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Tag Archives: Billy Joel

Toothgrinder pick their favorite sophomore albums

Posted by on November 10, 2017

Today, Toothgrinder’s sophomore album, Phantom Amour, hits stores. And while their second album is a worthy follow up to last year’s Nocturnal Masquerade, we thought it would be fun to see what the band’s favorite other sophomore albums were.   Justin Matthews (vocals)       Nirvana, Nevermind: Because it was one of the most iconic albums […]

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Axl Rose joins Billy Joel onstage in Los Angeles

Posted by on May 14, 2017

Living in the New York City area, Billy Joel concerts are no big deal to us. The Long Island resident plays Madison Square Garden once a month, getting flown there and back by helicopter. However, the pianist played Los Angeles last night, and was joined by Guns N’ Roses (and AC/DC) frontman Axl Rose last […]

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Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ named to National Recording Registry

Posted by on March 23, 2016

When you think of the Library of Congress, you probably think of an actual library, musty, and full of relics. However, every year, they add 25 recordings to their National Recording Registry. This year, there’s a somewhat unlikely addition to the Library: Metallica’s 1986 magnum opus Master of Puppets. Here’s what’s a little unlikely about it: […]

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Rob Scallon makes a piano song with blast beats

Posted by on March 3, 2016

Rob Scallon. Is there anything he can’t do? The YouTube musician has taken on Slayer on banjo, written songs using YouTube user comments as lyrics and had songs with one note. Now he’s turning to drums, or more accurately, midi-triggered electronic drums, to create a song on piano. The song, “Sunken Ships,” is actually kind […]

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Today in metal: Twisted Sister team up with Billy Joel, Alice Cooper for ‘Come Out and Play’

Posted by on November 9, 2015

30 years ago today (9), Twisted Sister released the follow-up to their 1984 smash Stay Hungry. Come Out and Play was, well, it was not particularly great. While the album was popular enough to go gold, it didn’t quite have the hits that the previous album had and was reportedly one of the first CDs to go out […]

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Metal Insider Top 5: Karaoke performances from 70,000 Tons of Metal

Posted by on July 7, 2015

Metal Insider’s Top 5 is a column where we count down the top five of…well basically anything. We are in summer now and that means a tons of news on the festival side of the metal scene, particularly in Europe who are about to go full-steam with their amazing fests all over the continent, but the US […]

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Slayer, Between The Buried And Me, Pallbearer performing at Bonnaroo with Billy Joel and more

Posted by on January 13, 2015

Sure, Coachella has AC/DC. But do they have Slayer, Between The Buried And Me, Pallbearer and Unlocking The Truth? No? Well, this year’s Bonnaroo does! Throughout Tuesday evening, the annual weekend festival asked fans to call a special phone number (1-844-ROO-2015) to find out who was playing, and then share their findings via social media […]

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Brian Johnson jams AC/DC with Billy Joel

Posted by on March 22, 2014

Last night, Billy Joel, who’s playing Madison Square Garden once a month until he feels like stopping, had a pretty special guest come up and jam with him. AC/DC’s Brian Johnson joined Joel and his band for a rendition of “You Shook Me All Night Long.” As strange as that sounds (actually, it sounds like […]

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Megadeth, Rush, Skid Row And More Among 125 Artists Who Signed Open Letter To Pandora Over Compensation

Posted by on November 15, 2012

Digital radio and streaming services have been a hot button issue in the music industry, especially relating to revenue. So it’s understandable why many musicians would be unhappy that Pandora is lobbying lawmakers in U.S. Congress to pass the “Internet Radio Fairness Act,” which would change regulation of how royalties are paid to artists. In […]

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Did Billy Joel Help Invent The Blast Beat?

Posted by on October 25, 2012

This is absolutely insane, and it’s been kicking around for a while, but according to Decibel, the modern blast beat is 42 years old, and one of the co-owners of it is none other than Billy Joel. Years before he became a hitmaker, his first band, Atilla, released one album in 1970. The two-piece consisted […]

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