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Ted Nugent Makes His That Metal Show Debut This Saturday Night!

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Hell hath frozen over, well actually everywhere is frozen over these days as it’s the middle of the coldest winter we’ve had in years but regardless, we’re freakin’ excited this week because none other than the Motor City Madman, the master of the Gibson Byrdland, the man who spread intensities in way more than ten cities, terrible Ted Nugent is coming to That Metal Show to lay down the gonzo gospel and it’s a free for all as to what’s going to happen! If it that ain’t cool enough we’ve  got out of control shred-monster Gary Hoey as this week’s musical guest.  Check out pictures from this week’s shoot and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic this Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the latest episode of the only show on television on all things heavy metal and hard rock.

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What’s Better Than One Thin Lizzy Guitar Solo? Every Thin Lizzy Guitar Solo In One Video!

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This is why the Internet was invented. Legendary Irish band Thin Lizzy are known as much for their trailblazing dual guitar lines as they are for their tough but tender hard rock songs and now some maniac out there has edited together every Thin Lizzy guitar solo from their earliest recordings in 1971 to their breakup in 1983. Clocking in at over an hour and uploaded to Youtube, it is a non-stop aural orgy of harmonized guitar leads and searing solos from some of the best guitarists to ever strap on a Les Paul. The band actually began as a power trio with former-Them guitarist Eric Bell laying down extended solos but it was after his departure in ’73 when co-lead guitarists Brian “Robbo” Robertson and Scott Gorham joined that the band entered their classic phase. Their intertwined “guitarmonies” and trade-off soloing set new standards in twin guitar playing and were an important influence on the nascent heavy metal genre. After Robbo’s departure in 1978 a slew of awesome axemen took his place including the truly extraordinary Gary Moore, the equally accomplished journeyman guitarist Snowy White and next generation shredder John Sykes. Whether you only know “The Boys Are Back In Town” or are a diehard fan, check out the link below and revel in the non-stop wailing sounds of every Thin Lizzy guitar solo from 1971 – 1983.

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Get Fitness Tips From Miss Box Of Junk Jennifer Gottlieb!

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You know her as Miss Box Of Junk, the hot,  heart breaking Trunk-stumping metal Godess who hangs around those with those knuckleheads on That Metal Show and has a knack for customizing rock t-shirts. Her alter ego however is Jennifer Gottlieb, a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist. This season we’ve asked her to share some of her work-out and health tips with the TMS faithful in our weekly Miss Box Of Fitness web extra, only available on VH1Classic.com, because nothing’s less that metal than being out of shape and get winded in the pit.
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Off To A Good Start: The 40 Greatest Debut Singles In Music

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We rarely get things right the first time, but the same can’t be said for these stellar artists. They came fresh out of the recording studio gate with unforgettable songs that still have us talking even after all this time! A musician’s first single is like their mission statement to the world, offering the words and style that best define them…in three minutes or less. These debut tracks often give us our very first taste of a fresh new sound, or the first impression of a future legend.

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What Are The Top 5 Anthrax Songs of All Time?

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Everyone knows by now that VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, the only show on television about all things hard rock and heavy metal, has returned to its birthplace in New York City. It’s fitting then that this week in The TMS Top 5 the boys paid tribute to one of the Big Apple’s greatest metal bands, Anthrax. One of thrash metal’s “Big 4,” these Queens natives were on the frontlines as the movement moved from tape trader circles into the mainstream and were never afraid to mix genres, collabing with groundbreaking hip hop group Public Enemy on a cover of their song “Bring The Noise.” You can see the final list of The TMS Top 5 Anthrax Songs below and check out the boys favorite Anthrax songs on the following pages and vote for your favorites in our poll. Read more…

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Bob Dylan Joins Our List Of Rock’s 15 Most Unexpected Pitchmen With DOUBLE Super Bowl Ads

Bruno Mars may have been the true winner of last night’s Super Bowl, but Bob Dylan wins the award for blowing the most minds. The quintessential rock ‘n’ roll rebel stunned fans by appearing in a commercial for Detroit’s own Chrysler, urging folks to “Let Germany brew your beer, let Switzerland make your watch, let Asia assemble your phone…We will build your car.” The ad is not the first time that Dylan has appeared in a commercial (check 2004′s Victoria’s Secret spot), or even the first time he’s schilled cars (try 2007′s Chrysler Escalade ad), but most fans still found it pretty surprising. The craziest part? That wasn’t even his only ad of the night! Read on to see 15 of the most shocking rock stars-turned-pitchmen of all time!

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The Day The Music Died: 15 Music Legends Who Died In Plane Crashes

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55 years ago today, the burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll sound lost three crucial pioneers. Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed when their rented single-engined Beechcraft plunged into a corn-field near Clear Lake, Iowa. The event became known as “The Day The Music Died” after being immortalized in Don McLean’s song “American Pie,” and we still mourn the loss of these musical icons today. Who knows how music history would be changed had these men lived to progress and grow as artists? It’s a tantalizing thought, indeed…

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Celebrate The Super Bowl With Hard Rock’s Top 10 Jock Jams!

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The Super Bowl hits today with a giant wallop of testosterone, from the on-field battling to the at-home screaming to the face-painting to the cheap beer and nachos. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from piling on even more masculine energy with this list of the greatest rock and metal stadium anthems. Whether you’re rooting for Seattle or Denver to triumph in the end, or you just don’t care at all, there’s at least one song on this list that you’ve cared about at some point in your life. And while these songs have been played at stadiums of all sports ad nauseam and can now be considered quite Velveeta-cheesy, they’re still some of the most motivating, inspiring and adrenaline-rushing songs we’ve ever known. From AC/DC to Queen to The White Stripes, they’ve all hit us hard with melodies and messages of hope, belief and victory. So to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII, here’s a list of the 10 Greatest Rock & Metal Jock Jams of all time – songs that are the musical equivalent of a kick in the pants. Hope you’re wearing your cup. Read more…

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That Metal Gear: Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson

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Each week That Metal Show on VH1 Classic brings you the latest news and interviews with the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. This season in addition we’re interviewing some of TMS’ biggest guests and finding out how they got their starts playing their instruments and finding out what they’re playing and what other players got them jazzed to pick them up in the first place. This week we’re catching up with Dave Ellefson, bass player in legendary “Big Four” thrash metal pioneers Megadeth. Some people grow up in cities renowned for their thriving metal scenes but Dave grew up in a farm in Minnesota and had to work a little harder than most to get his start in music and as such has wide ranging tastes in music, from classic hard rockers like Kiss and Thin Lizzy to punk rock and jazz. Find out how he got his start and what gear he uses to get the varied sounds needed when playing live with Megadeth. Read more…

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Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee + Mick Mars Talk About The Band’s “Final” Tour


“Farewell tours are for those band’s that lie to their fans and come back in about 5 or 10 years.” So says Tommy Lee, drummer for the long running heavy metal band Motley Crue, in the wake of the band announcing their final tour. Final, not farewell. The band is so adamant that their upcoming ‘All Bad Things Must Come To An End’ tour is the absolute last Motley tour ever they’ve signed a binding “cessation of touring document,” which makes it official they will never hit the road under the name Motley Crue ever again. Seriously. VH1 News caught up with Lee and guitarist Mick Mars shortly after their press conference announcing the tour. See what they have to say about their upcoming final act and find out why they have no regrets.