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Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath Reveals Heavy Metal’s Bloody Origins In New Animated Short


67 years ago today clouds blackened the skies over Birmingham, England to herald the birth of the future Father of Heavy Metal, Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi of Black Sabbath. But did you know that if it weren’t for a tragic industrial accident which chopped off the tops of two of the fingers on his fretting hand, he might not ever have created the heavy metal guitar sound that has reverberated through the ages? The new VH1.com animated short The Complete History of Heavy Metal: Fingers Bloody Fingers explores how the guitarist made “a good thing off a bad thing.”  Read more…

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Gets Schooled On Tempo By ‘Whiplash’ Star J.K. Simmons

The Academy Award-nominated Whiplash is certainly a fine movie, but we couldn’t help but feel it needed a dose of heavy metal. Apparently we’re not alone, because Metal Injection just posted a hilarious video mashup of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich getting taken to task by the uber-intense J.K. Simmons for not playing at his “f-cking tempo!”

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by (@McBeardo)

8 Classic Big-Screen Hard Rock + Heavy Metal Concert Movies

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Before MTV, before VHS tapes, before DVDs, and way, way, way before YouTube, the only way for fans to see hard rock and heavy metal bands in concert was just that—in concert. For those who couldn’t make it to live shows, a handful of late-night TV programs offered respites, most prominently ABC in Concert, The Midnight Special, and Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. Then there was the concert movie.

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Kerry King, Marky Ramone + More To Appear On Season 14 Of ‘That Metal Show’

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You heard that Geddy Lee and John Petrucci will appear in the upcoming premiere of That Metal Show, and now, we’re adding more names to the list of Season 14′s stars. Find out who’s slated to appear on the show this season, and catch the premiere this Saturday, February 21 at 9/8 C.

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Ed Sheeran Leads Our List Of The 20 Greatest Gingers In Music

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Today we’re wishing our favorite musical redhead, Ed Sheeran, an incredibly happy 24th birthday. The ginger Brit has found our way into our hearts with his smooth, romantic sound— although he’s not the first musical carrot top that we’ve fallen irrepressibly in love with. Ever since Art Garfunkel and Daryl Hall were young men, we’ve held a soft spot for the orange haired troubadour. And when it comes to the ginger ladies, they’re not lacking in willful girl power: from Geri Halliwell to Annie Lennox to Neko Case to Shirley Manson to Tori Amos, red hair on a woman in music is synonymous with independence and power.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

The Complete Guide To Each And Everyone Of ‘That Metal Show’s Musical Guests (So Far)

This coming Saturday, That Metal Show, the only television series about all things hard rock and heavy metal, returns to VH1 Classic. Now as much as we love the witty banter and bromance of hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, we all know, the show is really about the music. One of the highlights of every episode is the musical guests, whether they’re shredding on guitar  like the incomparable Yngwie Malmsteen, on the drums like Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, or on the bass like the legendary Billy Sheehan. With the new season less than a week away, and Dream Theater ‘s John Petrucci on deck as the first musical guest, we thought it a good time to go through the archives and list each and every musical guest that has ever appeared on the show. Read more…

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Moving Pictures: The 15 Greatest Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Documentaries

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Whether the topic is politics (with Michael Moore on the left, Dinesh D’Souza on the right), sports (ESPN’s 30 for 30 series), penguins marching (uh… March of the Penguins), or global warming ( 2006′s An Inconvenient Truth),  we are living in a golden age for documentary film-making. And fortunately for those of us who don’t want to bum out on how bad things are all the time, for penguins and  humans, the 21st century has seen a plethora of thrilling documentaries about some of hard rock and heavy metal‘s most important and iconic bands.  However, great non-fiction metal films and hard rock docs have been taking us behind the walls of Marshall stacks and inside the wailing lives of metalheads for several decades now. Being that this is Oscars week, and VH1 Classic‘s new documentary tv series Rock Icons premieres this coming Saturday, what better time to take a look back now at 15 of the very best. Read more…