We knew the hosts of That Metal Show were wiseasses, but we didn’t know they’d punk a bunch of poor old Van Halen fans. They did, though. And it’s rather hilarious, especially if you think innocent French tourists are decent targets for ridicule.
That Metal Show, starring Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson, is a new item on the VH1 Classic roster. It airs every Saturday at 11 pm ET.
VH1 Soul’s latest show is getting lots of buzz because it’s so much fun to follow host Nelson George as he moves through America, celebrating the specifics of the African-American culture. There’s lots of black history in each metropolis he visits; seems like every time he plants his flag in a new spot, there’s some learning going on.
This week George and team hit Chicago. He clues us in on the town’s Haitian founder, the migration of Southern blacks during the mid-20th century, and drops us off at the Negro Leagues Cafe in the Bronzville neighborhood. The restaurant celebrates the historic achievements of black baseball while serving up collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. George also roams from Hyde Park (Barack Obama‘s turf) to Michigan Avenue (and its Chicago Defender offices, founded by John H. Sengstacke). Other interviews include singer LaLah Hathaway, who says she’s rather sun bathe on the shores of Lake Michigan than the Pacific Ocean. He also samples soul food at Army & Lou‘s, and tries to make a deep dish pizza. House music, blues, Chi-town stepping, and Nelson’s tribute to Curtis Mayfield all make this episode a must-see.
Check Soul Cities every Tuesday at 9 pm ET on VH1 Soul.
Watch our play list of artists who hail from the Windy City.
Check Nelson George’s Facebook page for photos from the Chicago episode.
After the jump is a full list of all the spots visited in Chicago.
Rihanna‘s video for her new single “Rehab” premieres on VH1′s Top 20 on Monday, but since we love you so much, we’re giving you a sneak peek of the hotness now! In the clip above, Rihanna smolders with co-star Justin Timberlake. And just so you can prepare yourself — JT’s a biker dude, and Rihanna rocks a skimpy green bikini. Meaning we’re not responsible for melted computer monitors.
It’s been a wild autumn here a VH1.com for New Kids fans. We’ve been searching for four zealots who loved them some NKOTB, and yep, after sifting through loads of pictures and reading loads of notes, we found them all. The last winner is Blair Braman. She’ll be heading to a performance and hanging with Jon, Jordan, Donnie, Joey, and Danny during a meet ‘n’ greet session. Here’s Blair’s note. Obviously she’s come full circle.
“I recently went to a concert in Cleveland and just about got the beat down for my poster I made. I tried so hard for Donnie to see it. I was asked many times by girls bigger than me to take it down! I tried and tried. At one point, people even pulled me down to their row so I could wave it around. And also tried to get their attention. Please help me meet NKOTB! Besides, Donnie did say he wanted to meet all the girls he sang Cover Girl to. Yes, the little girl in the picture is me when I was 7!”
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It’s Taylor Swift‘s time right now. Her new Fearless has just been released, the New York Times and the New Yorker have have written thoughtful profiles of her, and our pals at CMT have made a new episode of “Video Replay” for her current hit, “Love Story.” Watch it above.
“Video Replay” has its guests explain their latest clips, and along the way in “Love Story,” the young blonde sensation lets us know that she “wrote a lot of visuals into the song” so it would make for a great video, and dodged a make-out scene suggested by her male lead because she was after a “sweet” vibe. Think she reached her goal?
Watch other Taylor Swift videos. Check Taylor’s favorite videos by other artists in “My Playlist.”
Download Fearless at Rhapsody.
Check Taylor Swift playing with Def Leppard.
Check out other country artists at CMT.com.
The best way to find out about a subject is to jump in and drill down, right? Travelers know that the “drill down” part is the most fun when visiting various locales. You can’t get a full taste of New York or Paris by hanging at the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower – you’ve gotta get to where the people actually live and the culture is created.
Nelson George created Soul Cities with that in mind. For the next several weeks VH1 Soul is airing a string of episodes that finds the author, screenwriter, and music critic roaming through six of a the hippest towns in the U.S., including New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, L.A., and the Bay Area. He creates a portrait of the artistic, cultural, and political vibe that help define each location.
Philadelphia is first (the show premieres Tuesday, November 11 at 9 pm ET on VH1 Soul). George chats with Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff about classic Philly R&B, swings by Geno’s to wolf a cheese steak, drops into Ms Tootsies soul food restaurant for an interview with LaBelle, talks politics and music with ?uestlove from the Roots, browses the ultimate R&B record store, and lots more.
Check our music video playlist of R&B artists associated with Philly.
Facebookfiends should check out the photos associated to each episode that live on George’s profile page.
For another glimpse into his world head to his Web site.
Check the specific addresses of the Philly sites after the jump.
Kid Rock loves a good romp, and a few weeks ago, just outside of Nashville, he gathered up his Twisted Brown Trucker band and spent the evening recording songs both old and new for an episode of VH1 Storytellers. That’s the show that delivers the artistic backstory, with stars explaining a bit about their songs’ genesis – you really get a feel for what goes into the creative process. Kid, of course, has been riding high this year. His Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus CD found its way into lots of record collections. His “All Summer Long” dominated the radio during the last few months. His entire song catalog finally became available for download exclusively at Rhapsody.
VH1 Storytellers is set to premiere on Thanksgiving day, November 27 at 9 pm ET. Watch him bounce through “All Summer Long” from the show in the above clip.
And below you’ll find a special glimpse of another Storytellers track, as well as the show’s entire set list.
Check out a photo gallery of Kid Rock through the years.
When we chose Eric Hutchinson to be one of our “You Oughta Know” artists a few weeks ago, we knew that we were knocked out by the craft that drives his tunes and the verve that he puts into his performances. You can hear what we heard on Rhapsody’s Hutchinson page (download or stream his songs).
What we didn’t know was how deeply the young pup’s music has touched people around the world. That’s why we were thrilled to come across the infomercial clip above. It pretty much explains Hutchinson’s position in the pop firmament. As he says, it’s “an exciting time for music.” Enjoy, and may God bless…
CMT’s Crossroads is known for building unexpected bridges between a variety of artists. Bon Jovi & Sugarland, Maroon 5 & Sara Evans – there’s been some sweet match-ups. Tonight’s premiere of Taylor Swift & Def Leppard could be one of the best. You can decide for yourself after watching country’s current superstar connect with the Brit boys on their classic “Photograph.”
Check Crossroads tonight on CMT.
Watch Bon Jovi videos on VH1.
Watch Maroon 5 play Unplugged.
It’s been a minute for some new tracks by the All-American Rejects, but the wait is over. Swing by our place next Tuesday, November 4, and you can watch the emo kingpins’ latest video, “Gives You Hell.” It’s allegedly a wild one, as the band recently told interviewers.
Here’s a little taste of the guys making the clip.
See if the photo after the jump can provide any clues regarding the storyline…