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"A relentless collection of hard-rock bangers, brought to you by the inimitable Lazlow. From a time when rock & roll was all about living and playing hard. Featuring classic material from legendary acts like Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne."
― GTA Vice City Website

V-Rock is a radio station featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. The station is a rock station, primarily playing hard rock and heavy metal.

In Vice City, V-Rock is one of two radio stations to feature original material written and recorded especially for the game, in the form of two songs by the fictitious band Love Fist. The other station to feature original material is Radio Espantoso.

Description

In 1984, the station was based in Reddick, Florida, and was hosted by Couzin Ed and station "intern" Lazlow. By 1986, the station had relocated to Vice City and Lazlow is now the sole DJ following Couzin Ed's dismissal.

The station's promos often included derogatory comparisons to other stations, mocking the synthesizer-based music played by its competitors while stating that "real men" only listen to the rock music that V-Rock plays. The station's mascot is a vulture, as can be seen in the station's logo. Lazlow would often complain that the bird "got more air time than [he] did".

The station was officially endorsed by contemporary rock artists, including Jezz Torrent of Love Fist, who can regularly be heard in V-Rock's promos. The station also operated a studio adjacent to its Vice City headquarters, which would often be used by Love Fist for their recording sessions. V-Rock also features call-ins from members of the public. The three callers featured in GTA Vice City are Couzin Ed, who wishes to vent his anger at Lazlow for "stealing" his job, Mitch Baker, who berates the station for playing "girl's music", and a man who refers to himself as "Snow Dog". The phone line is also used in GTA Vice City Stories, although in this instance the only caller is a man who insults Couzin Ed.

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The V-Rock Hotel in GTA San Andreas.

The V-Rock Hotel in Las Venturas, San Andreas takes its name from the radio station and features the V-Rock logo prominently on its sign.

Tracklist

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Tracks marked were recorded especially for the game, and the performing artist is fictional.
Tracks marked * do not appear in the 10th Anniversary Edition.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Video

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

GTA Vice City Radio Stations 5 - V-Rock

GTA Vice City Radio Stations 5 - V-Rock

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

GTA VCS Radio - VRock

GTA VCS Radio - VRock

Trivia

  • A large portion of Couzin Ed's banter references the 1986 cult-documentary "Heavy Metal Parking Lot".
  • One of the V-Rock stingers contains the first few seconds of the Dio song "Jesus, Mary & The Holy Ghost". This song was not actually released until 1993, some 7 years after Vice City is set.
  • This is the favorite radio station of the Vice City Bikers (alongside VCFL) and the Vance Crime Family (alongside VCPR).
  • In Grand Theft Auto Online, it is possible to buy a jacket with the V-Rock logo on it as part of the Cunning Stunts update.
  • Couzin Ed also says "Comin' atcha live! The bitch is back...", a reference to "Cumin Atcha Live" by Tesla, which is on the station's GTA Vice City playlist. "The Bitch Is Back" by Elton John is also a popular classic rock song, although it doesn't feature on either V-Rock playlist.
  • Couzin Ed makes a reference to the heavy metal mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, saying "let's turn it up to 12", an obvious play on 11 being "one louder" than 10 on the guitar amplifier volume control in the film.
  • "Stranglehold" by Ted Nugent is featured in the trailer for the PlayStation 2 version of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
  • Lazlow quotes the Neil Young song "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" during Couzin Ed's phone-in, quoting the line "It's better to burn out than to fade away." This was the final line in Kurt Cobain's suicide note when he committed suicide in 1994, and was also used in the 1983 Def Leppard song "Rock of Ages".
  • One of Lazlow's quotes is "I hope I die before I get old". This is a reference to the song "My Generation" by The Who, which features this line.
  • On the V-Rock logo and the text on its billboards, the word "Rock" is written in the same font as the logo for heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
  • Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth are part of the "big four" thrash groups. Metallica is the only band not to be featured on the station.

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