Spitting. It's gross in any language or culture -- a sign of disrespect that garners admiration or adoration from no one. Well, except for fans. Stars and celebrities themselves get mighty pissed off if you spit on them, but if they spit on you, you better just grin and take it.
That's why we decid ... More >>
Better Than: Getting moshed to death at Anthrax at Irving Plaza, I would imagine.
They say you never grow old in rock 'n' roll, and last night at Saint Vitus, Raven proved it true.
In all fairness, it's not like these guys are ancient. (We're talking mid-50s or so.) But they've got albums as old a ... More >>
In the early- to mid-80s, Raven--who play Saint Vitus on Sunday--and their "athletic rock" were essential to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Known for their wild live shows, they opened for the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden before joining Metallica's first major American tour in 1983.
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It's gotta be a bitch when a band you influenced becomes the richest, biggest-selling metal group in music history... and you're still plugging away in clubs 37 years after you began. Such is mythic but true tale of Diamond Head and Metallica.
Diamond Head guitarist/founder Brian Tatler doesn't le ... More >>
By Nate Jackson
What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who ... More >>
I spent the past two days at Atlantic City's Bader Field, which played host to the inaugural Orion Music More Festival, a two-day "music, arts and lifestyle" bonanza put together by the thrash kings in Metallica. It was pretty great all aroundJames Hetfield kept referring to the bash as a " ... More >>
To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. Here, Brad Nelson talks about the much-discussed collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, Lulu, which topped his ballot and came in at No. 94 on the albums poll.
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Last month lots of ink and pixels were spent on Lulu, the collaboration between downtown bard Lou Reed and thrash lifers Metallica"worst album of the year or maybe ever" declarations; "you just don't understand what Lou is trying to do" cries from partisans/people suspicious of the unw ... More >>
River Avenue, 3:45 p.m. Most of the Anthrax shirt-wearers were inside by this point.
The Big 4: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax
Wednesday, September 14
Better than: "Nationals beat the Mets, 2-0. WP: Brad Peacock (1-0), LP: Mike Pelfrey (7-12)"
Truth be told, the crowd ... More >>
Tonight, American Idol lost James Durbin. I was sorry to see him go, but only because his departure meant that we'll never get to see the live-TV Tourettic freakout that I was really excited about back when he first came into our lives. As it turns out, most people with Tou ... More >>
Here is a link to five-year-old music blog Pop Tarts Suck Toasted, which you will notice doesn't work, because Blogspot apparently wiped it out, much to PTST mastermind Patrick Duffy's public dismay. Reached out to him just now: He's waiting for an official explanation from Blogspot but has h ... More >>
photos of Metallica, a few nights earlier at the Nassau Coliseum, by David Atlas
Newark Prudential Center
Saturday, January 31
Metallica's Death Magnetic was supposed to be the band's return to its thrash glory days; it turned out to be much better than that, to my ear, a fusion of the ... More >>