You only hear them nowadays on late-night compilation commercials or as Muzak at the dentist’s office or at inebriated karaoke nights. Most of them are coated in a thick layer of Velveeta cheese and full of single entendres and metaphors so simple a three year old could have written them. But you know you love them. How can you not? Those “manly” hair bands slowing it down and showing a more sensitive side and often coming up with some of their catchiest and most-career defining hits. From Poison to Journey to Def Leppard, going the route of the power ballad was an absolute given in the 1980s if you were in a hard rock band. And yes, we do take responsibility for keeping these songs popular and the artist’s careers alive. We’ve even employed some of them! But it’s all out of love, just like the songs themselves. Here’s 10 Power Ballads We Just Can’t Stop Loving. And you can’t either. Admit it.
The philosopher Nietzsche once said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” In the case of the following musicians, that which didn’t kill them made them legends. Each of them survived a traumatic injury that left them missing a body part and despite their handicap they still went on to achieve greatness, in some cases literally changing the course of popular music. In the case of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, the fact that he lost the ends of two of his fingers led to a change in his playing technique which enabled the birth of the heavily distorted guitar sound at the heart of heavy metal. Others were born with congenital conditions but never let that hold them back from pursuing their musical dreams including Kiss frontman Paul Stanley. So let’s give a hand to those inspiring musicians who lost a piece of themselves, but were willing to give an arm and a leg to make music history. Oh, sorry, poor choice of words.
Last week I shared a gallery of my personal fave superfan possessions from years ago, and this week I’m sharing yours! Without a doubt, our VH1 Classic fans had the most music pride this week, and we thank you for sharing your rad pieces – from crazy costumes to guitar pick piles to music shrines. We saw a lot of love for Def Leppard, KISS and Van Halen - and we love that you’re still rocking those concert t-shirts day-to-day. But enough of my babbling about your total awesomeness – check it out for yourself! Above you’ll find the roundup from select VH1 fans whose music merchandise photos made the final cut. Rock on rockers!
RELATED POST: Interview With KISS On Their Rise From Streets To Stage
It’s the season where every convenience store is filled with candy from isle to isle – and we can’t seem to escape the sweetness. So to quench your daily dose of high fructose corn sizzurp, we’ve picked two amazing songs to Face-Off. Warrant‘s “Cherry Pie” and Def Leppard‘s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” are two serious hard (candy) rock songs I can’t stop listening too… and I bet you’re on the same sugar rush. So vote now and tell us which music video is tastier. And don’t forget to brush your teeth.
The boys finally get Jake E. Lee into the studio to talk about his time with Ozzy Osbourne, his hiatus and his return to music. Rick Allen then joins to discuss his storied career with Def Leppard and jams on drums with guest musician Vinny Appice.
Def Leppard fans were taken aback today when guitarist Vivian Campbell announced he’d been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Campbell, 50, has received about two months of treatment, including chemotherapy, but is planning to hit the road with bandmates for a summer tour.
It’s Day 7 of the VH1 Classic America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll and we’ve got another batch of classic hard rock and heavy metal tunes that need sorting! We’ve put together a list of 100 essential rockers but we need you to vote on them to let us know where they should fall in the America’s Hard 100 Countdown when it airs this November.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You can vote AS MANY TIMES and for AS MANY SONGS as you want, simply click on “Return To Poll” after your initial ballet. If your favorite hard rock jam is missing from today’s list please click on one of the previous days polls which are still open and keep checking back daily as we add new songs to new lists.
Welcome to Day 2 of America’s Hard 100 countdown poll where YOU, the FANS help us determine the 100 best hard rock and metal songs of all time! VH1 and VH1 Classic have been putting together awesome music-related countdown shows that run the gamut from the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs to the 40 Greatest Metal Songs for years now which were painstakingly put together after hours of debate from music critics, producers and the artists themselves. Now we’re giving you the opportunity to let us know which hard rocking classics land where in the list! Each day for the next 9 days, we’ll reveal a new list of songs that you can vote on.
2 Chainz‘s rap game takeover has been a long time coming. The Georgia rapper that had us all screaming, “2 Chaaaaainnnnz” was a coveted feature artist in the way Nicki Minaj was in 2009. Those days are long gone and the wait was certainly worth it. His debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story topped the charts for the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200. According to Nielsen SoundScan the album sold 147,000 copies. For a little perspective: that’s almost 20,000 more units sold than pop star Chris Brown‘s Fortune. Talk about coming out the gate swinging. Read more…
The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicked off with an opening ceremony conceived by the Academy Award winning British film director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire,
Trainspotting, 28 Days Later). One of the sections of tonight’s broadcast bore the unusual name Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim, a love story that contained what NBC’s Matt Lauer described as “a tribute to the best British musical acts of the last 40 years.” Well, although Boyle and his musical supervisors managed to include a decent selection of bands that could be considered canon-worthy, we’d like to call your attention to this (quite undefinitive!) list of 29 highly respected bands that got royally snubbed (in alpha order*):
Elton John (!!!)