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6th January 2017

superhero movies

Movie fans were recently treated to the first trailer for Logan, the new X-Men movie that's expected to be Hugh Jackman's final turn as Wolverine. The trailer is getting a lot of buzz, not only because it's offering a peek at a far more serious and emotional twist on a superhero movie, but also because of its incredible use of the Johnny Cash cover of 'Hurt' by Nine Inch Nails. Something about the song playing in the background just makes Logan feel unlike anything we've seen when it comes to superhero movies.

The truth is that well known rock songs have been frequently used in a genre most might assume limits itself primarily to original compositions. The difference is that 'Hurt' stands out with its slow pace, no-frills acoustic guitar, and emotional climax while the bulk of music used in superhero movies tends to embrace straight-up rock'n'roll.

It started, of course, with 2008s Iron Man and its 2010 sequel. As one site pointed out, these two Marvel movies alone contain a half dozen AC/DC songs, as well as music by Black Sabbath, Queen and The Clash. Most memorably, Iron Man opened up with 'Back In Black' in a scene where American war vehicles are ambushed by terrorists. Of course there's also the actual 'Iron Man' song by Black Sabbath that closes out the same film, but it's pretty wild to think that this whole wild ride that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe started off with a little AC/DC.

But the connection between superheroes and rock'n'roll began before Iron Man was ever released. Sometimes people forget the superhero movies that came out before Iron Man and the inception of the 'MCU', including the over-the-top absurd Ghost Rider starring Nic Cage. Rather than employing the likes of AC/DC and Black Sabbath for its soundtrack, this movie took the originality approach and put together a bunch of original, hard rock'n'roll that suited its action-packed sequences. They were doing something right, because sounds from the movie have survived to this day through a slot arcade based on the film and hosted among the array of casino games at this online platform. Built as one of the more dynamic licensed reels on the web, the Ghost Rider game involves an intro sequence and bonus games with heavy guitar riffs perfectly complement the flaming skulls and motorcycles of the comic.

Truthfully, this list could go on for quite some time. Not every superhero movie employs hard or classic rock, but different types of rock'n'roll have long been attached to superhero films. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues in the years to come, especially these films appear to be taking themselves more and more seriously but we like to think that there will always be a place for rock when it comes to comics.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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