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Wish You Were Here: The 10 Greatest Posthumous Classic Rock Records

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Classic rock fans were abuzz last week with the news that Pink Floyd would be releasing their first new record in 20 years. The album, titled The Endless River, is to be released this October and feature posthumous 1994 recordings with founding keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. David Gilmour’s wife, and sometime Pink Floyd lyricist, Polly Samson described the record as “Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.” Read more…

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Mama Kin: 10 Hard Rock Mother’s Day Anthems

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Mother’s Day has arrived. The one day husbands, daughters and sons (hopefully) bow down and say “Thanks Mom for all the hard work you do.” And what does a mother want for Mother’s Day? A spa day perhaps? A gourmet meal cooked by her loved ones? Jewels and clothing? How about just a day off? Well, how about 10 ass-kicking hard rock anthems with riffs a-plenty dedicated to mothers of all different shapes and stripes. Read more…

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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 ‘N’ Roll Fantasy: Who Are The 20 Greatest Supergroups In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock?

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Supergroup: n. The meeting of individual musical minds from separate iconic bands who attempt to combine their unique powers in order to create something totally new (Ok, not an official definition by any means, but that about sums it up). Read more…

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5 Reasons We’re Still Crazy For Birthday Boy Steven Tyler Of Aerosmith!

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Today marks the 66th birthday of one of rock’s truest free spirits and greatest frontmen, born in New York City as Steven Victor Tallarico but better known to us all as Steven Tyler of legendary Boston hard rockers Aerosmith.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Ireland’s 10 Greatest Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Bands!

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Today is St. Patrick’s Day when people around the globe celebrate all things Irish. Now some people think that means puffy leprechaun hats and green beer, much to the dismay of actual native-born Irishmen, but what they should be celebrating is all the great music that has emanated over the year’s from the Emerald Isle, especially it’s high-grade hard rock and heavy metal. As if the mythical tale of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland in the early Middle Ages weren’t metal enough, Éire’s legacy of heavy riffing stretches back to the late ’60s when Rory Gallagher‘s Taste and Irish Rock standard bearers Thin Lizzy first formed. Read more…

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Heavy Metal’s 12 Most Badass Stage Names: You Won’t Believe The Stories Behind Them!

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You have a musical vision. You’ve got a sick band, some killer songs and a great live show. Unfortunately you were born SAUL HUDSON. It’s time to find a stage name. Such was the dilemma faced by many now-legendary hard rock and metal musicians. And though there were many horrible pseudonyms chosen throughout rock history, these guys were definitely not part of that crowd. Their names just exude cool. They feel big, important – sometimes even scary and intimidating (for this list, we’re talking complete reinventions, not just a first or last name change). But what are the real stories behind these iconic names? Where did they originate? Well, that’s what we’re about to find out. Because before they were effortlessly cool rock stars, they were Saul Hudson (Slash), Brian Hugh Warner (Marilyn Manson) and James Newell Osterberg, Jr. (Iggy Pop). So to celebrate this week’s That Metal Show guest, Robert Alan Deal (Mötley Crüe‘s Mick Mars), here’s the 12 most badass stage names in hard rock and heavy metal history. Perhaps some inspiration for you to change your own name and join this pantheon of legends. Or just get made fun of by your friends. All signs point to the latter.

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13 Classic Hard Rock Songs That Will Make You Scream “More Cowbell!”

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Poor cowbell. The once-celebrated percussive instrument that has since been dragged through the comedic mud (albeit hilariously) by Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken and company on Saturday Night Live. But back in the day, some hard rock and heavy metal bands actually held the ole ‘bell in high regard (well, sorta). Whether used as the foundation for the song, in one particular section, or  just for the intro, many legendary bands have utilized the percussion instrument – from Mountain to Led Zeppelin to Judas Priest to of course – Blue Öyster CultRead more…

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That Metal Show Goes Classic Rock Next Episode With Mick Jones, Leslie West And Lita Ford!

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Everyone knows That Metal Show is the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal but this Saturday the show focuses on two legends of classic rock. Ed, Don and Jim are joined by Mick Jones, guitarist and primary songwriter for FM radio staples Foreigner, and hallowed king of syrupy guitar tones, Leslie West of Mountain. And if that ain’t enough, the lovely and legendary Lita Ford breaks down the barriers as the show’s first ever female guest musician, and it’s about time! Check out pictures from this week’s taping and tune in Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the whole show and also see the boys address the latest Kiss controversy surrounding their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, only on VH1 Classic.