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Go Inside Geddy Lee Of Rush’s Personal Bass Room With ‘Rock Icons’ Sam Dunn


It’s not everyone that gets to spend time with one of their musical idols, but that’s what happened to Banger Films’ Sam Dunn during the filming of the debut episode of Rock Icons featuring Rush bassist and lead singer Geddy Lee. The two were  already well-acquainted thanks to Banger’s 2010 band bio-pic Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, but this time Dunn was invited into Lee’s personal “bass room” in the basement of his house in Toronto. “Being a bass player myself, this was a pretty big highlight,” said Dunn, adding that Lee had “the history of the bass guitar on his walls.” Read more…

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Get A First Look At What Went Down At ‘That Metal Show’s Season 14 Premiere

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Saturdays are going to rock once again because That Metal Show returns to VH1 Classic tomorrow night at its brand new time of 9/8C for its season 14 premiere!  If you can’t wait until then, check out these exclusive pics of everything that went down when Rush‘s Geddy Lee took the stage and fellow prog-hard rock virtuoso John Petrucci of Dream Theater cranked up his amp as a special musical guest. Read more…

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Find Out Why Geddy Lee of Rush Thinks Rock Stars Are Superheroes In ‘Rock Icons’ Sneak Peek


This Saturday, February 21st, tune into VH1 Classic at 10/9C to see the debut episode of Rock Icons, the new documentary television series which goes into the limelight and behind the camera eye with classic rock’s most legendary musicians. If you think we went a little heavy with the Rush references there, that’s because episode one is about the band’s lead singer and bass virtuoso, Geddy Lee. Watch a sneak peek from the series premiere above and find out why he thinks rock stars are like real-life superheroes and how the band arrived at it’s unique sound below.  Read more…

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Moving Pictures: The 15 Greatest Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Documentaries

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Whether the topic is politics (with Michael Moore on the left, Dinesh D’Souza on the right), sports (ESPN’s 30 for 30 series), penguins marching (uh… March of the Penguins), or global warming ( 2006′s An Inconvenient Truth),  we are living in a golden age for documentary film-making. And fortunately for those of us who don’t want to bum out on how bad things are all the time, for penguins and  humans, the 21st century has seen a plethora of thrilling documentaries about some of hard rock and heavy metal‘s most important and iconic bands.  However, great non-fiction metal films and hard rock docs have been taking us behind the walls of Marshall stacks and inside the wailing lives of metalheads for several decades now. Being that this is Oscars week, and VH1 Classic‘s new documentary tv series Rock Icons premieres this coming Saturday, what better time to take a look back now at 15 of the very best. Read more…

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Chris Holmes’ “Let It Roar” Leads Our List Of Awesomely Terrible Heavy Metal Videos

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“It’s a fine line between stupid and clever.”

No declaration has better nailed the perilous edge strutted by heavy metal than that perfect nugget from the 1984 cinematic masterpiece, This is Spinal Tap.

With its devils and darkness, leather and lust, and makeup and fire and blood, heavy metal courts cheesiness with every down-tuned power chord, wailing vocal, and solo break. Naturally, the genre has teetered over into campy overkill most often via music videos.

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Rush’s Geddy Lee To Appear On ‘That Metal Show’ Season 14 Premiere With Musical Guest John Petrucci Of Dream Theater

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The first guests of That Metal Show‘s 14th season have just been announced and this might just be the best season yet. Joining Eddie, Jim and Don on Saturday, February 21st will be none other than Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee. And if that isn’t enough to send fans of classic rock and progressive metal into a tizzy, mounting the TMS riser as season 14′s first musical guest is Dream Theater‘s very own wizard of the six-strings, John Petrucci. Read more…

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11 Classic Rockers Who Went New Wave For One Album

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In the uncanny pop valley at the dawn of the ’80s—specifically, after disco and before MTV—the music industry bet big on new wave to be the future of rock. Punk had proven too (ob)noxious for mainstream tastes (and heavy metal was essentially taking care of itself), so the record biz turned to the safety-pin brigade’s arty, quirky, less abrasive offshoot “new wave.” Two forms were most prevalent: peppy power-pop as embodied by the Knack and synthesizer-driven dance weirdness on the order of Devo.

Many other new wave acts fell somewhere in between, with Elvis Costello, Blondie, Talking Heads, Billy Idol, and Duran Duran dominating dawn-of-the-’80s radio airwaves and LP sales. It all seemed to spell doom to a multitude of longhaired, bell-bottomed, meanderingly jamming ’70s rockers that had previously ruled radio and record stores. Some of the previous decade’s arena-packers stood their ground and waited for new wave to get old and dry up. Others, though, adjusted their looks and sounds in an attempt to evolve, embracing the notion of “pogo or perish”—at least for a while.

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Celebrate Canada Day With 10 Killer Canuck Hard Rock, Metal And Punk Bands, Eh?

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Independence Day festivities are on the horizon this week but if you need an excuse to start partying early hoist a Moosehead Lager your nearest Canadian for today, July 1st, is Canada Day! The holiday celebrates the union of Britain’s remaining North American colonies in 1867 into the nation we all now know and love as Canada. The differences between the U.S.A. and our neighbors to the North are relatively few, and among the many commonalities is our love for loud and raucous punk heavy metal rock n’ roll. Read more…

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Classical Rock: Who Are The 12 Greatest Prog Bands Of All Time?

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Epic song lengths. Complex instrumentals. Odd time signatures. Concept albums with bizarre song titles and lyrics. Sure, these are staples of most, if not all, progressive bands, but some just do it a little better than others. We’re here to celebrate the bands that do it the best – the ones who define the genre and have had an impact both commercially and critically with some of the best albums and compositions of all time. Read more…