VH1 Counts Down the '100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock' In Five-Hour, Five-Night Special, Premiering November 13-17 at 10:00 P.M. (ET/PT)
Led Zeppelin Rules as All-Time Greatest Hard Rockers
Carmen Electra Hosts VH1 Special,
Featuring Classic Performances, Archival Clips
And New Exclusive Interviews
NEW YORK, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Led Zeppelin, the British quartet who virtually defined high-volume heavy metal thunder and epitomized the rise of album rock, stadium concerts and guitar pyrotechnics, have been chosen as the greatest hard rockers of all time for VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" airing Monday, November 13 through Friday, November 17 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Second on the list is the original goth-rock band Black Sabbath, followed by legendary guitar wizard Jimi Hendrix. AC/DC and Metallica round out the top five. Hosted by Carmen Electra, "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" spans music's high-volume era from its chord-crashing genesis in the '60s (Yardbirds, Rolling Stones, Hendrix), through its arena-rock ascendance (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith), the angry new wave (Sex Pistols, The Clash), the alternative movement (Nirvana, Soundgarden), and beyond. The special features never-before-seen performance footage, rare photos, archival clips, and new exclusive interviews with the artists themselves. Ritchie Blackmore, Chuck D., Alice Cooper, Billy Corgan, CC DeVille, Lita Ford, Peter Frampton, Dave Grohl, Sammy Hagar, Rob Halford, James Hetfield, Kid Rock, Robby Krieger, Vince Neil, Rick Nielsen, Ted Nugent, Ozzy Osbourne, Liz Phair, Henry Rollins, Richie Sambora, Slash and Dee Snider are among the artists who talk about the effect and influence of hard rock's raging royalty. VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" were selected by a panel of rock artists that included Pat Benatar, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Ozzy Osbourne, Scott Ian and John Bush of Anthrax, Korn's Dave Silveria, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, Dave Grohl of Nirvana/Foo Fighters, Mike Bordin of Faith No More, Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Yngvie Malmsteen, Lita Ford, and Geddy Lee of Rush. Highlighting the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock": -- Of all of the bands on the list, more than half of them are still currently playing together. -- The Yardbirds are the first band on the list to record an album (1963). (The band is also the cradle of three legendary guitar heavyweights: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.) -- 73 of the 100 bands hail from the United States -- seven from Seattle alone. -- 41 of the artists have produced platinum albums, and 18 have gone double platinum. Five artists are tied for the most double platinum albums, with three each (Ted Nugent, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Lynryd Skynyrd and Pantera). -- 25 of the bands have received Grammy Awards; Metallica has received an extraordinary five, followed by Aerosmith and Pat Benatar with four each. -- Eleven of the bands have been honored with tribute albums. -- Of all the artists on the list, Frank Zappa has made the most albums, with over 60 original records to his credit. (And only one top 40 single among them). Indeed, 55 of the bands have never had a top 10 single, and 45 have not had any top 10 albums. -- Of the artists on the list, 15 have had members who have played in more than one of the bands. Eleven of the bands have had more than one lead singer. 23 of bands have one or more deceased members. -- Five of the bands played at the original 1969 Woodstock festival, nine played at Woodstock '94, and five played in the most recent, Woodstock '99. "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" airs as a five-night, five-part series beginning with #100 on Monday, November 13 at 10:00 p.m. On Tuesday-Friday, each new installment will be preceded by a repeat airing of the previous episodes. "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" will be repeated on Saturday, November 18 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. (ET/PT), and Sunday, November 19 at 4:00-9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The complete schedule for VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock": Monday, 11/13 10:00 p.m. # 100-81 (premiere) Tuesday, 11/14 9:00 p.m. # 100-81 10:00 p.m. # 80-61 (premiere) Wednesday, 11/15 8:00 p.m. # 100-81 9:00 p.m. # 80-61 10:00 p.m. # 60-41 (premiere) Thursday, 11/16 7:00 p.m. # 100-81 8:00 p.m. # 80-61 9:00 p.m. # 60-41 10:00 p.m. # 40-21 (premiere) Friday, 11/17 6:00 p.m. # 100-81 7:00 p.m. # 80-61 8:00 p.m. # 60-41 9:00 p.m. # 40-21 10:00 p.m. # 20-1 (premiere) "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" is a production of VH1. Lauren Zalaznick is executive producer, Todd Schwartz is executive in charge of production, Bernie Kaminski is supervising producer, and Paul LaBlanc is the producer. A complete list of the "100 Greatest Dance Songs" follows. VH1 produces and programs a wide variety of music-based series, specials, live events and acquisition-based programming that keep viewers in touch with the music they love. VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV 2: Music Television, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land and VH1 as well as The Suite from MTV Networks, a package of ten digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide. s:/press/100hardrock-winner.doc VH1'S "100 GREATEST ARTISTS OF HARD ROCK" Premieres Nov. 13-17 from 10-11PM (ET/PT) 1. Led Zeppelin 2. Black Sabbath 3. Jimi Hendrix 4. AC/DC 5. Metallica 6. Nirvana 7. Van Halen 8. The Who 9. Guns N' Roses 10. KISS 11. Aerosmith 12. The Sex Pistols 13. Queen 14. Soundgarden 15. Pink Floyd 16. Cream 17. The Ramones 18. Ozzy Osbourne 19. The Clash 20. Alice Cooper 21. Pearl Jam 22. Deep Purple 23. Judas Priest 24. Iron Maiden 25. Cheap Trick 26. Motorhead 27. Iggy Pop/ The Stooges 28. Rush 29. Motley Crue 30. Red Hot Chili Peppers 31. Def Leppard 32. The Doors 33. Rage Against The Machine 34. Alice in Chains 35. Jane's Addiction 36. Frank Zappa 37. Yardbirds 38. MC5 39. Neil Young & Crazy Horse 40. Stone Temple Pilots 41. Ted Nugent 42. The Kinks 43. Nine Inch Nails 44. ZZ Top 45. Pantera 46. Scorpions 47. The Rollins Band/ Black Flag 48. Janis Joplin 49. Smashing Pumpkins 50. Slayer 51. Thin Lizzy 52. Faith No More 53. Korn 54. Sonic Youth 55. Blue Oyster Cult 56. White Zombie 57. Heart 58. Anthrax 59. Bad Company 60. The New York Dolls 61. Jethro Tull 62. Ministry 63. Boston 64. Steppenwolf 65. The Cult 66. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 67. Rolling Stones 68. Husker Du 69. Megadeth 70. Living Colour 71. Lynyrd Skynyrd 72. Foo Fighters 73. Twisted Sister 74. Pat Benatar 75. Spinal Tap 76. Bon Jovi 77. Hole 78. Marilyn Manson 79. Ratt 80. Green Day 81. Pixies 82. Queensryche 83. King's X 84. UFO 85. Whitesnake 86. Foreigner 87. King Crimson 88. Tool 89. Lita Ford 90. Rainbow 91. Danzig 92. The Black Crowes 93. Lenny Kravitz 94. Yes 95. Fugazi 96. Meat Loaf 97. Primus 98. Mountain 99. Bad Brains 100. Quiet Riot
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