When it comes to certain pairs of classic rock songs, you can’t have one without the other. Even though each individual track stands on its own (some were even released as singles independent of one another), a combination of natural flow, LP sequencing, and habitual radio play have rendered each of these successive tunes into a single entity. As a result, two distinct creations have been compounded into one rocking whole that’s even greater than the some of its already great parts.
Director Sam Dunn will be providing personal epilogues for each Rock Icons episode this season, and this week he’s talking about the talented Ann Wilson. Ann and her sister Nancy Wilson are known for their band Heart, which rose to heavy metal fame in the 1970s, though Dunn admits it took him some time to fully understand their awesomeness. Read more…
March 15 is a heavy day in general, and for rock in particular. To the ancient Romans, the “ides” marked the mid-point of any given month—a period of time that was sacred to Jupiter, the god-of-gods among the ancients. The Ides of March, then, was Jupiter’s feast day smack in the middle of the month named for Mars, the sword-wielding deity of war. That’s not just heavy, it’s cosmic. Read more…
This year on That Metal Show we’re doing things a little differently and thinking up exciting new ways to bring you the best coverage of all things heavy metal and hard rock. One of those things is That After Show, where we keep the cameras rolling after the regular broadcast is over and let the TMS boys and their guests talk about, well, whatever the f-ck they want to talk about. This week hear Marky Ramone, Darryl McDaniels and Gary Holt sound off about their life in music.
We’d like to offer a huge round of applause to whoever does the booking for Larry King‘s show, because they gave us the unforgettable chance to watch the 81-year-old broadcasting icon interact with metal’s own Steel Panther. The band took the opportunity to share which current pop stars they’d like to sleep with, and which musicians they’re currently fighting with.
Few things feel worse than being marginalized, made to seem as if you don’t matter. Irrelevance. This is often how I feel as a modern fan of heavy music as reflected through mainstream culture. I recently stumbled upon Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums of the 2000’s” list. I was in disbelief that only 2 Hard Rock albums, System of a Down’s Toxicity and Queens of the Stone Age’s RatedR, were on the list. There were zero Metal albums.
A recording of a young Jimi Hendrix has been restored and released after going unheard for nearly 50 years. Prior to achieving megastardom, Hendrix played with the soulful Curtis Knight & the Squires in the mid ’60s . Together they cut the instrumental track called “Station Break,” which has only recently been unearthed. Although it’s not technically a Jimi Hendrix track, his guitar-playing is prominent and his embryonic talent is incredibly clear.