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Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page Discusses Band’s New Reissue Series And Previews Bonus Tracks In NYC

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Like the title of their 2007 greatest hits package, the “Mothership” has indeed landed for Led Zeppelin fans.  News spread like a brushfire earlier this month that the band was about to embark on their first major reissue campaign since the 1990s. Over the course of the next year all of the band’s original albums will be reissued in deluxe packages with a full albums worth of alternate takes and mixes, live tracks and other rarities which previously were only available on rare bootlegs. Lead guitarist and band guiding light Jimmy Page shared a selection of the bonus material off the band’s career-making first three albums yesterday in New York City and the tracks were revelatory and once again reaffirmed the band’s greatness.

At 70s years old Jimmy Page is still every bit the rock star, lithe but powerful in stature, impeccably dressed in all-black finery. First up were 2 live tracks recorded in Paris in 1969 as Led Zeppelin were supporting their self-titled debut album, which will be part of that albums reissue. Ferocious takes on “Communication Breakdown” and “You Shook Me” made it obvious why the band took the world by storm on those early tours with their amped up take on traditional rock n’roll and blues forms. “The idea was to do something radical with the blues” said Page later during the question and answer period.


Hear “Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown (Live in Paris, 1969)” taken from the Companion Audio Disc for the Led Zeppelin Deluxe Edition reissue.

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Mama Kin: 10 Hard Rock Mother’s Day Anthems

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Mother’s Day has arrived. The one day husbands, daughters and sons (hopefully) bow down and say “Thanks Mom for all the hard work you do.” And what does a mother want for Mother’s Day? A spa day perhaps? A gourmet meal cooked by her loved ones? Jewels and clothing? How about just a day off? Well, how about 10 ass-kicking hard rock anthems with riffs a-plenty dedicated to mothers of all different shapes and stripes. Read more…

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The 20 Greatest Metal Films Of All Time: Heavy Metal Movies Author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden Counts Down The Heaviest Flicks Ever!

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For those of us that came of age during the 1980s, our formative years were spent obsessing over the latest sounds emanating from the outer reaches of the heavy metal music scene and chasing the cheap but undeniable thrill of being scared out of your wits by the latest horror movies and slasher films. Heavy Metal Movies, the new book by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden, ties together the many shared bonds between extreme music and extreme cinema with as much authority as a Slayer riff and more eye-popping graphics than a stack of Iron Maiden LPs.  Read more…

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Rock Out This Cinco De Mayo And Celebrate These Legendary Mexican-American Metalheads

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Today is Cinco de Mayo, which marks the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle Of Puebla on May 5th in 1862. Over the years the anniversary became cause for merriment and festivities in the Mexican-American communities in the South-Western United States and a time to celebrate their native culture and heritage. Just as heavy metal and hard rock would be greatly lacking without the tales of epic battles of yore, so too would it would it be diminished without the contributions of many a Mexican-American musician. Read more…

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10 Awesome Rock Docs You Might Have Missed

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After interviewing Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo about the forthcoming release of Jaco: The Film, a documentary about legendary jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius he’s producing, it got us thinking about the music documentary in general. There have certainly been some well-known and acclaimed music documentaries produced throughout the years; The Last Waltz, Madonna: Truth or Dare and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster all come to mind. And while all these films are great in their own right – they all focus on mainstream, popular artists with huge followings. What about all the other fascinating documentaries surrounding some of music’s lesser-known but no less important artists? Read more…

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That Miley Cyrus Tongue Was Meant For KISS

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Everyone dreams of one day fronting their favorite rock band, even if it means shoving the real lead singer into the corner. As one of the thousands of hopefuls on American Idol, a young Adam Lambert broke through with “Bohemian Rhapsody” as his audition song. And by the end of the season he would eventually joined Queen onstage, proving that certain dreams really can come true — especially if you happen to know Simon Cowell.

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First Blood: 20 Classic Debut Albums In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock History

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Where would we be without the number one? One is the beginning and the final destination, the ultimate, the pinnacle and the symbol for wholeness and unity. It’s no wonder then that we pay so much attention in music to an artist’s first album. It is the start of their career, their introduction to the world, and where first impressions are made. Read more…

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Can You Guess Theses Famous Afros Of Hard Rock And Heavy Metal?

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Since it first came screaming out of the electric womb, hard rock has been a place where musicians let their freak flag fly, from their amped up anthems of abandon to their risque clothing and wild hairstyles. Long flowing hair became de rigueur for members of the ’60s counterculture and there’s no hairstyle as wild and evocative of the era than the Afro. Read more…