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Iron Maiden: Flight 666 – VH1 Rock Doc June 6

Last year Iron Maiden flew around the world for their Somewhere Back In Time Tour. Making their home in a 757, they took 45 days to shake the planet with their metal anthems. They knew where they were going: lead singer Bruce Dickinson was in the cockpit, piloting the plane to every one of the 23 sold-out stadium gigs. Want to know what it’s like to be on the road with one of hard rock’s most acclaimed acts? Iron Maiden: Flight 666, a full-length documentary of the whole deal, tells the story. It premieres on VH1 Classic and Palladia on Saturday, June 6 at 9 pm; it’s VH1 premiere is 12 midnight that same evening.

“Having what is basically a flying “splitter bus” with all our gear and crew on board allowed us to undertake a touring schedule the likes of which has never been attempted before,” says Dickinson. “By being independent of flight and freight connections and schedules we could literally go where we wanted when we wanted. And so we did. It was quite a journey, exhausting at times with jet lag taking its toll, but our fans everywhere were magnificent which made all the effort and planning and time well worthwhile. It really was a unique experience until, that is, we did it again earlier this year!!”

The band played in 13 countries, also landing in Azerbaijan and Papua New Guinea en route for fuel stops, traveling 50,000 miles (70,000 km) and performing to almost half a million fans — a schedule that was only made possible by having their own “magic carpet” which enabled them to go where they wanted with all the key elements of band, crew and equipment on board one plane, christened “ED FORCE ONE.”

The film is produced by celebrated award-winning film makers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Productions, based in Toronto, Canada, who have received international critical acclaim for their previous movies, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and Global Metal.

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WATCH A FULL EPISODE OF THAT METAL SHOW

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Blockbusters & Sleepers: The Critics Speak!

Every January we connect with the esteemed members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and throw a party that kicks off the film awards season. Well, the pundits who participate don’t only work in the cold weather. They’re on the clock 24/7/365 and they’ve come up with their choices of the films to catch this summer. Some are humongo titles, some are little known jewels, some feature stellar acting skills. Were any of the movies below on your must-see list already? Hope so. Get back to us with some feedback when you see them.

Summer Blockbusters
Star Trek
Up
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Summer Sleepers

Away We Go
500 Days of Summer
The Hurt Locker

Outstanding Performances of the Summer
Johnny Depp in “Public Enemies”
Meryl Streep in “Julie and Julia”
Brad Pitt in “Inglourious Basterds”

Watch trailers from all the season’s biggest titles in our Summer Movie Preview

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Brooke Hogan Answers Your Romance Questions

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Ms. Hogan is busy. She’s been down in Miami finalizing the shoots for the second season of her Brooke Knows Best show. The premiere is Sunday, June 7 at 10 pm ET. And she’s also putting the finishing touches on her new album, The Redemption (check the CD cover after the jump). But she definitely has time for her fans. That’s why she’s invited everyone to ask her questions about getting along in the world of romance.

Hit the comments field below, and ask Brooke whatever you’d like about affairs of the heart – even the steamy parts. Having trouble with your honey? Alone and don’t want to be? Got a question about Brooke’s own dating habits? Send ‘em and she’ll wade through them all. Her answers will be delivered in video clips in a few weeks. It’ll be fun to see what she has to say about all this stuff. Don’t delay, start writing now.

WATCH FULL EPISODES OF THE SHOW’S FIRST SEASON

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Rocklahoma: The Metal Place To Be This Summer

If you hear a gargantuan thud coming from just east of Tulsa in early July, don’t fret. It’s only the collective mayhem of the artists participating in Rocklahoma, a metal fest that boasts a lineup that’s bound to impress hardcore volume mavens. Twisted Sister, Ratt, Anthrax, Styper, Saxon, Night Ranger, Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, Great White, Kix, Keel, and Vixen will all be there – lots of other acts, too. You can see why some people deem it “the Woodstock of 80s rock music.” The dates are July 9 – 12.

Plus – and it’s a big plus – the opening night ceremonies find the festival screening a little film entitled Anvil! The Story of Anvil. It’s going to be sweet to see the movie leaping from the jumbo-tron screens. Hope everyone will still be able to hear it; it’s presented right after Anvil themselves pour a little “metal on metal” all over the crowd in one of their many live performances this summer. Watch Anvil show off their favorite music videos. Find out how to win a brunch with Anvil.

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If you’re on the road, catching a bunch of shows this summer, Rocklahoma is one of the fests to definitely check out.

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The Jonas Brothers: Sneak Peek The New Video

From Paul Newman to Tom Cruise, lots of stars have enjoyed driving fast. By the looks of this sneak of new “Paranoid” video, they don’t mind a little speed out in the desert either. Actually, it’s looking pretty darn macho – they’re doing business in boxing rings and airplane hangers, too. Be here Saturday, May 23, at 8 pm ET, for the premiere of the full video. It’s the first song from their forthcoming album, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, which is due June 16.
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Rock Band’s New Classic Rock Track Pack

Sure it’s fun to play modern songs on Rock Band – from Angels and Airwaves to Avenged Sevenfold there are plenty of tracks that keep things contemporary. But heading back in time can be a blast, too. That’s what the latest Track Pack release is all about: dealing with the classics. And classic can have a few different meaning these days. The ’60s are represented by Jethro Tull, the Who, and James Gang (all hail Joe Walsh!). The ’70s stretch from Boston to Benatar. And punks have their say, too. Should be fun to see if a room full of participants can get their rocks off blasting through the Dead Kennedys‘ “Holiday in Cambodia.”

Those who can’t get enough of Pete Townsend and company even have the ultra classic “Baba O’Reilly” to mess with in this Pack. Wouldn’t want to be the guy trying play Keith Moon‘s part perfectly. Get back to us on which of these is the most fun.

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American Idol Live Blog Party Tonight

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The battle is on! Who’s going to be the better performer tonight, Kris or Adam? Head to the FabLife to voice your opinion in our live blog party. Chat with others while the show takes place. The party starts at 8 pm, EST.

Read a finale interview with Kris and Adam

Read what Danny Gokey has to say about Kris and Adam

Read what Kelly Clarkson has to say about Kris and Adam

WATCH MUSIC VIDEOS BY 2009 AMERICAN IDOL GUEST STARS

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Green Day: Exclusive Interview Outtakes

Green Day have been explaining the thrust behind their new disc to lots of people. Billie Joe and the guys are passionate about having the music on 21st Century Breakdown connect with as many people as possible. VH1 News spoke with the trio about how the songs of their suite fit together. Watch another interview outtake after the jump.

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VH1′s Best Week Ever: Watch The Full Episode

The weirder the news is, the better the show is. Paul F. Tompkins rolls through a lot action this week, including the season finale’s of Lost and Gray’s Anatomy, Miss California‘s simpering defense for her racy photos, and the premiere of Jersey Shore – “the yelliest show ever.” AND, find out what happens when Bill Hader stops by and opens the door to his dream world.

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Chrisette Michele: Get News About Her Chart-Topping Breakup Disc

Guess bad news is good news. Chrisette Michele recently went to the top of the charts with her new disc, Epiphany, even though the CD’s songs are all about a particularly heart wrenching breakup. Stylistically, the young soul singer is ultra impressive, bringing a variety of approaches to the tunes on the record. Some are sweaty, some are wispy, a couple feel like a kick in the gut. Without question, she sees R&B from a number of perspectives.

We’ve been documenting Chrisette’s gorgeous rasp and passionate performances for awhile now. Check out the way she recently glided through our “SoulStage” presentation, and watch her get intimate with her tunes during one of our Unplugged shows.

CHECK OUT CHRISETTE MICHELE PRESENTING HER FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS