Nineteen hundred and seventy-two is one of those rare years -- like, say, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1991 -- that saw the release of several seminal rock albums. As we wrote last year in our 1971 story, "even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the 'classic rock' era, it was a particularly classic year."
Metallica have announced they'll return to Mexico this summer, one month after their Orion Music + More weekend, which takes place June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. While they're south of the border, the band will unveil a new 140-by-50-foot stage featuring visual elements spanning Metallica's 30-year career.
Primus have announced a spring tour in support of their 2011 album, Green Naugahyde. The tour, which will feature two full sets, begins May 3 in Columbia, Missouri, and wraps up June 24 in Modesto, California.
Steve Vai and Vai.com have just posted some interesting items to eBay: the modded Marshall full stack Vai used on David Lee Roth's 1986 Eat 'Em and Smile album and lengthy supporting tour. The starting price was $1,000.
Check out the photo gallery, below, of the very cool-looking and sounding Richmond Dorchester with Bigsby. Richmond is one of several subdivisions of Godin Guitars, a Canadian company, and the Richmond models are made in Quebec, Canada.
Bob Mould will release his first album for Merge Records this fall. The album, which was recorded with Mould's live band -- drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk) and bassist Jason Narducy (Telekinesis, ex-Verbow) -- will be Mould's first collection of all new studio material since 2009's Life And Times.
You could go back and forth for years trying to choose the best Eddie Van Halen guitar solo on any individual Van Halen album. But to try to pick his best guitar solo ever? Damn near impossible. But that's exactly what we asked you to do two weeks ago.