Wanna play guitar like Slash? Of course you do! Bad news is, you probably can’t. But in this web exclusive from Rock Icons, the top hatted legend shows off the very book that taught him how to shred on the axe.
The schism between Axl Rose and Slash is one of the most notorious feuds in rock, in many ways marking the end of Guns N’ Roses’ glory years. Theories abound as to why the duo’s relationship soured beyond repair, but now we may have the spark. According to the band’s former manager Doug Goldstein, Michael Jackson is to blame for their beef and subsequent split.
-By Frank Donovan
You and I might spend our downtime singing in the shower, dancing at the club, and plucking on a guitar. But our favorite artists are wont to unwind with less musical hobbies. When the lights go down, artists like Prince pick up a ping pong paddle, Roger Daltrey a fishing rod, and Justin Bieber a Rubik’s Cube. These pastimes run the gamut from completely ordinary like Rivers Cuomo and Lily Allen’s knitting, to an obsession that led Neil Young to become a part owner in a toy train manufacturing company.
As That Metal Show’s season 14 premiere looms, we’re celebrating hard rock and heavy metal all month long, but February also marks Black History Month so what better time to delve into the legacy of African-American musicians in the loudest genre on Earth. Metal fans of course know that music is colorblind and that people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds listen to and play metal music. It might surprise people unfamiliar with the genre, however, to find out how much heavy metal owes to African-American music and how many African-American musicians have had a huge influence on the genre. Read more…
Playing guitar can be ecstasy for some people. Just check the expressions on Prince, Slash, John Mayer, Jimmy Page and other rockers as they get down with their axes! If that’s not the face of pure joy, we don’t know what is.
We’ve mentioned many times that rock ‘n’ roll is a dangerous business. Whether it’s through plane crashes, drug overdoses, murders, freak accidents, and even stage mishaps, many of music’s finest have tragically been taken from us long before their time. But then there are some rockers who narrowly dodged the reaper, escaping with some crazy stories to tell!
When you need a break from work, what do you do? Pick up a guitar? Sing a little tune? Play some piano? So what about professional musicians, how do they spend their down time? Read more…
The bird, the one finger salute, the finger. It’s called many different things, but we all know what it means…and it ain’t nice. The obscene hand gesture dates back to the ancient Romans, presumably used during times of intense chariot traffic. But it’s persevered through the ages all the way to today. We all use it from time to time, but the finger is especially potent in (and on) the hands of famous musicians. Whether they’re onstage and asserting their badass-itude, or they’re out on the town and want the paparazzi to get lost, rock and rollers are never afraid to flip you off!
You would be hard pressed to find someone who possesses more encyclopedic knowledge and unwavering passion for hard rock music than Eddie Trunk. The host of VH1 Classic‘s That Metal Show puts both of those admirable qualities to fantastic use in his new book, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal: Volume II, which just hit shelves this week.
When thrash titans Metallica took the field at San Francisco’s AT&T Park to play “The Star Spangled Banner” last week, they were but the latest in a long line of high energy decibel dealers putting their rough stamp on our hallowed National Anthem. Ever since Jimi Hendrix serenaded the Woodstock faithful that bleary August morning in 1969 with his electric-fried version of “The Star Spangled Banner,” rockers have been figuring out daring different ways to rock Francis Scott Key’s composition in instrumental form. We now present to you the 10 Most Rocking Versions of The National Anthem. Give us your feedback on vote on where you think they rank and remember to vote early and vote often.