There was one overriding theme throughout the night. It was related to amp choice. And no, it wasn't that the majority of the players chose the amp with the most distortion (the Marshall) over the ones with less gain (the Fender and Vox). It was that nobody knew how to turn the amps on.
With a number one album, a high-profile stadium tour and non-stop radio airplay, Pink Floyd appear to be everywhere -- and, oddly, nowhere. In an era when MTV appearances and revealing magazine interviews are de rigueur for rock stars on the make, the members of Floyd have methodically kept the media at bay.
Jimmy Herring is a stunning jazz/rock virtuoso. Though his resume includes touring with classic rock legends The Allman Brothers Band, fusion icons Lenny White and Billy Cobham, and jam staples The Dead and Widespread Panic, he has remained relatively unknown within the guitar community.
The Who's Pete Townshend says Apple -- and with it, iTunes -- is "a digital vampire" that makes new bands "bleed." The guitarist said this and more at the first John Peel Lecture in Salford, England, yesterday, October 31, adding that the internet was "destroying copyright as we know it" and was damaging the growth of new music, reports BBC News.
Tomorrow sees the release of the 10th anniversary edition of Slipknot's Iowa, a record which has undoubtedly stood the test of time better than many of the other record that came out that year, records by bands that now seem all but a nostalgia act even after just a decade.
In preparation for their Epitaph farewell tour, Judas Priest released two compilation packages for fans, with the hopes that the releases (plus their sprawling back catalog) will tide their followers over until Judas Priest return to the studio to complete their next album.
Noel Gallagher's first studio solo album since the demise of Oasis in 2009 -- Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds -- will be released in the United States on Tuesday, November 8, via Sour Mash/Mercury Records. And while several tracks are already available in the US, including "The Death of You and Me," "The Good Rebel" and "If I Had a Gun...," we're proud to bring you the exclusive premiere of a new song, "Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks." Check out the player below to have a listen.
Dimebag Darrell Abbott, Pantera’s high priest of six-string destruction, is feeling ornery. His eyes narrow as he slowly picks up his metallic blue Dean guitar. Cradling it like a sawed-off shotgun, the self-proclaimed “cowboy from hell” begins to frown. It’s obvious that he has something urgent on his mind.
Metal struck back in 1994 with now-classic albums from Megadeth, Pantera and Slayer. But grunge had its own album arsenal to draw fire from. Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam all released seminal albums that year, too.