Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company — both of whom are celebrating their 40th anniversaries in 2013 — recently teamed up for a co-headling US tour. The 40 Tour, which kicked off June 20 in Auburn, Washington, draws to a close July 27 in Bethel, New York.
Guitarist Kiko Loureiro, who, as a member of Brazilian power metal giants Angra, has already earned his claim to fame, has nothing more to prove. His technical prowess and exciting playing have garnered him fans from across the globe. We recently tracked down Loureiro to discuss his fourth solo album, Sounds of Innocence.
Maxxxwell Carlisle is an up-and-coming guitarist on LA's metal scene. He has released two EP’s in only six months, and he's working on even more projects at the moment. We recently spoke to Carlisle — who has played with Death Riders and other notable LA-based bands — about what it's like to have so many irons in the fire.
Marty Favento, who was born and raised in a small town called Koper in Slovenia, started playing guitar at age 10. His father, an accomplished blues guitarist, got him into guitar playing and sent him to a private music school, where he spent five years studying. GuitarWorld.com caught up with Favento to discuss his band Shock Rocket’s new album. Lift Off, which is getting some cool buzz in the European metal underground.
Popa Chubby, a larger-than-life figure on the blues scene, has built a rabid following around the world through his relentless touring schedule and ever-expanding discography. His latest album, Universal Breakdown Blues, will be released May 28 via Provogue Records.
Holy Grail was born in Pasadena, California, in 2008 and hasn't slowed down for a second. They released their debut EP, Improper Burial, in 2009, followed by their 2010 critically acclaimed commercial smash Crisis In Utopia, which Metal Assault called "a mind-blowing effort that exudes unbounded freshness and musicianship."
In the 1980’s, Guitarist Craig Goldy was already having an amazing career. While playing for bands like Rough Cutt and Giuffria, his resume was already impressive. But in 1987 when the guitar slot for the legendary band Dio opened up, he would ultimately be chosen to play for the band. This raised the young guitarist into a whole new echelon of the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal universe.
Some people consider the Winter NAMM Show the musical-instrument Super Bowl. It's a time for instrument manufacturers and other companies to unveil their new product lines. It's also a time when some of the best musicians in the world head to Anaheim, California, to rock out, share their passion for music and jam with their peers.
Current and former members of Anthrax, Queensryche, Rising Force, Racer X and other metal bands will take part in the 2013 NAMM Metal Jam this Wednesday, January 23, at the Whiskey A-Go Go in West Hollywood, California.