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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.

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Nirvana, KISS & More To Join The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

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The newest class of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been announced. This year’s group includes grunge rockers Nirvana, the glam rock band KISS, smooth pop duo Hall and Oates, former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel, songbird Linda Ronstadt and folk hero Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam).

Each of the acts is undoubtedly an influential music legend, but this list is making us wonder how Rock and Roll do you have to be to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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The Name Remains So Lame: 10 Metal Bands With Non-Metal Monikers

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So you’ve decided it’s time for you to start your very own metal band. You’ve got the requisite Marshall stacks and pointy guitars, you’ve assembled a group of like-minded metalheads with which to play and you’ve found yourself a cramped rehearsal space to start creating heavy sounds. Only thing you need now is a band name. Hmm…how about…Rainbow? Dew-Scented? The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza? YEAH, NOW THAT’S FREAKIN’ METAL!!! Wait…what? It turns out that some metal bands have decided to go a different route from the typical death, chaos and destruction themes and chosen handles that are a little, dare we say…lamer? And although these band names don’t exactly convey heaviness, once the songs kick in and you hear those pummeling riffs, there’s no mistaking that these are indeed HEAVY METAL bands. Here’s a list of 10 Metal Bands with Non-Metal Monikers – band names as atypical as the various types of metal they play. Read more…

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Middle-Earth Anthems: 10 Classic Hard Rock Songs That Pay Homage To The Hobbit

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Since their publication in the 1930’s J. R. R. Tolkien’s  books, The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings cycle,  have been inspiring people with the mythical tales of the people of Middle-earth and the struggle between the forces of good and evil. During the psychedelic ‘60s the books became extremely popular in the rock underground and no shortage of bands paid homage to the series in lyrics, song titles and band names. Legendary hard rockers Led Zeppelin practically made a career out of referencing them, both figuratively and often literally. Their heavy metal progeny picked up the helm and to this day many metal bands are named after figures and places in the book including such current black metal bands as Darkthrone and Gorgoroth among others. The latest movie installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens today so in honor we’re taking a look at some of the greatest references to the series in classic hard rock. So pack your pipe, don your magical cloak and spend some time with these Middle-earth anthems to get in the mood for the film. Read more…

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That Metal Show Season 8 Outtakes: Tom Morello & dUg Pinnick On Their Illinois Roots

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In less than 2 months 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 backstage extras from past seasons and will be rolling them out each week leading up to the TMS Season 13 premiere on January 18th. This week see what happens when Rage Against The Machine guitar hero Tom Morello and King’s X singer and bassist dUg Pinnick talk about their first concert experiences and their shared Illinois roots. Read more…

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Looks That Kill: Nikki Sixx Of Motley Crue’s Most Outrageous Rock Star Fashions

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Today marks the 55th birthday of the man behind Motley Crue, born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr. in 1958 but better known to us all as Nikki Sixx. This rock n’ roll outlaw has been causing trouble since he was a teenager and also happens to have penned and played bass on some of the greatest anthems in hard rock and heavy metal history. Since forming the Motleys in 1980 he has sold over 80 million records worldwide, survived multiple near-death experiences, formed the bands Brides of Destruction and Sixx:A.M. and penned the memoir The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, chronicling the darkest days of his drug addiction. Through it all Nikki has always had, as Motley Crue once sang, the “looks that kill.” From the leather and chains of Motley Crue’s early days through the glamiest of glam metal fashions at their height and his badass biker chic of recent years, he has displayed unmatched rock n’roll style. In honor of his birthday and his everlasting cool take a gander of 15 of his most outrageous rock star outfits.

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That Metal Show Season 7 Outtakes: Beauty Tips From Chris Jericho + Duff McKagan!

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In less than 2 months 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 backstage extras from past seasons and will be rolling them out each week leading up to the TMS Season 13 premiere on January 18th. This week see what happens when the boys exchange beauty tips with Season 7 guests Chris Jericho, of wrestling and Fozzy fame, and former Guns N’ Roses and current Walking Papers bassist Duff McKagan. As you can expect much ball-busting ensues. Read more…

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When Rockers Attack: On Stage Fights + Band Beatdowns Caught On Film!

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Despite their prerequisite badass image most musicians use their hands for playing their instruments and not fisticuffs. There are however some genuine tough guys out there in the world of rock n’ roll who are not afraid to put up their dukes and get nice with their mitts. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has always had a deadly scowl and don’t trespass on his stage lest you feel like catching a guitar in the dome. Punk legend Henry Rollins was known for generating hostility during his tenure with the mighty Black Flag and was not above mixing it up with bellicose audience members. And of course who can forget Axl Rose’s numerous on-stage temper tantrums and riot inciting assault of the crowd in St. Louis? Thanks to the internet you can see the play by play of some of the most infamous on-stage beatdowns in rock history so sit back and see what happens When Rockers Attack!


Keith Richards’ Wailing Guitar
John Lennon’s murder by a fan fresh in his mind, The Rolling Stones resident outlaw wasn’t having it when a fan jumped on stage. Thankfully Fender Telecasters are among the more durable guitars on the market.


Axl Rose Attacks Fan, Starts Riot
The mighty mouth of Guns N’ Roses is known for his mercurial temperament and this night really, really did not want having his picture taken. The ensuing melee led to a massive riot for which Rose was later arrested but not convicted for inciting.

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10 Hot & Hunky Heroes of Southern Rock

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Tonight VH1 Classic will air Black Oak Arkansas: 40 Years of Heaven, Hell N’ High Water, a documentary about the wild antics and unlikely return of the high-energy boogie rockers. Led by long-haired and bare-chested frontman Jim “Dandy” Mangrum, the group were among the top concert draws of the mid-1970s before label and management troubles derailed them.

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For Those Who Served + Rocked We Salute You: 20 Musicians Who Were In The Military

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You would think that the rigorous discipline of the military life and the unrestrained freedom of the music world would be at odds, but as it turns out, a number of rockers, rappers and musicians of all kinds have signed up and done their duty in defense of their countries. Some, like crooner Tony Bennett and former-Nirvana and Soundgarden member Jason Everman, have been on the frontlines of armed combat at its worst, while others like MC Hammer and Elvis Presley have served during times of relative peace. And, of course, given their natural inclination to indulge their creative impulses, guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead were never really cut out for Army life in the first life and were discharged before finishing their tours of duty. But on this Veteran’s Day, it’s important to acknowledge their contributions and those of all people who serve or have served in keeping their countries safe and protecting these freedoms which we hold so dear.