In a surprising turn of events, drummer Bill Ward has issued a statement on his official website stating that he may choose to sit out this year's Black Sabbath reunion -- both the new album and subsequent live dates -- unless he is presented with a fair contract.
Alex Skolnick is one busy man. He has been touring relentlessly, promoting his latest Alex Skolnick Jazz Trio album, Veritas, and co-headlining a tour with Anthrax and Death Angel. He even hosted a guitar camp, the Winter Guitar Retreat, with Megadeth's Chris Broderick over the holidays. On January 20 at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Skolnick and his band, Testament, headlined the Dean Guitars NAMM Jam.
Here's a fun video demo of several new Orange amps filmed at this week's 2012 Winter NAMM show. The amps in the video include the OR-50, the OR-15, the #4 Jim Root Signature model and the Micro Terror.
Following the recent announcement of a 19-date tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Thick As A Brick, on April 3, Ian Anderson will release a sequel to the original Jethro Tull album. In 1972, Anderson wrote and recorded Thick As A Brick with Jethro Tull. At the time, the lyrics were credited to the fictitious child character, Gerald Bostock, whose parents supposedly lied about his age. So, 40 years later, what would Bostock -– who'd be 50 in 2012 -– be doing today?
AC/DC have halted recording sessions for a new album due to the illness of a band member. As for exactly who is feeling under the weather, mum's the word. AC/DC singer Brian Johnson said on The Cowhead Show: "Hopefully this year we can get back together again. One of the boys is a little sick. I can't say anything, but he's getting better."
In the mid-1960s, The Yardbirds revolutionized modern rock by turning super guitar players into superstars. The group -- which made the jagged shift from traditional blues to psychedelic rave-ups -- was the launching pad for Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Several Yardbirds songs, including "Shapes of Things," "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" and "Over Under Sideways Down" are considered mini-masterpieces of mid-'60s rock guitar -- prime examples of the power of perfectly placed notes.