You and I might spend our downtime singing in the shower, dancing at the club, and plucking on a guitar. But our favorite artists are wont to unwind with less musical hobbies. When the lights go down, artists like Prince pick up a ping pong paddle, Roger Daltrey a fishing rod, and Justin Bieber a Rubik’s Cube. These pastimes run the gamut from completely ordinary like Rivers Cuomo and Lily Allen’s knitting, to an obsession that led Neil Young to become a part owner in a toy train manufacturing company.
That’s right heavy metal maniacs, on Saturday, February 21st, VH1 Classic will rock once again. Actually, it’s always rocking. But one week from today it’s gonna rock harder than ever because not one, but two of the most kick ass shows on television will be making their network premieres. Read more…
Don’t have a valentine to snuggle up next to tomorrow? If you already ruled out listening to the saddest albums of the decade so far, we’ve got something else for you. It’s a video short set to U2′s “Every Breaking Wave,”” and depicts the love story of two star-crossed lovers in Northern Ireland during the sectarian unrest of the 1980s. It’s a punk rock Romeo and Juliet with brogues, if you will.
As That Metal Show’s season 14 premiere looms, we’re celebrating hard rock and heavy metal all month long, but February also marks Black History Month so what better time to delve into the legacy of African-American musicians in the loudest genre on Earth. Metal fans of course know that music is colorblind and that people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds listen to and play metal music. It might surprise people unfamiliar with the genre, however, to find out how much heavy metal owes to African-American music and how many African-American musicians have had a huge influence on the genre. Read more…
Everybody missteps sometimes, even the mightiest overlords of heavy metal sound and fury.
In fact, for a metal band (or any band, really) to truly attain legend status, it seems as though they’ve got to experience one colossal blunder, be it a major performance gone wrong (Guns N’ Roses’ 1991 St. Louis Riverport Riot), a mortifying music video (Billy Squier’s “Rock Me Tonite”), or, toughest of all to take, an eagerly anticipated album that hits listeners in every wrong way possible.
Demonic backward messages on rock records! Nationwide underground devil worship! Live nude human sacrifices! Sex! Drugs! Booze! Cults! Suicide! Murder! And all of it set to a completely kickass heavy metal soundtrack!
Such were the suspected deviancies that defined a peculiar unholy hysteria that beset America in the 1980s that, in the (relatively) saner times since, has been labeled “the Satanic Panic.”
We here at VH1 music consider ourselves pretty big music fans and connoisseurs, but even we have our limits. Some music lovers will go so far as to devote their entire lives to a single artist–becoming experts and authorities on their lives, collecting and displaying memorabilia and artifacts. From grand gestures like building exact replicas of Britney Spears’ bedroom and Elvis Presley‘s Graceland mansion, to protecting minutiae like Johnny Cash‘s AmEx and a guitar pick that Keith Richards threw at you, the time and effort put in to these 10 museums and shrines put even MTV Fanatic (RIP) fans to shame.
Check out these 10 totally bonkers museums and shrines dedicated to musical heroes.
No declaration has better nailed the perilous edge strutted by heavy metal than that perfect nugget from the 1984 cinematic masterpiece, This is Spinal Tap.
With its devils and darkness, leather and lust, and makeup and fire and blood, heavy metal courts cheesiness with every down-tuned power chord, wailing vocal, and solo break. Naturally, the genre has teetered over into campy overkill most often via music videos.
Well, sad to say but we called it. Yesterday in our breakdown of what’s right and wrong about this year’s ‘Best Metal Performance’ Grammy nominees we said musical comedy due Tenacious D would win. Not should, but would. Why? Because since 1989, the first year they recognized the genre and Jethro Tull infamously beat Metallica, the Grammys have shown time and time again they have no clue and one can only assume little respect for heavy metal music. Nothing against The D, who are without a doubt talented, funny and truly love hard rock and metal, but to award them for ‘Best Metal Performance’ is to fundamentally misunderstand the genre and what makes it great. Read more…
This month, heavy metal turns 45 years old. The unofficially official birthdate is Friday, February 13, 1970. That’s when the band Black Sabbath released its first album, Black Sabbath, which opened with a terrifying first song titled “Black Sabbath.” But alas, Black Sabbath (and Black Sabbath and “Black Sabbath”) didn’t just come from nowhere. Rock-and-roll had been branded “the devil’s music” from its roots up, as embodied by the myth of 1930s blues shaman Robert Johnson obtaining his guitar powers from Satan “down at the crossroads.” That same infernal spirit carried on through Chicago blues blazers such as Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters before Screamin’ Jay Hawkins explicitly combined horror and heavy sounds, most famously in 1956’s “I Put a Spell on You.” Read more…