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Ed Sheeran Leads Our List Of The 20 Greatest Gingers In Music

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Today we’re wishing our favorite musical redhead, Ed Sheeran, an incredibly happy 24th birthday. The ginger Brit has found our way into our hearts with his smooth, romantic sound— although he’s not the first musical carrot top that we’ve fallen irrepressibly in love with. Ever since Art Garfunkel and Daryl Hall were young men, we’ve held a soft spot for the orange haired troubadour. And when it comes to the ginger ladies, they’re not lacking in willful girl power: from Geri Halliwell to Annie Lennox to Neko Case to Shirley Manson to Tori Amos, red hair on a woman in music is synonymous with independence and power.

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The Complete Guide To Each And Everyone Of ‘That Metal Show’s Musical Guests (So Far)

This coming Saturday, That Metal Show, the only television series about all things hard rock and heavy metal, returns to VH1 Classic. Now as much as we love the witty banter and bromance of hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, we all know, the show is really about the music. One of the highlights of every episode is the musical guests, whether they’re shredding on guitar  like the incomparable Yngwie Malmsteen, on the drums like Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, or on the bass like the legendary Billy Sheehan. With the new season less than a week away, and Dream Theater ‘s John Petrucci on deck as the first musical guest, we thought it a good time to go through the archives and list each and every musical guest that has ever appeared on the show. Read more…

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Moving Pictures: The 15 Greatest Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Documentaries

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[Photo: Getty Images]

Whether the topic is politics (with Michael Moore on the left, Dinesh D’Souza on the right), sports (ESPN’s 30 for 30 series), penguins marching (uh… March of the Penguins), or global warming ( 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth),  we are living in a golden age for documentary film-making. And fortunately for those of us who don’t want to bum out on how bad things are all the time, for penguins and  humans, the 21st century has seen a plethora of thrilling documentaries about some of hard rock and heavy metal‘s most important and iconic bands.  However, great non-fiction metal films and hard rock docs have been taking us behind the walls of Marshall stacks and inside the wailing lives of metalheads for several decades now. Being that this is Oscars week, and VH1 Classic‘s new documentary tv series Rock Icons premieres this coming Saturday, what better time to take a look back now at 15 of the very best. Read more…

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Paul McCartney Brings Raw + Passionate Rendition Of “Maybe I’m Amazed” To SNL 40 Special

Paul McCartney was just one of the many megastars on hand to pay tribute to Saturday Night Live during its 40th anniversary television special. But the music legend was the first to perform a solo musical spot, delivering a raw but passionate rendition of “Maybe I’m Amazed.”

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30 Musicians With Hobbies You Would Never Expect

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-By Frank Donovan 

You and I might spend our downtime singing in the shower, dancing at the club, and plucking on a guitar. But our favorite artists are wont to unwind with less musical hobbies. When the lights go down, artists like Prince pick up a ping pong paddle, Roger Daltrey a fishing rod, and Justin Bieber a Rubik’s Cube. These pastimes run the gamut from completely ordinary like Rivers Cuomo and Lily Allen’s knitting, to an obsession that led Neil Young to become a part owner in a toy train manufacturing company.

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Holy S**t Batman, ‘That Metal Show’ And ‘Rock Icons’ Premiere One Week From Today!


That’s right heavy metal maniacs, on Saturday, February 21st, VH1 Classic will rock once again. Actually, it’s always rocking. But one week from today it’s gonna rock harder than ever because not one, but two of the most kick ass shows on television will be making their network premieres. Read more…

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Get Ready For Valentine’s Day With A Romantic Irish Love Story Inspired By U2’s “Every Breaking Wave”

Don’t have a valentine to snuggle up next to tomorrow? If you already ruled out listening to the saddest albums of the decade so far, we’ve got something else for you. It’s a video short set to U2’s “Every Breaking Wave,”” and depicts the love story of two star-crossed lovers in Northern Ireland during the sectarian unrest of the 1980s. It’s a punk rock Romeo and Juliet with brogues, if you will.

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The Legacy of African-Americans In Hard Rock And Heavy Metal

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As That Metal Show’s season 14 premiere looms, we’re celebrating hard rock and heavy metal all month long, but February also marks Black History Month so what better time to delve into the legacy of African-American musicians in the loudest genre on Earth. Metal fans of course know that music is colorblind and that people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds listen to and play metal music. It might surprise people unfamiliar with the genre, however, to find out how much heavy metal owes to African-American music and how many African-American musicians have had a huge influence on the genre. Read more…

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10 Heavy Metal And Hard Rock Albums That Are Hated By Fans Of The Band

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Everybody missteps sometimes, even the mightiest overlords of heavy metal sound and fury.

In fact, for a metal band (or any band, really) to truly attain legend status, it seems as though they’ve got to experience one colossal blunder, be it a major performance gone wrong (Guns N’ Roses’ 1991 St. Louis Riverport Riot), a mortifying music video (Billy Squier’s “Rock Me Tonite”), or, toughest of all to take, an eagerly anticipated album that hits listeners in every wrong way possible.

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