Guns N’ Roses
Who Are The Top 20 Metal Bands Of All Time?
Depends who you ask and how they define who is metal or just hard rock. For example, many agree that Metalica, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are metal, but KISS, AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses are not metal.
That is how the authors of the new book ‘The Merciless Book of Metal Lists‘ see it in one of several indexes they compiled for this release set for April 9, 2013 by Abrams Image.
Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins’ book features numerous compilations of bests (songs, guitarists, album covers featuring goats) and worsts (embarrassing metal videos, metal fashion faux pas’).
80′s metal fans will also surely appreciate unconventional lists such as: ’10 Reasons Why EVERYONE Loves Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood” and ’10 Accomplishments Iron Maiden Would Never Have Achieved had Paul Di’Anno Remained Their Singer’.
One of the lists sure to spark some debate is ’20 of the Greatest Metal Voices.’ They nailed the top three (my opinion) and Queensryche’s Geoff Tate certainly deserves a top five appearance:
1. Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio)
2. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
3. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
4. Eric Adams (Manowar)
5. Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
6. King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond)
7. Tom Araya (Slayer)
8. John Bush (Armored Saint/Anthrax)
9. James Hetfield (Metallica)
10. Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly)
In an interview with the New York Times, Abrams said Dio was the unanimous choice for the top spot because he had a virtuosity that set him far apart from other top metal vocalists.
“If he needed to apply darkness, he could do it,” said Abrams. “If he needed to belt and go to a higher range, he could. He replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, and I’m not sure there was a taller task for a vocalist. He did it with ease and grace, and he may have improved on what Oz did in the first place.”
‘The Merciless Book of Metal Lists’ is a fun read. I especially enjoyed viewing the artwork from ’200 Embarrassingly Bad Album Covers’… Anthrax took the top two spots with ‘State of Euphoria’ and number one ‘Fistful of Metal.’
Last night in Hollywood, California, ANTHRAX, who are headlining the Metal Alliance Tour, played to a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues. But the fans got a little more than Anthrax playing their classic Among The Living album front-to-back, or songs from the just-released covers EP, Anthems.
Joining Anthrax on stage for their AC/DC cover of “T.N.T.” was none other than Slash who played lead on the song, and then, later in the show, Chuck D came out for “Bring The Noise,” the song Anthrax and Public Enemy recorded together in 1991.
Also in the House last night were Slayer’s Kerry King, John Tempesta from The Cult, Justin Chandellor from Tool, Dethklok/Metalocalpyse’s Brendon Small and actor/musician Brian Posehn.
The Metal Alliance Tour, that also features Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail, will be touring the country through late April. Click Here for remaining dates.
Rolling Stone: For the past 20 years, a large Guns N’ Roses poster advertising the band’s first tour of England has been hanging in Steven Adler’s living room. “Every time I have to go to the bathroom I have to walk past it,” says the former Guns N’ Roses drummer. “I’d always see it and say to myself, ‘One day we’re gonna reunite! We’re gonna do it! We’re too good of a team not to do this again.’”
“Now I walk past it and I say to myself, ‘I’m so glad I was a part of that. That was a great and exciting time of my life.’ It’s nice to appreciate it, but I’m no longer angry and pining for a reunion. I’m not angry about it anymore. It’s flushed out of my system.”
Despite slamming Rose in the press as an “asshole” for failing to appear at the Rock Hall induction ceremony, Adler now says, “I’m not angry with Axl anymore. I love him and I feel blessed that I got to work with him and achieve what I achieved with him. I guess time does heal all wounds.”
Adler also says that he regrets having calling the current lineup of GUNS N’ ROSES “hacks” and “scabs.’ “I shouldn’t have said that,” he says. “I’ve grown up and matured. Holy crap! I’ve matured in the six months since we last spoke!”
Rolling Stone: Metal fans are a very passionate bunch. They’re also very opinionated, so when we asked them to vote for their favorite metal albums we expected a huge response. We also expected a big debate about the very definition of “heavy metal.” Some metal fans say that groups like Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses are metal. Others think that’s completely insane. We aren’t here to settle these debates. We’re merely here to count the votes.
- Metallica – ‘Master of Puppets’
- Black Sabbath – ‘Paranoid’
- Black Sabbath – ‘Black Sabbath’
- Iron Maiden – ‘The Number of the Beast’
- Metallica – ‘. . . And Justice for All’
- Slayer – ‘Reign In Blood’
- Guns N’ Roses – ‘Appetite for Destruction’
- Metallica – ‘Metallica’ (The Black Album)
- Led Zeppelin – ‘Led Zeppelin II’
- Metallica – ‘Ride the Lightning’
METAL SHOP Rocks was once again invited to attend a taping of ‘That Metal Show.’ This time around special guests where John 5 (David Lee Roth/Marilyn Manson) Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony (Van Halen/Chickenfoot) and the legend himself, Steve Harris (Iron Maiden). There were also special brief appearances by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler and Marilyn Manson.
Since it was Eddie Trunk’s 48th Birthday, a special cake was delivered that featured Adler popping out and asking a question to Eddie during ‘Stump the Trunk.’ Manson also did a top 5 with Eddie and co-hosts Jim Florentine and Don Jameson. John 5 shredded his guitar big time when taking the show to commercial breaks.
Hagar and Anthony talked about their close friendship and Hagar revealed he was once asked to join Aerosmith. Anthony was asked how he felt when he found out he was no longer in Van Halen and he replied that he felt let down, especially when the band temporarily replaced his photos on the Van Halen albums and web site. Hagar mentioned that the release of his best-selling biography last year cost him a few friends… his family was also really surprised by what he revealed about his past.
The highlight of the taping was Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris, who was making his first-ever appearance on That Metal Show. Fans where really fired up and started the Maiden chant when he was introduced. Harris talked about his new solo album ‘British Lion’ and said he might do a solo tour. He talked about the current Maiden tour and how after more than 30 years, Iron Maiden just seems to get bigger, noting that when they toured for ‘Maiden England’ back in 1988, some fans where not even born yet, so it’s good to bring it back for younger fans to experience.
Special thanks to the staff at VH1, including Kevin Turner, Bill Sloyer, That Raf Show and DJ Will… you all ROCK! Don’t forget to catch the new season starting this Saturday, August 11th on VH1 Classic.