He began his career with the Yardbirds in 1966. Two years later, Page formed Led Zeppelin. His powerful playing established the framework for classic tracks like "Whole Lotta Love," "Rock 'N' Roll," "Black Dog," "When The Levee Breaks" and "Achilles Last Stand." Remastered footage from several 1970s Led Zeppelin concerts has just been released on a 2-DVD set.
The Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda formed in a basement in Baghdad under the Saddam Hussein regime — not exactly the easiest place to play thrash metal. The group, featured in the 2007 documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad, just released its first EP, called Only the Dead See the End of the War.
This interview was originally broadcast on March 17, 2009.
The Iraqi heavy-metal band Acrassicauda had problems playing their music under Saddam Hussein, but they didn't get death threats until after the American invasion. Two band members — and the filmmaker who made a documentary about them — talk with Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
Vocal coach Melissa Cross is known as the "Scream Queen" for her work teaching metal, punk and hardcore performers how to use their voice without ruining their vocal chords. She teaches them how to growl, bark, bellow and scream. Cross is classically trained and has her own instructional DVD titled The Zen of Screaming: Vocal Instruction for a New Breed.
Robert Plant is the former lead singer of the band Led Zeppelin, one of the most influential pioneers of heavy metal music. Led Zeppelin formed in 1968 and broke up in 1980. Plant, along with band mate Jimmy Page, wrote one of the most popular and parodied hard rock ballads of all time, "Stairway to Heaven."
Guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield founded the popular metal band Metallica. Hetfield co-writes many of the band's songs, a force on the heavy metal scene since the 1980s. In 2004, the movie Metallica: Some Kind of Monster captured the band at a time of crisis, when their bass player quit and the group hired a "therapist and performance-enhancement coach" to help them sort things out. Also, Hetfield entered rehab during the filming.
Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford kicks off a series of interviews on hard rock and heavy metal. The band, originally from Birmingham, England, was a pioneer of the heavy metal sound at the height of its popularity in the 1970s and 80s. The band's name comes from the title of the Bob Dylan song, "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest." Halford left the band in 1991, citing internal tension. In 1998 he came out of the closet during an interview on MTV. Halford, whose nickname is the Metal God, returned to Judas Priest in 2003.
Judas Priest has a new album out, Angel of Retribution, and is on tour this summer. Originally from Birmingham, England, Judas Priest pioneered the heavy metal sound in the 1970s and '80s. Lead singer Halford left the band in 1991, citing internal tension, and in 1998, he disclosed that he is gay during an interview on MTV. Nicknamed the "Metal God," Halford returned to Judas Priest in 2003.
Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist James Hetfield was a founding member of the metal band Metallica. His time in rehab is chronicled in the documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, which tracks the band at a time of crisis and is now on DVD. We rebroadcast an interview with Hetfield from Nov. 9, 2004.
Hetfield is one of the founding members of the metal band Metallica. The new documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster catches the band at a time of crisis, when their bass player quits and the group hires a "therapist and performance-enhancement coach" to help them sort things out. Also during the filming, Hetfield storms out and enters rehab.