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Music, All Shook Down The Billboard Music Awards' 5 Most Bizarre Moments

The Billboard Music Awards' 5 Most Bizarre Moments

Hosted by Ludacris ("I'm a hip-hop artist, a former radio personality, and I'm blessed to be in one of the biggest box office hits of the year") and Chrissy Teigen ("I bang a musician" - no, really, she actually said…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 6/3/12: Van Halen Finger-Taps Its Way to Glory at Oracle Arena

Live Review, 6/3/12: Van Halen Finger-Taps Its Way to Glory at Oracle Arena

Van Halen Kool and the Gang Sunday, June 3, 2012 Oracle Arena Better than: Any of the still-touring Sunset Strip hair-farmers from the 1980s that Van Halen inspired. There aren't too many '70s-era hard-rock bands that can inspire the…
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Music, Van Halen's Reunion Tour Runs Aground on Reality

Van Halen's Reunion Tour Runs Aground on Reality

The young generation fetishizes realness in entertainment, and that's partly Van Halen's fault. The '80s were about mystery and wonder: How do people like Dee Snider or Madonna or the Beastie Boys spring up from nowhere in cone bras and…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • It's tough to take a band called Starfucker seriously, but this five-piece played two sold-out shows over the weekend, wowing a young audience with its dancey indie-pop. Did we mention the whole band was dressed in drag? S.F.'s…
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Music, All Shook Down Van Halen, Including David Lee Roth, Will Play Oracle Arena and HP Pavilion in June

Van Halen, Including David Lee Roth, Will Play Oracle Arena and HP Pavilion in June

The incomparable frontman David Lee Roth is on board both for Van Halen's 2012 North American tour -- which stops in the Bay Area in June -- as well as the band's forthcoming album A Different Kind of Truth, the…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Warrant's Jani Lane: Top Five Sexist Rock Videos He'd Have Enjoyed

R.I.P. Warrant's Jani Lane: Top Five Sexist Rock Videos He'd Have Enjoyed

Like us, you are probably still reeling from the news that Warrant frontman Jani Lane, died last week. Okay, so maybe it's not a "probably" situation -- maybe it's more of a "maybe" kind of thing. Come to think of…
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Music, All Shook Down Van Halen Reinforces Irrelevance by Playing New Album to Even More Irrelevant Bands

Van Halen Reinforces Irrelevance by Playing New Album to Even More Irrelevant Bands

Apparently it's the mid-1980s again: Van Halen has finished recording its new album with David Lee Roth back on vocals for the first time since 1984's 1984, according to Metal Insider. Two lucky souls, selected for their enormous contributions…
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Music, All Shook Down Lose the Groupies: Glitter Wizard Explains How to Be a Rock God on a Budget

Lose the Groupies: Glitter Wizard Explains How to Be a Rock God on a Budget

As we all know, rock gods are a vital piece of the world's cultural fabric. Think of how much duller Earth would be if Iggy Pop hadn't developed a lust for life, David Lee Roth had never jumped, and Def…
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Calendar, Night&Day The New Meaning of Iron Maiden

The New Meaning of Iron Maiden

Donnelle Malnik is a tattooed guitar-rocker with years of dance and yoga experience, plus hours of DJ time logged. It's safe to say she knows her music. (She also tap dances, but that's another story.) At Heavy Metal Aerobics, Malnik…
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Music, All Shook Down Correction: Van Halen Will Not Run to Oakland, The Devil Considers Solo Appearance

Correction: Van Halen Will Not Run to Oakland, The Devil Considers Solo Appearance

Don't live life like there's no tomorrow. Okay, go ahead, because things got a little weird with Van Halen and they're not playing at the Oracle in April anymore. Instead, make believe they're right in front of you while…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Van Halen live: Diamond Dave is back! As Dr. Teeth!

Van Halen live: Diamond Dave is back! As Dr. Teeth!

In the early '80s, Van Halen always seemed like the dudes you'd want cracking jokes at your house party. They made weekend-ready hard rock without all the tough meathead bullshit. They were equal parts David Lee Roth's Vegas vamping and…
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Music, All Shook Down Van Halen HellBeast Slouches Toward HP Pavilion

Van Halen HellBeast Slouches Toward HP Pavilion

David Lee Roth reuniting with Van Halen is long overdue. So much so, in fact, that nobody really even cares anymore. But if you still feel the burning desire to rock out to "Running with the Devil," be my…
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Music, Right Now

Right Now

Michael Anthony used to drink Jack Daniel's straight from the bottle. The fleshy Van Halen bassist, whose body once looked as if it were held together by Bisquick and bourbon, would gulp the stuff down right onstage, draining liter bottles…
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Following the video-driven, stagy excesses of the '80s (as epitomized by David Lee Roth), something akin to a style recession changed the look of rock music. The alternative boom of the early '90s championed a near-Spartan aesthetic. Big hair and…
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