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The 11 Heaviest Dates In Heavy Metal History In Honor Of National Metal Day

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Since 2011, the eleventh day of the eleventh month every year has been designated National Metal Day. The honor arises from a classic scene in the 1984 comedy masterpiece This Is Spinal Tap wherein metal guitarist extraordinaire Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) shows off his custom Marshall amps, which are equipped with one extra notch on the volume knob. As Nigel famously puts it: “These go to eleven!”

That sublime moment perfectly encapsulates the fervor, ferocity, and, most importantly, the fun that makes heavy metal the vanguard of rock-and-roll gone “over-the-top.” In addition to its own inborn extremes, heavy metal has always devoured whatever rock music’s latest outrage may be and used it to make itself stronger—from electric blues to punk to hip-hop to grunge and beyond.

So in honor of National Metal Day today, we trace the eleven most insane, untamed, taboo shattering leaps forward in heavy music history. Lock your fingers into horn position, adjust your head for banging, and let’s tear it up!


Hear Ozzy Osbourne tell the story about the night of January 20th in 1982 when he bit the head off a bat, surely one of metal’s heaviest dates.

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Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason On The Endless River, EDM, And The Band’s Future

Pink Floyd‘s The Endless River is the latest chapter in a musical continuum that has endured for nearly 50 years, and drummer Nick Mason has been present throughout. As their longest serving member, Mason has the distinction of being the only bandmate to play on every album. That’s an impressive run by any standards, but when you look at the group’s tumultuous and complicated history, it’s practically superhuman.

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Adam Lambert And Brian May Discuss Whether Queen Is Still Really A Band


When American Idol veteran and solo star Adam Lambert hooked up with legendary British classic rock band Queen, fans were both thrilled and concerned. Could Adam honor the group’s legacy while still staying true to himself? Would Glambert fans mix with the Queen faithfull? And while no one could ever fill the shoes of original singer Freddie Mercury, would the end result live up to the epic standards the band set with him at the helm? To hear Lambert and Queen guitarist Brian May talk about it, the answer is a resounding yes.  Read more…

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Celebrate No-Shave November With The 20 Greatest Beards In Heavy Metal

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Every November men around the world let their razors rust and let the facial hair flow as part of No-Shave November to help raise cancer awareness. Now as everyone knows, heavy metal is home to some of music’s most hirsute rockers and what better way to ring in the month than by checking out some of the greatest beards in the history of hard rock. Read more…

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Exclusive: Slash On Playing With Myles Kennedy “It’s Definitely A Band”


Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash appeared on VH1 Classic’s On Tap radio show with Nik Carter recently to discuss his new album, World On Fire, which has received near universally good reviews since its release earlier this fall. A large part of what makes the album so damn good is the expert pairing of one of the world’s last true guitar heroes with excellent backing from Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Slash says it’s no accident the band has cranked out two albums in 3 years and countless tours since he hooked up with the Alter Bridge singer during the recording of his eponymous 2010 solo album. Read more…

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Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page Discusses New Autobiography With Artist Jeff Koons In Front Of Rapturous NYC Crowd

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It’s been a busy year for Jimmy Page. Earlier this year, the Led Zeppelin guitarist began an exhaustive reissue campaign, expanding each of the band’s classic releases to include companion discs of outtakes and extensive liner notes, packed with rare pics. Last month saw the release of Page’s “photographic autobiography,” Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, which tells the reclusive rock legend’s life story in hundreds of never seen before photos, from his start as an innocent choirboy to the hedonistic heights of rock stardom. Last night Page appeared at New York City’s 92nd St. Y for a conversation with famed modern artist Jeff Koons to discuss, literally, his past, present and future. Read more…

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Kurt Cobain’s Newly Discovered Sound Collage Mixtape Will Melt Your Brain

It’s been widely established that Kurt Cobain had an extremely wide range of musical influences, and nowhere is this more apparent than on ‘Montage Of Heck’ -a newly unearthed sound collage mixtape he recorded years before reaching international stardom with Nirvana. The trippy aural montage pulls together songs and sound effects from literally everyone you can imagine, and even a few you can’t. Cher, Led Zep, William Shatnerthe Jackson 5, and even clips from The Flintstones are represented. Hold on to your hats,  because it’s about to get weird.

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Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of Nirvana’s Unplugged In New York And Count Down Rock’s Most Succesful Acoustic Albums

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20 years ago today the remaining members of Nirvana released MTV Unplugged in New York. Released a little more than a half a year after the tragic suicide of singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, the scaled down versions of the band’s usually bombastic songs showed their power lay in the writing, not in the volume with which they were originally performed.  The album was an immediate hit and a fitting final tribute to one of the greatest songwriters of the era.  Read more…

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Yoko Ono Fuses Art And Activism To Achieve World Peace In The 21st Century

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Yoko Ono is doing more than just imagining a better world—she’s creating it. The boundary-breaking cultural icon is on the front lines campaigning for a host of causes ranging from international peace, responsible emissions, gender equality and fracking limitations. Decades after first appearing on the world stage alongside late husband John Lennon, Ono’s revolutionary flame shines on and her rebellious spirit makes her an unrivaled force for positive change.

Last week she took time to honor a fellow philanthropic crusader, Hard Rock International CEO Hamish Dodds, by presenting him with the Spirit of Excellence Award on behalf of the T.J. Martell Foundation. Since 2008, the pair have teamed up annually with WhyHunger for “IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER,” an initiative that has brought 9.7 million farm-fresh meals to starving children in over 20 countries and taught over 8,800 family and community members techniques for sustained food production. 

Before taking the podium, Ono sat down with VH1 to reflect on the work she’s done not only with Dodds, but also throughout her extraordinary lifetime. In the midst of troubling times for our planet, she offers advice for how to stay hopeful in the face of negativity, outraged in the face of apathy, and fearless in the face of overwhelming opposition.

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These 20 Heavy Metal Horror Movies Will Make You Bang Your Head With Fright This Halloween

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In the realm of heavy metal, every day is Halloween. Just consider the costumes, the make-up, the shrieking, the zombie mascots, the haunted house stage decor, and the omnipresence of horned demons and hungry gargoyles set loose in tribute to the forces of darkness. And what back stage rider is complete without a gluttonous array of sweets and candies(no brown M&M’s please)?

Another way of looking at it, though, is that for one day each year, the whole rest of the world goes heavy metal. Either way, come late October, Halloween and heavy metal are as intertwined as the words “trick” and “treat.” The unholy wellspring from which each draws its greatest inspiration is the hairy, scary visual and cultural vocabulary of horror movies. Read more…