John Lennon was killed in New York City 31 years ago today. That's more than three decades' worth of pissed-off Beatles fans asking, "What If"? What if Lennon were still alive? What kind of music would he be making right now? At what point would the Beatles have gotten back together? Would it have been awesome or a horrible mistake?
Epic Ink recently unveiled The Guitar Collection, a lavishly over-sized tome showcasing the most culturally important, historically significant and visually stunning guitars ever made, from Billy Gibbons’ “Pearly Gates” 1959 Gibson Les Paul, to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Number One” 1962 Fender Stratocaster, to Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads” 1964 Gibson ES-335TDC.
As reported earlier, Queen drummer Roger Taylor recently launched an international competition, the Queen Extravaganza Tour Talent Search, in an effort to assemble a Queen-sanctioned band that will hit the road in 2012.
Dimebag Darrell is busting. The Pantera guitarist has just received confirmation that he and his bandmates will be supporting Black Sabbath on Sabbath's upcoming U.S. tour -- a monster thrill for Dimebag, an admitted Sabbath fanatic. "Opening for those guys is definitely the honor of a lifetime," says the goateed guitarist.
Ringo Starr will release his 17th solo album, Ringo 2012, January 31 in the US (January 30 elsewhere) on HIP-O/UMe Records. The album title is a reference to Ringo, his best-selling album, which was released in 1973 and featured all three other Beatles.
The votes for this year's class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are in, and Guns N' Roses will be inducted come April 14, 2012. This will undoubtedly lead to (even more) speculation about who from the band will be on hand to accept the award and perform at the ceremony.
This year will go down as a banner year for Killinger, who released a hard-rocking debut album and shared stages with the likes of Lynch Mob and Stryper. The Canadian foursome have brought their '80s-infused rock/metal sound to audiences in the US and plan to go abroad next year. Killinger singer David Williams and guitarist Kevin Morin recently told Guitar World about their band that could ... and did.
Continuing what has become a long-standing holiday tradition, Warren Haynes will host his 23rd Annual Christmas Jam this Saturday, December 10, at The Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Guests will include Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring Lesh, Haynes, Jackie Greene, Jeff Chimenti and Joe Russo), Gov't Mule and first-time Christmas Jam appearances by Los Lobos, Bela Fleck and other artists, including Bill Evans and Jimmy Herring.
Inspired by the recent passing of blues legend Hubert Sumlin, we here at Guitar World searched through our video archives and found this blues guitar lesson Sumlin filmed at our office several years ago.