As Charles Darwin so famously pointed out way back when, a big part of survival is adapting to your environment. So when Nirvana’s Nevermind was released in 1991 and threatened to wipe out metal for good, it was time for a few changes. Some bands went on hiatus or even disbanded; others began to experiment with their sound, incorporating grunge and alternative influences. The result was a mixed bag – a few albums were actually pretty successful. Others? Not so much.
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As he is quick to point out, Bruce Pavitt had a front row seat to one of rock’s most exciting periods. In 1986 the Chicago native formed the influential indie label Sub Pop Records to chronicle the louder than love sounds of his adopted hometown of Seattle, Washington. Along with partner Jonathan Poneman they released seminal recordings from such groups as Soundgarden (whose lead guitarist Kim Thayil is a childhood friend), Mudhoney and most famously Nirvana, whom Pavitt is said to have personally signed. The latter two bands are the subjects of Pavitt’s new book, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, available now from Bazillion Points Books. The book chronicles in photos and text Nirvana’s 1989 tour of Europe with label mates Tad, leading up to their career making appearance at the Lame Fest Sub Pop UK Showcase in London with headliners Mudhoney. Bruce Pavitt spoke to us about grunge’s golden era and the groundbreaking record label he left in 1996 but still maintains close ties to. Read more…
Tommy Lee is not your average rock and roller. Sure he’s married models and starlets, earned enough gold records to fill a vault, preserved his x-rated exploits for posterity, and partied harder than Keith Richards, Charlie Sheen and all of Guns N’ Roses combined (probably). But now the Motley Crue drummer is exploring a new and different way to get crowds on their feet: DJing! Alongside his turntable teammate DJ Aero, these mix masters are taking on nightclubs across the country as Electro Mayhem. Hide your daughters and hide your eardrums, because it’s about to get funky and loud!
In less than 2 months That Metal Show will make its return to VH1 Classic and its birthplace of New York City. To get you in the mood we’ve gotten our hands on some awesome backstage extras from past seasons and will be rolling them out each week leading up to the TMS Season 13 premiere on January 18th. This week see what happens when the boys exchange beauty tips with Season 7 guests Chris Jericho, of wrestling and Fozzy fame, and former Guns N’ Roses and current Walking Papers bassist Duff McKagan. As you can expect much ball-busting ensues. Read more…
Keith Richards’ Wailing Guitar
John Lennon’s murder by a fan fresh in his mind, The Rolling Stones resident outlaw wasn’t having it when a fan jumped on stage. Thankfully Fender Telecasters are among the more durable guitars on the market.
Axl Rose Attacks Fan, Starts Riot
The mighty mouth of Guns N’ Roses is known for his mercurial temperament and this night really, really did not want having his picture taken. The ensuing melee led to a massive riot for which Rose was later arrested but not convicted for inciting.
Van Halen fans are nothing if not patient. There was an epic fourteen year gap between the band’s 1998 release, Van Halen III, and 2012′s A Different Kind Of Truth. However, if David Lee Roth is to be believed, Van Halen fans aren’t going to have to wait quite so long for the band’s next album. According to Roth, the band’s next album should be released in 2015. Is it too good to be true?
Tonight at sundown the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins. The holiday, which will occur over the next eight nights days, celebrates the victory of Judah Maccabee and the ancient Judeans over the forces of Antiochus IV Epiphanes which already sounds like the subject of a totally awesome metal song. Given the New York City area’s rich hard rock tradition and large Jewish-American population it goes without saying that quite a few of our favorite head bangers have lit the Menorah. From old school hard rockers like Kiss and Mountain, through thrash heroes Anthrax and up to modern bands like Killswitch Engage and The Dillinger Escape Plan, Jewish musicians have played a huge role in the history of hard rock so this Hanukkah let’s light a candle and say l’chaim to 20 of the greatest Jewish metal heads of all time.
For fans of hard rock and heavy metal, the live concert is the ultimate experience and any band worth their Marshalls knows how to whip the crowd into a frenzy with a few well-placed “YEAHS” and “ALRIGHTS!” And then there’s Paul Stanley. Taking a cue from Humble Pie‘s Steve Marriot, the Kiss singer is renowned for his over the top stage banter, first heard on the classic Alive! live record. Fans have even taken to editing together all his stage raps from various live recordings leading to a 45 minute mega-mix available here for your listening pleasure. Thankfully Paul’s not the only one to go a little too far trying to rile up the crowd so check out more of our favorite ridiculous stage raps and hilarious stage-banter from some of hard rock and heavy metal’s biggest and best.
The 17-year-old Lorde is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the biggest breakout music star of the year 2013. She was named a VH1 You Oughta Know artist in September of this year, her song “Royals” has spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, and her debut album Pure Heroine will no doubt be showing up on many year-end Top 10 lists. As much vocal and lyrical promise as she has shown, though, we had NO idea that she could wail until we discovered this video of her at age 12 singing a Ronnie James Dio classic (via our friends over at Crushable)!
In case you haven’t heard, it’s Movember, the time of year where dudes around the world grow mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health issues. And what better way to tribute our mustachioed brethren than with a list of the all-time greatest metal ‘staches. These legends have rocked stages all around the world but perhaps the most impressive thing they’ve rocked resides on their upper lips. From Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath’s well-kempt broom sweeper to Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher’s handlebars to Motorhead mainman Lemmy Kilmister’s mutton-chops connected flavor saver, it appears that some of our favorite rockers celebrate Movember all year round. It’s not too late to join the party if you haven’t already so throw out those illogically expensive razors, kick back, allow the 5 o’clock shadow to approach 6 o’clock and beyond, and check out The 10 Mightiest Mustaches In Heavy Metal History!