Photo Gallery: Guitar World Magazine Covers Throughout the Years — 2000
It was the year 2000, the end of a millennium.
That's right. Most people forget there was no year "0." So, technically speaking, 2000 was the last year of the millennium.
But who wants to split hairs? Y2K came and went without a hitch, and clubs everywhere finally stopped playing "1999" by Prince. Not that there's anything wrong with that song -- at least there wasn't until it became the ubiquitous soundtrack to the previous year's final weeks.
Prince notwithstanding, there was a lot happening in the music world in 2000. Carlos Santana had made a huge comeback with 1999's Supernatural. Not only did the Mexican guitarist make a dramatic return to his legendary form, but he made soloing -- not to mention playing in standard tuning -- cool again.
For those who still loved the low rumble of modern metal, there was still much to revel over. Korn had released Issues the previous year and made the first GW cover of 2000. Iowa's hardcore kings, Slipknot, were still touring off their self-titled 1999 release; they starred in June's special 3-D feature issue. And Pantera were back with a new album in 2000, Reinventing the Steel. Dime grabbed May's cover spot and, as usual, did not fail to disappoint with his take-no-prisoners, say-it-like-it-is demeanor.
There were, of course, several other great artists on our covers in 2000. Take a look at the photo gallery below to see them all.
Issues took Korn's previous album, Follow the Leader, an aggressive step further. Guitarists Munky and Head, with singer Jonathan Davis, discuss the new album in the first Guitar World issue of 2000.
Jimmy Page and Chris and Rich Robinson discuss how they choose the songs that would end up being featured on the Jimmy Page/Black Crowes tour, and their album, Live at the Greek. "There were a few songs," said Chris, "that we played by ourselves before Jimmy got there, where we said, 'We're not really killin' this one. Let's drop it.' Like 'Houses of the Holy.' I just didn't think we had the funk."
Upon the 30th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death, Guitar World paid homage to the pioneering guitarist with an extensive collection of interviews, a catalog overview and inclusive conversation with Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell.
With their new album, Warning out, pop-punk icons Green Day were invited to talk about what it meant to be "punk" in the millennium. Ironically, sales of Warning suffered in light of the band's direction toward more ska and surf-oriented rock.
So unusual and varied was Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland's multifaceted stage attire that GW dedicated four separate October covers to him, each featuring a different costume scheme.
Although their song "I Disappear" was supposed to be Metallica's hot summer track off the Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack, an unfinished version of the song ended up making bigger waves when it appeared on Napster. Metallica filed suit against the file-sharing website and launched a storm of controversy over copyright laws and intellectual property.
On the 10th anniversary of his death, Stevie Ray Vaughan is commemorated in this special issue of Guitar World. In addition to a reprint of the first interview ever conducted with the legendary bluesman, there is album-by-album guide with Double Trouble and a 1988 conversation conducted by a Yale social worker where SRV talks about the healing power of music.
In this retrospective of Carlos Santana's career, GW goes back as far as his legendary performance at Woodstock in 1969, to 30 years later with his comeback album, Supernatural.
Few albums in the history of rock and roll can match the ambition of Pink Floyd's The Wall. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Guitar World gave readers an inside look at the making of Floyd's ultimate concept album.
Billy Corgan and James Iha took a new approach to guitar playing on the latest Smashing Pumpkins album, MACHINA/the machines of god. Said Corgan, "We decided that, whether the guitars sound shitty or great, they just had to sound unique. And that became our method."
It had been four years since the release of The Great Southern Trendkill, but in 2000, Pantera were finally back with a new album. "Most bands don't make it past two albums and tours, if that," said guitarist Dimebage Darrell. "We pulled it off, but we got to the point where we knew it was time to take a break."
Featured in a special 3-D issue of Guitar World, Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson offered some sound advice in contrast to the band's violent concert appeal. "The most important thing is that we connect with our audience. The bands that can't connect with their audience are the bands that you eventually see on Where Are They Now?"