Guitar World asked Smithereens guitarist Jim Babjak to dissect 11 key songs from the band's catalog. He discusses the guitars and amps he and Pat DiNizio used on "Blood and Roses," "Behind the Wall of Sleep" and "A Girl Like You" straight through to their recent single, 2011's "Sorry." His descriptions also put the songs in context, providing an insider's view into what many feel is New Jersey's greatest rock band.
On May 23, Paul Gilbert and ArtistWorks launched Rock Guitar School With Paul Gilbert, an online school that enables students of all ages and ability levels to learn directly from the Racer X and Mr. Big guitarist.
Chris Thomas of C. F. Martin & Co. recently visited the Guitar World office in New York City. Accompanying him were four new Martin models -- a 00-DB Jeff Tweedy, a new D-18, the GPCPA4 Siris and a Custom Shop CS28-12 -- all of which were debuted by the Nazareth, Pennsylvania-based company at the NAMM show in January.
Glenn Tilbrook has always been something of a rarity. The Squeeze lead vocalist is one of the only frontmen of his generation of New Wave rockers -- a generation that includes Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, Debbie Harry, Ric Okasek, David Byrne and Ian Dury -- who could write and sing a boundless collection of brilliant, hook-filled hits and then grace them with catchy, lightning-fast guitar solos.
Guitarist Mick Taylor, who is generally considered the most musically gifted Rolling Stone of all time, is heading to New York City next week to kick off a six-night run of shows at the Iridium Jazz Club at 1650 Broadway. The shows run May 9 through May 14.
Mick Taylor's path to glory started one night in 1965 when the guitarist in John Mayall's backing band, The Bluesbreakers, played hooky from a gig. A guitar and amp were present -- but their owner, Eric Clapton -- had somewhere else to be. Sixteen-year-old Mick Taylor, who was in the audience that night, asked Mayall if he could sit in. The band leader agreed, and Taylor, who was already familiar with Mayall's material, made a strong and lasting impression.
Ken Scott—one of a handful of recording engineers to have worked with the Beatles—has stories to tell. And lucky for us, he loves telling them. To emphasize the point, Scott will be publishing a 500-page memoir, Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust, on June 6 through Alfred Music Publishing. The book recounts the events of what Scott calls his "blessed life" working with innumerable rock legends.
"There's a whole thing in the book about the different places I've been with Jeff and his mental state. With Truth, it was before any of them [the Jeff Beck Group] were really known. It was just a bunch of great guys, and we had a blast recording it. When we were gonna start the next album, they came in after their first American tour and they had egos out the door. It was obvious very quickly we weren't gonna work well together."