As lead guitarist for Sixx:A.M., DJ Ashba has played for thousands of fans worldwide. The band’s first album, The Heroin Diaries, launched them to success with “Life Is Beautiful,” radio’s most-played rock song in 2008. Their recently released sophomore disc, This Is Gonna Hurt, is likely to surpass its predecessor, having already charted a No. 1 rock single, “Lies of the Beautiful People.”
The late Frank Zappa made his first Guitar World cover appearance with the March 1982 issue, during the magazine's third year of publication. The cover calls him "America's Most Misunderstood Genius," and the original story by John Swenson starts on page 34. Here's part two of that interview.
On August 24 and 29, the new Ozzy Osbourne documentary, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, will be broadcast to more than 400 movie theaters across the country. The film, which was made by Ozzy's son Jack Osbourne and directors Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli, was shot over the course of three years.
Today's Lick of the Day is by the one-and-only Steve Morse, and it's an open-voiced arpeggio etude that combines string-skipping and alternate-picking techniques to outline a four-chord progression while moving down the neck.
Ah, the quest for tone. I imagine that sooner or later, every musician desires to possess a sound that flows with the sweet feeling of inspiration. Eric Johnson is a long-tenured seeker who has certainly reaped the sonic rewards of his efforts. He recently took a moment with me to discuss the gear he is using as he tours in support of his 2010 release, Up Close.