Photo Gallery: Guitar World Magazine Covers Through the Years — 1984
By 1984, there was a new sheriff in town: heavy metal.
The previous year saw massively successful releases from Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot and Metallica, to name just a few. Those bands, along with others such as Van Halen, Ratt, Dokken and Kiss, would continue the trend in 1984 with more classic releases.
In the interest of supply and demand - and recognizing undeniable talent when it's loud and in your face - Guitar World featured some of the most proficient guitar heroes of rock on several covers from 1984.
Check out the gallery below and see some of the classic images from a banner year for rock guitar.
Next week we visit 1985, beginning with that most enduring of icons, Jeff Beck.
In 1982 when Kevin DuBrow reformed Quiet Riot, there were big shoes to be filled in the guitar spot formerly held by the legendary Randy Rhoads. Those shoes were aptly filled by Carlos Cavazo, who by 1984 had made quite a name for himself following the success of 1983's Metal Health. In Guitar World's final issue of the year, Cavazo talked of his newfound success and the joys of getting paid big money to play guitar.
Elliot Easton could often be taken for granted as an oft-overlooked member of The Cars. Between leader Ric Ocasek's master song-crafting and singer/bassist Ben Orr's stark vocals, it was easy to forget that Easton laid down some of the most dynamic and melodic solos of the Eighties. In the September issue, Easton reflected on the songwriting process and his idea on songs being like "little movies."
Screaming for Vengeance had been 1982's big success for Judas Priest. In 1984 the British metal gods followed up hard with Defenders of the Faith. Though not as popular as their previous album, it did catch the ire of the rising PRMC and also inspired the name of a future Guitar World section. Thanks, guys!
In 1984 ZZ Top were riding high on the success of the previous year's Eliminator album, but guitarist Billy Gibbons hadn't forgotten his roots or his early days in the business. Gibbons spent much of his interview on his 1968 supporting gig for Jimi Hendrix and the late electric guitar pioneer's influence on young Texan.
Guitar World readers couldn't get enough of Eddie in 1984, and Van Halen took care of their fans well that year with the hugely successful 1984. Ed made no apologies as he anticipated possible backlash for the album's heavy synth sound. "I've been getting into keyboards lately - and if people don't like it, that's too bad."
It's ironic that while AC/DC are known for huge, ear-drum-crushing live shows, lead guitarist Angus Young is a rather soft-spoken and humble man. In Guitar World's March 1984 issue, Young commented on the silliness he found in his much lauded solo work. "Poor people. You'd think they'd have something better to do. I mean, there's a lot of comedy on TV worth watching."