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On January 30th, Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Blvd. hosted the 5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Press Conference. The event was a private, invite-only press conference that included 50 press outlets from Rolling Stone, Fuse, The Hollywood Reporter and the Associated Press, among many others.

The press conference included some of the biggest and most iconic names in metal and announced this year’s nominee. The announcers included Sebastian Bach, Zakk Wylde, John 5, Scott Ian, Chris Jericho, Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch, members of In This Moment, and Dillinger Escape Plan.

Posted on September 16, 2011 | Tags: , , ,

As some of you know, but many of you probably don't, metal took over Yankee Stadium this week in the form the Big Four. The Big Four, you ask? Well, we're glad you asked because the Big Four is probably the biggest metal show this side of the Atlantic (Europe, it seems, has put on huge metal shows for a long, long time). The show consists of the four biggest speed & thrash metal bands of all time: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. To say it rocked is an understatement.

08.15: On this day in 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair kicked off for 500,000 attendees in Bethel, New York. A defining moment of the ‘60s, this event, in retrospect, marked the culmination of the “love” generation’s hippy/peace movement. For three days, all was well and the world celebrated and watched in awe as so many people gathered together, listened to some of the best musicians of the decade, and caused so little trouble. The performers included a who's who of '60s music icons, including The Band, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a festival-capping, stunning rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by the inimitable Jimi Hendrix. It give us chills every time we watch it.

08.01: On this day in 1960, Carlton Douglas Ridenhour joined us, and the world of music would never be the same. Better known as Chuck D, founding member of one of the best groups ever, Public Enemy, he helped move music forward into territories that hadn't been breached since the heyday of '60s protest songs. By taking his anger at the status-quo and injecting it into hip-hop, Chuck, along with integral producers The Bomb Squad, DJ Terminator X, and sidekick/foil Flavor Flav, took the world by storm. Contrary to what some believe, Public Enemy was not gangster rap, but was, instead, highly political and highly motivated to better their community and themselves. Chuck D rocks. Hard. The man is one of our personal heroes and "Welcome To The Terrordome" is one of the hardest things our ears have ever heard. His and his group's influence on music, not just hip-hop, can be heard in the songs of metal-hop pioneers Rage Against The Machine, slam poet Saul Williams, insanely talented hip-hop band The Roots, and pioneering SoCal punk band NOFX. Happy birthday, Chuck!

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