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Ritchie Blackmore’s 7 Most Essential Songs


Guitar god, Deep Purple guru, and Rainbow ruler Ritchie Blackmore turns 70 today. As an axe-wielder and a gentleman, Blackmore is one of rock’s supreme beings—a superhuman giant in that rarified realm alongside Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck, whose influence touches the frets of every hard rock and heavy metal six-string-slinger who will ever follow in his musical wake.

Let’s celebrate Ritchie Blackmore’s 70th with a chronological playlist of seven essential songs that bear his immortal touch.

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Kick Out The Jams: 20 Classic Live Albums In Hard Rock And Heavy Metal History!

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The live album. Though its popularity has severely waned as of late (along with albums in general!), it was a staple of hard rock and heavy metal bands back in the 70s and early 80s. In fact, a band’s live record would sometimes outsell its studio counterparts and in some ways come to define the band, displaying their raw, reckless energy and showing just what they’re capable of in the flesh. At times it became a band’s breakthrough album; at other times (if you’re Led Zeppelin) it capitalized on the band’s popularity. But either way, these LP’s go down in the annals of music history as some of the greatest rock albums of all time. From Kiss to Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest to Black Sabbath, all your favorite bands released live albums, and we love them for it. So to celebrate this week’s That Metal Show guest, former Kiss drummer Peter Criss, who played on their breakthrough Alive! double LP set, here’s a list of 20 Classic Live Albums In Hard Rock & Heavy Metal History. And whether they’re 100% live, live with overdubs, or mostly studio-enhanced, we don’t really care. What’s important is that they all kick some serious ass and kick out some serious jams.

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That Metal Show Top 5 Comeback Albums


Each week fans tune in to That Metal Show to see Eddie, Jim and Don weigh-in and argue about such important subjects as who are hard rock’s Top 5 Most Underrated Guitarists or The Top 5 Jason Newstead Metallica Albums on the TMS Top 5. This season we’re moving the debate online and letting you, the fans, make your voices heard in our weekly TMS Top 5 polls.

Saturday on That Metal Show, the boys debated what were the best comeback albums in hard rock and heavy metal history. Peep the final list along with Eddie, Jim and Don’s selections and then cast your votes below and let us know where you think these albums rate. You can vote as many times for as many different albums as you like and don’t forget to check back every week for more TMS Top 5 countdowns and watch That Metal Show on VH1 Classic every Saturday night at 11/10C!

TMS Top 5 Comeback Albums

1. AC/DC Back in Black
2. Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
3. Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
4. Iron Maiden Brave New World
5. Deep Purple Perfect Strangers

Eddie Trunk
1. AC/DC Back in Black
2. Deep Purple Perfect Strangers
3. Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
4. Anthrax Worship Music
5. Metallica Death Magnetic

Jim Florentine
1. Aerosmith Permanent Vacation
2. Iron Maiden Brave New World
3. Alice In Chains Black Gives Way To Blue
4. Judas Priest Painkiller
5. Buckcherry 15

Don Jamieson
1. AC/DC Back In Black
2. Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
3. Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
4. Accept Blood Of The Nations
5. Lita Ford Living Like A Runaway

by (@BHSmithNYC)

10 Crucial Moments In Deep Purple History

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Creators of hard rock’s most recognizable riff, home to some of the best musicians to ever plug into a Marshall stack, Deep Purple are just as important to the development of early heavy metal as their more hallowed brethren Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Like the high speed race cars they sonically emulated, their various lineups are known to fans as Mark I, Mark II and Mark III, but the core through their golden epoch was drumming powerhouse Ian Paice, groundbreaking organist Jon Lord and tempestuous sorcerer of the Stratocaster, Ritchie Blackmore. Read more…

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Which Of The 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Is Most Deserving Of Induction? (POLL)

Public Enemy, Rush, N.W.A. And Heart Lead 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

The nominees for the 2013 Class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were announced this morning. The group is, as it has been for the last few years, an eclectic bunch made up of artists from a wide variety of musical genres: First-time nominees this year include prog-rock legends Rush (who finally made the ballot after being inexplicably snubbed for years), heavy metal originators Deep Purple, politically-charged hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy, gangsta rap stalwarts N.W.A., Motown trendsetters The Marvelettes, moody British rockers Procol Harum, and blues guitar aficionado Albert King.

Returning to the bill are disco pioneers Chic (their seventh nom), the late, great Donna Summer (her fifth), and a whole slew of second-time nominees: Heart, Joan Jett, Kraftwerk, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Randy Newman, and The Meters.

The RRHOF’s induction process is mysterious and secretive, so you don’t see the same kind of public campaigning by nominees for induction that you see in, say, the sports world. However, that doesn’t mean that the committee off 600 or so people who makes the decisions of who gets honored and who gets snubbed isn’t reading this blog post. So, with that in mind, vote for the act that you feel is most deserving of the honor in our poll below, and maybe, just maybe, Jann Wenner and his band of choosy cronies will pay heed!

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

AMERICA’S HARD 100, Day 3 – Vote To Determine The Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All-Time


Welcome to Day 3 of VH1 Classic’s America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll where YOU, the FANS, determine the 100 best hard rock and metal songs of all-time! Each day we’ll be posting a new list of classic hard rock and heavy metal tunes for you to vote on to help us with the rankings.

PLEASE NOTE: If you don’t see your favorite bands or songs on today’s list (or on Day 1 or Day 2‘s list), don’t fret! Be sure and check back daily at noon, as we’re going to be adding new songs for you to vote on each day!

Today we’re pitting two of metal’s founding fathers Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, against Jersey giants Bon Jovi, theatrical 70s rockers KISS and 80s bad boys Guns N’Roses, among others.

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Founding Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord Dead At 71

Heavy music fans the world over are mourning the death today of Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord. He died from a pulmonary embolism this morning after battling pancreatic cancer for several years and passed away surrounded by family at the London Clinic.

Lord was a founding member of the seminal hard rock band who are known as one of “The Big Three” of early heavy metal, alongside fellow countrymen Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Formed in London in 1968, the band’s galloping rhythms and neo-classical flourishes expanded and forever influenced metal’s musical language. Their landmark 1972 release Machine Head is one of rock’s essential albums, containing such standards as “Smoke On The Water,” “Highway Star” and “Space Truckin.’” Throughout their discography, Lord’s virtuosic keyboard playing might be the bands most innovative aspect. In a genre primarily known for loud and distorted guitar riffs, his thick and aggressive keyboards gave many of Deep Purple’s heaviest songs their actual heft.

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That Metal Debate: That Metal Show Ranks The Top 5 Keyboardists

This weekend we wrapped the 10th Season of That Metal Show with HellYeah (and former Pantera) drummer Vinnie Paul, Tommy Shaw, and James “JY” Young of Styx. We rocked out to legendary guitarist Steve Stevens, who stood in as our guest musician.

In past episodes of That Metal Show, the boys have argued, fought and made the tough calls on the TMS TOP 5 Front men, Guitarists, Bassists, and Drummers. But this week, our hosts paid respect to yet another league of hard rock and heavy metal musicians: the TMS TOP 5 Keyboardists. How do you choose from all of the talented musicians who man the keys? You have the triple-threat Geddy Lee (Rush), who plays bass, sings, and is the keyboardist for Rush. There’s UFO’s Paul Raymond, Derek Sherinian of Dream Theater and Black Country Communion, Michael Kenney of Iron Maiden, and Darren Wharton of Thin Lizzy, to name a few.

But when Jennifer flipped the board, Jon Lord and Don Airey of Deep Purple showed up in ALL THREE of the hosts’ lists, so it quickly became clear who would earn the top 2 spots.  After much debate, the guys were able to narrow their picks down to the TMS Top 5 Keyboardists. Here’s who they came up with: Read more…