Photo Gallery: Guitar World Magazine Covers Through the Years — 1983
By 1983 Guitar World was on its way. Readership was growing, feedback was voluminous (and mostly positive), and some of the world's biggest musicians were gracing the covers.
This year saw interviews with Pete Townshend, Jaco Pastorius and even the legendary Les Paul. Sadly, it also saw the death of Muddy Waters, one of the most important and influential guitarists of the 20th century. As the chronicles of Guitar World continued to grow, it would become evident that every new and exciting discovery would in turn be undercut by unavoidable loss.
Regardless, Guitar World stood fast in its mission to deliver the progression of guitar music, revelatory stories and news, both good and bad.
Next week: 1984. Rock takes over starting with that most indispensable of guitar heroes, Eddie Van Halen.
For the last issue of 1983, legendary Who guitarist Pete Townshend looked back on his wild days leading one of the world's most explosive (literally!) bands. John Swenson even got the dirt on Townshend's famous windmill move: "The first time I swung my arm was after seeing Keith Richards do it the night before. But he must have just done it that one time and never did it again, so it developed into my trademark."
The guys on stage may be cool, but true players know it's the session guys who are the real deal. In the late Seventies and Eighties, Steve Lukather was the session guy, having played on some of the era's biggest hits, such as "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, "Stand Back" by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley's I Can't Stand Still album. In 1983 he was also riding high on the success of his own band, Toto. Needless to say, he had much to share with Guitar World.
By early 1983, the Dixie Dregs were no more, but rock-fusion virtuoso Steve Morse still had much to talk about. He discussed with Bill Milkowski his thoughts on the state of guitar playing, the gear he loves and his Georgia farm.
By 1983 Jaco Pastorius was two years out of Weather Report, the band that brought him critical acclaim, and focusing on his solo career. At the time many considered him to be the best bass player in the world, but sadly he had begun showing signs of mental deterioration. In the coming years, Pastorius would lose his wife, his home and tragically his life in a violent altercation four years after this Guitar Word cover story.
Jim Morrison might have been the dominant voice of The Doors, but Robby Krieger was the reserved architect, penning such hits as "Touch Me," "Love Me Two Times" and "Light My Fire." The guitarist revealed this and more about life in The Doors to Tom Bradley in the first Guitar World cover story of 1983.
You're not much of a guitar magazine if you don't acknowledge guitar inventor, recording innovator and master musician Les Paul. Guitar World writer Peter Mangaziol was fortunate enough to interview Paul at his home in New Jersey, which was described as a guitar tinkerer's playground.