Some late-breaking dental news from England: The BBC reports that one of John Lennon's teeth will be auctioned in Stockport, England, next month. It is expected to bring in £10,000, or just under $16,000 US.
The hallmark of Ozzy's decades-spanning career has been his indelible knack for recruiting Grade A guitarists into his band. Below is a visual history of the Prince of Darkness' six-string kings throughout the years.
From an early age, Richie Kotzen was tagged as a virtuoso, a guitar hero, a shredder. All true, of course, but with time, Kotzen proved to be so much more — a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter who can play at the speed of light one minute and then do a complete turnaround with an acoustic guitar and ballad.
Despite their similar attire, Iommi and Hetfield' s demeanors provide sharp studies in contrast. Iommi, with his dark eyes, meticulously groomed moustache and soft English accent, has the dignified bearing of a British noble man. The blond, gravel-voiced, sharp-tongued Hetfield, on the other hand, has the guarded, hulking aspect of an urban street-fighting man.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently told Newsweek Magazine that he turned down the chance to compose the score for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films. He considers it the biggest mistake he ever made. Ulrich said he met Tarantino in San Francisco and Tarantino told him he had written a number of Kill Bill's fight scenes to music by Metallica.
Surely, Mark Knopfler and his band must’ve bet on the 1980 Grammys or thrown the Love Over Gold sessions. Otherwise, how can the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame explain its perennial exclusion of British rockers Dire Straits from its list of nominees? It’s a travesty rivaled only by the Baseball Hall of Fame’s lifetime bans of Pete Rose and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.
With a provocative cover graphic -- Siamese twins, naked, seated in a double rocking chair with their hair on fire-and hard-edged , uncompromising music characterized by blunt imagery and subversive thrash tones, the 1988 album Nothings Shocking established Jane's Addiction as the new darlings of Art Rock.
Today's lick is a sequence of fast, descending arpeggios based on the E Aeolian mode (E F♯ G A B C D) and performed in a deliberate two-notes-per-string pattern. I use strict alternate picking throughout the entire lick, beginning on a downstroke.