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The 10 Most Powerful Frontmen In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock

6/14/2014 9:00pm EDT
The 10 Most Powerful Frontmen In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock
Amazing performers, distinctive voices, memorable style and working with a ‘metal’ band (not hard rock, grunge, punk or hardcore); these are the criteria for becoming one of the ten most powerful frontmen in heavy metal and hard rock. These performers not only lead their band on stage, they command a presence that is undeniable to fans who have been lucky enough to catch them live. Some are no longer here, some are a little long in the tooth, but their contribution to their genre will always be felt.

1. Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, Elf)

Dio is credited...

10 Celebrity Heroes

7/25/2012 2:00pm EDT
Christian Bale
Christian Bale didn't have to visit the victims of the Colorado movie massacre, but that's exactly what he did on Tuesday. He didn't hold a press conference or alert the media; he simply visited the hospital, chatted with fans, and allowed people to take pictures with him.

A spokesperson for Warner Brothers told the Denver Post that Bale was not there on behalf of the film studio, but "there as himself."

The actor offered his condolences to those affected by the shootings that occurred during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last Friday. Twelve people died and dozens were i...

Iron Maiden Singer Bruce Dickinson Launches Aircraft Business

5/1/2012 9:52pm EDT
Bruce Dickinson
Iron Maiden rocker Bruce Dickinson has launched a new aircraft maintenance business.

The frontman, who is a licensed commercial pilot, hopes to create hundreds of jobs after setting up Cardiff Aviation Ltd in southern Wales.

The company will provide and perform the upkeep for the airliners of mainstream and independent firms and also perform training tests.

And Dickinson is excited about the new venture.

He tells the BBC, "We're coming into this enterprise with the knowledge that we'll also be bringing business to south Wales. South Wales has long had an association with the aircraft in...

Bruce Dickinson Determined To Save Iron Maiden's Ed Force One Airline

11/24/2011 3:00pm EST
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is determined to take off with the band's official aircraft again after the company behind the jet was forced to cease operations due to financial problems earlier this week.

The band's Ed Force One jet was grounded by bosses at Astraeus Airlines, but the "Run to The Hills" singer is working on a new plan to set up his own company and rescue the plane he has been piloting around the world.

He says, "The good news is that Ed Force One will fly again, and we have time to prepare so there should be no problems the next time we need her. In the meantime, I...

Iron Maiden Singer Bruce Dickinson's Airline Grounded

11/21/2011 9:44pm EST
Bruce Dickinson
Iron Maiden rocker Bruce Dickinson's piloting dreams have been temporarily grounded - the airline he flies with has been ordered to cease operations immediately.

Astraeus Airlines was due to be placed into administration, according to the Daily Mail in Britain.

Astraeus bosses have blamed "lower-than-expected levels of business" during the summer and "technical issues" for their predicament.

The company's chief executive, Hugh Parry, says, "We battled hard to save Astraeus... (but) we have no option but to cease all operations and put Astraeus Airlines in the hands of the administrators....

Bruce Dickinson Voices Airline Safety Video

6/18/2011 9:00am EDT
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has provided a voice-over for an airline safety video.

The rocker, who is a fully-qualified pilot, narrates a fact-filled film called Safety In The Balance with Captain Bruce Dickinson, which is used by the U.K.'s Civil Aviation Authority to train staff.

Dickinson can be heard giving instructions on how to keep passengers and crew safe during the 20-minute video, which has been uploaded to

The star starts the clip by introducing himself, saying, "Hello, I'm Bruce Dickinson and I'm here in this video to tell you why your loading of an a...

Avenged Sevenfold Dominate The 2011 Golden Gods Awards

4/21/2011 3:52pm EDT
Avenged Sevenfold
Heavy metal stars Avenged Sevenfold were crowned the most talented musicians in rock on Wednesday after sweeping the board with four prizes at the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

Frontman M. Shadows beat Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson to claim Best Vocalist, while Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance were named joint winners for Best Guitarist.

Former bandmate Mike Portnoy, who was temporarily drafted in to replace tragic Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan, also triumphed by taking the Best Drummer title. He did not attend the ceremony at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, but sent in a ...

Axl Rose Named Best Frontman Of All Time

12/30/2010 11:00am EST
Guns N' Roses
Rocker Axl Rose has been voted the best frontman of all time, ahead of stars including Freddie Mercury and John Lennon.

The Guns N' Roses singer gained the most votes to take the top spot in a poll, fighting off competition from Queen star Mercury, who landed in second place.

Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant came in third place, while Ronnie James Dio - who passed away earlier this year - claimed the fourth spot as the frontman of Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Beatles legend Lennon rounded out the top five.

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Kurt C...

Ozzy Osbourne Still Angry At Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson

7/30/2010 7:00pm EDT
Ozzy Osbourne has aimed a foul-mouthed rant at Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson - insisting he still hasn't forgiven the singer for their ugly 2005 feud.

The rock stars fell out five years ago while Iron Maiden were performing with Osbourne's Ozzfest tour.

Dickinson was accused of criticizing the Black Sabbath star during the shows and Osbourne's wife Sharon was so angry, she allegedly arranged to have eggs thrown at the singer while he was on stage.

And Osbourne admits he still hasn't forgiven Dickinson - calling his behavior "childish" and "irresponsible".

He tells The Quietus, "E...

Iron Maiden Rock NASA

6/16/2010 1:00pm EDT
Iron Maiden
Heavy rockers Iron Maiden have been treated to an out-of-this-world experience with a special visit to the famous NASA Space Center in Texas.

The musicians, who kicked off their Final Frontier Tour with a show in Dallas, Texas on June 9th, used their time in the state to accept an official invitation to tour the facility in Houston. The band was given a guided tour by astronaut Michael J. Massimino and were able to get up close to one of the space shuttles and take turns on the institute's flight simulator.

Singer Bruce Dickinson admits he was thrilled by the visit and thanked NASA boss...

Iron Maiden Announce Ambitious Tour Plans For 2008; Play First Australia Dates In 15 Years

9/10/2007 2:03pm EDT
Iron Maiden
The 'Somewhere Back In Time' World Tour 2008 will be in three sections, starting in February and March 2008 with the first leg encompassing major concerts in 20 selected cities on five continents in seven weeks including India, Japan, North America, Central and South America, and, of course, Australia, opening in Perth on Feb 4 and continuing through Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

The tour then continues with more concerts in North America in late May and June before finishing with a third leg in July and August encompassing major stadiums and festivals all over Europe. During the tou...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 7

8/7/2007 3:00am EDT
Charlize Theron
Happy Birthday to Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta (1978), "Aeon Flux" star Charlize Theron (1975), "Lost" actor Harold Perrineau (1963), "X-Files" star David Duchovny (1960), Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson (1958), actor David Rasche (1944), singer B.J. Thomas (1942), perfect New York Yankee Don Larsen (1929), actress Ann Harding (1901; d. 1981), and French composer Guillaume Dufay (1400; d. 1474).

Celebrity Birthdays, August 7

8/7/2006 3:00am EDT
Charlize Theron
Happy Birthday to Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta (1978), "Aeon Flux" star Charlize Theron (1975), "Lost" actor Harold Perrineau (1963), "X-Files" star David Duchovny (1960), Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson (1958), actor David Rasche (1944), singer B.J. Thomas (1942), perfect New York Yankee Don Larsen (1929), actress Ann Harding (1901; d. 1981), and French composer Guillaume Dufay (1400; d. 1474).

History Of Heavy Metal Coming To DVD May 23 In "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey"

3/21/2006 4:16pm EST
Rob Zombie
Heavy Metal has long been a stigmatized musical genre characterized by aggressive rhythms, dark lyrics and satanic worship. “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” is a ground-breaking film that explores the history of how these stereotypes came to be and explains the motivation and truth behind the music through candid interviews with Metal icons including Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickison, Geddy Lee of Rush, Alice Cooper, Slayer, Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Ronnie James Dio, Motorhe...