Ignored: Has Heavy Metal Been Exiled From Popular Culture?


-By Doc Coyle

Few things feel worse than being marginalized, made to seem as if you don’t matter. Irrelevance. This is often how I feel as a modern fan of heavy music as reflected through mainstream culture. I recently stumbled upon Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums of the 2000’s” list. I was in disbelief that only 2 Hard Rock albums, System of a Down’s Toxicity and Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R, were on the list. There were zero Metal albums.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Kick Off ‘A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving’ With Pearl Jam’s Electrifying Performance Of “Better Man”

Have you been bummed out for the last six months because you missed out on going to Bonnaroo? Well fret no more, because were are serving you up A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving! Tune in to VH1 at 9pm ET/8pm CT this turkey day (November 27th) to watch the very best performances from past years. With sets from artists like Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire, Elton John, Metallica, Mumford & Sons, and Jack White, it’s pretty much like every Bonnaroo headliner rolled into one giant blazing show. No stems or seeds, folks—this is gonna be some good stuff. We don’t want to spoil your appetite before the big day, but here’s Pearl Jam performing their classic “Better Man” just to give you a little taste.
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by (@BHSmithNYC)

The A – Z Of Grunge: Everything You Need To Know About The Seattle Sound That Shook The World

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Grunge. Even the bands hated the term, which was apocryphally attributed to Mudhoney singer Mark Arm and exploited to great effect by Bruce Pavitt in the ad copy for the releases on his Sub Pop record label. Though the word itself means dirt or grime it is now forever synonymous with those grimey rockers that emerged from the Pacific Northwest in the late ‘80s and by the mid ‘90s had changed…well, pretty much everything. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

That Metal Show Season 10 Outtakes: Mike McCready Meets Idol Michael Schenker


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 happens when Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready meets one of his guitar heroes, the great Michael Schenker. Read more…

by (@grahamorama)

SoundScanner: Pearl Jam ‘Bolt’ To The Top Of The Charts


Flannel is back, and not just because it’s fall and there’s a chill in the air. Pearl Jam rules this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales charts, proving that they’re still aliiiiiii-iiiive and kicking. Elsewhere, Eminem crashes Lorde‘s party on the singles chart and the Great Gatsby soundtrack has a sales milestone to celebrate. So let’s get on with it, shall we?

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by (@unclegrambo)

Pearl Jam’s Top 20 Moments


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.

by (@SamSpokenWord)

Friday Face-Off: Pearl Jam Edition

I’m excited about this coming Saturday night and you should be too! Why? Because “Pearl Jam 20″ will premiering on VH1, VH1Classic and Palladia at 10PM ET. This is the second doc in the series, which chronicles the band’s formation, their rowdy early years to their rise to stardom, and finally, their decision to step back from fame. It’s one TV event you won’t want to miss, so get your popcorn ready and your La-Z-Boy reclined. Oh yeah, and watch two of their awesome music videos to get totally pumped! Do you think Pearl Jam‘s music video for “Jeremy” or “Even Flow” deserves the winning title this week?

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by (@unclegrambo)

Which VMA Video Of The Year Winner From The Last 20 Years Is The Most Timeless?

Best VMA WInner Of Last 20 Years

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are set to air this Sunday night, August 25, beginning at 9/8C. Although the spectacle of the event now outweighs the actual awards themselves, the pinnacle of the evening still revolves around which artist gets to take home the coveted Moonman for Video Of The Year. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look back at the winners of the prizeover the last 20 years—including acts like Beyonce, Eminem, Pearl Jam and more!—to determine which videos have withstood the test of time and which were mere flash-in-the-pans. (We repeat, which VIDEOS, not which ARTISTS or which SONGS; our list is purely built around how well the videos themselves hold up.)

With that in mind, please enjoy our countdown of the Most Timeless VMA Video Of The Year Award Winners Of The Last 20 Years.

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by (@Lacezilla)

VH1, VH1 Classic & Palladia Present ‘The Concert For Sandy Relief,’ Live From MSG

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to see Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who, Paul McCartney and – just added! – The Rolling Stones perform in one night. But next Wednesday December 12th at 7:30pm EST, 121212 – The Concert For Sandy Relief will be broadcast from New York City’s Madison Square Garden to over one billion people in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, and you shouldn’t miss it!

Performing together on 12.12.12 to raise awareness for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, these world-renowned, A-list artists will all help The Robin Hood Foundtation raise funds to rebuild communities and lives of those affected by the disastrous storm. Here at @VH1, we’ll be live-streaming the 5-hour long concert at, so bookmark the page and feel free to donate what you can as you catch the historical night right here alongside us. If you can’t find an internet connection, tune-in to VH1 Classic or Palladia to watch the show over good old-fashion television airwaves!

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