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Epic Jams: The 20 Longest Songs In Classic Rock History

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We all know about the “epic” classic rock songs that ruled, and still rule, rock radio to this day. “Stairway…,” “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Freebird.” FREEBIRD! Well, those songs might have been long but they were still focused enough to be played on the radio over and over again. We thought it was time to investigate some of the reeeeaallllly loooooong songs that start at the 10 minute mark and go from there. Read more…

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That Metal Gear: Mark Tremonti

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Every Saturday night on VH1 Classic That Metal Show brings you interviews with the biggest names in heavy metal and hard rock. And each week That Metal Gear interviews your favorite TMS guests to find out how some of the genre’s most accomplished musicians got their start playing their instruments and what guitars and amps they’re using to get their sounds. This week we caught up with Mark Tremonti, formerly of Creed, and currently holding things down for Alter Bridge and Tremonti. Mark is at heart a true metalhead who cut his teeth as a teenage thrash metal fanatic and also a true gear nerd when it comes to guitars and amps. Find out what he’s using, what he’s listening to and how he crafts those giant hooks while staying true to his metal roots. Read more…

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That Metal Show: Alter Bridge + Matt Nathanson Visit Next Episode!

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It’s another week and another episode of That Metal Show is on the horizon and it’s a doozy. Joining Eddie, Don and Jim this week are Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge. They’ve got some amazing stories to share about Mark’s days in Creed and Myles jamming with everyone from Slash to Jimmy Page. And if that’s not enough singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson comes by to profess his undying love for all things metal. If that’s not enough we’ve got Scorpions on Skype and Steve Brown from Trixter as the special musical guest. Check out pictures from this week’s shoot and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic this Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the latest episode of the only show on television on all things heavy metal and hard rock.

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Heavy Metal Valentine’s Day Cards: Show Your Love In The Heaviest Way Possible!

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Ah, Saint Valentine’s Day. The day when you shower your loved ones with bouquets of roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and heavy metal. Heavy Metal? That’s right. Hallmark be damned, this V-Day we’ve put together a special set of Valentine’s Day cards featuring your favorite stars from the world’s of hard rock, glam, thrash and good old classic heavy freakin’ metal. Say that special something to the one you love with Slayer. Do you and your loved one make a good Crüe? Are you Bon Jovi-al when you’re near them? Do they drive you as Wylde as the bearded guitarist of Black Label Society? Like Dio sang, are they your rainbow in the dark? Check out our Heavy Metal Valentine’s Day Cards, download your favorites and share them with the one you love. And if you need to get in the mood while the two of you gorge yourselves on candies listen to our list of Heavy Metal’s 13 Most Romantic Love Songs.

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Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre: Heavy Metal’s 13 Most Romantic Love Songs

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What with tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, we’re turning our affections to the heavy metal love song. A rare species indeed. And no, we’re not talking about glam metal power ballads here, because those are anything but rare, and usually anything but metal. We’re talking about real heavy metal bands. Bands that are typically, consistently and truly heavy but aren’t afraid to show a different side. Bands that prove that beneath the hardened, aggressive, angry-as-hell exterior lies a warm, fuzzy, though perhaps blackened, center. Bands that prove that at the end of the day, we’re all human and dare we say, want to be loved. And though this form of love may be metal-infused, it is nonetheless there. From to Pantera to Slipknot, romance doesn’t seem to be a foreign concept to these dudes. So to celebrate our undying love of metal here’s a list of 13 Heavy Metal Love Songs. But don’t you dare go calling them soft.  Read more…

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Love DOES Cost A Thing: The 10 Greatest Songs About Hookers

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Poets once said, “Money can’t buy me love.” But…that’s not always true. Escorts, gigolos, ladies of the night, or straight-up hookers: They’ve stolen many hearts and acted as muses for some of the biggest names in music! There had been many an ode to prostitutes over the years, so we’ve decided to round up 10 of our very favorite. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, too!

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20 Metal Bands That Are So Awesome They Named Songs After Themselves

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The name remains the same. Or at least it does for the following bands. Ever since heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath kicked off the album Black Sabbath with the song “Black Sabbath” many have taken a cue from the masters and saved their most killer riffs for songs that embody the band themselves in both spirit and literally, in name. From Motorhead, whose first single was the classic “Motorhead,” through thrashers like Anthrax and Exodus and all the way up to modern day ragers Children Of Bodom and Dimmu Borgir, the theme or signature song is an essential part of heavy metal’s tribal culture. Hell, it’s such a cool thing to do even hardcore punk bands like Minor Threat and Bad Religion got into the act, but hey, that’s a different list. Anyhow, scroll through the pages, stream the videos and check out 20 kick ass metal jams that are named after their creators very own kick ass metal bands.  Read more…

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What Are The Top 5 Ted Nugent Songs Of All Time?

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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’s artist of choice has been in and caused a lot of arguments in his time. Some call him the Motor City Madman. Some call him The Nuge. His mother probably called him Theodore but to most people he is known as Ted Nugent. The bow-hunting, conservative, conservationist has no shortage of hard rock classics from his days leading The Amboy Dukes to his ‘70s solo stardom so check out The TMS Top 5 Ted Nugent Songs of All Time and tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night to see what the boys are going to argue about next. Read more…

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10 Little-Known Songs That Directly Inspired Beatles Classics

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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! It was fifty years ago today! For those of you who don’t know, the Beatles are our favorite band in the history of sound, and this is a very special day for any Beatlemaniac. It was exactly a half century ago that the Fab Four made their iconic debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, giving Americans their first chance to truly meet the Beatles! These past few weeks the internet has been flooded with are a wealth of wonderfully-written articles detailing exactly why the John, Paul, George and Ringo were so incredible. Obviously we share the same sentiment, but we’d like to offer a little something different to the mix. As the Beatles’ beloved songs have influenced generations of songwriters, we’ve decided to celebrate this special day by taking a look at the songs that influenced them. Read on for some of the band’s favorite songs, which actually inspired some of their most famous classics. Merry Beat-mas, one and all!

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