I took my 13-year-old son Jacob to see B.B. King at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, last week. Who knows how much longer B.B. will continue his endless tour. He’s 86 and may actually want to retire some day.
This is an Eric Johnson-inspired melodic climb in the key of E. It's based on a six-note sequence that I transpose to different tonal centers as I move up and across the neck. The first part of the lick, up until the legato ending, is all alternate picked with palm muting.
At the conclusion of This Is Spinal Tap, director Marty DiBergi's warts-and-all (or, as David St. Hubbins puts it, "all warts") documentary of the metal pioneers' 1982 American tour, the band's future couldn't have looked brighter.
What do Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, Andy Summers, The Edge, James Hetfield and Jimi Hendrix have in common? They are all great rhythm players. These guys, and so many more, have restructured and redesigned the role and sound of playing rhythm guitar. And since 80 percent or more of your musical life may very well be spent playing rhythm, we should talk about it.
When the White Stripes put it in writing that the band's hiatus had turned permanent, a void opened in the musical universe. The band had expertly fused blues, rock and a little punk to create their signature sound. Now that the Stripes have left the building, people need to look elsewhere to get their fix of raw, catchy rock.
As a proud Guns N' Roses historian, I've read my fair share of GNR-related books and in a way was kind of dreading another one. I had read Slash's autobiography the day it came out, and while it proved to be a very informative read and a good look into Slash's side of the Guns saga, it ultimately felt like the voice of my longtime guitar hero was a bit lacking.
As we've already reported, The Who will be releasing Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut, a deluxe version of their 1973 album, Quadrophenia, in mid-November. To commemorate the album's release -- and pay homage to 1960s Mod Culture -- The Who are inviting filmmakers and animators to submit a music video for "5:15" that "does for the track what the Quadrophenia film did for the album."