Van Halen's new album, A Different Kind of Truth, has officially landed in the number two spot on this week's Billboard charts. The band's first new album with David Lee Roth in 28 years moved over 187,000 copies in its first week on sale.
By the fall of 1965, the Beatles and George Martin had come to regard the recording studio as a place to experiment, think outside the box and slowly pull away from their tried-and-true formulas. On October 12 of that year, they did just that, recording a brilliant new John Lennon composition inspired by a clandestine affair he was having at the time. The recording would feature an exciting new tool, George Harrison's sitar.
Here's the third and final part of my recent interview with shredder Michael Angelo Batio. This time, we discuss the time Batio auditioned for Kiss -- and the new 25th anniversary commemorative edition of his Star Licks instructional DVD.
"I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican," said Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine in a recent interview. "I can't bear to watch what's happened to our great country. Everybody's got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job...' I don't think so. Not from what I see."
Not sure if you've noticed, but Van Halen have been in the news a lot lately. There's the new album, the rumors -- or hopes, at least -- of a surprise Grammy night appearance -- and now this: The gang over at Yahoo! have tracked down Lillian Muller, the actress who played the hot teacher in Van Halen's 1984 video for "Hot for Teacher."
While no one knows for sure what's going to happen next month in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony when Guns N' Roses are inducted, at least one man seems to have the inside scoop on who will be attending.
The next installment of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp takes place Thursday through Monday, February 20, in Hollywood, California. There current batch of the camp's celeb guitarists reads like a very cool NAMM booth appearance roster.