Award-winning producer/songwriter/guitarist John Shanks clearly recalls the first time he heard Van Halen. “I was 12 years old, doing my homework, and I put their first album on,” he says. “All of a sudden, ‘Eruption’ comes on and you’re like, ‘What?’ No one had ever heard that. It freaked us all out. To me, it was Hendrix, Beck, Page, Gilmour and Clapton. That was it — the big five. And of course The Beatles. And then, one day, Van Halen.”
The Story of Wish You Were Here -- a DVD/Blu-ray about Pink Floyd's classic 1975 album -- will be released June 26 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD is authorized by the surviving members of the band and was made with their involvement and cooperation.
If you've been following the saga of Guns N' Roses even loosely over the last couple of decades or so, then you know that almost all of the bad blood that still exists between the band's original members is almost all squarely between Slash and Axl Rose.
This past Sunday was April Fools day, and while many of us were busy falling for Google's Really Advanced Search feature, Jack White was busy releasing 1000 copies of a new single, "Freedom at 21," as flexidiscs.
Looking to both honor the memory of the late Chuck Schuldiner and raise some money for an excellent cause, a cast of former Death members are getting together for the "Death to All" tour this year. Set to take part are guitarists Paul Masvidal, Shannon Hamm and Bobby Koelble; bassists Steve DiGiorgio and Scott Clendenin; and drummers Gene Hoglan and Sein Reinert.
Having opened a Pandora's box with their critically acclaimed and commercially successful album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles faced serious competition from a variety of openminded artists who were expanding rock music's barriers.
The Los Angeles storage facility that houses the Alice Cooper Archives was broken into last Tuesday, March 27, along with three other storage units. Among the items missing are a large quantity of original vinyl records, a jacket and the original sculpture used on the cover of Cooper's Hey Stoopid album.