VH1 Classic continues it’s week of Heavy Metal programming leading up to Friday’s “National Metal Day” (11-11-11) with the premiere of the first episode of “Metal Evolution” and a new “That Metal Show,” featuring an exclusive interview with Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses. Ozzy Osbourne’s “30 Years After The Blizzard” will air tonight and is a must see, as it was included on the recent anniversary re-release of the “Blizzard of Ozz” album and this is the first airing on commercial television. Watch a couple of preview clips of Axl with Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson and get the full TV schedule for the next few days on VH1 Classic.

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Banger Films brings us “Metal Evolution” – 11 episodes based on the ground-breaking “Heavy Metal Family Tree”. This 26 sub-genre genealogical chart reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal – from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the Chart as his road map, host/producer and metalhead turned anthropologist Sam Dunn, crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of heavy metal across its 40+ year history and beyond. From bars and back alleys to the biggest open air festivals, Sam will visit the pioneers of British and American hard rock who laid metal’s sonic foundation, as well as the current leaders of contemporary metal. Whether you love metal, documentaries or just great stories, Metal Evolution is the ultimate examination into the history of Heavy Metal music.

Drawing on the expertise of a whole team of musicians, journalists, academics, and producers, Sam will explore the questions heavy metal fans have always wanted to ask. A highlight of the series will be Sam’s in-depth discussions with many of heavy metal’s most important and influential personalities. From Alice Cooper to Slash, Lemmy to Rob Zombie and members of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Slayer, Van Halen, Def Leppard, The Stooges, ZZ Top, Motley Crue, Poison, Rage Against The Machine, Alice In Chains, Korn, and many more, Sam Dunn will investigate the history, myths and intricacies of Metal.

Metal Evolution Teaser – 50s (VH1) from Banger Films on Vimeo.

November 9 (Eastern Time):
Metal Mania all day (Heavy Metal Videos)
11:00 PM Ozzy Osbourne: Thirty Years After The Blizzard
12:00 AM Classic Albums: Black Sabbath – Paranoid
1:00 AM Sonisphere 2011: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Motorhead
3:00 AM That Metal Show – Guests: Ace Frehley and Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big)

November 10:
9:00 AM Rock Fest: nonstop rock action featuring all the timeless rockers like The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith. 11:00 AM Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same
2:00 PM VH1 Rock Docs: Lemmy
4:00 PM This Is Spinal Tap – 1999 Cut
6:00 PM Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
9:00 PM The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2
11:00 PM VH1 Rock Docs – Iron Maiden: Flight 666
1:30 AM Classic Pop-Up Video – Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue, Round and Round – Ratt, The Memory Remains – Metallica, Breaking The Law – Judas Priest, Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
2:00 AM That Metal Show – Guests: Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Uli John Roth
3:00 AM Classic Albums: Judas Priest – British Steel
4:00 AM Rock Fest

November 11 – National Metal Day
6:00 AM Sonisphere 2011
8:00 AM VH1 Rock Docs – Lemmy
10:00 AM Behind The Music Remastered – Motley Crue
11:00 AM This Is Spinal Tap
1:00 PM VH1 Classic In Concert – Iron Maiden: Somewhere Back In Time Live (2008 Tour)
2:30 PM The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2
4:30 PM Sonisphere 2010: The Big 4 Live From Sofia, Bulgaria
5:30 PM Ozzy Osbourne: Thirty Years After The Blizzard
6:30 PM VH1 Rock Docs – Iron Maiden Flight 666
9:00 PM Behind The Music Remastered – Megadeth (new episode)
10:00 PM Metal Evolution Part 1 – The origins of Metal, Memphis’ Sun Studios, The Kinks and more
11:00 PM That Metal Show – Axl Rose & DJ Ashba

Enjoy the Rock and thanks VH1 Classic!