Since their publication in the 1930’s J. R. R. Tolkien’s books, The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings cycle, have been inspiring people with the mythical tales of the people of Middle-earth and the struggle between the forces of good and evil. During the psychedelic ‘60s the books became extremely popular in the rock underground and no shortage of bands paid homage to the series in lyrics, song titles and band names. Legendary hard rockers Led Zeppelin practically made a career out of referencing them, both figuratively and often literally. Their heavy metal progeny picked up the helm and to this day many metal bands are named after figures and places in the book including such current black metal bands as Darkthrone and Gorgoroth among others. The latest movie installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens today so in honor we’re taking a look at some of the greatest references to the series in classic hard rock. So pack your pipe, don your magical cloak and spend some time with these Middle-earth anthems to get in the mood for the film. Read more…
Thanksgiving is here and you’re no doubt already feeling thankful, for getting the day off from work! Later today you’ll be stuffed to the gills on turkey and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and washing it down with spiced wine and spiked eggnog and then the reality will sink in. You’re stuck here. With your family, who you love to death but who drive you crazy with their non-stop questions about whom you’re dating, why you didn’t get that promotion, why do you still live in that crappy neighborhood, when are you going to settle down and have kids and on top of that you’re really, really, really, uncomfortably full. Read more…
Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who, James Brown. These are legends who have written songs that changed the course of rock, and will live on as classics for as long as there are music lovers roaming the planet. In fact, all of these artists appear within the top twenty slots of VH1′s 100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll list, compiled by polling some of the greatest musicians and rock scholars around. So obviously these guys know how to pen a tune. But it would probably surprise you to learn that all these HUGE rock forces have NEVER had a number one song!
Having a hit song has got to be pretty great, right? At least until you have to play this hit song over and over and over -ad nauseam- for the rest of your natural life. We can see how you might get kinda tired of it, and eventually grow to hate the very tune that made you famous. Don’t believe us? Just ask these 20 rock stars!
Music fans often put their faith in professional critics to decide which records are worth precious time on their private stereo or iPod. These influential word-slingers serve as tastemakers for an extremely wide audience, but sometimes their judgement can be a little questionable. Need proof? Just look at these 20 classic MONSTER records that critics originally ripped apart the first time around!
Budding musicians have to deliberate long and hard when choosing a name to give their band an itentity. Like expecting parents naming a baby, their choice must be catchy, contain plenty of meaning, and be appealing to all parties involved. It sounds like a lot of work! If you’re not careful, you could wind up with a name like Hoobastank, the Oneders, Puddle Of Mud or LMFAO…
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 Metal’s Top 5 Hired Guns or What Are The Top 5 Rush Albums? For season 12 we’re moving the debate online and letting you, the fans, make your voices heard in our weekly TMS Top 5 polls. This week we asked the boys to help rank the Top 5 studio albums of one of the greatest bands in rock n’roll history, Led Zeppelin.
They say there’s a story behind every song. Sometimes those stories involve lots and lots of lawyers. Songwriting and music publishing has always been where the real money’s at in the music business, especially these days as physical record sales continue to fall. Whether we’re talking about stolen melodies, un-credited lyrical contributions or samples used without permission, the following songs landed their performers in court and in most cases paying the price for their alleged artistic appropriations. These are the most litigated songs in music history.
Rock and rollers are usually renegades who see themselves as walking middle fingers in the face of The Man. But then alimony payments start adding up, and those Bentley’s don’t just pay for themselves. Sooner or later, “stars of a certain stature” cave and do a commercial or two. There are tons of reasons why it happens: from legal SNAFUs and bankruptcy, to just honest love of the product (maybe?). But when done poorly, the results can leave you screaming “Come ON, you’re better than that!” at the television screen. Check out 15 of the most heartbreaking commercial sell-outs of all time! Don’t worry, bands…we still love you.
In 2007, Led Zeppelin reunited for a rapturous, one-off set at London’s 02 Arena as part of a tribute concert for Atlantic Records’ beloved founder Ahmet Ertegun. Few of us will ever be so lucky to catch the rock legends live, so the performance was filmed for a concert film called Celebration Day, which will be out on DVD November 19th. Read our full review of the film here.
If you missed the film while it was out in theaters or are otherwise waiting until the film’s home release, there’s this: the band rocking their classic (well, one of them!) hit “Kashmir.” The guys sound nonetheless for their time away, and not at all like they are “just hangin’ on for dear life,” like Robert Plant said. Rather, in the words of Jimmy Page, they “really played their hearts out.” And we’ll savor it, because you never know when this sort of magical classic rock moment might come again.