If you count Black Sabbath's 1970 self-titled debut as heavy metal's birth, the genre is now over 40. It can no longer be called a fad. It can have adult children, and it can run for president. (Insert "presidental metal of freedom" joke here).
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Friday, December 21
"Christmas 101" with Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Van Dyke Parks, Emmylou Harris, Carrie Fisher
UCLA ROYCE HALL
Rufus and Martha Wainwright's late mother, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle, created the annual "Christmas 101" holiday event, which features carols from around th ... More >>
Back in July, I met Slash for the first time ever. Sure, it's daunting and all to meet the guy whose MTV video solos you imitated on your coffee table with a broom.
But then he was all, "I think we've met before."
Uh, no. We had not. I think I would have remembered.
Then it hits. He thinks I'm ... More >>
Currently dominating charts, Flo Rida's "Whistle" recycles the wholesome Disney chorus "whistle while you work" as a blowjob instructional. Like many before him, Flo Rida enjoys receiving oral sex, and like almost as many, he has turned the practice into a popular song. Over the years, tracks discu ... More >>
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Story by Clay Marshall
Steel Panther guitarist Russ Parrish sports leopard-print Spandex and a tiger-striped ax when the group plays in concert. If all goes well, he'll climb atop the drum riser and stomp on the kick-drum pedal, ac ... More >>
At the beginning of the year, Boston metalcore giants Killswitch Engage announced that they had parted ways with vocalist Howard Jones, and two weeks ago they announced they were bringing their first vocalist, Jesse Leach, back into the fold. At the very least, it seems a way to ensure they w ... More >>
Beto LandoniBy Linda Leseman
On Saturday, Judas Priest's farewell Epitaph World Tour comes to the San Manuel Amphitheater, but frontman Rob Halford maintains that the band's reign as Metal Gods is far from over.
"They say age is just a number, isn't it?" asks Halford, at home in the Midlan ... More >>
It's one thing to hang out at the legendary Sunset Strip haunt Rainbow Bar & Grill and try to soak up as much metal as humanly possible. But when you're there in the afternoon for the announcement of Revolver's Golden God nominees and you realize that the guy who walked past you is Rob Halford, the ... More >>
By Skylaire Alfvegren
Judas Priest at Gibson Amphitheatre, August 2
Last year, Birmingham, UK stalwarts Judas Priest released an ambitious double album conceptualizing the life of French seer, Nostradamus, and mounted an epic summer escapade with Motorhead and Heaven & Hell. Under the stars abo ... More >>
By Phil Freeman
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random stran ... More >>