Staind guitarist Mike Mushok said making the band's new self-titled album was the most difficult thing he's ever done. During the sessions that spanned in earnest from January to April of this year, the band split with drummer John Wysocki, and lead singer Aaron Lewis had to find time to promote his Top 10 country solo EP, Town Line.
Forbidden is a classic thrash band in every sense of the word. Their roster has included members of Slayer (Paul Bostaph), Testament (Glen Avelias), Strapping Young Lad/Fear Factory (Gene Hoglan) and Machine Head (Robb Flynn), but through it all, guitarist Craig Locicero has kept the Forbidden sound anchored down with brutally precise riffs and shredding solos.
I recently made some hand-to-neck contact with Steve Howe's famous 1964 Gibson ES-175. He brought it with him when he visited Guitar World for a photo shoot and a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature -- which you'll see soon in the pages of Guitar World magazine.
Dave Mustaine has ruled the ranks of Megadeth for the better part of 28 years. Check out Guitar World's photo gallery of the musicians who have been a part, large or small, of one of thrash's finest outfits.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American blues guitarist who came to prominence in the early Eighties. He released a string of successful albums throughout the decade with his band, Double Trouble. An innovator of Texas blues, Vaughan almost single-handedly commercialized the genre with the release of his debut, Texas Flood, in 1983.
Longtime fans of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin who have been waiting to finally hear the recordings of the two bands' legendary jam session can finally exhale. But not for a happy reason. According to Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, the recordings don't exist.