Every great rock song has a great riff, be it a single-note melody or a chordal-based sequence, and that's probably what makes it a great song. Like a great frontman, a really good rock riff should have a hypnotic, star quality. A great riff can take you over; you might find yourself playing it repeatedly for ten minutes. There's something about it that makes you want to indulge in it.
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1).
Smashing Pumpkins have announced a world tour that kicks off March 23 and runs through August 11. Billy Corgan and company will visit the US, Europe, the UK, Japan and Mexico. The band — Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder, drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino — will perform songs from their entire catalog, including their 2012 album, Oceania.
Internal tensions, while always present, began to undermine the Pumpkins not long after Mellon Collie’s release. Neither the original quartet of Corgan, guitarist James Iha, bassist D’arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin nor subsequent lineups ever achieved the same level of guitar-drenched grandeur, although Corgan and the most recent Pumpkins ensemble go a long way in that direction on their current tour, for Oceania, their latest album.
Make no mistake. Eddie Van Halen can still kick your ass. The man who single-handedly changed the face of rock is still mean, lean and sharp as a tack. And if you dispute the ownership of the crown, try to imagine a world without him. I came to pay my tribute, sneak a peak at that famous Marshall and meet the man I most wanted to be at 17.
EMI will reissue The Smashing Pumpkins' Pisces Iscariot album July 17 in North America and July 16 internationally. The album, which was released in 1994, reached No. 4 on Billboard Top 200 albums chart.