The ’90s were a time when a lot of stuff was really bad, and a lot of people were really earnest. No one liked anything “ironically” yet, so when you liked a band, you really liked a band. But with hindsight now on our side, we see that a lot of popular groups from the ’90s were completely cringeworthy. From Crazy Town to East 17 — ’90s idols are just so dorky and uncool in retrospect. And what’s worse, a lot of the time they were not particularly talented (burn).
Every Saturday night on VH1 Classic That Metal Show brings you interviews with the biggest names in heavy metal and hard rock. And each week That Metal Gear interviews your favorite TMS guests to find out how some of the genre’s most accomplished musicians got their start playing their instruments and what guitars and amps they’re using to get their sounds. This week we caught up with Mark Tremonti, formerly of Creed, and currently holding things down for Alter Bridge and Tremonti. Mark is at heart a true metalhead who cut his teeth as a teenage thrash metal fanatic and also a true gear nerd when it comes to guitars and amps. Find out what he’s using, what he’s listening to and how he crafts those giant hooks while staying true to his metal roots. Read more…
It’s another week and another episode of That Metal Show is on the horizon and it’s a doozy. Joining Eddie, Don and Jim this week are Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge. They’ve got some amazing stories to share about Mark’s days in Creed and Myles jamming with everyone from Slash to Jimmy Page. And if that’s not enough singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson comes by to profess his undying love for all things metal. If that’s not enough we’ve got Scorpions on Skype and Steve Brown from Trixter as the special musical guest. Check out pictures from this week’s shoot and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic this Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the latest episode of the only show on television on all things heavy metal and hard rock.
Last week Creed‘s Scott Stapp left the internet wide eyed and wondering with his story about the time T.I. came to his rescue after he had tried to jump from his penthouse suite’s balcony. Stapp covered most of the big questions — Did they know each other? Yes, they had worked together on the Passion of The Christ compilation and they both love Alabama football. Why was T.I. there? He had checked into the last room, at the last minute. What’s T.I.’s favorite Creed song? Just kidding, Carrie Keagan must have asked that during the commercial break. — but left us with one nagging one: why would they wait so long to share such an unlikely and miraculous story?
T.I. called in to VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live this morning to share his side of the story, and in his telling he explained why he’s kept the heroic act under wraps for so long. First prefacing that “you got to keep in mind that my life has been rather eventful since 2006,” he took us back to that day at the Delano. He and his crew had just checked in, and they were out on the balcony taking in the view when all of a sudden they noticed a groaning above them: Read more…
Creed frontman Scott Stapp was on Big Morning Buzz yesterday, talking inspiration and chatting about his new tell-all, Sinner’s Creed. And at the gentle urging of host Carrie Keagan, he opened up about an unlikely and life-saving moment he shared with T.I.
As Stapp tells us, he was cooped up in an all-white-everything penthouse suite at Delano hotel in Miami, several days deep into a binge — “that prism of alcohol and drug addiction,” he calls it — and looking for an end or out. He climbed over the balcony and fell the forty feet to the ground, really doing “some damage” along the way. “I couldn’t move, I laid out there for about two and a half hours and a guardian angel showed up,” he recalls.
The “guardian angel” was wearing an Alabama hat that tipped Stapp off to his identity: Stapp and T.I. first met while working on Passion of the Christ: Original Songs Inspired By The Film, and had discussed their shared love for the ‘Bama ballers. “I said, ‘Roll Tide’ and he looked at me and put two and two together. He really saved my life,” Stapp said, recalling the blood dripped on T.I.’s feet and adding with a laugh that “there’s more details in the book.” Sinner’s Creed is out now.
We had to recruit Evan Seinfeld (Attika7) for one of the toughest TMS Top 5 lists we’ve have ever done on the show: Best Screams on a song. There are so many shrieks and shrills out there in the music world, including the ones we can never forget, like the haunting scream in “Child In Time” by Deep Purple and “Angel of Death” by Slayer (Side note: This one still scares Jim Florentine to this day.) We could easily debate Top 5 Rob Halford Screams, not to mention those of Sebastian Bach, but then we remembered it’s called the TMS Top 5, not Top 100 – So, here’s our top 5:
New dad Jay-Z hit the studio to record a dedication song to his new baby girl, Blue Ivy. Hearing the baby cry on the track made it all the more adorable. Over the years a number of daddy musicians have expressed heartfelt feelings about their kids on wax. Everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Eminem to most recently Nas. Here at VH1 we believe dads are worthy of appreciation every day of the year. However, this Sunday is the official day we celebrate the awesome dads in our lives. Hearing male artists gush over their children in a song makes our hearts melt. Enjoy the Spotify playlist of our all-time favorite songs by fathers dedicated to their children.
1. “Daughters”- Nas
Nas gets real about the difficulties of raising a teenage daughter in this soulful ode to his daughter Destiny who makes a cameo at the end of the video. Read more…
All the daddies in the house holla at us! Obviously the joy of bringing a child into the world is boundless, and Jay-Z proved so today when he uploaded a new track celebrating the birth of Blue Ivy, “Glory,” to his website. Far from being staid or predictable, the song was raw, emotion filled and penned in Hov’s expert style. Unfortunately, not all songs daddies write for their babies are as touching as “Glory,” so we’ve taken this moment to reflect on some of the most boring “Look, I’m A New Dad!” songs from some high profile daddies. (Disclaimer: we get that you love your kid. We’re not disputing that or saying it’s wrong. You have every right to express your happiness, all we’re saying is that your song is boring, ZzzzZzzz).
Creed – “With Arms Wide Open”
Creed’s emotion fulled ode to front man Scott Stapp‘s son, Jagger, is the ultimate in “Look I’m A New Dad” snooze fests. Although now that we’re revisiting the track, we’ve got to say the epic power guitar solo in the second half saves the song from giving us the same “ho-hum” feeling we get when we see a Facebook friend post the seventy jillionth photo of their new born baby on their wall (if it still looks like a potato, we’re not interested). The apocalyptic video is pretty sweet too, and it’s made us a little bit nostalgic for really crappy CGI.
Demi Lovato unleashes the waterworks in the video for her new single “Skyscraper” (which just debuted at #10 in the Billboard Hot 100)?a rare appearance of tears in a video that is about overcoming a struggle. (More often, the performer in such a song is the supportive voice for a crying actor, as Pink does for Tina Majorino‘s character in the video for “F?king Perfect.”) Of course, despite plenty of crossover into film and television by musical artists, singers are not usually the most emotive actors in their videos. Here are five notable exceptions:
5. Demi Lovato “Don’t Forget”
“Skyscraper” is the big single today, but in the video for her 2009 single “Don’t Forget,” co-written by the Jonas Brothers, Lovato gets out of the rain, only to shed a tear over the lost love she sings about.