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David Lee Roth Channels Bob Dylan With His Amazingly Weird New Christmas Song, “Happy Holidays”

Merry Christmas from Diamond Dave! Perennial rock frontman David Lee Roth has unveiled his new song “Happy Holidays,” and it is destined to become a sure-fire Christmas classic. Captioned with “Happy Holidays from Diamond Dave’s Tiki Bunker” on The Roth Show‘s YouTube channel, the song is not an amped up stadium crushing jam like you might expect.

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Find Out Why The Smashing Pumpkins Ditched Their Plan For A Double Album

The Smashing Pumpkins made an appearance on Big Morning Buzz Live to clear up why they think releasing a double album in today’s market is equivalent to “a bad Disney movie.” Get more info on the Pumpkins’ upcoming albums and watch them perform their single “Being Beige” live.

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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Returns To The Mainstream (With A Little Help From Tommy Lee)


Since entering the limelight in 1991, the apocryphal year zero of “the grunge revolution” as he calls it, Billy Corgan has led The Smashing Pumpkins with unsentimental musical ambition. Never one to be lulled into complacency by past achievements, he has driven his band from one artistic challenge to another, from alternative guitar rock to electronica and back again, from concept records to concept album cycles. His latest full-length with the band, Monuments to an Elegy, comes out today and is part of a series of releases he calls Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. Inspired by Tarot cards and begun in 2008, the series also includes 2012′s Oceania album and will conclude next year with a planned experimental album, Day for Night, and an eventual box set issue of all related recordings. Read more…

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Remembering Dimebag Darrell Abbott: August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004

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It’s been 10 years today since the tragic death of Darrell Lance Abbott, better known to metalheads far and wide as Dimebag Darrell of Pantera. His senseless murder, while performing on stage with the group Damageplan, left a giant hole that can never be filled in the world of heavy metal guitar playing, and of course in the hearts of his family and fans. Read more…

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Interview: Ozzy Osbourne Recalls Getting Sacked From Black Sabbath “I Thought It Was Over”

Self-described “Prince of f**king darkness” and sometime-television personality Ozzy Osbourne sat down with  VH1 Classic DJ Nik Carter at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour where he was on hand to receive the Classic Album award for his 1980 solo album, Blizzard Of Ozz. Reflecting on his firing from legendary heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, Ozzy said “I thought it was over.” However, after hooking up with guitar shredder Randy Rhoads, the Ozzman crafted one of the great metal debuts of all time.  “I don’t know whether the stars were in alignment for me on that one but the two albums I made with Randy were classic albums.” Speaking of Rhoads, who died in 1982 in a tragic tour mishap, Osbourne added “he seemed to be with me for years but he was only there for a couple.” Read more…

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Interview: AC/DC’s Angus Young Says What He’ll Miss Most About Playing With Brother Malcolm


With well over 100 million records sold worldwide, countless unforgettable concerts performed, and a catalog full of some of the greatest songs in hard rock history, few bands can boast of the track record AC/DC has had since forming in 1973. The excellence of their recorded output is the model of consistency itself, from their 1975 debut album, up to their latest, Rock or Bust, which came out last week. Powered by the incendiary guitar work of Angus Young and the cord-shredding vocals of singer Brian Johnson – who took over for Bon Scott after his death in 1980 – the new album is a testament to the band’s songwriting skills and inability to not rock. Though the band recently announced the retirement of founding member Malcolm Young due to health problems, and the drummer’s chair is currently in question  after the legal woes of Phil Rudd, the band is still determined to carry on and give fan’s what they want with all they’ve got. Young and Johnson sat down with VH1 to discuss the new album, somewhat-new rhythm guitarist Stevie Young and how they’ve kept it up for 40 years in the rough and tumble world of high voltage rock n’ roll. Read more…

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Exclusive: Gregg Allman Remembers His Brother Duane “I Wish He Was Here With Me”

In an emotional interview, Southern rocker Gregg Allman said the first thing that went through his mind as he received the Living Legend award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour was his late brother Duane, with whom he formed The Allman Brothers Band before his tragic death at the age of 24.  “I wish he was here with me,” he told VH1 Classic DJ Nik Carter, adding “He died right before the big success hit and immediately I thought he was shortchanged.”  Read more…

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Whet Your Thanksgiving Day Appetite With These Delicious Food-Themed Album Covers

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The time has come again to give thanks for the many blessings of the year and what better way to do so than to feast on turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie? They say the first Thanksgiving Day celebrations occurred when the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors came together to break bread and celebrate the harvest. Whether or not the story is true, there’s no doubt that we as Americans have quite a lot to be thankful for, and high up on that list is all the great music that enriches our lives every day of the year. And while food and music are sometimes odd bedfellows, some musicians have looked towards the culinary arts. No, we’re not talking about artists named after food, though we have written about them, we’re talking about artists whose album covers feature artwork.<!–more–> From 1959′s punny Chuck Berry Is On Top, to The Darkness‘ 2012 album Hot Cakes, we’ve gathered together the most deliciously food-themed album covers in rock history as a visual appetizer for your Turkey Day feast. So take a gander to whet your appetite and try not to eat too much when you sit down with your loved ones this afternoon.