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Pearl Jam’s Top 20 Moments

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Pearl Jam was born from the ashes of a spectacular glam rock flameout at the dawn of the “grunge” era alongside other Pacific Northwest-based acts like Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. Pegged by the media early on their run as having the least “indie cred” and most commercial aspirations of all of the aforementioned acts, they’ve established themselves over the course of the last 20 years as one of the most enduring and cred-worthy acts in the entire music industry.

In 2011, director Cameron Crowe released the feature-length documentary Pearl Jam 20, which covers the ups and downs of this band’s wildly successful and immensely turbulent career to date. Tomorrow night, VH1 Classic will air PJ20 in its entirety beginning at 10PM/9C. In honor of that broadcast, we’d like to present you with PEARL JAM TKTK.

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Eddie Trunk’s Got A New Book Out That Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Fans Just HAVE To Read

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You would be hard pressed to find someone who possesses more encyclopedic knowledge and unwavering passion for hard rock music than Eddie Trunk. The host of VH1 Classic‘s That Metal Show puts both of those admirable qualities to fantastic use in his new book, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal: Volume II, which just hit shelves this week.

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Daughter Of KISS Founder Gene Simmons Frolics In The Maui Surf

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KISS mastermind Gene Simmons is not only a founding member of one of the most successful rock bands of all-time, but he’s also the star of Gene Simmons Family Jewels, a reality TV show on A&E that has been on the air since 2006. Starring alongside him on that program is Sophie Tweed Simmons, his daughter with longtime ladyfriend (and now wife!) Shannon Tweed. It’s unclear whether Sophie’s recent excursion to the sandy beaches of Maui was for a future episode of Family Jewels, but either way, cameras materialized while she was playing in the surf with her friends.

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Extreme Hatred Of The Eagles Provokes A Bread Knife Brawl

Extreme Hatred Of The Eagles Provokes A Bread Knife Brawl

If you were to pen a list of The World’s Most Hated Bands, the Eagles would almost certainly be at or near the top (especially if your name is Jeffrey Lebowski). Now, we’re not saying that said assessment is fair, exactly, but this fact is undeniable. So, just how much do people hate the musical output of Don Henley, Glenn Frey and the rest of the laidback desperados who make up the Eagles? Well, one South Carolina man’s refusal to stop pumping Eagles tunes after repeated requests recently resulted in him getting stabbed (!!!).

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INTERVIEW: KISS Talk About Their Rise From The Streets Of New York To The Stages Of The World

Alternate cover for Alive! album. [Photo: Fin Costello/KISS Catalog Ltd.]

Alternate cover for Alive! album. [Photo: Fin Costello/KISS Catalog Ltd.]

When road manager J.R. Smalling introduced KISS as “The hottest band in the land” on their breakthrough double live album Alive!, it wasn’t just hyperbole. There was no one else in the world at that moment delivering a more exciting live concert experience full of great songs, electric performances and groundbreaking theatricality. And while that 1975 album was the band’s watershed release they had already built up a large and fanatical live following from non-stop touring since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1974.
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Watch Nirvana’s Searing Performance Of “Heart Shaped Box” From 1993

Nirvana‘s third studio LP, In Utero, was released 20 years ago last week. At the time of that album’s release, the trio made up of singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic, and drummer Dave Grohl were the biggest band on the planet, a position that the group was entirely uncomfortable with. So, in the words of Novoselic, they set out to “commit commercial suicide” with this collection of songs recorded by Steve Albini, which were entirely more raw than what producer Butch Vig had assembled on their gamechanging LP Nevermind. Their strategy, in large part, worked: The dirty-white-baseball-cap-clad boys who moshed in their frat houses to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” never really connected with In Utero, but there were two songs from this period that entered the zeitgeist: one was “All Apologies” (specifically, the MTV Unplugged version) and the other, “Heart Shaped Box.”

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Can You Guess These Left-Handed Musicians?

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[Photo: Getty Images]


They say approximately 12% of the world is left-handed but that a disproportionate amount of left-handed people are of high intelligence and talent. Perusing some of rock n’ roll’s most preeminent southpaws it would be hard to argue considering some of music’s most talented and groundbreaking artists strum with their left hands. Check out the pictures below and see if you can guess these musical lefties just from their instruments alone!
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Interview: Duff McKagen Walks Into Adulthood With Walking Papers

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What do you do when you’ve been in one of the biggest and most important rock bands in history and they break up before you hit middle age? If you’re Duff McKagen you leave the cliché L.A. rock n’roll lifestyle behind and move back to your native Seattle, study business and economics in your spare time and choose your musical projects wisely. Since leaving Guns N’ Roses in 1997 the bassist has played high-profile gigs with Velvet Revolver and Jane’s Addiction and others closer to his heart such as his reformed ‘80s band 10 Minute Warning and his solo band, Loaded. His latest project is Walking Papers with fellow Seattle scenesters Jeff Angell on vocals and guitar, former Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin and multi instrumentalist Benjamin Anderson. Unlike the full-throttle hard rock of his previous bands, the sound of Walking Papers is weathered, bluesy and broken in by years of experience. This is hard rock as made by grown ass men with stories to tell and no one to please but themselves. Jeff and Duff sat down with Tuner while they were in the midst of this summer’s Uproar tour with Jane’s Addiction and Alice In Chains. Read more…