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‘Rock Icons’ Talks Music And Politics With Controversial Rocker Ted Nugent Next Episode


Ted Nugent.

Depending on your perspective, the name either conjures images of a loin cloth clad rocker ripping ferocious leads out of his hollow-body Gibson Byrdland or a conservative loudmouth taking no prisoners with his pointed political views. While it’s true, The Nuge can easily offend, you will also meet few people who talk as passionately about the trans-formative magic of rock n’ roll as the Motor City Madman. This week Rock Icons  profiles the man himself and explores his life in music and his commitment to making himself heard, whether with a wall of amps or as a television commentator. Read more…

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John Petrucci Of Dream Theater Talks Tone And Technique In ‘That Metal Gear’


As any self-respecting metalhead knows, That Metal Show returned to VH1 Classic last Saturday night, kicking off season 14 in a supremely rocking fashion. One of the highlights was special musical guest John Petrucci of progressive metal standard-bearers Dream Theater. Petrucci is known for his impeccable technique and adventurous approach to guitar sounds. We were fortunate enough to corner him for a brand new installment of That Metal Gear, where we talk to TMS’ musical guests about how the got started on their instruments and what equipment they use to achieve their legendary tones.  Read more…

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The Complete Guide To Each And Everyone Of ‘That Metal Show’s Musical Guests (So Far)

This coming Saturday, That Metal Show, the only television series about all things hard rock and heavy metal, returns to VH1 Classic. Now as much as we love the witty banter and bromance of hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, we all know, the show is really about the music. One of the highlights of every episode is the musical guests, whether they’re shredding on guitar  like the incomparable Yngwie Malmsteen, on the drums like Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, or on the bass like the legendary Billy Sheehan. With the new season less than a week away, and Dream Theater ‘s John Petrucci on deck as the first musical guest, we thought it a good time to go through the archives and list each and every musical guest that has ever appeared on the show. Read more…

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Why Are These Famous Rock Stars Playing Cheap, Junk Shop Guitars?

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No less an authority than Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain once said “I use whatever I can find at junk shops – junk is always best.” Junk shops, thrift stores and garage sales have always been alluring to guitarists in their quest for vintage scores. However, far more often what they’d find there were the cheap, funky – though frequently well-made and good sounding – beginner guitars one could order from a Sears and Roebuck mail order catalog. And for every axe-slinger that found fortune playing the famed stock in trade Stratocasters and Les Pauls, there have always been those that made it a point of pride to wrangle ferocious sounds from far rarer rock n’ roll beasts. Read more…

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Watch Eric Clapton And Friends Pay Tribute To Iconic Americana Songwriter JJ Cale


You know his songs even if you’re not familiar with his name. “After Midnight,” “Cocaine,” “Call Me the Breeze,” these are just some of the rock n’ roll standards that came from the pen and tattered guitar of Tulsa, Oklahoma songwriter JJ Cale. Now the man responsible for making his music a staple of classic rock radio is celebrating his music on a new album of his songs and in a new half hour show, both entitled Eric Clapton – The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, which aired last night on VH1 Classic and will air again tonight on Palladia at 9/8C. In the show, the storied English blues rock guitarist explores Cale’s life and music along with famous friends like John Mayer as well as live performances of some of JJ’s most well-known songs. Watch the full presentation now and learn the impact of one of America’s greatest songwriters.

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Johnny Winter, Acclaimed Blues Rock Guitarist, Dead At 70

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Acclaimed guitarist and blues rock pioneer Johnny Winter died yesterday at the age of 70. Like his heroes, he was a touring bluesman to the end and was found dead in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland after having played a festival in nearby Austria. Years before Stevie Ray Vaughan or Billy Gibbons came to fame, Johnny Winter was the archetype of the hotshot Texas blues guitarist that could play fast but tasty with an earnest reverence for the genre’s original masters. Read more…

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Human Riffs: Who Are Rock’s 10 Greatest Rhythm Guitar Players?

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The sound of rock n’ roll, whether it be heavy metal, classic rock or punk, is the sound of the electric guitar. And while the lead players of the world get the groupies, I mean, glory, it’s the rhythm guitarists who make the whole thing work, and rock, in the first place. Without a great song, anchored around a surging riff or bashed out chord progression, even the greatest guitar solo in the world is just meaningless noodling. With that in mind we decided to count down 10 of the greatest rhythm guitar players in rock history. Read more…

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Badass Axes: The 45 Most Tricked Out Guitars In Rock

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We all know our favorite guitar player’s sound, but do we really know their gear? Through the years of rock ‘n roll, there have been some interesting shapes and styles that have created anthems for all generations. See if your favorite player’s gear is insane enough to end up on our list!

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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…