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27 January 2014

The 56th Grammy Award ceremony took place last night in Los Angeles. Although the majority of the awards were pop focused, as expected, the Rock and Metal world was represented in the prizes and performances.

It wouldn't be The Grammys without a bit of controversy, and this time there was a lot of discontent over the time - or lack of it - given to showcasing the range of rock talent on offer.

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Metallica's performance with classical pianist Lang Lang was every bit as dramatic and striking as expected as the track 'One' was given a complete makeover.

There was also an all-star collaboration between Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Lindsay Buckingham and Dave Grohl to close out the show, however viewers watching on TV didn't get to see this treat as footage was cut of the closing performance seconds after starting 'My God is The Sun'.

Sabbath won Best Metal Performance but they didn't make the recording either as they were presented with their award behind the scenes in the pre-ceremony, and even then Cindi Lauper accepted the award as Ozzy and Co were otherwise engaged in preparing to present an item on the main show

Sabbath's triumph with the track from their album '13' was up against Anthrax's 'T.N.T.,' Dream Theater's 'The Enemy Inside,' Killswitch Engage's 'In Due Time' and Volbeat's 'Room 24 with special guest King Diamond in their category.

In the Soundtrack category Dave Grohl's 'Sound City: Real to Reel' won the Best Compilation Soundtrack for the piece which included contributions from members of Foo Fighters, Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk, Queens of the Stone Age's Joshua Homme, Paul McCartney, Nirvana's Krist Novoselic and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor among others.

A second Grammy for Grohl came with Best Rock Song for 'Cut Me Some Slack', which was accepted with collaborators Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear., which is also from the above album.

Led Zeppelin won Best Rock Album with 'Celebration Day' and Imagine Dragons took Best Rock Performance for 'Radioactive'.

Further controversy occurred when both Slayer's Jeff Hanneman and Iron Maiden's Clive Burr failed to get a mention in the In Memoriam segment.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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