Born on the outskirts of Motown and raised in the shadow of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joe has been writing about rock music since interviewing Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren for his high school newspaper -- back when bands like Shudder to Think were recording for major labels. He's written for the Cleveland Free Times, Alternative Press, the Village Voice, SuicideGirls and a variety of other online publications and blogs, some of which have not existed in years. He started with Townsquare in 2011 writing for Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock, and has been with Diffuser.fm since it launched in spring 2012.
Top 10 Cliff Burton Metallica Songs
We remember Cliff Burton with our picks for the Top 10 songs from his time in Metallica.
Hulk Hogan: I Almost Played Bass for Metallica
Hulk Hogan really rocked it in the ring back in the day, but did you know that the former wrestling champ almost rocked out with Metallica? The Hulkster, who before his professional wrestling career played bass in a Floridian rock band called Ruckus, claims that drummer Lars Ulrich once offered him the opportunity to join Metallica.
Lou Reed & Metallica, ‘Lulu’ – Album Review
What the hell would "Loutallica" sound like? That was the question on everybody's mind from the very moment Metallica and Lou Reed announced back in June that they had just finished recording an album together. Fans got a small taste of things to come when the art rocker and the metal masters hit the stage together in 2009 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert, tea
Metallica and Lou Reed Announce ‘Lulu’ New York Listening Session Contest
Can't wait for Nov. 1 to hear the Metallica / Lou Reed collaborative album 'Lulu?' Why not listen to the album in style -- with Metallica and Lou Reed themselves?
Kid Band Performs Guns N’ Roses, Metallica
What's cuter than a group of eight and 10-year-olds playing rock classics like 'Sweet Child o' Mine' and 'Enter Sandman'? How about a group of eight and 10-year-olds playing rock classics during a beer festival -- and actually sounding pretty damn good doing it! And get this, they are called the Mini Band. Take that, Mini Kiss!
Ex-Ramones Bassist CJ Ramone Turned Down Offers To Join Metallica
CJ Ramone, former bassist for punk icons the Ramones, claims he was approached -- twice! -- by Metallica in the early '00s to replace outgoing bassist Jason Newsted, but turned down the offers due to his son's medical needs.
Pearl Jam, Metallica Featured on Bridge School Benefit CD/DVD
Pearl Jam, Metallica, Billy Idol and are among the artists featured on the forthcoming CD and DVD releases 'The Bridge School Concerts -- 25th Anniversary Edition,' which hit stores next month.
Big 4 Members Talk About Rivalry, Then and Now
Hard to believe it now, but Metallica weren't always the undisputed heavyweights of heavy metal. There was a time in the freewheeling '80s when that title was still up for grabs, and the so-called Big 4 (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer) were all reaching for the crown.
Metallica / Lou Reed Album ‘Lulu’ Gets Final Track Listing
More details continue to trickle out about ‘Lulu,’ the forthcoming collaborative album between hard rock heroes Metallica and veteran rocker Lou Reed. Last week, the cover art for the disc was unveiled and a handful of additional song titles announced. And now, the complete track listing, song lengths and album sequence has been revealed.
Metallica and Lou Reed Unveil Joint Album Title
In case you are still in the camp of people who don’t quite believe the news that Metallica and Lou Reed are actually recording an album together, there’s some new evidence that demands your attention. It was announced that the effort -- and we do feel safe calling this one an effort -- will be titled ‘Lulu.’ The official website for the joint venture also revealed a partial track listing and pos