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Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of Nirvana’s Unplugged In New York And Count Down Rock’s Most Succesful Acoustic Albums

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20 years ago today the remaining members of Nirvana released MTV Unplugged in New York. Released a little more than a half a year after the tragic suicide of singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, the scaled down versions of the band’s usually bombastic songs showed their power lay in the writing, not in the volume with which they were originally performed.  The album was an immediate hit and a fitting final tribute to one of the greatest songwriters of the era.  Read more…

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Yoko Ono Fuses Art And Activism To Achieve World Peace In The 21st Century

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Yoko Ono is doing more than just imagining a better world—she’s creating it. The boundary-breaking cultural icon is on the front lines campaigning for a host of causes ranging from international peace, responsible emissions, gender equality and fracking limitations. Decades after first appearing on the world stage alongside late husband John Lennon, Ono’s revolutionary flame shines on and her rebellious spirit makes her an unrivaled force for positive change.

Last week she took time to honor a fellow philanthropic crusader, Hard Rock International CEO Hamish Dodds, by presenting him with the Spirit of Excellence Award on behalf of the T.J. Martell Foundation. Since 2008, the pair have teamed up annually with WhyHunger for “IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER,” an initiative that has brought 9.7 million farm-fresh meals to starving children in over 20 countries and taught over 8,800 family and community members techniques for sustained food production. 

Before taking the podium, Ono sat down with VH1 to reflect on the work she’s done not only with Dodds, but also throughout her extraordinary lifetime. In the midst of troubling times for our planet, she offers advice for how to stay hopeful in the face of negativity, outraged in the face of apathy, and fearless in the face of overwhelming opposition.

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These 20 Heavy Metal Horror Movies Will Make You Bang Your Head With Fright This Halloween

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In the realm of heavy metal, every day is Halloween. Just consider the costumes, the make-up, the shrieking, the zombie mascots, the haunted house stage decor, and the omnipresence of horned demons and hungry gargoyles set loose in tribute to the forces of darkness. And what back stage rider is complete without a gluttonous array of sweets and candies(no brown M&M’s please)?

Another way of looking at it, though, is that for one day each year, the whole rest of the world goes heavy metal. Either way, come late October, Halloween and heavy metal are as intertwined as the words “trick” and “treat.” The unholy wellspring from which each draws its greatest inspiration is the hairy, scary visual and cultural vocabulary of horror movies. Read more…

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Kid Rock Surprises One Lucky Fan And Gives Him The Ultimate Birthday Gift


He’s known as the American Badass and the Devil Without A Cause, but fans know that Bob Ritchie A.K.A. Kid Rock is one of the realest dudes out there and that he always gives back to his fans. Just ask Dan McGurk of Clarkston, Michigan. What was already a great birthday party became a f***ing awesome birthday when Kid Rock stopped into The Union Wood BBQ to surprise him on his big 3-0. An invitation had been sent to Kid via Facebook, so the rocker showed up at the restaurant to sing him “Happy Birthday” and gift him with a guitar case full of swag including a genuine “Badass” electric guitar. Some guy’s get all the luck but being as Dan is Kid Rock’s #1 fan it only makes sense, and looks like the birthday boy was pretty happy with his presents. Watch the video and see for yourself.

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Exclusive: The Doobie Brothers Collab With Casey James And Reunite With Michael McDonald


One of the mainstays of classic rock radio, The Doobie Brothers sound encompasses crunchy guitars, funk and R&B influences and the sweet vocal harmonies of country music. Their connection to the latter has just gotten a lot stronger with the release of Southbound, which features collaborations with country music’s A-list on a slew of Doobie classics. Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Zac Brown are just a few of the artists to appear on the record and watch this exclusive video to see what song country star and former American Idol finalist Casey James got to sing with the band. Read more…

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Eric Clapton Pays Tribute To Cream Bandmate Jack Bruce With New Instrumental Posted Online

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Classic rock fans and fellow musicians were saddened this weekend by news that influential bassist Jack Bruce died at the age of 71, succumbing to liver disease. The tributes poured in from members of The Beatles to Black Sabbath, and chief among them was those by his former Cream bandmates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, with whom Bruce had pioneered the power trio format and hard rock genre. Now Clapton, who called Bruce “a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me,” has posted a musical tribute to the bassist on his Facebook page.

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Legendary Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead At 71

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Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist and singer for rock icons Cream alongside Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, died as his home in Suffolk, England today at the age of 71. His death was confirmed by his family via Facebook earlier this morning. “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” the statement read. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

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Exclusive: Find Out Why Bob Seger Is Still Proud To Be “Detroit Made”


It should come as no surprise that Detroit, Michigan is ground zero for real American rock n’ roll. From Ted Nugent to Iggy Pop & The Stooges, all the way up to the present day with Jack White, the Motor City has given us some of the greatest rockers of all time, and high on that list is singer-songwriter Bob Seger. The “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” is back with a new album Ride Out which is garnering up rave reviews with its mix of powerful originals and astute cover choices that showcase all Seger’s talents as a writer and performer. Read more…

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Joe Perry On Steven Tyler “You Can Love Your Brother, You Don’t Have To Like Him”


It’s no secret the sibling rivalry between Aerosmith‘s “Toxic Twins,” A.K.A. guitarist Joe Perry and singer Steven Tyler, has been flaring up over the past few years. It’s gotten so bad at times they’ve almost come to blows. But as Perry said when he sat down with VH1 On Tap‘s Nik Carter, conflict is to be expected when you consider the two’s long history. As Nick succinctly put it, “It’s complicated.” Read more…