With schlock rock pioneers, Kiss, going on a forty-city tour this summer (a grueling schedule for aging Baby Boomers; hope they’re bringing Ben-Gay) — we realized that the band was celebrating a huge milestone in 2014. Forty years of wearing truly psychotic makeup. Sure, they weren’t the first to do it – - that title goes to that weasly-genius Alice Cooper — but the fact that they were four big, brawny New York dudes made up to look like clown demons was super-memorable. And they took it so seriously! Each member was painted in the style of a different character: Starchild (Paul Stanley), The Demon (Gene Simmons), Space Ace (Ace Frehley) and Catman (Peter Criss). Totally bonkers, but seventh grade boys adored their freaky looks. Next up? A slew of bands hit stages looking like ghouls crossed with drag queens.
Father’s Day. A time to celebrate the man who drove you to little league, taught you about life, cheered you up when you were feeling down. But what if your dad was on the road 80% of your young life, snorting lines of ants and partying with groupies and throwing TVs out of hotel windows? Well that doesn’t make him a bad person, or a bad father – does it? Sure, “normal” dads may have had more quantity time with their kids, but a lot of heavy metal dads had just as strong a bond with their young ‘uns (albeit in a different way) and made sure to give them everything they need to grow into decent, responsible adults. We think. And though the offspring of heavy metal legends might not be thanking their dads with a Hallmark card and a polo shirt for his big day, there’s no reason they shouldn’t celebrate them and show them how much they mean. From Ozzy to Lemmy to Tom Araya and Eddie Van Halen, these guys have all found the rock star/doting father balance. Here’s 10 Unlikely, but no less great, Metal Dads – just in time for Father’s Day.
Where would we be without the number one? One is the beginning and the final destination, the ultimate, the pinnacle and the symbol for wholeness and unity. It’s no wonder then that we pay so much attention in music to an artist’s first album. It is the start of their career, their introduction to the world, and where first impressions are made. Read more…
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Each week That Metal Show interviews your favorite hard rock and heavy metal musicians and and likewise each week That Metal Gear interviews your favorite TMS guests to find out how they got started on their instruments, who their influences are and what gear they use to get the sounds we all know and love. This week we catch up with one of the most enigmatic guitar heroes of the Sunset Strip, Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars.
Each week on That Metal Show, Eddie, Don and Jim rank their favorite musical moments from the worlds of hard rock and heavy metal in the TMS Top 5 and then argue about what the final ranking should be. This week, in honor of guest Mick Mars, That Metal Debate centered on picking the 5 best songs from one of rock’s most legendary bands, those dirty denizens of The Sunset Strip, Mötley Crüe! Since bursting on the scene in the early ’80s, the Mötleys have unleashed a torrent of great albums packed full of killer riffs and attitude galore. Narrowing down their top 5 songs was such an arduous the boys enlisted the help of Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof to help them decide the best of the best. Check out The TMS Top 5 Mötley Crüe Songs plus Kurdt and the boys personal picks on the following pages and vote for your favorite Mötley tunes on the final page! Read more…
This Saturday one of the legends of American hard rock and heavy metal makes his That Metal Show debut. Ed, Don and Jim are very proud to welcome Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars! Find out about the band’s upcoming final tour and why Mick swears it will really be their last tour ever. The show is a celebration of all things Mötley as the boys discuss their favorite Crüe songs and argue about which is their most crucial album in the weekly “Throw Down.” And in case you were worried the show couldn’t rock any harder, well breathe easy, because Cinderella singer and solo artist Tom Keifer is this week’s TMS musical guest. Peep pics of this week’s show and tune in to VH1 Classic Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the whole show!
Ah, Saint Valentine’s Day. The day when you shower your loved ones with bouquets of roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and heavy metal. Heavy Metal? That’s right. Hallmark be damned, this V-Day we’ve put together a special set of Valentine’s Day cards featuring your favorite stars from the world’s of hard rock, glam, thrash and good old classic heavy freakin’ metal. Say that special something to the one you love with Slayer. Do you and your loved one make a good Crüe? Are you Bon Jovi-al when you’re near them? Do they drive you as Wylde as the bearded guitarist of Black Label Society? Like Dio sang, are they your rainbow in the dark? Check out our Heavy Metal Valentine’s Day Cards, download your favorites and share them with the one you love. And if you need to get in the mood while the two of you gorge yourselves on candies listen to our list of Heavy Metal’s 13 Most Romantic Love Songs.
“Farewell tours are for those band’s that lie to their fans and come back in about 5 or 10 years.” So says Tommy Lee, drummer for the long running heavy metal band Motley Crue, in the wake of the band announcing their final tour. Final, not farewell. The band is so adamant that their upcoming ‘All Bad Things Must Come To An End’ tour is the absolute last Motley tour ever they’ve signed a binding “cessation of touring document,” which makes it official they will never hit the road under the name Motley Crue ever again. Seriously. VH1 News caught up with Lee and guitarist Mick Mars shortly after their press conference announcing the tour. See what they have to say about their upcoming final act and find out why they have no regrets.
With sales of recorded music on the wane and no longer driving the kind of coin they once did, reunion tours by bands looking to line their pocketbooks have saturated the marketplace. Over the course of the last decade or so, the ticket-buying public has gotten wise to these promotional gimmicks, forcing bands to get extremely creative with the value proposition that they set forth for these tours. This has been an overall win for those of us who love live music, making delightful events like the “Hear [INSERT YOUR FAVORITE ALBUM] live in its entirety!” possible. Mötley Crüe is no stranger to the reunion game—they famously put aside their differences and announced a reunion tour back in 2004—but in a press conference held in Los Angeles today, the hair metal hellions upped the ante with a game-changing move: The announced their FINAL TOUR EVER! (Really!)