John Lennon Jesus candles. Amy Winehouse murals. Elvis Presley bingo bags. These are just some of the offerings on sites like Etsy and Amazon that take post-death artist merchandise to a whole new level.
After the release of my Top 15 Bands, Young and Old, You Should Be Listening To In 2015 list, the positive and negative fallout was overwhelming. Some readers were angry because the list was not metal enough (admittedly), and some felt wronged by several overt snubs. Although I have this platform, I am not an all-knowing metal super genius. So, I asked commenters and readers to send me the names of deserving bands that I should check out. I listened to damn near everything that people mentioned, and there is some great stuff out there. Throughout social media, people were sending me really cool bands that I didn’t know existed. There were also a few bands that deserved attention and just barely missed the cut on the previous list. Based on discovering all of this great talent, it seemed appropriate to make a new list: this time focusing on under-the-radar music and under-appreciated veterans.
This Saturday night on Rock Icons, we hear from metal guitar god Dave Mustaine. Although he’s been manned Megadeth for more than three decades, his name will forever be linked with Metallica. After serving as the band’s original lead guitarist in their nascent days, he was fired from the group just prior to the recording of their first album, Kill ‘Em All. While undoubtedly devastating, Mustaine explains how the experience helped pave the way for his future career and worldwide success.
Dressed to Kill by Kiss hit record stores on March 19, 1975. The third album by the hottest band in the world upped the pop energy of previous records without skimping on the hard and heavy and (at least) three of its ten songs endure as rousing, roof-raising classics—including one that, bar none, is rock-and-roll’s all-time greatest party starter.
Alas, as with Kiss’s self-titled debut and it’s follow-up, Hotter Than Hell, poor Dressed to Kill landed with a dull thud. That three-peat losing streak broke, big time, upon the explosive breakthrough of 1975’s Alive, which sent new fans scrambling to catch up with the Kiss back catalogue. As a result, Dressed to Kill got a second chance at life and today, as we celebrate the album’s fortieth birthday, it’s proven to be nothing less than immortal.
Here now are 40 Kisstastic facts to celebrate Dressed to Kill still knocking dead all comers at the dawn of its fifth decade.
When the voice goes, it doesn’t come back. Try as they might, Roger Waters and Neil Diamond can’t hold a note like they once could. Age is cruel! Find out which other iconic rock stars can no longer sing like they used to in their heydays.
AC/DC‘s classic “You Shook Me All Night Long” kicks serious ass, but does it still rock when played in a bluegrass style? Finnish viral video gods (yes, there is such a thing) Steve’n’ Seagulls set out to find the answer. Spoiler alert: it still rocks.
There are rock concerts, there are movies, and there are rock concert movies. Then there are movies that contain scenes set at rock concerts.
It’s a tradition that stretches back to the early days of rock-and-roll, as evidenced by time capsule classics such as Don’t Knock the Rock (1956), which showcases Bill Haley and Little Richard performing, and The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) with live numbers by Fats Domino, Eddie Cochran, the Platters, and, again, Little Richard.
On March 20th VH1 Classic and Palladia will air the new documentary Kansas: Miracles Out Of Nowhere, about the American progressive rock band which topped the charts in the 1970s. In this exclusive preview, the band admit that free beer played a crucial role in their success!