Van Halen fans are nothing if not patient. There was an epic fourteen year gap between the band’s 1998 release, Van Halen III, and 2012′s A Different Kind Of Truth. However, if David Lee Roth is to be believed, Van Halen fans aren’t going to have to wait quite so long for the band’s next album. According to Roth, the band’s next album should be released in 2015. Is it too good to be true?
What’s in a name? A whole bunch, that’s for sure! Even though it might not change one note of the music, a rock band’s name can be crucial to their success. Like changing the cover of a classic album, it’s pretty weird to think of an alternate musical universe where band’s went with their early choice for a name. Can you image running out to buy the latest hit record from Pen Cap Chew, Mookie Blaylock, or On A Friday? Well, that wasn’t far from reality!
Last week I shared a gallery of my personal fave superfan possessions from years ago, and this week I’m sharing yours! Without a doubt, our VH1 Classic fans had the most music pride this week, and we thank you for sharing your rad pieces – from crazy costumes to guitar pick piles to music shrines. We saw a lot of love for Def Leppard, KISS and Van Halen - and we love that you’re still rocking those concert t-shirts day-to-day. But enough of my babbling about your total awesomeness – check it out for yourself! Above you’ll find the roundup from select VH1 fans whose music merchandise photos made the final cut. Rock on rockers!
When you’re in a rock band, you’re expected to be somewhat of a rebellious badass. That sort of goes with the territory, right? Rock isn’t generally known for having too many rules… So when you hear stories about folks getting kicked of their group, the first thing we think is: Wow, they must have REALLY f’d up pretty bad!
The sound of the electric guitar is the sound of rock ‘n’ roll, plain and simple. American blues musicians were the first to crank their amps into overdrive to be heard above the din of juke joints and find the rich, saturated tones pleasing to the ear. In the mid-60s British fans started spray-painting “Clapton Is God” around London in honor of Eric Clapton’s groundbreaking lead guitar work with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. The age of The Guitar Hero had arrived. And no guitar god worth his weight in groupies goes without a signature six-string by his side. Peruse these legends of rock guitar and see if you can guess who they are just from pictures of their iconic axes.
Wop bopa-a-lu a whop bam boom. Bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy. Sha na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na naaaaaaa. Yes, rock ‘n’ roll has had more than its fair share of nonsense lyrics. And we’re totally fine with that. Usually the groove is strong enough to keep you from thinking about the not-so-deep thoughts you’re shouting over top. But songwriters occasionally stretch the English language to its breaking-point, while using some truly horrendous metaphors and insane philosophical insights. And sometimes it’s just poor grammar that makes us pause the song and scream “What did they just say!?”
There are too many memorable riffs in the Van Halen catalog to list out here, but if we were to make a shortlist of Eddie Van Halen‘s best guitar solos, “Eruption” would definitely be at or near the top of the list. This instrumental track features Eddie’s patented two-hand tapping method, and is widely considered to be one of his most difficult solos to replicate. (Even Eddie himself would agree!) However, a 14 year-old girl named Tina posted this electrifying cover of “Eruption” to her YouTube page yesterday, and we have to admit — it’s prettayyyy, prettayyyy, prittay good!
Welcome to of the final VH1 ClassicAmerica’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll! Over the past 10 days we’ve asked YOU, the FANS to help us sort our list of essential hard rock and heavy metal tunes and the response has been incredible! Since this is the final list, we’ll be keeping it active for a few days to make sure we have enough time to record all your votes. And, due to popular demand, keep your eyes open for a one final poll featuring those songs which got the most votes for our all-time Top 10!
IMPORTANT NOTE: You can vote AS MANY TIMES and for AS MANY SONGS as you want, simply click on “Return To Poll” after your initial ballot and if your favorite songs or bands are missing from today’s list please check one of our earlier polls, which are all still open for voting, to see if you can find it.
Today Van Halen’s bad boy classic “Hot For Teacher” takes on Cliff-era Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Wild Child” by nasty L.A. glam-masters W.A.S.P. and Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” among others.
It’s Day 7 of the VH1 ClassicAmerica’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll and we’ve got another batch of classic hard rock and heavy metal tunes that need sorting! We’ve put together a list of 100 essential rockers but we need you to vote on them to let us know where they should fall in the America’s Hard 100 Countdown when it airs this November.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You can vote AS MANY TIMES and for AS MANY SONGS as you want, simply click on “Return To Poll” after your initial ballet. If your favorite hard rock jam is missing from today’s list please click on one of the previous days polls which are still open and keep checking back daily as we add new songs to new lists.
Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by the one and only Sammy Hagar (Chickenfoot) who stepped in as our first ever guest host. He brought us rum and helped us debate the TMS Top 5 this week. Also, joining Hagar as guest was his Chickenfoot bandmate, Michael Anthony, and guest musician John 5, who blew us all away every time we went into a commercial break. (Yes, we are working on getting him full-time.)
Let’s Talk Top 5. We know it could be a bit controversial when mixing David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar in the same sentence with Van Halen, and it’s time we all move on from that. The Red Rocker/former front man for the iconic group helped us determine the Top 5 David Lee Roth Era Van Halen Songs. He’s perfect for the job, especially when you consider that he did sang all of those songs in front of thousands of people before, so he knows exactly which songs get the fans going. (Unlike Jim Florentine, who just sings them in the shower.) Here is what the guys and Sammy came up with:
THE TMS TOP 5 DAVID LEE ROTH ERA VAN HALEN SONGS
2. “And The Cradle Will Rock…”
3. “On Fire”
4. “Mean Street”