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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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12 Weird Facts You Didn’t Know About Elvis Presley

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Today marks what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday— that is, if you believe he’s actually dead. From his humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi to unprecedented rock ‘n’ roll megastardom, Presley lived with gusto and truly built the life of a king. But like many monarchs, the guy had some unique quirks.

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AC/DC Announced To Headline Coachella Festival Alongside Jack White And Drake

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The band who once sang “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll” are proving once again that which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Despite losing founding guitarist Malcolm Young and enduring the ongoing legal woes of drummer Phil Rudd this year, Australian hard rockers AC/DC continue to move from triumph to triumph. Their new album Rock or Bust went #1 worldwide and now the long running boogiemeisters have been announced as headliners of that hippest of all musical events, California’s Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. Read more…

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20 Classic Heavy Metal And Hard Rock Albums That Are Turning 40 This Year

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Another year is upon us which means a whole new slew of classic albums will be marking important anniversaries and making us all feel old. For hard rock and heavy metal, some of the genre’s most important records are turning 40 this year, having been released in the year 1975.  It was an important time for the music, halfway between the post-hippie era of the previous decade and the ensuing metal revolution that would gather steam heading into the ’80s. Read more…