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Dave Grohl’s Greatest Accomplishments In Honor Of His 45th Birthday!

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Today marks the 45th birthday of one of the most talented and successful musicians of the last 25 years, David Eric “Dave” Grohl. A native of the fertile Washington D.C. music scene, Grohl got his start playing drums for seminal hardcore band Scream but that was just the prelude to his real arrival, when he took over the drum chair for North West alt rockers Nirvana. Grohl’s powerhouse drumming were an essential part of the band’s loud and melodic post-grunge rock. Despite the band’s massive commercial and artistic success, the pressures proved too much for lead singer Kurt Cobain who sadly took his own life in 1994. It was then that Dave Grohl staged one of the greatest second acts in rock n’roll history. Moving from behind the drum kit to the front of the stage, Grohl strapped on a guitar and formed the Foo Fighters. The band has put out seven full-length albums to date and sold millions of records world-wide. But that’s not all. He continues to play drums when the mood strikes him, most notably for Queens Of The Stone Age and the super group Them Crooked Vultures. And he has now added “Director” to his long and diverse resume, manning the camera for 2013′s Sound City documentary. Is there anything he can’t do? When it comes to creativity, apparently not. In honor of his birthday today, we present Dave Grohl’s Greatest Accomplishments.

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The Many Faces And Phases Of Rod Stewart

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Few singers have been as acclaimed or sold as many records as legendary British vocalist Rod Stewart, who turned 68 yesterday. His career spans five decades and covers so much artistic territory that it is not uncommon for fans of one era to be unfamiliar with his work from another. He first started putting out records at the height of the mid ‘60s Swinging London era as Rod “The Mod” Stewart before being recruited as the front-man for guitar great Jeff Beck’s post-Yardbirds group along with future Rolling Stone Ron Wood. After leaving the temperamental Beck behind, before what could have been a career-making Woodstock appearance, Stewart split time recording critically lauded solo albums and cutting raucous hard rock with Wood in The Faces. Such dueling ambitions created friction in the much-beloved group and when they split for good in 1975 Rod moved to the States and continued his ascent as one of the ‘70s biggest stars. Read more…

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Good Rockin’ Tonight: The 10 Best Elvis Presley Covers In Hard Rock

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The King is gone but will never be forgotten. 79 years ago today a poor boy with a funny name was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. That boy was Elvis Aaron Presley and he would go on to not only change the course of popular music, but of the world itself. He helped bring the sound of African-American rhythm & blues into the suburban confines of white America, in no small way helping to create the sound and very idea of rock n’roll and setting nascent, teenage minds afire. Nearly no significant rocker of the past 50 + years has not cited him as an inspiration, from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin, from U2 to Green Day. His influence on hard rock and even heavy metal lingers on its sense of dangerous sexuality and patented, anti-authoritarian sneer as heard in the following 15 hard rocking Elvis covers. Now, despite his stylistic innovations and impact, most Elvis Presley covers are actually covers of songs Elvis covered as he wasn’t much of a songwriter. However, there’s no doubting, he was The King Of Rock N’ Roll. All hail the King. Read more…

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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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A Very VH1 Classic New Year’s: Rockin’ Anthems To Ring In 2014!

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The biggest party night of the year is here and you’re going to need some righteous jams to keep you rocking to midnight. While there aren’t that many classic rock songs specifically about New Years, there are a hell of a lot about partying down and knocking back a few cold ones and we know that is definitely on the menu tonight. I mean, your better half doesn’t honestly expect you to celebrate New Year’s Freakin’ Eve with some lame P!nk or Miley Cyrus tunes do they? What you need is some hot rockin’ songs to keep you and up and take things to the next level so here are some of the hottest classic rock party joints, seasonal or otherwise, to help you ring in 2014! 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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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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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.