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15 Unlikely Metal Covers You Wouldn’t Expect To Rock (But Totally Do)!

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Many a musician has cut their teeth on cover songs over the years, and heavy metal and hard rock bands are no exception. From the ubiquitous blues covers of first generation hard rockers like Led Zeppelin and Humble Pie to such thrash metallers as Metallica and Slayer picking the perfect punk tune to show off their underground cred. However, occasionally a song from a very unlikely source, outside of the rock spectrum, works its way into a band’s repertoire. Who would think that one of Judas Priest’s greatest heavy metal moments would be a cover of a song by ‘60s folkie Joan Baez or that Marilyn Manson’s breakthrough hit would be a cover of the ‘80s synth-pop classic “Sweet Dreams” originally by Eurythmics? Here are 15 unlikely covers by some of hard rock and metal’s best bands that you wouldn’t expect to rock but totally do.

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The 10 Biggest Badasses In Heavy Metal + Hard Rock!

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The classic adage about rock star excess is “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.” Let’s be honest though, that just scratches the surface of the lifestyle. There’s so much more between the lines. And although all rock stars partake in “the life” to some degree, some take it to a whole ‘nother level. These folks are legends and rock icons. The people who are about as famous for their behavior as their music. Rock n’ roll is in their blood (along with all sorts of other chemicals and toxins). It’s not forced; it’s just who they are. They DO take everything to the extreme. They DO get arrested and start fights for completely ridiculous reasons. They DO have residencies at rehab facilities. They DO have wild stories that seem to be myths. And maybe they are, but who cares? From Lemmy to Ozzy to Danzig, here’s a list of heavy metal and hard rock’s 10 biggest badasses of all time. The girls want them and the guys want to be them. Oh, some girls want to be them too (exhibit A: Wendy O. Williams).

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That Metal Show Season 11 Outtakes: Zakk Wylde + More!

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In less than a month That Metal Show will make its return to VH1 Classic and its birthplace of New York City. To get you in the mood we’ve gotten our hands on some awesome out-takes from past seasons that we’ll be rolling out each week leading up to the TMS Season 13 premiere on January 18th. This week see what happened when Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde was on the show. Read more…

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10 Power Ballads From The ’80s We Still Love

power-ballad-templateYou only hear them nowadays on late-night compilation commercials or as Muzak at the dentist’s office or at inebriated karaoke nights. Most of them are coated in a thick layer of Velveeta cheese and full of single entendres and metaphors so simple a three year old could have written them. But you know you love them. How can you not? Those “manly” hair bands slowing it down and showing a more sensitive side and often coming up with some of their catchiest and most-career defining hits. From Poison to Journey to Def Leppard, going the route of the power ballad was an absolute given in the 1980s if you were in a hard rock band. And yes, we do take responsibility for keeping these songs popular and the artist’s careers alive. We’ve even employed some of them! But it’s all out of love, just like the songs themselves. Here’s 10 Power Ballads We Just Can’t Stop Loving. And you can’t either. Admit it.

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In Defense Of Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: 5 Reasons We Still Think He’s Cool

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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich turns 50 today and considering he plays in one of the biggest bands on the face of the Earth, the guy just can’t catch a break. A cursory Google search of “Lars Ulrich is…” turns up all sorts of defamatory statements from “Lars Ulrich is a jerk” to questioning his drum skills. We say heck to that! Lars Ulrich founded one of the greatest metal bands of all-time and has guided its career for over 30 years and if that’s not a big enough laurel to rest on then we don’t know what is. Furthermore, he’s one of heavy music’s greatest advocates and biggest fans, turning kids onto his favorite obscure groups, from Diamond Head to The Misfits and bringing them much needed exposure. OK, maybe it wasn’t that cool when he went after Metallica fans for illegal downloads during the Napster brouhaha and sure, he’s no Dave Lombardo, but still, let’s cut the guy some slack. Here’s 5 reasons, 1 for every decade, we still think Lars Ulrich is cool.

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That Metal Show Season 10 Outtakes: Mike McCready Meets Idol Michael Schenker

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In less than a month That Metal Show will make its return to VH1 Classic and its birthplace of New York City. To get you in the mood we’ve gotten our hands on some awesome out-takes from past seasons that we’ll be rolling out each week leading up to the TMS Season 13 premiere on January 18th. This week see what happens when Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready meets one of his guitar heroes, the great Michael Schenker. Read more…

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Heavier Than Grunge: 10 Alt Rock Bands That Were Coated In Metal

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It’s debatable as to who actually coined the term “grunge”. Some accredit it to Mark Arm of the band Mudhoney; others attribute it to various music journalists or Sub Pop records founder Bruce Pavitt. At the end of the day though, grunge was just a word. A word used to categorize a very diverse set of rock bands that just so happened to originate from the Pacific Northwest and played loud, electric guitar rock. For better or worse, these bands were all lumped together, even though each one had its own unique style, sound and influences. Nirvana was influenced by punk. Pearl Jam took cues from classic rock. And then there were the metal guys. The sludgy, dark, heavy bands – like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Tad. Read more…

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Show Us Your That Metal Show T-Shirt + You May Be Featured In An Upcoming Episode!

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Calling all fans of That Metal Show! In honor of the show’s upcoming 13th season on VH1 Classic, which starts Saturday January 18th, we want to see pictures of you rocking your TMS shirts! Read more…

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Get Tickets To Attend A Live Taping Of That Metal Show This Season!

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Yeah that’s right, That Metal Show, the only on-air destination for all things hard rock and heavy metal returns to its New York City roots for season 13 this January! Tune in to VH1 Classic each week to see hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine and the delightful Miss Box Of Junk hobnob with the biggest names in the greatest genre of music ever created. Read more…

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Stairway to Tinseltown: Led Zeppelin’s Greatest Movie Moments

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When it comes to classic rock songs used in movie soundtracks, few band are as elusive and carry as much weight as Led Zeppelin. The mystical overlords of hard rock and proto-heavy metal are notoriously picky about what films they license songs to and getting permission from them usually involves a personal screening, lots of begging and a very, very large fee. One of the holiday seasons biggest movies, American Hustle, made excellent use of the Zeppelin classic “Good Times, Bad Times” in its advance trailers though it is not featured in the movie itself and director David O. Russell has also used tracks of theirs in his highly acclaimed movies The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook. The band can also lay claim to a couple movie soundtracks of their very own for the concert films The Song Remains The Same, filmed during their early ‘70s peak, and Celebration Day, which chronicled their legendary reunion show of 2007.  So as we wind on down the road, our shadows taller than our souls, let’s take a band we all know, and check out Led Zeppelin’s biggest movie moments of all time.