68 years ago today a wee bonnie lad was born in the small Scottish town of Forfar who would one day grow up and become one of the greatest rock n’ roll singers of all time. The lad’s name was Ronald Belford Scott but he’s better known us all as Bon Scott, original vocalist of Australian hard rock legends AC/DC. Read more…
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Pound that coffee, because we’re about to rock you harder than anyone has ever been rocked on a Monday morning. Crank that volume and plug in your best set of headphones, because VH1 has an exclusive new video from Motörhead! The British badasses are set to release an expanded edition of their latest album Aftershock on August 25th, but we’re not going to make you wait that long for a taste. Press play for a first look (and listen)!
So, it’s the 4th of July -and what better way to celebrate the ol’ Red, White & Blue than with, well…red, white and blue!
Our mother always said: looks aren’t important, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That’s why we gave these AMAZING classic albums a chance, even though their cover art kind of looked like hell.
Reinvention. It’s part of an artist’s nature. Start out sounding and looking one way, get bored, evolve into something different. But for a lot of artists, this evolution is pretty subtle from album to album.
With schlock rock pioneers, Kiss, going on a forty-city tour this summer (a grueling schedule for aging Baby Boomers; hope they’re bringing Ben-Gay) — we realized that the band was celebrating a huge milestone in 2014. Forty years of wearing truly psychotic makeup. Sure, they weren’t the first to do it – - that title goes to that weasly-genius Alice Cooper — but the fact that they were four big, brawny New York dudes made up to look like clown demons was super-memorable. And they took it so seriously! Each member was painted in the style of a different character: Starchild (Paul Stanley), The Demon (Gene Simmons), Space Ace (Ace Frehley) and Catman (Peter Criss). Totally bonkers, but seventh grade boys adored their freaky looks. Next up? A slew of bands hit stages looking like ghouls crossed with drag queens.
Last July we said a sad goodbye to guitar great J.J. Cale, but now he’s getting a fitting memorial from fellow axe-man Eric Clapton! With a little help from luminaries like Tom Petty, John Mayer, and Willie Nelson, Clapton is releasing a tribute album for his friend entitled The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale. The album hits shelves on July 29th, but VH1 has the exclusive music video for the album opener, Clapton’s soulful cover of Cale’s “Call Me The Breeze”!
Though its significance is on the wane due to single-song downloads, time was when the full-length studio album was the ultimate artistic achievement of any self-respecting rock band or artist. An album was the encapsulation of all a band’s talents and personality, and when we think of the greatest artists of rock, their reputations were made on a canon of recorded works. But what about those bands and artists whose legacy rests on a single release? Read more…
We’ve offered up many reminders that rock ‘n’ roll has more than its fair share of occupational hazards, from plane crashes, drug overdoses, murders, freak accidents, and even stage mishaps. Tragically, we’ve lost so many of music’s finest far too soon, but now we’d like to share their final messages with the world. Yes, these are their last words before they went up to that great gig in the sky.