Photo Gallery: Guitar World Magazine Covers Throughout the Years — 2002
Much loss was felt among the music community in 2002. It was, sadly, a year marred by the deaths of some of rock and roll's most talented visionaries.
In March, Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo died of cancer, just two weeks before Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley succumbed to his addictions in his self-imposed exile at his Seattle condo. Founding Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone also died of a heroin overdose in June, as did Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby one day later.
Perhaps the most shocking loss of all was the unexpected death of founding Clash singer/guitarist Joe Strummer, who died from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect on December 22. Strummer was honored in a tribute at the Grammy Awards the following year, when Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Steven Van Zandt, Dave Grohl, Pete Thomas and Tony Kanal performed the Clash classic "London Calling."
But as unfortunate as the many passings of 2002 were, there was much to celebrate among guitar enthusiasts. System of a Down, Queens of the Stone Age and Weezer -- among others -- all worked to keep the rock and roll spirit alive with new material. Some of their stories were even captured here in the pages of Guitar World. Check out the gallery below to see the less somber side of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
"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.
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.