Catch A Sneak Peek Of This Week’s ‘That Metal Show’ With Jamey Jasta, Michael Angelo Batio + Armored Saint

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This Saturday That Metal Show is comin’ atcha on VH1 Classic, so get ready to crank the volume. See what happens when the boys catch up with Jamey Jasta, Michael Angelo Batio, and John Bush and Joey Vera of Armored Saint.

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The Best Of The Rest: 15 MORE Metal Bands You Should Be Listening To In 2015

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-By Doc Coyle

After the release of my Top 15 Bands, Young and Old, You Should Be Listening To In 2015 list, the positive and negative fallout was overwhelming. Some readers were angry because the list was not metal enough (admittedly), and some felt wronged by several overt snubs. Although I have this platform, I am not an all-knowing metal super genius. So, I asked commenters and readers to send me the names of deserving bands that I should check out. I listened to damn near everything that people mentioned, and there is some great stuff out there. Throughout social media, people were sending me really cool bands that I didn’t know existed. There were also a few bands that deserved attention and just barely missed the cut on the previous list. Based on discovering all of this great talent, it seemed appropriate to make a new list: this time focusing on under-the-radar music and under-appreciated veterans.

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‘Rock Icons’ Sneak: Dave Mustaine Reveals How Getting Kicked Out of Metallica Affected His Music

by (@JordanRuntagh)

This Saturday night on Rock Icons, we hear from metal guitar god Dave Mustaine. Although he’s been manned Megadeth for more than three decades, his name will forever be linked with Metallica. After serving as the band’s original lead guitarist in their nascent days, he was fired from the group just prior to the recording of their first album, Kill ‘Em All. While undoubtedly devastating, Mustaine explains how the experience helped pave the way for his future career and worldwide success.

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Kelly Clarkson Speaks On The Downside Of The Digital Revolution In ‘Playback’

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Kelly Clarkson‘s recent album Piece By Piece is the latest step on a public journey that dates back to 2002. While 13 years might not seem long, the music industry has gone through a staggering transformation in that time. Think of it— Clarkson ascended the pop throne in an age when CDs were the only game in town, YouTube didn’t exist, and the closest thing to social media was putting song lyrics in your AIM profile. Her over-quoted status as “The Original American Idol” reminds us that she arrived on the scene before the airwaves boasted a perpetual bumper crop of musical competitions.

Her career perfectly straddles the last gasp of ’90s mega-sales and the digital revolution, and she’s remained vibrant musical force throughout. In our new episode of Playback, Clarkson speaks about how she achieved her artistic goals on her own terms, and what has been gained —and lost— as a result of the changing way we enjoy music.

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