Aerosmith’s breakthrough Toys in the Attic LP exploded all over radio stations and record stores in April 1975. Here’s to a genuinely monumental fortieth anniversary!
There are rock concerts, there are movies, and there are rock concert movies. Then there are movies that contain scenes set at rock concerts.
It’s a tradition that stretches back to the early days of rock-and-roll, as evidenced by time capsule classics such as Don’t Knock the Rock (1956), which showcases Bill Haley and Little Richard performing, and The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) with live numbers by Fats Domino, Eddie Cochran, the Platters, and, again, Little Richard.
We know you’re excited to see Katy Perry perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show on February 1st, but weren’t you just a tad perplexed when it was announced funk rock muscle god Lenny Kravitz would be joining her? It will definitely be an interesting collaboration because Perry and Kravitz are drastically different artists; however, this isn’t the first time the Super Bowl halftime show has merged two unlikely musicians together. (Madonna and LMFAO, anyone?)
With their new album, Rock or Bust, AC/DC charge into their fifth decade of swinging hard rock’s biggest, heaviest wrecking balls to the peak of the pop charts and the pummeling of popular culture once again. It’s indeed been a long way to the top for these Aussie rock-and-roll outlaws, one that began specifically in the ferociously fertile year of 1973.
Hard rock’s Class of 1973, in fact, may be the most potent and prolific marauders to ever variously invent, embody, and bulldoze the medium forward. After burying the final vestiges of ’60s flower power and fueled by free-form FM radio, rock itself dove deep into darkness in 1973, and came up spewing gold, platinum, and the volcanic ash that has spawned all forms of heavy metal, punk, grunge, hardcore, and other extreme musical subgenres ever since.
It’s no secret the sibling rivalry between Aerosmith‘s “Toxic Twins,” A.K.A. guitarist Joe Perry and singer Steven Tyler, has been flaring up over the past few years. It’s gotten so bad at times they’ve almost come to blows. But as Perry said when he sat down with VH1 On Tap‘s Nik Carter, conflict is to be expected when you consider the two’s long history. As Nick succinctly put it, “It’s complicated.” Read more…
Some of our favorite songs are truly great, until they’re not. Sadly, we can thank other artists who have beaten them to death for that.
Many singers have gone back to the classroom and lived out their good school girl gone bad fantasies in their music videos. We’ve seen ladies channel their inner naughty school girl, ripping off the plaid skirts and ties and definitely risking a detention. In P!nk‘s “Don’t Let Me Get Me” we get an up close and personal look inside the locker room, and in Bon Jovi‘s “Runaway” a school girl in a white button up uniform unknowingly becomes part of a wet t-shirt contest.
With the exception of maybe Led Zeppelin, nearly every band in the history of rock n’ roll is on tour this summer, or so it seems. Whether they recently reformed or never went away, the lure of concert cash and merch money is enough to make any aging rocker get on the bus. However, the musicians you see playing your favorite songs of yesteryear might be very different than those that played on the original albums. It’s gotten so bad we wrote about 20 Bands with Only One Original Member a couple months back. That’s not the case with these bands. Read more…
Today marks the 66th birthday of one of rock’s truest free spirits and greatest frontmen, born in New York City as Steven Victor Tallarico but better known to us all as Steven Tyler of legendary Boston hard rockers Aerosmith.
Rock and roll is filled with stories of disgusting depravity, debauchery, and decadence…that that’s part of the reason why we love it! Sure it’s not very P.C., but it is very D.G.A.F., and we respect that. Tales of rock rebels have been passed down for as myths for generations. They may seem like urban legends, but the unbelievable part is that most of them are true! Read on to see our picks for the most notorious bad-boy party animals in modern music history -and the antics that earned them their title. Whatever you do, DON’T try any of this at home…