With sales of recorded music on the wane and no longer driving the kind of coin they once did, reunion tours by bands looking to line their pocketbooks have saturated the marketplace. Over the course of the last decade or so, the ticket-buying public has gotten wise to these promotional gimmicks, forcing bands to get extremely creative with the value proposition that they set forth for these tours. This has been an overall win for those of us who love live music, making delightful events like the “Hear [INSERT YOUR FAVORITE ALBUM] live in its entirety!” possible. Mötley Crüe is no stranger to the reunion game—they famously put aside their differences and announced a reunion tour back in 2004—but in a press conference held in Los Angeles today, the hair metal hellions upped the ante with a game-changing move: The announced their FINAL TOUR EVER! (Really!)
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Legendary folk music icon Pete Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. He was as famous for his work championing folk music and for his committal to civil rights as he was as a singer, instrumentalist (he played both guitar and banjo) and writer of such folk standards as “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” and “Turn, Turn, Turn!” His career as a performer spanned over70 years, going all the way back to the seminal folk groups as The Weavers and The Almanac Singers. In later years he became an elder statesman of folk music, mentoring Bob Dylan and Don McLean among others. Read more…
Disco. Even after almost forty years we still don’t fully understand it. It came on like a force of nature; strong and fast, swiftly devouring everything in its path. It swallowed up formerly rockin’ musicians and in their place left lame overly-catchy songs with throbbing bass. It wasn’t pretty. But by god, it was fun to dance to! It seemed like everyone had a “disco phase” in the late ’70s…even bands that probably wish you’d forget all about it. Read on to hear 10 Saturday Night Fever-worthy tunes from the most unexpected of bands. Strap on your platforms and enjoy!
Motorheadbangers worldwide let out a collective groan last week as news spread that the band had to cancel their upcoming European tour due to Motorhead-honcho Lemmy’s continuing health problems. One of rock’s most unrepentant badasses, Lemmy lived on a diet of Marlboros, Jack Daniels and Lord knows what else for over 50 years and apparently it’s FINALLY catching up to him at 68 years of age. He was diagnosed with Diabetes in 2000 and was hospitalized last year due to a hematoma but if anyone can knock a disease on its ass it’s the man in black. This week on VH1 Classic‘s That Metal Show, Don, Jim and Ed paid tribute to one of hard rock and heavy metal’s greatest bands on the TMS Top 5 and counted down the Top 5 Motorhead Songs Of All Time. See the final list and check out the boys personal picks on the following pages and vote for your favorite songs in our poll. Read more…
We’ve already hashed out who was the worst-dressed and who had the hottest arm candy on the 2014 Grammy Awards red carpet last night, but what were the biggest moments of the night? From Taylor Swift‘s head-banging performance (and her surprise at not winning an award) to Pharrell’s comically large hat, here are the 10 moments everyone is talking about this morning–and will continue to talk about in years to come.
The Grammy Awards has had a long history of ignoring hard rock and heavy metal ever since the genre emerged screaming from the womb of late ‘60s rock. Consider that such legendary bands as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath never received a single Grammy Award during their existences and years later were only awarded for live recording from their reunion shows. Last night’s show seemingly went to lengths to include hard rock and metal with performances by Metallica and Queens Of The Stone Age though metal fans have been rightfully outraged about Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman being excluded from the In Memorium montage. in DJ, author and host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, Eddie Trunk is one of hard rock and metal’s biggest fans and greatest advocates and has long been critical of the genre’s treatment by the mainstream media in general and institutions like The Grammys and The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in particular. We asked Eddie to share his thoughts on last night’s show and why the music still never gets the respect it deserves all these years later. Read more…
Sure, some people might be mad that Kendrick Lamar lost the Best Rap Album Grammy Award to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but the most egregious Grammy snub came during the evening’s “In Memoriam” tribute. The Grammy Awards left Slayer‘s Jeff Hanneman and Iron Maiden‘s Clive Burr and off of the In Memoriam montage–despite the fact that Hanneman actually won two Grammys!
It’s been 22 long years since Metallica performed at the Grammy Awards. The heavy metal gods were at the height of their critical and commercial success in 1992 when they tore up the Grammys stage with a killer performance of “Enter Sandman,” but tonight’s performance of their stone classic “One” was able to match that moment thanks in part to a very interesting twist: The addition of Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang.
February 7th marks 50 years since the historic day when the a Pan Am jet touched down at New York’s JFK airport, bringing the Beatles to America for the very first time. The 2014 Grammy Awards celebrated half a century of Beatlemania by reuniting Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr onstage for the first time in nearly five years…along with a little help from artists they helped to inspire!
One of the biggest questions before tonight’s Grammy Awards: Will Chicago front man Robert Lamm twerk all up on Robin Thicke? Miley Cyrus did it (memorably) at the MTV Video Music Awards, so it’s only fair to ask.