Photo Gallery: Guitar World Magazine Covers Through the Years — 1997
The music industry is one of ups and downs. Waves of popularity and interest crest and break with all the predictability of a violent sea.
In 1987, U2 was "Rock's Hottest Ticket," according to Time magazine. A decade later, the Irish mega-group released Pop, a funky, dance-y departure that failed to resonate with fans.
Similarly, in 1996, Oasis was sitting on universal adulation from fans, critics and mainstream media. After a performance in front of 250,000 at Knebworth, it appeared Oasis' stock could only go up. In 1997 the band released their third album, Be Here Now. It became the fastest-selling album in U.K. history, with more than 1 million units sold in the first two weeks. But the hurried follow-up to (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was panned by critics and fans alike, and the band has since been unable to reclaim their mid-Nineties success.
And then there was grunge. As a movement, grunge was the defiant but earnest response to the indulgent buffoonery of late-Eighties pop metal. But little more than halfway through the decade, the alternative rock scene turned self-deprecation into self-mockery. It was the beginning of the end as grunge became the very farce it had fought so hard to alienate itself from.
There was, however, Radiohead and OK Computer. Indie rock now had a stepping stone to propel itself into the modern rock arena. Thus, the ubiquitous but ever elusive underground found a new darling, and the tide began its turn.
Sometimes we focus so much on the players, we forget about the instruments that make us salivate on sight. In this issue, not only did Guitar World examine the rarest, weirdest and most expensive guitars on earth, but provided an overview of the most coveted celebrity guitars, including Jimi Hendrix's '69 Woodstock Strat and Jimmy Page's Double-Neck SG.
Aerosmith were back with Nine Lives, but their first album with Columbia Records almost destroyed the band. Though they had to oust their manager and change producers, Aerosmith remained undeterred, even embarking on a massive two-year tour in support of their new album.
Dave Grohl has always been one of the more pragmatic rock stars. He offered in this interview with GW, among other things, common fashion sense. "The last thing I want to do is go onstage in a Dolce & Gabana suit and ruin it by jumping around and sweating it up. I'll stick with a T-shirt, thank you very much."
Omaha, Nebraska, is better known for its insurance than its rock, but in 1997, natives 311 were owning the airwaves and MTV with their funky blend of grunge, psychedelia, dub and metal. Tim Mahoney and Nick Hexum sat down and talked about their band's latest album, Transistor.
The newly reunited Black Sabbath led the charge in what GW dubbed "The Summer of Loud." In tow were heavy metal heavyweights Pantera, Korn and Marilyn Manson.
In hiring Razorblade Suitcase engineer Steve Albini, who worked on Nirvana's In Utero, Bush had to continue to endure constant comparisons to their Seattle counterparts. In an interview with GW, Gavin Rossdale and Nigel Pulsford try to set the record straight.
Thanks to Experience Hendrix, LLC, the legendary guitarist's back catalog could get its proper royal treatment. Previously Hendrix's recordings -- languishing in legal limbo -- were subject to careless mixing and release, tarnishing the icon's seminal body of work. But under the scrupulous eyes of the Hendrix family, Jimi's legacy was restored with a bevy of newly remastered albums, tracks and live performances.
In case you hadn't noticed, Guitar World loves its lists. But believe it or not, this was our first "All-time Greats" list. Most of the usual suspects made the cut. Of course, GW beefed things up with an equipment list and selection of best tracks.
While Pop may not have won over every U2 fan, the group did not fail to impress with their always-spectacular stage show. Here guitarist The Edge gives readers an inside look at the band's over-the-top PopMart tour.
Bridges to Babylon showed the world that age doesn't matter when it comes to rock. The Stones were still rolling, and Keith was still his amiable in not impish self as he recalls his life as rock 'n' roll's perennial bad boy.
Although One Hot Minute failed to resonate with critics or fans, Dave Navarro and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were still touring off and on in 1997. By the same time next year, however, Navarro was out of the band.
Metallica could have played it safe. They could have returned to the tried-and-true formula that made them the biggest metal band in the world after mixed responses to the alternative-tinged Load. Instead they continued their forward momentum and unleashed Re-Load, further exploring their new, stripped-down approach.