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Interview: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Talks Gigantour, Laments The Stupidity Of Some In Metal Community

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[Photo: Getty Images]

Dave Mustaine’s reputation precedes him. He is perhaps the greatest guitarist of his generation; if not, certainly of the musical movement he helped inspire. The man whose outsize talent fueled two of thrash metal’s greatest groups and whose confrontational attitude got him booted from the biggest metal band of all time. His ensuing rise from the ashes with Megadeth and their artistic and commercial triumphs testify to his immense musical gifts and his steely determination to succeed. He is imposing in person but his answers are thoughtful and deliberate. We caught up with Mustaine when he was in the middle of the latest installment of his Gigantour Tour, which he has been personally putting together since 2005 to showcase a diverse away of heavy metal bands with an emphasis on musicianship in general and great guitar playing in particular. Megadeth have a busy touring schedule this year and will soon be on the road with Iron Maiden in support of their latest album Super Collider, their first album for Universal Music Group.

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Allen Lanier, Former Blue Oyster Cult Member, Dead At 67

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[Photo: Getty Images]


Fans of classic rock and early heavy metal were saddened to hear of the passing of Blue Oyster Cult’s Allen Lanier yesterday from heart disease at the age of 67. Lanier was a founding member of the group, playing keyboards and guitar on their seminal records of the 1970s and early ‘80s which blended atypical proto-metal riffing with art rock flourishes and cryptic lyrics inspired by science-fiction and fantasy novels. The group were a major concert attraction throughout the 1970s and have been cited as an influence by a diverse array of bands including first generation Australian punk rockers Radio Birdman, indie rock legends the Minutemen, metal titans Metallica, the jam band moe. and modern horror rockers Ghost B.C.  Besides his work with B.O.C., Allen Lanier was an esteemed sideman and session musician, most notably contributing to  albums by former-girlfriend Patti Smith and poet-turned rock singer Jim Carroll.

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Can You Guess These Master Bassists?

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They may not get the glory like lead singers and guitarists but any great rock band you can think of usually has a great bass player holding down the low end. Ever since Leo Fender introduced the Precision Bass in 1951, rock bands have anchored their rhythm sections around the 4-string electric bass guitar, replacing the unwieldy, acoustic double bass with it’s more portable and easily amplified offspring. Initially relegated to the back of the bandstand, Paul McCartney in The Beatles and The Beach BoysBrian Wilson helped raise the instruments’ profile in the early 1960s and when Cream‘s Jack Bruce plugged his Gibson EB-3 into a Marshall amplifier stack, bassists were ready to take on those pesky guitarists in the volume wars. Take a gander at these master bassists, old and new, and see if you can recognize them just by their instruments.

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Guess The Guitar God!

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[Photo: Getty Images]


The sound of the electric guitar is the sound of rock ‘n’ roll, plain and simple. American blues musicians were the first to crank their amps into overdrive to be heard above the din of juke joints and find the rich, saturated tones pleasing to the ear. In the mid-60s British fans started spray-painting “Clapton Is God” around London in honor of Eric Clapton’s groundbreaking lead guitar work with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. The age of The Guitar Hero had arrived. And no guitar god worth his weight in groupies goes without a signature six-string by his side. Peruse these legends of rock guitar and see if you can guess who they are just from pictures of their iconic axes.

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Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All Turns 30: Rob Halford, Jason Newsted + More Discuss The Seminal Debut Album

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30 years ago today, a little known heavy metal band from Northern California released their debut album on a fledgling independent record label run out of a New Jersey flea market. The album, Kill ‘Em All, was the opening salvo of the nascent thrash metal movement and the band, Metallica, had a profound effect not just on heavy metal itself, but the music industry as a whole. To mark the album’s 30th anniversary, we’ve asked fellow musicians and Metallica fans what they thought when they first encountered one of the music’s most groundbreaking albums. These include metal gods like Rob Halford from Judas Priest, fellow thrash titans Kerry King from Slayer and Anthrax’s Scott Ian, our trio of That Metal Show hosts, as well as a few people with personal ties to the band like longtime bassist Jason Newsted and Kirk Hammet’s former guitar teacher, famed guitar shredder Joe Satriani.

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What Are The Top 5 Metal Bands Of The 1980s?

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Each week fans tune in to That Metal Show to see Eddie, Jim and Don weigh-in and argue about such important subjects as What Are Led Zeppelin’s Top 5 Albums or Who Are Metal’s Top 5 Hired Guns? For season 12 we moved the debate online and let  you, the fans, make your voices heard in our weekly TMS Top 5 polls.  The season has come to an end and we saved the best for last and asked  the boys to help rank the Top 5 hard rock and heavy metal bands of the 1980s.

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Watch The Latest Episode Of That Metal Show

Who’s talking with Eddie, Jim, and Don this week?

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Catch A Preview Of That Metal Show‘s Season Finale!

Wow, did the season go by that quickly? As That Metal Show wraps up its 12th year, we get a sneak peek of what’s in store on this week’s finale.

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What Are Led Zeppelin’s Top 5 Albums?

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Each week fans tune in to That Metal Show to see Eddie, Jim and Don weigh-in and argue about such important subjects as Who Are Metal’s Top 5 Hired Guns or What Are The Top 5 Rush Albums? For season 12 we’re moving the debate online and letting you, the fans, make your voices heard in our weekly TMS Top 5 polls.  This week we asked the boys to help rank the Top 5 studio albums of one of the greatest bands in rock n’roll history, Led Zeppelin.

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