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Hypothetical Songs: Musicians That Asked 'What If'

9/27/2015 2:03pm EDT
13 'What If' Songs – Hypothetically Speaking!
Ah, those glorious things called “what if” questions. What are what if questions? They’re those hypothetical questions that haven’t happened and ultimately may or may not happen. Interestingly, numerous musicians have written and performed songs based upon them. This hypothetical list explores 13 what if questions, in all their hypothetical glory!

1) Meghan Trainor, “What If I” (Title, 2015)

“What if I, I wanna kiss you tomorrow?” If that’s the case Meghan Trainor, then by all means go for it! On “What If I,” the retro-pop singer knows that this dude is the ‘real deal.’ She’s qu...

The Weeknd Dominates Billboard 200

9/8/2015 10:13am EDT
The Weeknd Blasts Onto The Billboard 200 With 'Beauty Behind The
This is the type of week on the charts that music industry nerds and execs everywhere live for! Ladies and gentlemen, this week’s Billboard 200 got a huge boost from one of 2015’s most ubiquitous musicians, The Weeknd. The Weeknd was expected to debut atop the Billboard 200 after landing three big-time hits with “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills.” He did not disappoint, blasting onto the Billboard 200 with a whopping 412,000 units according to Billboard.

Sure, Billboard’s new tabulation system adds ‘robustness’ to the numbers including tracks and ...

Six Albums To Check Out This Week

9/1/2015 11:08am EDT
Five Finger Death Punch Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, The first week of September and you know what that means? Besides Fall looming, it’s the highly anticipated fourth quarter of the year where albums actually sell! That said this first week of the beloved fourth quarter isn’t the most triumphant – no gauntlets to overcome here. None of the releases are blockbusters, but hey, as they say “the best is yet to come.” Still, here are six albums to check out this week, led by Five Finger Death Punch.

1) Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)

Five Finger Death Punch return with their latest album, Got Your Six. Six is the...

Music Artist Who Were In A Bad Place When Writing These Songs

8/2/2015 4:00pm EDT
17 Most Depressing, Gloomy And Morbid Songs
OK, OK! There's no sugarcoating it! These songs totally SUCK….THE LIFE RIGHT OUT OF YOU! Well not literally, but metaphorically. Basically, these songs are gloomy, sad songs that definitely won’t lift your spirits. So if you’re already sad yourself – you may want to save this downer for a happier day.

1) Nina Simone, “Strange Fruit” (The Essential Nina Simone, 2003)

“Strange Fruit” satisfies all three characteristics necessary to make this playlist – it’s truly depressing, gloomy, and morbid. The morbid aspect is the most disturbing as the “Southern trees / bearing strange fruit / b...

Iron Maiden Drummer Clive Burr Dies At 56

3/13/2013 12:18pm EDT
Clive Burr
British rockers Iron Maiden have paid tribute to their former drummer Clive Burr after he lost his battle with multiple sclerosis on Tuesday.

The percussionist died in his sleep at the age of 56 after a long struggle with the debilitating illness.  Burr joined Iron Maiden from fellow rock band Samson in 1979 and played on their first three albums, including their breakthrough record The Number of the Beast.

He left the band in 1982 due to personal issues and the stress of heavy touring schedules, but continued his rock career with several other bands, including alongside former Twisted ...

Iron Maiden Launching 'Trooper' Beer

3/12/2013 5:32pm EDT
Iron Maiden
Rockers Iron Maiden have teamed up with a British brewery to release their own beer.

The heavy metal icons have partnered with Robinsons Brewery in Stockport to create Trooper, a deep golden ale which features a hint of lemon.

Frontman Bruce Dickinson tells Classic Rock magazine, "I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous - Robinsons are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years."

"Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavor and te...

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....

Celebrity Birthdays - August 7, 2011

8/7/2011 3:00am EDT
Bruce Dickinson
Happy Birthday to:

Iron Maiden singer/pilot Bruce Dickinson (1958)

Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta (1978)

British DJ Samantha Ronson (1977)

Actress Charlize Theron (1975)

Lost actor Harold Perrineau (1963)

X-Files star David Duchovny (1960)

Actor David Rasche (1944)

Singer B.J. Thomas (1942)

Actress Ann Harding (1901; d. 1981)

French composer Guillaume Dufay (1400; d. 1474)

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CD Review: Iron Maiden - 'From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2000'

7/7/2011 2:01pm EDT
Iron Maiden
Though From Fear to Eternity: the Best of 1990-2010 spans Iron Maiden’s least inspired era (well, Ok, the 90’s), absolutely nothing should be taken away from this material. Beginning with 1990’s No Prayer for the Dying, it was clear that vocalist longtime Bruce Dickinson was on the outs, looking for greener pastures perhaps, a sentiment that lingered through 92’s Fear of the Dark. During this period, the material lacks a certain something as you’ll notice throughout From Fear to Eternity: the Best of 1990-2010 as it soirees into No Prayer material (“Holy Smoke,” “Tailgunner,” “Bring Your Da...

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...

Rob Zombie Rules The 2011 Golden God Awards

6/14/2011 1:42pm EDT
Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie was the toast of the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in London on Monday as he was handed the night's top prize in front of an audience dressed as the undead in his honor.

The rocker/director was presented with the Golden God 2011 prize by music veteran Alice Cooper during a ceremony at the British capital's IndigO2 venue to mark his stellar 26-year career.

The night was made extra special for the star as hundreds of attendees turned out in zombie costumes as a special tribute.

Other awards went to Iron Maiden, who claimed the title of Best U.K. Band, and Judas Priest, who l...

Iron Maiden Fans Were 'Kind And Warm' To Lady Gaga At Concert

5/28/2011 3:00pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was initially apprehensive about joining the crowd at a recent Iron Maiden concert, but was surprised by the "kind and warm" welcome she received by the rock fans.

The "Poker Face" singer went to see the band at a gig in Tampa, Florida, last month and watched most of the show from a private box.

Towards the end of the performance, Gaga and her friends decided to brave the main auditorium - and the singer was overwhelmed by the positive reaction to her presence.

She tells Rolling Stone, "We went down during The Number Of The Beast. And when we got there... we just booked it into...

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 ...

Iron Maiden Postpone Brazil Concert Over Safety Concerns

3/28/2011 1:24pm EDT
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden were forced to scrap a gig in Brazil on Sunday night over fears their fans would not be safe.

The legendary rockers arrived at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to find the safety barrier put in place to stop fans from storming the stage was not sufficiently sturdy, and the band's reps decided to postpone the show until Monday night to allow the venue's bosses to address the issue.

A statement from concert promoter Evenpro says, "The IRON MAIDEN concert at Arena in agreement with the band's staff, because it's their priority not to put fans' safety in risk (sic).

Keith Richards Designs T-Shirt For Japanese Disaster Relief Fund

3/24/2011 8:23am EDT
Keith Richards
Rolling Stones star Keith Richards has followed in the footsteps of fellow rockers Iron Maiden by designing a T-shirt to raise funds for the relief efforts in Japan.

The musician is using a special snap taken in Japan during the band's 1990 world tour for the front of the $29.99 garment, and he's urging his fans to dig deep and support his fundraiser.

A message posted on his website reads, "For decades, Japanese fans have been some of the most passionate supporters of rock and roll. Now they need our help. The Japan Relief t-shirt is based on a photo taken by Claude Gassian on the Japan...

Iron Maiden Selling T-Shirts To Help Japanese Red Cross

3/18/2011 9:57am EDT
Iron Maiden
British rockers Iron Maiden are selling off limited-edition t-shirts to raise funds for the relief effort in Japan, following last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The band was travelling to Tokyo for two shows when the massive 9.0-magnitude tremor struck on Friday and they were forced to divert their jet to Nagoya in the wake of the disaster.

Both of their gigs were cancelled - but the stars are offering up t-shirts intended for sale at the concerts to benefit the Japanese Red Cross, which is working hard to provide aid for victims of the quake.

The garment features their m...

Iron Maiden Flight Diverted From Japan

3/12/2011 9:05am EST
Iron Maiden
British rockers Iron Maiden have been caught up in the chaos following the devastating earthquake in Japan - their plane was diverted as they travelled to Tokyo for a show.

The Asian country was rocked by a massive 8.9-magnitude tremor on Friday and it was followed by a terrifying tsunami, which now threatens more than 20 countries and islands around the Pacific.

Iron Maiden were on their way to Tokyo when the tragedy struck, and they were forced to divert their 'Ed Force One' jet to Nagoya in the wake of the disaster. They have now cancelled a planned concert at the Saitama Super Arena...

Iron Maiden & Ozzy Osbourne Lead Golden Gods Awards Nominations

2/25/2011 2:11pm EST
Iron Maiden
Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden will be the frontrunners at this year's third annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards after picking up multiple nominations on Thursday.

Ozzy will battle Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson for Best Vocalist, while the Prince of Darkness' guitarist and drummer will battle Maiden's men for the night's best player prizes.

Rob Zombie also picks up multiple nods - his touring guitarist is up for Best Guitarist and drummer Joey Jordison will compete with Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne), Abe Cunningham (Deftones), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour), Nico McBrain (Iron Maiden) and Avenge...

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...

Slash Triumphant At Classic Rock Awards

11/11/2010 8:58am EST
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is celebrating after his solo debut was named Album of the Year at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards on Wednesday.

The rocker's self-titled offering saw off competition from acts including Kiss, Iron Maiden and Wolfmother to win the prize at the ceremony, held at London's Roundhouse venue and hosted by Alice Cooper.

Australian stars AC/DC picked up the Band of the Year honor, while Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones was given a standing ovation as he collected his Outstanding Contribution trophy.

Three Black Sabbath legends were honored at the event...

Kiss & Slash Are Big Nominees At Classic Rock Awards

8/13/2010 1:00pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine, Kiss, AC/DC and Slash are leading the nominations for the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards, with two nods each. Rock legends Kiss and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash are both nominated in the prestigious Album of the Year and Band of the Year categories.

However, competition will be tough - a staggering 16 artists have been shortlisted for their recent releases, including Wolfmother, Pearl Jam and Iron Maiden. Other competitors hoping to be named top group include AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and the Jeff Beck Band.

In the Event of...

Celebrity Birthdays - August 7, 2010

8/7/2010 3:00am EDT
Bruce Dickinson
Happy Birthday to:

Iron Maiden singer/pilot Bruce Dickinson (1958)

Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta (1978)

"Hancock" star Charlize Theron (1975)

"Lost" actor Harold Perrineau (1963)

"X-Files" star David Duchovny (1960)

Actor David Rasche (1944)

Singer B.J. Thomas (1942)

Actress Ann Harding (1901; d. 1981)

French composer Guillaume Dufay (1400; d. 1474)

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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...

KISS Return To North America With 'The Hottest Show On Earth Tour'

5/25/2010 2:00pm EDT
Throughout their 37-year career, KISS has sold 80 million albums, played in front of millions of people and become an integral part of American culture. (Tour Dates Below) Now, rock's most iconic band is unleashing another assault on North America with The Hottest Show on Earth tour starting on July 23. KISS will perform such classics as "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" as well as hits that they haven't played in the US in many years.

The Hottest Show on Earth tour, produced by Live Nation, will trek through a mix of arenas and amphitheaters throughout North America. Tic...

Kiss Pay Tribute To Ronnie James Dio At Swiss Show

5/19/2010 11:00am EDT
Rockers Kiss took a moment to "remember" late heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio during a concert in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, leading fans in a 30-second chant of the singer's name.

Frontman Paul Stanley halted the show to pay his respects, and told fans, "Let's remember to remember him. Let's make sure he can hear us up there." Stanley then led the chant, "Ronnie, Ronnie..." before adding, "We love ya, we'll miss ya."

Prior to the show, Kiss had issued a statement about Dio's passing on Sunday. The band mates declared, "We mourn the tragic passing of the great Ronnie James Dio. ...

Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets' Named Top Metal Album

4/29/2010 9:49pm EDT
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" has topped a new list of heavy metal albums. The group's 1986 release beat Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" and "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses on the joint and Metal Hammer magazine poll.

Ironically, the results have been released on International Noise Awareness Day.

More than 6,000 heavy rock fans took part in the vote, with 20 per cent of them picking "Master of Puppets" as the top album.

Also making the top 10 were Metallica's "Ride The Lightning," AC/DC's "Back in Black," "Rust in Peace" by Megadeth and Black Sabbath's "...