie Van Halen, these guys have all found the rock star/doting father balance. Here’s 10 Unlikely, but no less great, Metal Dads – just in time for Father’s Day.