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!
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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.
Metal fans rejoiced last week at the return of That Metal Show, the only show on television about all things hard rock and heavy metal. This season as an added bonus we’re going behind the stacks with some of your favorite musicians and TMS guests and finding out how they got started playing their instruments, who their favorite players are and what equipment they’re using. We caught up with this week’s musical guest Joel Hoekstra who’s known for his work with Night Ranger and Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as being the house guitarist for the hair metal musical Rock Of Ages to find out about his multiple rigs and his love of Gibson guitars. Check back each week to find out more of your favorite shredder’s live rigs and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night at 11/10C for new episodes of That Metal Show! Read more…
A severe snowstorm hit the East Coast earlier this week, one that could be described by our metal brethren as a Blizzard of Ozz. As is the case in extreme weather situations like this, a local news channel sent a reporter and a cameraperson out into the streets to show viewers at home what Mother Nature is capable of. What followed, though, is what Metal Sucks is describing as The Most Metal Photobomb of All-Time.
While Black Sabbath blew the doors wide open for heavy metal, many of their peers (and predecessors) were experimenting with their own signature brand of rock n’ roll. And though a lot of these artists were a little, well OK, a lot tamer than Ozzy and company, they did occasionally venture into some hard rock and even heavy metal territory. Their music helped influence and lay the foundation for future rawk and metal artists. You may be familiar with some or even all of these tunes (damn…really?), but it’s an interesting reminder that although these classic bands tended to favor the mellower stuff, there were a few select songs in their respective catalogues that actually cranked the amps to 11. From Pink Floyd to Chicago to The Beatles, they all had at least one killer heavy tune. Here’s a list of 11 heavy songs by bands that aren’t very heavy. Or are they??? (Dun dun dunnnn.) . Read more…
Bruce Springsteen is the Boss of the SoundScan charts this week, although his grip may be loosening. Still, his High Hopes are enough to dash the chart reign of Disney’s Frozen soundtrack, which lands in the week’s runner up position. Here’s the rest of this week’s chart happenings in our weekly SoundScanner feature:
The East Coast may be in the depths of a deep freeze this week but that doesn’t matter because the only show on television about all things heavy metal and hard rock has returned to New York City! That’s right, That Metal Show is back on VH1 Classic and all is right again in the world. This Saturday see what happens when the boys catch up with Vernon Reid and Corey Glover of influential alt rockers Living Colour and Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose. Check out photos from this week’s shoot including some super sexy shots of Miss Box Of Junk Jennifer Gottlieb and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night at 11/10C for the latest episodes!
In honor of season 13 of That Metal Show which premieres tonight on VH1 Classic we’re going behind the stacks and finding out what you’re favorite guitarists are playing and what better way to start than with episode 1 guest, legendary Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde. Besides being one of the greats of heavy metal guitar he’s also one of the most down-to-Earth and humble musicians you’ll ever have the pleasure of talking to. Though known for his fearsome looks and manic pinched harmonics he is also a student of bluesy players like Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and the legendary Jimmy Page and adds that to his unparalleled arsenal of guitar technique. Let’s find out what Zakk has to say about his favorite gear, his favorite guitar players and which That Metal Show host he’d most like to marry. No, seriously. Read more…