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Remembering Ronnie James Dio: Pay Tribute To One Of The Greats Of Heavy Metal

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Today marks the fourth anniversary of the death of Ronnie James Dio, one of the true greats of heavy metal music. Despite his diminutive stature, he possessed one of rock’s biggest voices and personalities and was loved by nearly everyone who ever came in contact with him, be they bandmates, fellow musicians or fans. Read more…

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Judas Priest Interview: Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton And Richie Faulkner Tell How They Let The Metal Roar On New Album Redeemer Of Souls

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Black Sabbath may be the genre’s Godfathers, but in many ways fellow Birminghamers Judas Priest are the first true “Heavy Metal” band. Sonically, lyrically and stylistically they codified the style and proudly waved the heavy metal banner, influencing nearly all metal bands that came in their wake. They grafted the heaviness of Sabbath onto the sleek high-speed engine of Deep Purple’s design and delivered it with the bombast and grandeur of Led Zeppelin. Now 40 years on from the release of their first record, Rocka Rolla, the band is poised to release their 17th studio record, Redeemer of Souls. Read more…

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Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page Discusses Band’s New Reissue Series And Previews Bonus Tracks In NYC

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Like the title of their 2007 greatest hits package, the “Mothership” has indeed landed for Led Zeppelin fans.  News spread like a brushfire earlier this month that the band was about to embark on their first major reissue campaign since the 1990s. Over the course of the next year all of the band’s original albums will be reissued in deluxe packages with a full albums worth of alternate takes and mixes, live tracks and other rarities which previously were only available on rare bootlegs. Lead guitarist and band guiding light Jimmy Page shared a selection of the bonus material off the band’s career-making first three albums yesterday in New York City and the tracks were revelatory and once again reaffirmed the band’s greatness.

At 70s years old Jimmy Page is still every bit the rock star, lithe but powerful in stature, impeccably dressed in all-black finery. First up were 2 live tracks recorded in Paris in 1969 as Led Zeppelin were supporting their self-titled debut album, which will be part of that albums reissue. Ferocious takes on “Communication Breakdown” and “You Shook Me” made it obvious why the band took the world by storm on those early tours with their amped up take on traditional rock n’roll and blues forms. “The idea was to do something radical with the blues” said Page later during the question and answer period.


Hear “Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown (Live in Paris, 1969)” taken from the Companion Audio Disc for the Led Zeppelin Deluxe Edition reissue.

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Mama Kin: 10 Hard Rock Mother’s Day Anthems

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Mother’s Day has arrived. The one day husbands, daughters and sons (hopefully) bow down and say “Thanks Mom for all the hard work you do.” And what does a mother want for Mother’s Day? A spa day perhaps? A gourmet meal cooked by her loved ones? Jewels and clothing? How about just a day off? Well, how about 10 ass-kicking hard rock anthems with riffs a-plenty dedicated to mothers of all different shapes and stripes. Read more…

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The 20 Greatest Metal Films Of All Time: Heavy Metal Movies Author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden Counts Down The Heaviest Flicks Ever!

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For those of us that came of age during the 1980s, our formative years were spent obsessing over the latest sounds emanating from the outer reaches of the heavy metal music scene and chasing the cheap but undeniable thrill of being scared out of your wits by the latest horror movies and slasher films. Heavy Metal Movies, the new book by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden, ties together the many shared bonds between extreme music and extreme cinema with as much authority as a Slayer riff and more eye-popping graphics than a stack of Iron Maiden LPs.  Read more…

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Rock Out This Cinco De Mayo And Celebrate These Legendary Mexican-American Metalheads

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Today is Cinco de Mayo, which marks the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle Of Puebla on May 5th in 1862. Over the years the anniversary became cause for merriment and festivities in the Mexican-American communities in the South-Western United States and a time to celebrate their native culture and heritage. Just as heavy metal and hard rock would be greatly lacking without the tales of epic battles of yore, so too would it would it be diminished without the contributions of many a Mexican-American musician. Read more…

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10 Awesome Rock Docs You Might Have Missed

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After interviewing Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo about the forthcoming release of Jaco: The Film, a documentary about legendary jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius he’s producing, it got us thinking about the music documentary in general. There have certainly been some well-known and acclaimed music documentaries produced throughout the years; The Last Waltz, Madonna: Truth or Dare and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster all come to mind. And while all these films are great in their own right – they all focus on mainstream, popular artists with huge followings. What about all the other fascinating documentaries surrounding some of music’s lesser-known but no less important artists? Read more…

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That Miley Cyrus Tongue Was Meant For KISS

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Everyone dreams of one day fronting their favorite rock band, even if it means shoving the real lead singer into the corner. As one of the thousands of hopefuls on American Idol, a young Adam Lambert broke through with “Bohemian Rhapsody” as his audition song. And by the end of the season he would eventually joined Queen onstage, proving that certain dreams really can come true — especially if you happen to know Simon Cowell.

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