Alas, it seems that Dee Snider and his merry band of louder-than-life hair-metal marauders Twisted Sister are finally destined, for real, to not take it anymore. On the heels of the tragic heart attack death of drummer A.J. Pero, the Long Island legends have announced that they’ll soon part ways. Naturally, Twisted Sister will not go quietly, so the band will be honoring A.J. with a couple of tribute gigs and then saying farewell to fans throughout 2016 on their amazingly named “Forty and F—k It” Tour. Read more…
Hair metal legends Twisted Sister have announced they’re splitting up following the completion of their final tour. The news comes soon after the death of drummer A.J.Pero, but a rep for the band claims that they made their decision before the tragic event took place.
This year on That Metal Show we’re doing things a little differently and thinking up exciting new ways to bring you the best coverage of all things heavy metal and hard rock. One of those things is That After Show, where we keep the cameras rolling after the regular broadcast is over and let the TMS boys and their guests talk about, well, whatever the f-ck they want to talk about. This week hear Mark Tremonti, Taylor Momsen and Twisted Sister sound off about their life in music.
Since 2011, the eleventh day of the eleventh month every year has been designated National Metal Day. The honor arises from a classic scene in the 1984 comedy masterpiece This Is Spinal Tap wherein metal guitarist extraordinaire Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) shows off his custom Marshall amps, which are equipped with one extra notch on the volume knob. As Nigel famously puts it: “These go to eleven!”
That sublime moment perfectly encapsulates the fervor, ferocity, and, most importantly, the fun that makes heavy metal the vanguard of rock-and-roll gone “over-the-top.” In addition to its own inborn extremes, heavy metal has always devoured whatever rock music’s latest outrage may be and used it to make itself stronger—from electric blues to punk to hip-hop to grunge and beyond.
So in honor of National Metal Day today, we trace the eleven most insane, untamed, taboo shattering leaps forward in heavy music history. Lock your fingers into horn position, adjust your head for banging, and let’s tear it up!
Hear Ozzy Osbourne tell the story about the night of January 20th in 1982 when he bit the head off a bat, surely one of metal’s heaviest dates.
In the realm of heavy metal, every day is Halloween. Just consider the costumes, the make-up, the shrieking, the zombie mascots, the haunted house stage decor, and the omnipresence of horned demons and hungry gargoyles set loose in tribute to the forces of darkness. And what back stage rider is complete without a gluttonous array of sweets and candies(no brown M&M’s please)?
Another way of looking at it, though, is that for one day each year, the whole rest of the world goes heavy metal. Either way, come late October, Halloween and heavy metal are as intertwined as the words “trick” and “treat.” The unholy wellspring from which each draws its greatest inspiration is the hairy, scary visual and cultural vocabulary of horror movies. Read more…
With the exception of maybe Led Zeppelin, nearly every band in the history of rock n’ roll is on tour this summer, or so it seems. Whether they recently reformed or never went away, the lure of concert cash and merch money is enough to make any aging rocker get on the bus. However, the musicians you see playing your favorite songs of yesteryear might be very different than those that played on the original albums. It’s gotten so bad we wrote about 20 Bands with Only One Original Member a couple months back. That’s not the case with these bands. Read more…
Things get a little crazy when famed Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider returns to That Metal Show show this Saturday night. Ed, Don and Jim relax and have a laugh as the always-animated front-man shares tales of a life in heavy metal. Then former-Deep Purple great Glenn Hughes calls into the “Metal Modem” to talk about his new band California Breed with this week’s special musical guest Chris Caffrey of Trans-Siberian Orchestra shredding all the while. Peep pics of this week’s show and tune in to VH1 Classic Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the whole show!
Today progressive hard rockers Rush’s almost-hit “Limelight” goes up against thrash masters Slayer’s harrowing “Seasons In The Abyss” and the surging alternative grunge of Stone Temple Pilots‘s “Wicked Garden,” plus classics from Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot and more.
Welcome to Day 2 of America’s Hard 100 countdown poll where YOU, the FANS help us determine the 100 best hard rock and metal songs of all time! VH1 and VH1 Classic have been putting together awesome music-related countdown shows that run the gamut from the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs to the 40 Greatest Metal Songs for years now which were painstakingly put together after hours of debate from music critics, producers and the artists themselves. Now we’re giving you the opportunity to let us know which hard rocking classics land where in the list! Each day for the next 9 days, we’ll reveal a new list of songs that you can vote on.
Dee Snider is back on your TV, but this time you won’t see him on The Celebrity Apprentice. Actually, if you were watching the finale of Donald Trump‘s reality show a few weeks ago then you would’ve seen the Twisted Sister frontman starring in a new commercial for Stanley Steemer. In the ad, the rocker shows up at a suburban house where he tells a woman she’s won a Dee Snider Weekend. Her husband flips outs (in make-up like Dee, of course!), trashes the house, and — you already know what happens next — Stanley Steemer shows up to save the day! (YAY!) We feel comforted knowing they are able to “get the rock ‘n’ roll out of your carpet.” We’ll be sure to hit them up after the next house trashing, mosh pit, food fight we have (which, we’re loathe to admit, happens more than you think).