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Live Fast, Die Weird: The Most Bizarre Deaths In Music History

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It’s been said that rock ‘n’roll is a hazardous business. Too many of music’s best and brightest have fallen victim to drug overdoses, murders, plane crashes and other unfortunate events. But then there are those deaths that are so unexpected, so unpredictable, so bizarre, that we’re left scratching our heads even after all these years.

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That Metal Show Goes Classic Rock Next Episode With Mick Jones, Leslie West And Lita Ford!

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Everyone knows That Metal Show is the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal but this Saturday the show focuses on two legends of classic rock. Ed, Don and Jim are joined by Mick Jones, guitarist and primary songwriter for FM radio staples Foreigner, and hallowed king of syrupy guitar tones, Leslie West of Mountain. And if that ain’t enough, the lovely and legendary Lita Ford breaks down the barriers as the show’s first ever female guest musician, and it’s about time! Check out pictures from this week’s taping and tune in Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the whole show and also see the boys address the latest Kiss controversy surrounding their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, only on VH1 Classic.

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Heavy Before Metal: Which Classic Hard Rock Albums Are Turning 40 In 2014?

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Last month we told you about 30 Classic Heavy Metal Albums That Are Turning 30 in 2014. Today we go deeper into the history of the loudest genre in music and count down 29 classic hard rock albums that are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. In many ways 1974 was the first year of the ’70s proper. The peace and love aesthetic and musical experimentation of the 1960′s was a fading memory and a whole new generation of kids were ready to party down to the harder rocking sounds that would evolve into full-tilt heavy metal by decade’s end. Read more…

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Who Are The Top 5 Guests Ed, Don And Jim Would Like To Have On That Metal Show?

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Each week on That Metal Show, Eddie, Don and Jim rank their favorite musical moments from the worlds of hard rock and heavy metal in the TMS Top 5 and then argue about what the final ranking should be. This week That Metal Debate centered on which hard rock and heavy metal legends the boys most want to have on a future TMS episode as guests. Is it one of the members of game-changing hard rockers Van Halen? Is it the guitar virtuoso behind one of music’s greatest bands of all-time, Led Zeppelin? Which of the brothers behind Australia’s biggest hard rock exports would Eddie and Jim prefer to chat with? Check out the Top 5 Guests We’d To Like To Have On That Metal Show plus the boys personal picks on the following pages and vote for which you’d most like to see on the final page. And don’t forget to tune-in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night to see what the boys are going to argue about next.

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You’ll Never Guess Where These 20 Legendary Musicians Worked Before They Were Famous!

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We all gotta make a buck -even future-megastars! Before the whole music thing panned out, some of the biggest rock ‘n’ rollers, divas and rappers held down regular 9-5 shifts just like you and me. But some of these early gigs weren’t so regular after all. From digging graves to working in psych wards, shoveling goodness-knows-what at a slaughterhouse, handling fish and breaking codes for the Army, these folks definitely earned their keep!

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10 Unexpected Metalheads: Which Celebs Love Banging Their Heads To Heavy Metal?

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We all know what a metalhead looks like, right? They’re big, hairy dudes, covered in tattoos and wearing the prerequisite uniform of denim and leather, as Saxon sang of, covered in patches of their favorite heavy metal bands. Well, take a gander at the following glamorous, well-coiffed, self-professed heavy metal maniacs from the world’s of TV, film, sports and politics and prepare to have your narrow-minded prejudices shattered into a million pieces. Read more…

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Things Get Heavy On That Metal Show Next Episode Heavy When Lamb Of God Stops By!

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Things take a turn for the serious this Saturday night when the boys of That Metal Show  welcome Randy Blythe and Chris Adler from New Wave of American Heavy Metal pioneers Lamb Of God. Find out how the band dealt with the 2012 arrest of Blythe on manslaughter charges, his subsequent acquittal and the band’s upcoming documentary As the Palaces Burn, which deals with the incident and its fall out.  On top of that, Anthrax great Charlie Benante stops by to absolutely kill it on the drums and guitar and Don, Ed and Jim chat with neo-’70s hard rockers Scorpion Child via Skype. 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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Here’s To My Sweet Satan: The 15 Creepiest Backwards Messages In Classic Rock

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Rock ‘n’ roll originally had a reputation as “the devil’s music,” but these folks took it a little too literally! Since the late ’60s, rumors have run rampant that famous bands are hiding secret Satanic messages in their music, played backward so it can sneak into our subconscious mind unnoticed! From classic groups like the Beatles and Led Zeppelinthrough to the metal boom of the ’80s and even to today, the stories are endless! Sometimes it’s clearly unintentional, and occasionally musicians are just having a bit of fun at the expense of their fans. But then sometimes, the words are a little too clear…It’s spooky!

Is there some truth to these mysterious messages, or do some people just have way too much free time on their hands. Read on, give a listen, and decide for yourself!

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Happy Birthday To Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi! Check Out The Evolution Of His Facial Hair!

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Today, February 19th, marks the 66th birthday of one of the architects of heavy metal, the master of riffs, legendary Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell guitarist Tony Iommi. Without the sound itself of his Gibson SG plugged into a wall of amp stacks the genre as we know it might very well not even exist. As well as being a sonic pioneer in the world of ultra-heavy evil riffing, Mr. Iommi is also a trendsetter in the world of rock facial hair. Though he’s gone clean shaven from time to time, he is best known for sporting any number of variations on the mustache.  Whether it’s the early peach-fuzz  of the Sabbath’s early days,  the manly handlebar ‘stache of the band’s Golden Years, or his recent forays into goatees, Mr. Iommi’s facial hair is a major part of his image and one of the many things that makes him such a badass. So in honor of his birthday let’s stroll down memory lane and take a gander of the facial hair evolution of Tony Iommi.

 

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Founding Devo Guitarist Bob Casale Dead At 61

Bob Casale of Devo performs live onstage at the Ohio Expo Center in 2010.

Bob Casale of Devo performs live onstage at the Ohio Expo Center in 2010.

Robert “Bob 2″ Casale, founding guitarist of experimental new wavers Devo, has passed away from heart failure at the age of 61.  “As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning” said Casale’s brother Gerald, himself a fellow founder of the band, on the group’s Facebook page this morning. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.”

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