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‘That Metal Show’ Wants You To Show Your TMS Colors And You May Be Featured On An Episode

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The time is nigh That Metal Show faithful, the time is nigh! Now that the Season 14 premiere date has been announced, the pace quickens, the heart begins to beat faster and in anticipation of its return to VH1 Classic, we’re asking all you TMS heads to send us your pictures of you showing off your That Metal Show gear, whether it be t-shirts, hoodies, hats or whatever else you’ve scored from the That Metal Show online shop, available HERE. Read more…

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10 Musicians Who’ve Had Close Encounters With Aliens (Or So They Claim)

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If your loved ones think you’re nuts for believing in aliens, don’t fret. Your favorite music stars are also fascinated with extraterrestrials, UFOs, and everything that might live beyond Earth.  Sammy Hagar claims aliens infiltrated his thoughts, John Lennon says he saw a UFO flying high over the New York City skyline,  and blink 182‘s Tom DeLonge boasts photographic evidence!

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Remember Rock Legend Kim Fowley With His 15 Essential Songs

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Music legend Kim Fowley died Thursday at the age of 75 after a long battle with bladder cancer. Although perhaps best remembered as manager of the all-female rock band the Runaways, his influence extended far beyond. The brilliant yet eccentric artist was equal parts writer, producer and impresario, working with a genre-spanning list of talent over his half-century in the business. Whether proto-metal dynamite with Blue Cheer and The Lancasters (featuring a young Richie Blackmore), quieter acoustic fare with Cat Stevens, ’60s pop perfection with Paul Revere & The Raiders and the Byrds or harder ’70s rock with KISS and Alice Cooper, Fowley put his unique stamp on the musical world. As we mourn his loss, we take a look back at our 15 favorite tracks that he left behind.

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‘That Metal Show’ Returns For Season 14! Watch The Premiere February 21st at 9/8C!

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Just when you thought you’d heard the last of them, the boys are coming back to VH1 Classic for the monumental 14th season of That Metal Show, starting Saturday, February 21st at a brand new time, 9/8C! That’s right, after a nearly year long hiatus, hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson will rise from the ashes like a chrome-plated phoenix to take their rightful place on the TMS sound stage in the heart of The Big Apple and welcome the biggest and most badass names from heavy metal and hard rock’s past, present and future! Read more…

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Rick Springfield Has Emotional Court Hearing After Injuring Fan With His Butt

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’80’s heartthrob Rick Springfield has found himself on trial multiple times thanks to a pesky body part. In 2004, a fan sued Springfield for knocking her unconscious with his butt and causing “serious, disabling and permanent injuries.” If that wasn’t enough, the Supreme Court Justice declared a mistrial in 2013 after a second witness came forward with similar allegations from the same day. So not one but TWO butt felonies…TWO.

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50 Photos That Prove Dave Grohl Is Everyone’s Best Friend

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Dave Grohl is a people person. If he’s not playing shows with the Foo Fighters, he’s taking selfies with Lance Bass and cracking jokes with Michael Cera. If he needs a new iPhone, he calls Apple CEO Tim Cook right before getting ready for the Grammys with John Mayer. Dave Grohl is everyone‘s best friend, and we have the photos to prove it. From Rihanna to Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift to RuPaul, and even Barry Manilow—we’re celebrating Dave’s birthday by rounding up our favorite pics with his best celebrity buddies. Brace yourselves, because the dude seriously knows everybody.

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11 Classic Rockers Who Went New Wave For One Album

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In the uncanny pop valley at the dawn of the ’80s—specifically, after disco and before MTV—the music industry bet big on new wave to be the future of rock. Punk had proven too (ob)noxious for mainstream tastes (and heavy metal was essentially taking care of itself), so the record biz turned to the safety-pin brigade’s arty, quirky, less abrasive offshoot “new wave.” Two forms were most prevalent: peppy power-pop as embodied by the Knack and synthesizer-driven dance weirdness on the order of Devo.

Many other new wave acts fell somewhere in between, with Elvis Costello, Blondie, Talking Heads, Billy Idol, and Duran Duran dominating dawn-of-the-’80s radio airwaves and LP sales. It all seemed to spell doom to a multitude of longhaired, bell-bottomed, meanderingly jamming ’70s rockers that had previously ruled radio and record stores. Some of the previous decade’s arena-packers stood their ground and waited for new wave to get old and dry up. Others, though, adjusted their looks and sounds in an attempt to evolve, embracing the notion of “pogo or perish”—at least for a while.

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Classic Metal Album Covers Reimagined As Vintage Jazz Sleeves

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What happens when metal goes jazz? Well, for starters, the album covers need some tweaking. If you want to see what metal albums would look like as old school jazz sleeves, check out these re-imagined metal-turned-jazz album covers for Black Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer, and more, in a project by Rafa Melandi on Behance.

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