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The Most Intense Guitar “O-Faces” In Rock History

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Playing guitar can be ecstasy for some people. Just check the expressions on Prince, Slash, John Mayer, Jimmy Page and other rockers as they get down with their axes! If that’s not the face of pure joy, we don’t know what is.

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Comically Bad Amazon Reviews Of Beloved Classic Rock Albums

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“Good music” is a subjective thing. One person’s favorite band could sound like tuneless electronic white noise to someone else. Even albums that are widely hailed as among the best in recorded history have their fair share of detractors. To prove it, we’ve read the Amazon.com customer reviews for every entry on VH1′s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Many are positive, but there still a few who awarded a lowly one-star to these classics -usually for hilarious reasons. We guess there’s just no pleasing some people. Nirvana fans, AC/DC fans, Jimi Hendrix fans, Beatlemaniacs and more: prepare to get royally bummed out.

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The 10 Lamest Album Covers In Classic Rock History

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It’s not uncommon to hear music fans of a certain temperament, and often a certain age, wax poetic about the glory days of the 12” vinyl album. How it was the perfect template for the great classic rock records of old and how the packaging went hand in hand with the music to create a total artistic experience. Unfortunately, not every classic album had a classic album cover to go with it. In fact, some of them were quite lame. Read more…

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REVIEW: Can Adam Lambert-Led Queen Keep The Band’s Classic Legacy Alive?

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It can’t be easy being Adam Lambert these days. Sure, he’s living everyone’s rock ‘n’ roll fantasy by fronting the rock icons in Queen on a cross-country arena tour. On the surface his life seems to rule in a major way, but I began to think again as I approached Madison Square Garden Thursday night. I had expected to see a mixed crowd of young Glamberts who have followed Adam’s art and antics since his American Idol days, as well as classic rock fans thrilled to hear the vintage songs played live once more. But the well-worn Queen t-shirts were plentiful and the Lambert love appeared few and far between as I took my seat.

He is about to play to a packed crowd of 20,000 people (New Yorkers, no less!), who all seemed to be thinking the same thing: “Can the kid pull it off?” Under pressure, indeed.

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Shine On: The 10 Best Rick Wright Pink Floyd Songs

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With the forthcoming release of Pink Floyd’s The Endless River, a collection of posthumous recordings with late keyboardist Richard Wright during sessions for 1994’s The Division Bell, it got us thinking of all the fantastic material that the founding Floyd member wrote or co-wrote during his time with the legendary band. Read more…

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Johnny Winter, Acclaimed Blues Rock Guitarist, Dead At 70

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Acclaimed guitarist and blues rock pioneer Johnny Winter died yesterday at the age of 70. Like his heroes, he was a touring bluesman to the end and was found dead in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland after having played a festival in nearby Austria. Years before Stevie Ray Vaughan or Billy Gibbons came to fame, Johnny Winter was the archetype of the hotshot Texas blues guitarist that could play fast but tasty with an earnest reverence for the genre’s original masters. Read more…

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10 Crazy Cameos By Heavy Metal Bands That Still Make Us Laugh

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Everyone loves those unexpected “OH SNAP!” appearances of a famous name in a bit part, whether on the big screen, small screen, or in a buzz-generating ad. This week the biggest heavy metal band in the known universe (A.K.A. Metallica) got people talking when they made a cameo in a hilarious new promo spot for the ESPN show This Is SportsCenter.

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The Kids Are Alright: Rock Star Offspring Who Know How To Rock Hard

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It’s not unusual for kids to take over the family business, but a lucky few get to do something much more badass than running a restaurant or joining a law firm: laying down some down and dirty rock ‘n’ roll! The children of rock legends are reaching their prime, showing off their good genes with impressive music careers of their own.

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Wish You Were Here: The 10 Greatest Posthumous Classic Rock Records

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Classic rock fans were abuzz last week with the news that Pink Floyd would be releasing their first new record in 20 years. The album, titled The Endless River, is to be released this October and feature posthumous 1994 recordings with founding keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. David Gilmour’s wife, and sometime Pink Floyd lyricist, Polly Samson described the record as “Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.” Read more…

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Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dead At 65

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Tommy Ramone, the last surviving member of punk pioneers The Ramones, died Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens. He was 65 years old. Ramone had been receiving hospice care following unsuccessful treatment for bile duct cancer, a disease which ultimately claimed his life.

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