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Remembering Randy Rhoads: Celebrate The Legacy Of Heavy Metal’s Great Guitar Hero!

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32 years ago today heavy metal music lost one of it’s greatest guitar heroes, original Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads. His combination of guitar pyrotechnics, classical flourishes, flashy rhythm guitar fills and peerless technique has influenced players since he was first widely heard on Osbourne’s 1980 debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz and continues up to this very day. Read more…

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Prison Blues: 35 Musicians Who’ve Served Jail Time

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Nobody is above the law, not even rock stars! We mostly just think of their awesome life style, huge paychecks and world-wide adoration, but those hard partying ways can lead to hard time and big trouble. That bad boy image isn’t always an act -you’d be surprised how many musicians have done time in the clink. And not just overnights from DUIs, either. We’re talking long stretches and serious sentences!

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GILF ALERT: We Can’t Believe These Rock Greats Are Grandparents!

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Think about what your grandparents look like and now look at the grandparents that we found in music. You are not going to believe your eyes…

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Celebrate The Super Bowl With Hard Rock’s Top 10 Jock Jams!

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The Super Bowl hits today with a giant wallop of testosterone, from the on-field battling to the at-home screaming to the face-painting to the cheap beer and nachos. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from piling on even more masculine energy with this list of the greatest rock and metal stadium anthems. Whether you’re rooting for Seattle or Denver to triumph in the end, or you just don’t care at all, there’s at least one song on this list that you’ve cared about at some point in your life. And while these songs have been played at stadiums of all sports ad nauseam and can now be considered quite Velveeta-cheesy, they’re still some of the most motivating, inspiring and adrenaline-rushing songs we’ve ever known. From AC/DC to Queen to The White Stripes, they’ve all hit us hard with melodies and messages of hope, belief and victory. So to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII, here’s a list of the 10 Greatest Rock & Metal Jock Jams of all time – songs that are the musical equivalent of a kick in the pants. Hope you’re wearing your cup. Read more…

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That Metal Gear: Zakk Wylde – Find Out His Favorite Guitars, Players + How He Gets His Tone!

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In honor of season 13 of That Metal Show which premieres tonight on VH1 Classic we’re going behind the stacks and finding out what you’re favorite guitarists are playing and what better way to start than with episode 1 guest, legendary Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde. Besides being one of the greats of heavy metal guitar he’s also one of the most down-to-Earth and humble musicians you’ll ever have the pleasure of talking to. Though known for his fearsome looks and manic pinched harmonics he is also a student of bluesy players like Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and the legendary Jimmy Page and adds that to his unparalleled arsenal of guitar technique. Let’s find out what Zakk has to say about his favorite gear, his favorite guitar players and which That Metal Show host he’d most like to marry. No, seriously. 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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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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That Metal Show Top 5 Comeback Albums

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Each week fans tune in to That Metal Show to see Eddie, Jim and Don weigh-in and argue about such important subjects as who are hard rock’s Top 5 Most Underrated Guitarists or The Top 5 Jason Newstead Metallica Albums on the TMS Top 5. This season we’re moving the debate online and letting you, the fans, make your voices heard in our weekly TMS Top 5 polls.

Saturday on That Metal Show, the boys debated what were the best comeback albums in hard rock and heavy metal history. Peep the final list along with Eddie, Jim and Don’s selections and then cast your votes below and let us know where you think these albums rate. You can vote as many times for as many different albums as you like and don’t forget to check back every week for more TMS Top 5 countdowns and watch That Metal Show on VH1 Classic every Saturday night at 11/10C!

TMS Top 5 Comeback Albums

1. AC/DC Back in Black
2. Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
3. Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
4. Iron Maiden Brave New World
5. Deep Purple Perfect Strangers

Eddie Trunk
1. AC/DC Back in Black
2. Deep Purple Perfect Strangers
3. Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
4. Anthrax Worship Music
5. Metallica Death Magnetic

Jim Florentine
1. Aerosmith Permanent Vacation
2. Iron Maiden Brave New World
3. Alice In Chains Black Gives Way To Blue
4. Judas Priest Painkiller
5. Buckcherry 15

Don Jamieson
1. AC/DC Back In Black
2. Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
3. Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
4. Accept Blood Of The Nations
5. Lita Ford Living Like A Runaway