Concert opening acts tend to be a hit or miss. Sometimes, they’re awesome and succeed admirably in pumping up the crowd. Other times, they’re ear-screeching filler for the band you shelled out $200 to see. More often than not, opening acts — good or bad — never reach the fame of their headliners. (Remember Britney Spears’ 2004 tour opener Skye Sweetnam? Neither do we.) But sometimes they do, and that’s when it gets interesting.
AC/DC‘s classic “You Shook Me All Night Long” kicks serious ass, but does it still rock when played in a bluegrass style? Finnish viral video gods (yes, there is such a thing) Steve’n’ Seagulls set out to find the answer. Spoiler alert: it still rocks.
Put aside all the things in life that are draggin’ you down, but AC/DC is here to help “Rock The Blues Away” with their new music video! The song is a track from their latest album Rock Or Bust, which became a global smash after it’s release in December.
Before MTV, before VHS tapes, before DVDs, and way, way, way before YouTube, the only way for fans to see hard rock and heavy metal bands in concert was just that—in concert. For those who couldn’t make it to live shows, a handful of late-night TV programs offered respites, most prominently ABC in Concert, The Midnight Special, and Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. Then there was the concert movie.
Everybody missteps sometimes, even the mightiest overlords of heavy metal sound and fury.
In fact, for a metal band (or any band, really) to truly attain legend status, it seems as though they’ve got to experience one colossal blunder, be it a major performance gone wrong (Guns N’ Roses’ 1991 St. Louis Riverport Riot), a mortifying music video (Billy Squier’s “Rock Me Tonite”), or, toughest of all to take, an eagerly anticipated album that hits listeners in every wrong way possible.
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From their earliest tours onward, Kiss’s Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons prided themselves on selecting their opening acts. So for all the shock and awe properly heaped upon Kiss for their larger-than-lust, louder-than-life concert spectaculars, one aspect that gets overlooked is the group’s peerless skill as talent scouts.
It’s almost Metal Month so we’re bringing attention to metal fan steez: long hair don’t care, tongues out and badass tattoos. Die hard fans show their commitment to metal by branding themselves with their favorite band. Check out the gnarliest metal tattoos in the history of metal and maybe one will inspire you to get a Slayer tramp stamp too.
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