Guitar World Magazine Covers Gallery: Every Issue from 2001 to 2007
When one thinks of 2001, several cultural references spring to mind.
It was the first official year of the new millennium. A new U.S. President assumed office. And then there's the unavoidable image of HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the red eye glowing and speaking in that creepy monotonic voice: "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."
But for all 2001's cultural quirks and musings, it is impossible not to recall what was — for those of us who weren't witness to World War II or John F. Kennedy's assassination — the most horrifying moment in the country's collective conscience: 9/11. Such a moment holds a unique place in every individual's heart and mind.
And then there were the concerts that followed in the wake. America: A Tribute to Heroes and the Concert for New York City saw a varied stable of artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, the Who and David Bowie, come together to lend some unity and celebration of life in a time of chaos and fear. It was a testament to just how important music is to the contentment of life, not just for the United States, but the entire world.
Of course, the photo gallery below doesn't stop at 2001. It continues through 2007, displaying a full seven years' worth of covers. We hope you enjoy this trip through GW's history. If you're in the mood for more, be sure to check out our photo gallery of every Guitar World magazine cover from 1980 to 1986, from 1987 to 1993 and from 1994 to 2000.
NOTE: Remember, you can click on each photo to take a closer look.
JUNE 2001: It had been five years since Aenima and Tool fans were ravenous for a new album. They got Lateralus, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Said guitarist Adam Jones, "What we do is magical. And I wouldn't trade it for anything."
AUGUST 2001: Iowa was Slipknot's darker, heavier Grammy-nominated follow-up to 1999's Slipknot. Just before its release, the masked men of hardcore sat down with Guitar World and discussed the album and all its blastbeat, grindcore awesomeness.
JULY 2001: The complete history of the dark overlords of metal. After 30 years, Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill were still heavy metal's ultimate force to be reckoned with.
SEPTEMBER 2001: Nu-metal was still the hot ticket in 2001, and Staind's Break the Cycle burned up the charts with huge sales. Guitarist Mike Mushok talked about the band's breakthrough success and stature as nu-metal elite.
OCTOBER 2001: It had been 10 years since the release of Nevermind. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic talked about making the quintessential Nineties album and working with Kurt Cobain. "He was artistic, and he had this aesthetic that was pretty wild, particularly in his artwork."
HOLIDAY 2005: For our holiday issue, GW asked a slew of guitar luminaries to name the record that changed their lives. Among the noteworthy responses -- Dave Mustaine: Let There Be Rock; Yngwie Malmsteen: Fireball; and Slash: Rocks.
DECEMBER 2005: It was one year ago that the world lost a guitar hero, but for drummer Vinnie Paul, it'd been one year since he lost his brother. Paul sat down with Guitar World to discuss life without Dimebag and how he planned to keep his brother's memory alive.
NOVEMBER 2005: A Bigger Bang was the Rolling Stones first studio album in eight years -- the band's longest gap between studio records. But the wait was worth it; Keith Richards shared with Guitar World how the Stones got back to their roots rock origins.
OCOTOBER 2005: Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock performance is one of the most celebrated moments in rock and roll history. After 36 years, Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox got together to discuss playing rhythm for Jimi at the historic music festival.
SEPTEMBER 2005: Guitar World wasn't the only institution celebrating a 25th birthday in 2005. Megagroup U2 also hit the quarter-century milestone. The Edge gave GW readers his perspective on being the guitarist for the world's most popular band.
AUGUST 2005: Audioslave's eponymous debut was a huge hit for the supergroup, and resident guitar maestro Tom Morello was ready to show the world it was no fluke with 2005's follow-up, Out of Exile.
JUNE 2005: Guitar World exposes the details of the recording sessions that produced Nevermind and Bleach and made Nirvana the biggest band of the Nineties.
JULY 2005: Don't let the wide-eyed gaze fool you. System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian approaches music with a rather unassuming banality. "Songwriting to me is just as mysterious as serial killing." Um, OK.
MAY 2005: While just about every album in the Led Zeppelin canon is worthy of "masterpiece" status, Physical Graffiti was considered Zep's most ambitious effort. GW celebrated Graffiti's 30th birthday with Jimmy Page.
APRIL 2005: Although not always appropriate, just about every guitarist wants to be able to pull out speedy, mind-bending licks when needed. Who better to show Guitar World readers how that's done than Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and Alexi Laiho?
MARCH 2005: Guitar World pays homage to a fallen idol. Darrell Abbott's uncompromising and candid demeanor made him one of GW's most popular interviewees, his kinetic personality as engaging as his ferocious guitar playing.
FEBRUARY 2005: It wasn't all high fives and pats on the back when Guitar World turned 25. The February issue also recalled some of the magazine's less stellar moments -- "Stariway to Heaven," anyone?
JANUARY 2005: A hotshot guitarist from a blues-rock trio comes out of Texas and shakes up the guitar world with a Grammy-nominated hit single. Story sound familiar? This time it was Henry Garza from Los Lonely Boys.
HOLIDAY 2004: In our first holiday issue, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong opens a can of rock opera whoop ass on the establishment. The success of American Idiot gave Armstrong a platform for dissent. "I finally felt like the media had crossed the line between journalism and reality TV."
DECEMBER 2004: You can only do so many "100 Greatest" lists. Flipping the idea on its head, Guitar World presented 100 moments in the instrument's history that still make listeners wince a first note. Smart idea? That depends who you ask.
NOVEMBER 2004: In 2004 Jet were unabashed in their devotion to simplicity. "To me, it's more about attitude than actual musical knowledge," said guitarist Nic Cester. "I think musical knowledge can be more of a hindrance to rock and roll."
OCTOBER 2004: It was a sad day (albeit a temporary one) for jam-band devotees when de facto Phish leader Trey Anastasio dissolved the Vermont rockers. But the guitarist explained, "The guys were and have been understanding. There's still this very deep love. It's weird."
SEPTEMBER 2004: The September issue, highlighting Ozzfest 2004, featured two separate covers -- one featuring Black Sabbath, the other featuring Judas Priest. "Playing the big summer show is a great career move," said Judas Priest's K.K. Downing, "and we plan to shine every night."
AUGUST 2004: The King had been missing in action for five long years before this feature, Ed's first major interview in that time, with GW Editor-in-Chief Brad Tolinski. Said the returning Van Halen, "There is nothing that can keep me down. Whatever stands before me I will deal with it."
JULY 2004: "You either strive for greatness or you go home, 'cause you've gotta give it all or nothing." These were Zakk Wylde's words of wisdom as he lead Guitar World readers through an intense six-string boot camp, which featured additional practice tips John Petrucci and Joe Satriani.
JUNE 2004: Some Kind of Monster was not your ordinary, self-promoting rockumentary. It was a no-holds barred look at the inner-constructs of a heavy metal supergroup. Said Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, "Our attitude from the beginning was 'Warts and all.' We said to the filmmakers, 'Show us good. Show us bad. Just show us.'"
MAY 2004: Marking the band's first major-label record, Elephant brought Jack and Meg White mainstream success. White's stripped-down, bluesy guitar riffing made him a darling of contemporary critics, but he still had much to prove among the guitar enthusiasts.
APRIL 2004: Blues heads are better than one.* Guitar World fans got a double dose of guitar greatness when Jimmy Page and Joe Perry sat down to talk about all things blues -- the music at the cornerstone of each players' legendary bands.
*Vote for Worst Pun Ever.
MARCH 2004: In his last GW cover appearance as a living, breathing musician, Dimebag dishes the dirt on the breakup of Pantera and the rise of his new, brutal groove metal outfit, Damageplan.
FEBRUARY 2004: Probot -- it sounds like an iPhone app, but in 2004 it was Foo Fighter's frontman Dave Grohl's much-heralded heavy metal album. Assisting Mr. Grohl in his metal pursuits was former Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil and ultimate heavy metal disciple Jack Black.
JANUARY 2004: With 2003's Blink-182, the SoCal Pop-Punk trio took a more "mature" approach with their self-titled fifth LP, adding experimental elements to their tried-and-true uptempo powerpop.
DECEMBER 2003: Korn capped off the year with another GW cover and another album. Take a Look in the Mirror, however, would be Korn's last album to feature Brian "Head" Welch on guitar.
NOVEMBER 2003: Audioslave wasn't the only dream band of the new millennium. For many, this was the first look into the hotly anticipated Velvet Revolver, which consisted of two-thirds Use Your Illusion-era Guns N' Roses and STP vocalist Scott Weiland.
OCTOBER 2003: While Nevermind gets all the glory, In Utero remains Nirvana's quintessential record. In honor of its 10th anniversary, Guitar World offered an in-depth look into the making of the album, as well as a lost interview with Kurt Cobain.
SEPTEMBER 2003: Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter isn't into labels, as evident in his September interview with Jim Derogatis. "It's so funny that we're considered nu-metal. I was just trying to be fucking metal. I don't know where the nu-metal part came from."
JULY 2003: In one of his most encompassing interviews ever, Jimmy Page discusses the live legacy of Led Zeppelin. It's arguably one of the coolest covers in the history of Guitar World, too.
AUGUST 2003: During the making of St. Anger, James Hetfield took time to reflect on the maturity of heavy metal's ubiquitous quartet and his roll as de facto leader. "I had to learn to explain to the band what I need and not do it forcefully and not just roll over like I used to do."
JUNE 2003: In early 2003 Staind embarked on an ambitious world tour in support of their new album, 14 Shades of Grey, which had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Despite their hectic schedule, guitarists Mike Mushok and Aaron Lewis found time for an exclusive interview with GW.
MAY 2003: With Pro Tools mastery, Linkin Park blended metal and rap perhaps more fluidly than anyone, which was evident on their 2003 smash album, Meteora. Here guitarist Brad Delson and programmer Mike Shinoda reveal some of their trade secrets.
APRIL 2003: It was another classic Guitar World list, but this wasn't your standard countdown to No. 1. Assembled were 100 essential guitar albums broken down into stylistic categories, including metal, punk, alternative and classic rock.
MARCH 2003: Two of metal's biggest guns teamed up for a discussion on the endangered state of guitar playing. Said Zakk Wylde, "I was telling Freddy McTaggart, who does my guitars, 'I think Dime and I are the only motherfuckers on this whole tour that actually can get up from low E to high E and back, safely!'"
FEBRUARY 2003: Nu-metal pushed boundaries, but few can deny Mudvayne pushed hardest. The quartet spoke with writer Dan Epstein about their new album, The End of All Things to Come.
JANUARY 2003: In this interview with George Harrison's son, Dhani, talks of completing his late father's incomplete album, Brainwashed. "We were very careful to tread lightly. I only ever dared to do anything with this album that I knew my Dad would like."
DECEMBER 2002: Throwing discouragement to the wind, Tom Morello forged on after Rage Against the Machine by joining forces with former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Their supergroup, Audioslave, itself was only a flash in the pan... but what a flash.
NOVEMBER 2002: With their latest album, Believe, Disturbed were taking the hokum out of nu-metal and establishing themselves as serious rockers not to be trifled with.
OCTOBER 2002: Some people call him indestructible; we call him The King of Rock & Roll. In this exclusive interview, Keith Richards looks back on 40 years of madness, mayhem and making music.
SEPTEMBER 2002: The life and times of Jimi Hendrix are chronicled in Charles R. Cross's fresh biography on the iconic guitarist, who would have been celebrating his 60th birthday in 2002.
AUGUST 2002: It's the 35th anniversary of the Beatles' seminal album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. And who better to emcee the celebration than party masters Red Hot Chili Peppers?
JULY 2002: It was a who's who of Ozzfest 2002, when Zakk Wylde, System of a Down, P.O.D. and the Ozzman himself sat down to talk about influences and their favorite live shows.
JUNE 2002: Korn guitarists Munky and Head, along with lead singer Jonathan Davis, gave Guitar World fans an inside look at the making of their then-upcoming album, Untouchables.
MAY 2002: No one can ever call Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo abashed. In his interview, Rivers boasts of his hidden technical prowess. "If you put a gun to my head and said, 'Shred!' I could blow some motherfuckers away. It would probably be shocking."
APRIL 2002: Creed sat down with GW to talk about their meteoric rise and their substantial presence on the internet. "For a lot of our diehard fans," said guitarist Mark Tremonti, "half of their social life is spent on the computer reading our bulletin board sites." Really? Only half?
MARCH 2002: "I lost a lot of sleep over the guitar solos on ...And Justice For All," said Kirk Hammett, marveling over his career after being named the first inductee into the Guitar World Hall of Fame.
FEBRUARY 2002: Fans of the quiet Beatle were still in mourning after his death in November 2001. Guitar World offered this special tribute issue in honor the man who ushered in the era of modern rock guitar.
JANUARY 2002: For 30 years, Led Zeppelin's untitled masterpiece -- commonly referred to as IV -- held the title of the ultimate classic rock album. The title still holds almost 10 years after Jimmy Page's exclusive interview with Guitar World on the making of the legendary record.
DECEMBER 2001: It's a Pink Floyd extravaganza as Guitar World celebrates the release of the British rockers' box set.
NOVEMBER 2001: After Ozzy's reunion with Black Sabbath and Zakk's success with his own band, Black Label Society, Osbourne and Wylde teamed up once again to make Down to Earth.
MAY 2001: Aerosmith kept it in the family with their self-produced 2001 album, Just Push Play. Guitarist Brad Whitford explained, "Historically, when you have a producer you immediately create this insulated process, this wall. So the only way to remove that wall is to produce the album yourself."
APRIL 2001: Creed's Mark Tremonti didn't let the naysayers and critics get under his skin; he took his band's success in stride. "People accuse us of being middle of the road, but that's exactly what we are. We're average kind of guys that play in a band that's written a lot of songs that people like."
MARCH 2001: Four decades of hard rock is put on retrospective in the March issue. The history of punk, grunge, classic rock, hair and heavy metal are retraced, along with classic albums like Paranoid, Back in Black and Ride the Lightning.
FEBRUARY 2001: 2000's Conspiracy of One was slated to be The Offspring's first digital album release, but when their label threatened to sue, the band settled for a physical release. By 2001, however, The Offspring were in full support of peer-to-peer file sharing, claiming the activity did not hurt sales.
JANUARY 2001: George Harrison opens the year with a look back on his Beatles years. This was one of a dual-cover spread, with the Beatles on one cover and Papa Roach on another. To be fair, Papa Roach were everywhere at the time.