Rock + Metal Virtual Performance Streaming Calendar

Updated July 10

If you’re missing out on concerts and festivals because of cancelations over the coronavirus, you’re not alone. The live entertainment industry is taking a pretty big hit due to the illness, but musicians are coming together all over to put on streamable live performances for their fans in the meantime.

Dave Grohl and Billie Joe Armstrong have hosted concerts from their living rooms, where they play the classics everyone loves. Whether it’s an online festival in a game or a Facebook live, there’s something for all rock and metal fans alike. Some organizations and labels will be even be hosting a different artist every week.

We have compiled a list of virtual performances you can stream throughout the coming weeks while you continue to quarantine, and will update as more come up. Some will be recurring on a weekly basis, while others are one-time events. See them all below.

Enjoy, and stay safe!

Knotfest Weekly Live Streams

Knotfest’s website will stream a live performance from your favorite metal bands every Friday. So far, they’ve aired sets by Lamb of God and Megadeth, which both featured live chats with members of the bands.

Napalm Records’ “Napalm Sofa Series”

Napalm Records will host several bands on their “Napalm Sofa Series,” which take place in the form of live streams on their Facebook page. Be sure to stay tuned for updates, as they announce different performances every few days.

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See Photos of Ronnie James Dio Through the Years

“You’re just a picture / You’re an image caught in time”

Ronald James Padavona was born on July 10, 1942. The future metal god spent a lot of time listening to opera as a child, and he developed a passion for music. He played the trumpet while in college, which he never completed, and eventually started dabbling in different bands. He also took up the name “Dio,” which is Italian for “God.”

Ronnie James Dio was one of the strongest and most distinctive voices in metal, known as the high-pitched wailing behind songs by Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, his self-titled band Dio and Heaven and Hell. Additionally, he was the innovator behind the “sign of the horns” being associated with heavy metal.

After a 50-year career, Dio tragically passed away in 2010 from stomach cancer. His impact on rock and metal was profound, having influenced tons of vocalists throughout the decades. To celebrate his legacy, we’ve compiled a gallery of photos of Dio throughout the years, which you can scroll through below.

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25 Great American Rock Bars

Who could use a drink and some good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll? It sounds pretty tempting right about now. And as National Dive Bar Day arrives (July 7), we thought we’d take a closer look at the top spots across the country that keep us rocking while making sure the spirits are high.

Some of these places are true hole-in-the-wall bars, while others have added dining and live music options to the mix, expanding the lure of their operations. But they all have the draw of creating an atmosphere that just makes people want to hang out and have a cold one while rocking out to some great tunes.

Sure, there are other draws and some of these places have gotten creative with their drink, dining and entertainment options. A pinball room with tournaments? Sure. Aussie meat pies and other munchies? Yep. Ever evolving projections on walls changing the look of the place? You bet. Some of these places have found their unique niche that helps them stand out from the rest. So join us as we salute 25 Great American Rock Bars.

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14 Native American Artists in Rock + Metal

Native American influence is deeply engrained in rock and metal, whether you realize it or not. From the greatest guitarist of all time, to the innovator of the power chord, to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions and sharing the stage with the Beatles, we’re paying tribute to First Nation American musicians.

In thrash, two of the metal sub-genre’s greatest vocalists come from a Native background — Testament‘s Chuck Billy and Anthrax‘s Joey Belladonna. Billy has sung about his Pomo heritage on Testament cuts such as “Trail of Tears” and “Native Blood,” while Belladonna famously lent his voice to Anthrax’s “Indians.”

When a musician’s accolades include collaborating with John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris and more, you think they’d be extremely famous. In reality, that’s not necessarily the case, but you can learn more about the life of Jesse Lee Davis in this post.

Check out these 14 Native American Artists in Rock + Metal in the gallery below.

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20 Must-Have Rock + Metal Comics, Graphic Novels + Photo Books

Has there ever been a better time for comic book fans or even just to be a collector in general? One look through these 20 Must-Have Rock + Metal Comics, Graphic Novels + Coffee Table Books makes a convincing case that it’s never been better than right now.

Over the last decade in particular, there has been a surge of rock and metal bands lending their names and likenesses to the pages of comic books and graphic novels. Other artists, meanwhile, have chronicled their history — or at least parts of it — into captivating coffee table books that offer a one-of-a-kind look that die-hard fans just can’t pass up.

Today, bands are more than just musical artists, and their creative visions have opportunity that just wasn’t afforded up until quite recently. Sure, KISS have had comic books for ages and they were the first to adopt the concept of “b(r)ands,” but that was something reserved for a band so uniquely different than anyone else at the time.

Whether you’re a fanatic collector or just looking to support one of your favorite artists, all these comics, graphic novels and coffee table books listed below can be yours (as Amazon affiliates, we earn on qualifying purchases), so crack the spine on something new and get some reading done!

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New Beatles Lego Art Set Revealed

Lego has unveiled a new Beatles set, allowing fans to create pop art portraits of the Fab Four.

The release is part of a new product line from the toy manufacturer, geared towards an adult audience. Branded as “Lego Art”, these sets offer fans the ability to create wall decor themed around some of pop-culture’s most recognizable icons. Initial sets include Star Wars, Iron Man and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe art. The Beatles’ version is the only music related set announced thus far.

“Music lovers can bring Beatle-fandom into the home with a Lego portrait of their favorite band member, whether it’s John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison or Sir Ringo Starr,” noted a press release announcing the line. “Each set can be used to create four unique portraits or collect four and display the full band side-by-side.”

The images are created with small, circular pieces, rather than the traditional brick blocks associated with Lego. With a total of 2933 pieces, the set will undoubtedly take some time to put together, but should offer fans a unique item to display once completed.

The Beatles Lego Art set also comes with an accompanying soundtrack, designed to “immerse you in stories and unexpected details about the band.”

See images of the new Beatles Lego set in our gallery below.

Each set is priced at $119.99, equalling a price tag of roughly $480 if you wanted to display all four members. Lego fan site Brick Fanatics states that the sets will be available in the U.S. in September, however the Lego official website simply says the items are “coming soon.”

This isn’t the first time the Beatles have been brought into the world of Lego. The toy manufacturer previously released a Yellow Submarine kit, styled after the Fab Four’s famous animated movie, and complete with Lego versions of all four Beatles members.

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24 Rock + Metal Postage Stamps

The phrase “stamp of approval” may take on a little more significance when you realize just how special you have to be to receive recognition on a stamp. Around the world, countries have saluted their greatest artists with recognition on a stamp, yet there are still legends who have not been recognized as of yet.

In the U.S., the U.S. postal service started a series back in 1993 honoring some of the pioneers of American rock ‘n’ roll. Included in that series are Elvis Presley, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly among others. In addition, legends such as The Beatles, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin have made the cut, but when you look at the history of rock ‘n’ roll, there are still many deserving acts who don’t have a stamp stateside.

But other countries have stepped up in that matter. AC/DC has been saluted in Australia, the U.K.’s Royal Mail has chosen to celebrate some top acts by sharing their album covers on stamps. And in Finland, a few years back, they honored the country’s top hard rock and metal acts with stamps.

Who’s got a stamp? You might be surprised. Check out some of the history of rock and metal bands on postage stamps below.

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See Photos of Philip Anselmo Through the Years

You may know him as the deep voice behind Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, or as the leader of the Illegals. Philip Anselmo has quite the resume as a controversial heavy metal frontman.

Anselmo was born on June 30, 1968 in New Orleans. After dropping out of high school in the 12th grade, he went on to join a few bands for the next couple of years.

Pantera were already a few albums in back in 1987 when their original frontman left, and a 19-year-old Anselmo was given the job. They released Power Metal the following year, but it wasn’t until 1990 when they put out Cowboys From Hell that Pantera would really be on their way to claiming a stake as one of the most important bands in metal history.

After several albums, Pantera disbanded in 2003. Anselmo dedicated more of his focus to Superjoint Ritual during this time, and then shifted his priorities to his supergroup Down a few years later.

The vocalist had his share of struggles over the course of his life, between losing his former bandmates, battling substance abuse and acting contentiously in public. But the impact he’s had on the metal genre as the leader of Pantera is unarguable. His latest project is Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals, and they generally perform Pantera covers live.

Scroll through the gallery below to see Anselmo throughout the years.

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See 26 Rock + Metal Musicians Rocking Sunglasses

Summer is finally here, which means you’ll more than likely be whipping out your favorite pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays.

But shades don’t always necessarily have to serve a purpose. They’ve been a staple accessory in rock and metal since the beginning. Some rockers wear them onstage, even when it’s dark out. We’re looking at you, Slash.

Actually, they do serve a purpose for the guitarist. “I rarely look out at the crowd,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “It makes me very uncomfortable to look directly into the face of the crowd.”

Then you have Ozzy Osbourne‘s signature round shades, which he pretty much wears everywhere he goes. Rob Halford is seen in sunglasses more often than not, as is Avenged Sevenfold‘s M Shadows.

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The 10 Most Influential Grunge Icons of All Time

There are certain genres that were short-lived in music history, coming and going in what seemed like the blink of an eye. One of those was a little branch of rock ‘n’ roll that originated in Seattle, Wash. in the late 1980s — grunge.

Now before you start flipping out and demanding “grunge” not be called a genre, we are aware that it is a broad term. No two bands that rose to fame and were slapped with the “grunge” label sound the same, but they have similarities aside from their place of origin. It combined punk, metal and classic rock, and threw in some drop-d tuning and sludgy riffs.

There were several prominent grunge bands that gained immense popularity in the first half of the 1990s. Others were overlooked, but are still important to mention. Noting that most of these bands didn’t sound the same, their vocalists all had their own distinct styles, as well.

Sadly, the majority of the contenders on this list are no longer with us. Addiction and mental illness seemed to plague the musicians within this category, so we have only what they left us with. But it was a fantastic period for rock music and some of the most legendary albums came from it — that’s more than enough for us.

We decided to break down the top 10 grunge singers of all time and — gulp — rank them. Check out the gallery below to see who lands the top spot.

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13 Actors Who Could Play Lemmy Kilmister in Upcoming Biopic

Motorhead icon Lemmy Kilmister previously graced the big screen in the 2010 documentary Lemmy, but the director behind that film is set to oversee a new biopic based on the singer’s life. So who should play Lemmy?

The film will follow Lemmy’s life from growing up in Stoke on Trent to becoming a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and eventually hitting the stage himself as a member of Hawkwind. From there, the movie will chronicle Lemmy branching out on his own with Motorhead, who were influential to many acts that flourished in metal in the ’80s and beyond. So as you can see the film will span a rather large portion of Lemmy’s life, which could lend itself to someone able to play Lemmy through the full run or breaking it up into “young Lemmy” and “old Lemmy” actors.

We have a few suggestions of who should be considered for the role. Take a look at our picks and see if you have a favorite or even another addition that casting directors should take a look at. The film is expected to start production in early 2021 depending on the current pandemic.

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26 LGBTQ+ Icons in Rock + Metal

Happy pride month everyone!

June is the commemorative LGBTQ Pride Month, in honor of the Stonewall riots that occurred in June of 1969. The uprising was in response to a police raid that occurred in Greenwich Village, N.Y., and is considered the single most important event to spark the gay liberation movement.

It’s been 51 years since the riots took place, and while progress has been made, the LGBTQ community has suffered a great deal of oppression while fighting to be seen as equals – they still do today.

In honor of celebrating pride month, we’ve compiled a gallery of LGBTQ figures in the rock and metal community. These are brilliant musicians who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or pansexual.

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