Photo Gallery: Guitar World Magazine Covers Through the Years — 1994
For many, 1994 is memorable for a number of momentous occasions in sports. For the second time in two years -- in an attempt to offset itself from the summer games -- the Winter Olympics were held, taking place in Lillehammer, Norway. Brazil beat Italy in an intense penalty shootout to win the World Cup. And Major League Baseball players went on strike, effectively ending the season.
But for the musically inclined, 1994 strikes a particularly somber note. On April 8, the body of Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, Washington. Cobain, 27, had died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Much like John Lennon, the impact of Cobain's death transcended the music world. Cobain had become the voice of his generation; he was the reluctant hero to a disenchanted youth culture. He represented the early Nineties' ubiquitous turn from the decadence of the previous decade to the stark realism of post-Reagan America. That his death came as a result of the despondency he'd taught a generation to embrace only adds further bitterness to the tragedy.
As one can see from the photo gallery below, grunge had come to infiltrate almost all forms of music media. Even Guitar World could not ignore alternative rock, no matter how minimal the guitar playing. Love him or hate him, Kurt Cobain was an innovator, and the silence of innovation is always a notable loss.
He was at the time the Artist Formerly Known as Prince. As eccentric a reputation as Prince had -- he is back to Prince, right? -- he also had a reputation as an incredible performer and well-respected, if not often overlooked, guitar player. In this exclusive interview, Prince spoke candidly -- and enigmatically -- with GW'S Alan Di Perna.
In this classic rock special, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones talks about his guitar playing, working with Ron Wood and replacing bassist Bill Wyman.
From the Cradle was Eric Clapton's much-anticipated return to blues. Clapton was still riding high off the groundbreaking success of his Unplugged album, but From the Cradle was viewed as a true return to form for the guitar god, akin to his days with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers.
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour sat with Brad Tolinski to talk about the band's latest album, The Division Bell. It had been seven years since Pink Floyd's last album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, which isn't that long, considering the band has yet to release an album since Division Bell.
Having survived countless comparisons to Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo were ready to assert themselves with Purple, the band's indelible mark on alternative rock.
At the time, the Allman Brothers Band was still comprised of two legendary guitarists: Dickey Betts and Warren Haynes. The younger Haynes, however, still had his share of detractors. Said Betts: "Warren is not replacing a legend. A legend was killed over 20 years ago. Nobody's gonna replace Duane [Allman]."
Pete Townshed was as much an expert on breaking guitars as he was musical boundaries. Townshend said of his first guitar-smashing: "It banged against the ceiling and smashed against a hole in the plaster, and the guitar head actually poked through the ceiling. When I took it out, the top of the neck was left behind. I couldn't believe what had happened."
The editor's of Guitar World had another list up their sleeves. This one ranked the 100 Most Important People in Guitar. The only stipulation: everyone on the list had to be alive; no dead guys. A list without Jimi Hendrix? Had to be a first.
In his first solo Guitar World cover, Dimebag Darrell talked about Pantera's latest album, Far Beyond Driven and breaking his dad's rules on what a "good" musician is supposed to do.
To call Billy Gibbons' guitar collection enigmatic would be an understatement; it's downright other-worldly. Gibbons commented on 10 of the most notable oddities in his axe arsenal, including a mummified Explorer and a Casio guitar.
Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix included an all-star cast of musicians, including Slash, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Chrissie Hynde. Guitar World gave readers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album.
Thanks to the massive success of Vs., Pearl Jam were the force to be reckoned with in 1994. But the band remained humble. Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Jeff Ament even opened up to Guitar World about, among other things, flatulence on stage.