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Dueling Axes: Who Are Heavy Metal’s 10 Greatest Two Guitar Teams?

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The defining sonic signature of hard rock and heavy metal music is the sound of an electric guitar hammering home a riff through a mountain of Marshall amps stacks. And the only thing better than one guitarist hammering home a riff through a mountain of Marshalls is TWO guitarists hammering home monster riffs in tandem through even more Marshall stacks (heck, some bands even have THREE guitarists doing it, but that’s a different list!). Read more…

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Happy Birthday Ace Frehley: Kiss’ Original Spaceman Turns 63!

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Today Kiss fans worldwide celebrate the 63rd birthday of the band’s original and beloved Spaceman, the one and only Ace Frehley! Born and raised in The Bronx, NY and famously showing up in mismatched sneakers for his Kiss audition in 1972, Ace is one of the great characters in rock n’ roll and also one of the most influential guitarists of ’70s hard rock and early heavy metal. Read more…

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Unsung Heroes: The 10 Most Underrated Classic Rock Singers

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We all know about the best rock singers of all time. The ones who other rock singers idolize. The staples who make it onto every list that’s ever published on the subject. The Robert Plants. The Freddie Mercurys. The Mick Jaggers. But what about all the other amazing singers that came through once The Beatles knocked down the doors for classic rock ‘n’ roll? Surely there are others that slip through the cracks and get overlooked on these lists? What are they, chopped liver? Far from it, and it’s time that we give these singers their due (so everyone can stop referring to them as “the singer from ____”).
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Golden Gods Awards Livestream Tonight: See Guns N’ Roses, Joan Jett And More Rock L.A.!

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Alright all you hard rock and heavy metal maniacs,  the 2014 Golden Gods Awards is going  down tonight at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and you can livestream the entire 4-hour event on VH1.com,  VH1Classic.com, VH1 Mobile and the VH1 App starting at 10 pm ET / 7pm PT to see live performances from Guns N’ RosesJoan JettZakk Wylde and more plus an exclusive Black Carpet pre-show hosted by Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider. Read more…

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Rock From On High: 12 Music Legends Who Found Jesus

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It may have been called “the Devil’s music” when it first burst onto the scene back in the 1950s, but these days many of the greatest rock heroes follow the word of the Lord!  After achieving their dreams of becoming rich and famous, some stars have found their lives in the music biz spiritually empty. That’s when they turned to the Christian faith for enlightenment and peace. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still funk out with the best of ‘em! Well ok, sometimes it does…

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Celebrate Record Store Day: Aloe Blacc, A Great Big World + VH1 Staff Share Their First Record Buying Experiences!

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Music fans rejoice for today is Record Store Day, when we celebrate the contributions of independent music retailers worldwide. Since 2007 record stores have been banding together to combat their decline due to internet sales and digital formats and enticing shoppers, collectors and music fans of all stripes with limited edition releases and intimate in-store performances. Read more…

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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Talks About His New Jaco Pastorius Documentary And The Bassist’s Influence On His Music

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People tend to think that if you play in one of the hardest and heaviest heavy metal bands of all time you must only listen to music that sounds similar to your own. However, most great musicians will tell you they draw inspiration from a wide variety of influences across the musical spectrum, regardless of genre. Such is the case with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. He first came to prominence playing with skate punks Suicidal Tendencies, then played funk metal in the spinoff group Infectious Grooves before landing a gig with Ozzy Osbourne and eventually taking over the 4-string in the biggest heavy metal band in the world. And his greatest influence is a jazz fusion bassist who is best known for his guest apperences on other artists’ albums and only released two proper solo albums before his tragic death at the age of 35. Read more…

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Dirty Little Secret: Naughty Things You Never Noticed On Classic Album Covers

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Easter Sunday is just around the corner, so we here at VH1 have decided to put a different kind of “Easter egg” in your baskets this year. We’re talking about hidden messages that have been secretly added to pop culture works like books, movies, and (in this case) album covers! You would be amazed by the details you might have missed in classic record sleeves. And considering it’s a holy day and all, we’ve figured it would be appropriate to make sure that all these messages are slightly naughty or rude. Would you expect any less?

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Chuck D From Public Enemy Talks About Being This Year’s Record Store Day Ambassador

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This Saturday April 19th marks the return of Record Store Day, the annual holiday that encourages music fans to get out and support their local independent music retailers and pick up some of the limited edition goodies specially released for the day. The first Record Store Day was in 2007 and starting in 2009 each year has had an “Ambassador” to help spread the word and talk about how record stores serve a vital function in any healthy music scene. This year’s ambassador is one hip hop’s living legends, Chuck D of revolutionary rap group Public Enemy. Read more…

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Golden Gods Awards Come To VH1: Guns N’ Roses Play, That Metal Show Boys Host And You Can Livestream The Whole Show!

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The cat’s out of the f***ing bag! The 2014 Golden Gods Awards is going down next week in Los Angeles and it will be hosted this year by none other than That Metal Show‘s Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson! Read more…