Iconic singer, and Judas Priest frontman, Rob Halford, shared his ten favorite Metal albums with Rolling Stone, view his list, below.

10. Moorhead, Ace of Spades (1980):

“This is a hardcore roar of wild bombastic f–k you.”

9. Slipknot, Slipknot (1999):

“When this came out, it was nu-metal pent-up rage searing a whole new era.”

8. Emperor, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997):

“I love this because it’s sonic blasphemy from the dark side.”

7. Dio, Holy Diver (1983):

“This album has classic grooves, vibes and melodies supporting the king.”

6. Pantera, Cowboys From Hell (1990):

“The ‘Texas massacre’ started with this one.”

5. Slayer, Reign in Blood (1986):

“It’s full-frontal assault riffage and in-your-face lyrics.”

4. Iron Maiden, Iron Maiden (1980):

“This felt like fresh U.K. blood from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and it was top of the heap.”

3. Korn, Korn (1994):

“On their debut, Korn brought a new definition of metal that was a game changer.”

2. Metallica, Kill ‘Em All (1983):

“This was full-on thrash energy that led the USA charge.”

1. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath (1970):

“This is the blueprint that epitomizes everything metal.”


Share : facebooktwittergoogle plus


Andy Greene of Rolling Stone spoke with singer Sammy Hagar. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Rolling Stone: What are the best and worst parts of success?

Sammy Hagar: The best part is that you get to live your dream. The only downside – maybe – is that someday you’re not as relevant as you were. There are times when I go, “Wow, I can see it winding down. I’m not gonna have a big hit record, I’m not gonna be this hottest-rock-star-in-the-world kind of guy ever again.” I’m not having a hard time, but some people can’t deal with that.

Rolling Stone: Do you feel any sympathy for young stars like Justin Bieber complaining about paparazzi and all the unwanted attention?

Sammy Hagar: No, I don’t. Guess what? Keep that s–t up and it’ll be gone pretty soon anyway. And then you’re probably gonna go, “Damn, where’d it go?” The workload of the climb can be tough, especially when you’ve gotta go out on tour and you’ve got a family and all that. So there’s some times that are, “Damn, I’m kinda tired of this.” But take a break. That’s what I always do.

Rolling Stone: Who is your hero?

Sammy Hagar: Elvis, man. He was a great singer, and he dressed far-out for his days; people wanted to beat him up. The Beatles were fantastic, but they were four guys that got away with what they were doing. Brian Epstein kind of created it. Elvis created himself. Even when he was old and fat and doing all them crazy things, I still liked him.

Rolling Stone: What are the important rules you live by?

Sammy Hagar: Keep your finger on where you started, and don’t ever lose sight of that. Family over fame and fortune. People that get too caught up in the fame and fortune thing think they’re better than other people. They think they’re better than the people where they came from. You can turn your family members off because all of a sudden they look at you like you’re a different person. The truth is, if you stretch your arms out from there to there and you measure that, that’s how big you really are. If you’re only who you are now, that’s just a little dot. And that’s not very big and that’s not lasting and that won’t serve you well.

Rolling Stone: If you were on death row, what would you want as your last meal?

Sammy Hagar: If they’re gonna put me down, I would take osso buco, which is braised veal shanks with the marrow in the middle. Not with saffron risotto; I like it over linguine. With a little bit more sauce so it’s a little bit soupier. And with a great loaf of Italian bread. With probably an ’85 Conterno Barolo…that would make me very happy.

Rolling Stone: What music still moves you the most?

Sammy Hagar: Blues. Old R&B. Otis Redding. Then you listen to John Lee Hooker or Lightnin’ Hopkins or Jimmy Reed. Listen to James Brown. Oh, f–k. I got goosebumps on my whole body just now saying his name, because last night I was watching my AXS TV show, and they showed an ad for a James Brown special they’ve got coming up. And seeing that bad motherf–ker hit that stage and start dancing and giving it up and screaming and leading the band and going down and back up and splits and back up. Man, there was nobody better than James Brown. I mean, he is the man.

Rolling Stone: Describe your parenting style.

Sammy Hagar: Oh, I’m big fun. I wrestle my kids and tease my kids and goof off all the time. But I’m really stern, and my wife is even more stern. If you lie to me and I find out, you’re gonna get punished worse than if you just told me the truth and it was something that really pissed me off. They don’t lie to me, so they’re afraid to do things that they’re going to have to tell me about. It’s a real interesting way to raise kids without having to use the iron fist.

Rolling Stone: How do you feel about turning 70 in October?

Sammy Hagar: F–ing out of sight, man. If I’d have known when I was 30 that things would be like this at 70, I wouldn’t have been so worried. Not that I was worried, but you get insecure and go, “Ah, I wonder what I’m gonna do when I’m 60. What if I have to go back to work or something?” Piece of cake, man. I can sing as good and play guitar as good as ever. I’m functional. I have sex as much as I ever did.

Read more at Rolling Stone.


Share : facebooktwittergoogle plus


A foreboding storm is gathering overhead. Bells toll, lighting cracks, rain falls…something dark and sinister is heading this way. It’s 1970 and four guys from Birmingham, with the release of their debut self-titled album, have single-handedly created what would become known forever as heavy metal. It was a singular moment of crushing heaviness that would define the genre for years to come.

The sixties were over. Charles Manson and his knife wielding followers had put a violent end to peace and love and the optimism and hope of the decade had vanished. As the seventies came down like a dark cloud, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler welcomed these uncertain times with open arms and riffs of thunder. And so “The Ten Year War” began.

Fresh from receiving the “Golden God” icon award at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods, Black Sabbath has announced The Ten Year War — a limited edition vinyl box set, released September 29th through BMG, that brings together their eight Ozzy-fronted albums, plus a swathe of other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.

Despite Black Sabbath’s multi-million selling albums and rabid fan base throughout the seventies, this adulation wasn’t always mirrored by the music press at the time. The band received more than their fair share of criticism, prompting them to publish The Ten Year War brochure; a playful dig at journalists with the witty tagline “more good press than most — more bad press than any.” The brochure is reproduced in full for the box set and is one of the many exclusive items held within that also includes:

8 x vinyl LPs meticulously reproduced in their original sleeves, remastered by renowned mastering engineer Andy Pearce from the original tapes and pressed on 180 gram splatter-colored vinyl, each LP with unique and individual colouring.

* Black Sabbath
* Paranoid
* Master Of Reality (including original fold-out colour poster)
* Vol. 4
* Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
* Sabotage
* Technical Ecstasy
* Never Say Die!

2 x rare 7″ singles, reproduced in their original sleeves:

* Japanese version of Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)/Black Sabbath.
* Chilean version of Paranoid/The Wizard (only 100 copies of the original radio promo were pressed).

Crucifix-shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, which can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.

The extremely rare The Ten Year War brochure, reproduced from the original publication.

Hardback book, featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty, coupled with official and candid iconic photography of the band during their 1970s tours, recording sessions and photo shoots.

“Tenth Anniversary World Tour” 1978 official program, impeccably reproduced.

Reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Centre Arena show.

Box set is individually numbered.

Share : facebooktwittergoogle plus


Gene Simmons has withdrawn his application to trademark the devil horns hand gesture used by many rock and metal fans all over the world.

The original papers filed at US Patent and Trademark Office have been updated and say that Simmons’ claim has been abandoned.

The papers read, “The owner of the trademark application withdrew (e.g. abandoned) the application and the application is no longer active.”

The Hollywood Reporter originally said that the bassist and vocalist claimed he first used the hand gesture in November, 1974, during the band’s Hotter Than Hell tour.

However, Simmons told issue 196 of Classic Rock that he got the inspiration for the devil horns from Spider-Man and the way he shoots webs from his wrists.

Simmons said, “We laid down the templates. When you see bands rocking out in sync, that’s us. When you see bands putting up that two-fingered devil horn salute, that started with KISS.”

When asked if it was Ronnie James Dio who actually started it, Simmons replied, “Well, I’ve heard Ronnie say that to my face and I said, ‘God bless you.’ I mean him no ill will, but I think he’s wrong.

Mine came from Spider-Man doing his hand signal, as a homage to him. If you see me in photos, I’m sticking out my thumb. That’s the sign in sign language which means ‘I love you.’”

Ronnie James Dio’s, ex wife and manager, Wendy Dio, told TheWrap that she thought Simmons’ trademark bid was disgusting. She also stated, “[The hand gesture] belongs to everyone; it doesn’t belong to anyone. … It’s a public domain; it shouldn’t be trademarked.”

additional source: Classic Rock via

Share : facebooktwittergoogle plus


SiriusXM announced today that legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Thursday, July 20th. Howard Stern made the announcement today during his live SiriusXM show The Howard Stern Show.

The exclusive SiriusXM concert marks the first time that Guns N’ Roses will perform at the iconic venue. The special event, taking place before the next leg of the band’s North American Not In This Lifetime tour, will air live nationwide on SiriusXM’s Guns N’ Roses Radio. The concert will also air live on Howard Stern’s Howard 101 channel.

SiriusXM’s Guns N’ Roses Radio will feature music from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ entire iconic career, including the 1987 Appetite for Destruction album, which is celebrating its 30thanniversary. The SiriusXM channel will also include music by artists who have influenced Guns N’ Roses, live tracks and rarities.

“Guns N’ Roses started off in Los Angeles in 1985 and went on to conquer the world with its swaggering, unrepentant, rebel rock and roll, and we are thrilled to have them perform this exclusive show for SiriusXM at the world famous Apollo Theater,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. “Our subscribers will get a once in a lifetime experience, seeing the ultimate rock and roll band live before the next leg of their national tour kicks off.”

Guns N’ Roses Radio will launch on Thursday, July 13th and will air through Saturday, July 22nd, via satellite on channel 41, and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at

For more information about Guns N’ Roses and their Not In This Lifetime tour, visit

The legendary non-profit Apollo Theater is known for launching the careers of countless iconic performers, and has been a catalyst for artistic excellence and innovation since it opened its doors in 1934. The Apollo’s new artistic vision builds on its legacy and new Apollo programming has music as its core, driving large scale and more intimate music, dance and theater presentations. For more information, visit

Guns N’ Roses Radio is an example of SiriusXM channels created with iconic and leading artists, including Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, The Beatles Channel, Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, Garth Brooks’ The Garth Channel, Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Roadhouse, Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Radio, Tom Petty Radio, B.B. King’s Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzy’s Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio and Eminem’s Shade 45.

SiriusXM subscribers since June 7th can enter for the chance to win a trip to New York City including airfare, hotel stay and a pair of tickets to the Apollo Theater show, plus SiriusXM will fly the winner and a guest to the show of their choice on the Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime 2017 U.S. Tour including airfare, hotel stay and tickets. See Official Rules for complete details at

Share : facebooktwittergoogle plus

1 2 3 589