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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Ireland’s 10 Greatest Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Bands!

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Today is St. Patrick’s Day when people around the globe celebrate all things Irish. Now some people think that means puffy leprechaun hats and green beer, much to the dismay of actual native-born Irishmen, but what they should be celebrating is all the great music that has emanated over the year’s from the Emerald Isle, especially it’s high-grade hard rock and heavy metal. As if the mythical tale of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland in the early Middle Ages weren’t metal enough, Éire’s legacy of heavy riffing stretches back to the late ’60s when Rory Gallagher‘s Taste and Irish Rock standard bearers Thin Lizzy first formed. Read more…

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What’s Better Than One Thin Lizzy Guitar Solo? Every Thin Lizzy Guitar Solo In One Video!

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This is why the Internet was invented. Legendary Irish band Thin Lizzy are known as much for their trailblazing dual guitar lines as they are for their tough but tender hard rock songs and now some maniac out there has edited together every Thin Lizzy guitar solo from their earliest recordings in 1971 to their breakup in 1983. Clocking in at over an hour and uploaded to Youtube, it is a non-stop aural orgy of harmonized guitar leads and searing solos from some of the best guitarists to ever strap on a Les Paul. The band actually began as a power trio with former-Them guitarist Eric Bell laying down extended solos but it was after his departure in ’73 when co-lead guitarists Brian “Robbo” Robertson and Scott Gorham joined that the band entered their classic phase. Their intertwined “guitarmonies” and trade-off soloing set new standards in twin guitar playing and were an important influence on the nascent heavy metal genre. After Robbo’s departure in 1978 a slew of awesome axemen took his place including the truly extraordinary Gary Moore, the equally accomplished journeyman guitarist Snowy White and next generation shredder John Sykes. Whether you only know “The Boys Are Back In Town” or are a diehard fan, check out the link below and revel in the non-stop wailing sounds of every Thin Lizzy guitar solo from 1971 – 1983.

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Watch That Metal Show Season 12 Outtakes With Jake E. Lee, Scott Gorham + Carmine Appice!

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In less than two weeks 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 leading up to the TMS Season 13 premiere on January 18th. This week see two of hard rock and heavy metal‘s greatest guitarists hobnob when Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders fame runs into former Ozzy Osbourne shredder Jake E. Lee and hear legendary drummer Carmine Appice give props to seminal fuzz rockers Blue Cheer.  
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