Alvarez, which has had a long-standing friendship with band members Bob Weir and the late Jerry Garcia, has commemorated the group's 50th anniversary by releasing its new Grateful Dead series of guitars—a stunning, limited-edition line.
On any given night, I make more money in merch than I do in performance fees. Even a small dive-bar gig can net a few hundred dollars in extra sales if done right. But when I bring my merch tent to a festival where thousands of people will come with money burning a hole in their pockets, I clean up.
Over the weekend, Metallica headlined Rock in Rio USA, a rock festival that took over the Las Vegas Strip. Metallica's two-hour set was streamed around the world via Yahoo! Live, and you can check it out below (in case you happened to miss it).
A guitar licks goldmine awaits you in this incredible rock collection, the 200 Rock Licks: Guitar Licks Goldmine DVD (Hal Leonard). The DVD, which is available now at the Guitar World Online Store. is jam-packed with killer lead lines, phrases and riffs personally taught to you by professional guitarists Greg Harrison, Matthew Schroeder and Troy Stetina.
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recently visited the Platinum Room at the Carle Place, New York, Guitar Center. During his visit, he discussed his musical beginnings, the genesis of his sound and his signature guitars with Ernie Ball Music Man.
Internet guitar dude—and possibly the closest thing to an up-and-coming guitar hero in whatever messed-up age we're in these days—Rob Scallon has come up with a good one. It's his cover of Metallica's "Enter Sandman," performed entirely backwards, including guitars and vocals.