Bruno Mars may have been the true winner of last night’s Super Bowl, but Bob Dylan wins the award for blowing the most minds. The quintessential rock ‘n’ roll rebel stunned fans by appearing in a commercial for Detroit’s own Chrysler, urging folks to ”Let Germany brew your beer, let Switzerland make your watch, let Asia assemble your phone…We will build your car.” The ad is not the first time that Dylan has appeared in a commercial (check 2004′s Victoria’s Secret spot), or even the first time he’s schilled cars (try 2007′s Chrysler Escalade ad), but most fans still found it pretty surprising. The craziest part? That wasn’t even his only ad of the night! Read on to see 15 of the most shocking rock stars-turned-pitchmen of all time!
Disco. Even after almost forty years we still don’t fully understand it. It came on like a force of nature; strong and fast, swiftly devouring everything in its path. It swallowed up formerly rockin’ musicians and in their place left lame overly-catchy songs with throbbing bass. It wasn’t pretty. But by god, it was fun to dance to! It seemed like everyone had a “disco phase” in the late ’70s…even bands that probably wish you’d forget all about it. Read on to hear 10 Saturday Night Fever-worthy tunes from the most unexpected of bands. Strap on your platforms and enjoy!
The newest class of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been announced. This year’s group includes grunge rockers Nirvana, the glam rock band KISS, smooth pop duo Hall and Oates, former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel, songbird Linda Ronstadt and folk hero Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam).
Each of the acts is undoubtedly an influential music legend, but this list is making us wonder how Rock and Roll do you have to be to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Tonight at sundown the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins. The holiday, which will occur over the next eight nights days, celebrates the victory of Judah Maccabee and the ancient Judeans over the forces of Antiochus IV Epiphanes which already sounds like the subject of a totally awesome metal song. Given the New York City area’s rich hard rock tradition and large Jewish-American population it goes without saying that quite a few of our favorite head bangers have lit the Menorah. From old school hard rockers like Kiss and Mountain, through thrash heroes Anthrax and up to modern bands like Killswitch Engage and The Dillinger Escape Plan, Jewish musicians have played a huge role in the history of hard rock so this Hanukkah let’s light a candle and say l’chaim to 20 of the greatest Jewish metal heads of all time.
For fans of hard rock and heavy metal, the live concert is the ultimate experience and any band worth their Marshalls knows how to whip the crowd into a frenzy with a few well-placed “YEAHS” and “ALRIGHTS!” And then there’s Paul Stanley. Taking a cue from Humble Pie‘s Steve Marriot, the Kiss singer is renowned for his over the top stage banter, first heard on the classic Alive! live record. Fans have even taken to editing together all his stage raps from various live recordings leading to a 45 minute mega-mix available here for your listening pleasure. Thankfully Paul’s not the only one to go a little too far trying to rile up the crowd so check out more of our favorite ridiculous stage raps and hilarious stage-banter from some of hard rock and heavy metal’s biggest and best.
“Soft” would generally be the last word you’d use to describe a heavy metal band. Yet without fail, these titans of anger and aggression occasionally dip into their bag of yacht rock and present us with some very “un-metal” metal songs. Is that a piano note I hear? An acoustic guitar? A glockenspiel? Nah, couldn’t be. Oh but it is. In all fairness, these songs are sometimes written to parody and mock other genres of music. And though our initial response might be one of shock, disappointment or even disgust – we tend to come around and eventually can’t imagine our lives without these soft rocking gems. From Black Sabbath to Accept to Metallica, they’ve all gone there. But we love them just the same. Here’s a list of the most un-metal songs in heavy metal and hard rock history and in honor of today being National Metal Day, November 11th, we’re giving you 11 instead of the usual 10 (Please note: hair metal glam bands have been excluded as otherwise this would be a very loooong list).
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.
Ever since Screaming Jay Hawkins climbed out of a coffin to sing “I Put A Spell On You” rockers have been playing with horror imagery and singing about things that go bump in the night. Hell, most metal deals with life’s dark side, be it self-hatred, misanthropy, fear, war and bogeyman, literal or metaphoric. It only makes sense that some bands, starting with Alice Cooper in the late ‘60s and carried through the ‘70s by Kiss and up to the present day with Slipknot and Marilyn Manson, would make their appearance echo the darkness of their music. It being that scariest day of the year today, we felt it only natural to profile 10 of hard rock and heavy metal’s scariest looking bands that dress up like it’s Halloween every day of the year.
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!
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