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Pharrell’s Grammy Hat + Other Outrageous Music Memorabilia Sold At Auction

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Pharrell Williams became the talk of the Grammys last month with his, errr, “distinctive” Vivian Westwood “mounties” hat. And now on the biggest night in film, Pharrell made headlines once again by auctioning off the hat on eBay. That’s right: you had the chance to be the owner of this historic/hilarious headgear…provided you were willing to shell out a truly bonkers amount of money.

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We’re Bon-Jovial For Jon Bon Jovi’s Birthday! Peep Hilar ’80s Pix And Crank His 50 Greatest Songs!

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There’s gonna be some partying today in New Jersey, because today is the birthday of one of its favorite sons No, NOT Bruce Springsteen -it’s Jon Bon Jovi! The arena rock legend turns 52 today, and the crazy part is…he looks younger than we do! There’s definitely a reason he won the honor of being named the Sexiest Music Man Under 40 (by a whopping 46 percent). He hasn’t changed a bit from when he  first burst onto the scene with the rest of Bon Jovi nearly thirty years ago. Don’t believe us? Head up to the mega-gallery above and check out the hair, the ripped jeans, the gorgeous models, and other hallmarks from his ’80s heyday!

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey Turns 70! Hear His 7 Greatest Screams!

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They say March roars in like a lion so it’s only fitting that today, March 1st, happens to be the 70th birthday of the lion-manned singer of one of rock’s greatest bands and possessor of one of music’s greatest roars, Roger Daltrey of The Who.  Whether as a young, hard-nosed mod, the many-curled icon of the Tommy musical or the tight-shirted, muscular arena rocker, the singer is known for belting out some of the most throat-shredding known screams in hard rock history. And while the years of larynx abuse have brought his range down some recently, anyone who’s seen The Who live in the past couple years, knows he’s still a riveting frontman and powerful vocalist.  So in honor of his 7 decades on thie planet, check out 7 of Roger Daltrey’s greatest screams! Read more…

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“The Beatles Are Arriving In Two Hours”: Filmmaker Albert Maysles Recalls Their First U.S. Visit 50 Years Later

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For many, the sixties began on February 7th 1964, when four British kids with pudding basin haircuts exited their Pan Am jet at New York’s JFK Airport and received a rapturous welcome into the hearts of a generation. Footage of the Beatles‘ American arrival is among the most enduring pieces of film in history, and Albert Maysles was the man behind the camera. Exactly fifty years later, the filmmaker reflects on what it was like to capture the start of a cultural love affair that continues to this day.

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13 Classic Hard Rock Songs That Will Make You Scream “More Cowbell!”

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Poor cowbell. The once-celebrated percussive instrument that has since been dragged through the comedic mud (albeit hilariously) by Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken and company on Saturday Night Live. But back in the day, some hard rock and heavy metal bands actually held the ole ‘bell in high regard (well, sorta). Whether used as the foundation for the song, in one particular section, or  just for the intro, many legendary bands have utilized the percussion instrument – from Mountain to Led Zeppelin to Judas Priest to of course – Blue Öyster CultRead more…

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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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