Guns N’ Roses were often compared to the Rolling Stones, and if Appetite For Destruction was Guns’ Sticky Fingers, the Use Your Illusion albums would have to be their Exile on Main St. Like Exile, Use Your Illusion I & II won’t be remembered for the hits, but as a strong, collective statement made by a band at the pinnacle of their creativity.
He could easily be intimidated, following in the footsteps of guitarists with names like Iommi, Rhoads and Lee. But Ozzy Osbourne’s Zakk Wylde is his own man … and already proving it. Much has happened to Zakk Wylde during the past year. Besides co-writing all eight tunes on his vinyl debut and touring the world behind it, the young New Jersey hotshot established a tight bond and rapport with vocalist Ozzy Osbourne that is sure to boost his performance the next time they record.
These are the sounds of a man granted a private preview of a masterpiece-in-progress by a giant of rock guitar. Open-mouthed enthusiasm hardly becomes a Jaded Journalist, but what can you do when you're blown away? I'm sitting In Joe Satriani's cozy suite in L.A.’s Le Parc Hotel. The guitarist opens a door leading to the terrace and considers unpacking his clothes. We agree to first hear “a few” of his new tunes, and discuss rock star finery later (particularly our mutual fondness for Big John black jeans).
The November 2011 issue of Guitar World is available now, and it's a good one (if I do say so myself). First of all, there's the Big Four historic photo shoot, as represented on the cover and the two-sided fold-out poster inside (featuring James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine, reunited for the first time in years). Guitar World did the impossible, getting Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Mustaine, Kerry King and Scott Ian gather for a roundtable discussion about their music, history and the greatest thrash tour of all time.
Most musicians love a good movie. Cinema offers a fun, relaxing respite after your typical five-hour, finger-grinding guitar workout. But what's a guitar player to watch when documentaries get too heady and musicals neglect our favorite instrument?
It's two days before Christmas, and at Guitar World, the atmosphere is giddy. Ax slinger extraordinaire Steve Vai is coming to town, coming to these very offices, in fact, bearing a preview tape of Skyscraper, the album he's co-produced with David Lee Roth.
The Greek metallic powerhouse Firewind, led by guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne), has announced their first-ever
headlining North American tour, dubbed Frets of Fury. They've made a trailer video for the tour, which you can check out below.
Nevermind, Nirvana's second studio album, hit the shelves on September 24, 1991 -- and things haven't quite been the same ever since. The landmark brought alternative rock to the mainstream and sold a hell of a lot of products for Colgate (makers of Teen Spirit deodorant) ... . Now, 20 years later, we ask you to choose your favorite song from Nevermind.
On Tuesday, September 27, the bulk of Pink Floyd's catalog is getting the royal reissue treatment, courtesy of EMI. All 14 of the band's studio albums -- from The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn to The Division Bell -- will be available, all remastered and smelling of shiny new cardboard. Also available is the massive Discovery box set, which includes all 14 albums and a very cool photo book.