The hallmark of Ozzy's decades-spanning career has been his indelible knack for recruiting Grade A guitarists into his band. Below is a visual history of the Prince of Darkness' six-string kings throughout the years.
From an early age, Richie Kotzen was tagged as a virtuoso, a guitar hero, a shredder. All true, of course, but with time, Kotzen proved to be so much more — a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter who can play at the speed of light one minute and then do a complete turnaround with an acoustic guitar and ballad.
Posted 10/18/2011 at 10:34am | by Brad Tolinski, Alan Paul
Despite their similar attire, Iommi and Hetfield' s demeanors provide sharp studies in contrast. Iommi, with his dark eyes, meticulously groomed moustache and soft English accent, has the dignified bearing of a British noble man. The blond, gravel-voiced, sharp-tongued Hetfield, on the other hand, has the guarded, hulking aspect of an urban street-fighting man.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently told Newsweek Magazine that he turned down the chance to compose the score for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films. He considers it the biggest mistake he ever made. Ulrich said he met Tarantino in San Francisco and Tarantino told him he had written a number of Kill Bill's fight scenes to music by Metallica.
Surely, Mark Knopfler and his band must’ve bet on the 1980 Grammys or thrown the Love Over Gold sessions. Otherwise, how can the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame explain its perennial exclusion of British rockers Dire Straits from its list of nominees? It’s a travesty rivaled only by the Baseball Hall of Fame’s lifetime bans of Pete Rose and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.
With a provocative cover graphic -- Siamese twins, naked, seated in a double rocking chair with their hair on fire-and hard-edged , uncompromising music characterized by blunt imagery and subversive thrash tones, the 1988 album Nothings Shocking established Jane's Addiction as the new darlings of Art Rock.
Today's lick is a sequence of fast, descending arpeggios based on the E Aeolian mode (E F♯ G A B C D) and performed in a deliberate two-notes-per-string pattern. I use strict alternate picking throughout the entire lick, beginning on a downstroke.
Noel Gallagher might have joined his brother’s band, Oasis. But he also became its creative force. Noel’s gift for writing hit songs put Oasis on the map in the early '90s. Their 1995 album, What’s The Story (Morning Glory), which featured the hits “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and propelled the band to international stardom.
He wrenches solos from the neck of a battered Gibson SG with all the grace of a drunken dentist; his fingers practically trip over the frets. Hands like his are most often found on pork butchers, pinball players and wrist wrestlers. Yet Angus Young's hands have fashioned some of the most memorable guitar riffs in rock history, driving such classic scorchers as "Whole Lotta Rosie," "Highway To Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long."