Photo Gallery: Guitar World Magazine Covers Throughout the Years — 2003
The year 2003 may best be remembered as the year that defied conventional thought and wisdom.
Science had brought into the 21st century new heights of advancement and discovery. The Human Genome Project was completed, with a map of the human genome sequenced to 99.99 percent accuracy. There was Dewey and Prometea -- all these cloned horses being born.
And then there was the March 19 invasion of Iraq, entering the United States into the Iraq War, which supposedly ended on May 1 that year. "Mission Accomplished." Yet ...
Stateside, 2003 is also well-remembered for the August blackout that shut down many of the Northeastern states. In character with the year's peculiarities, what could have been a disaster turned out to be a cultural phenomenon. Instead of looting and rioting, the streets of New York -- still reeling from the devastation on 9/11 -- turned into one giant block party, with neighbors turning out food, fireworks and music for everyone to enjoy.
Guitar World managed to turn out some good stuff, too. Twelve issues, to be exact. Check out this week's photo gallery to see what was happening, guitar-wise, in 2003.
It was another classic Guitar World list, but this wasn't your standard countdown to No. 1. Assembled were 100 essential guitar albums broken down into stylistic categories, including metal, punk, alternative and classic rock.
With Pro Tools mastery, Linkin Park blended metal and rap perhaps more fluidly than anyone, which was evident on their 2003 smash album, Meteora. Here guitarist Brad Delson and programmer Mike Shinoda reveal some of their trade secrets.
In early 2003 Staind embarked on an ambitious world tour in support of their new album, 14 Shades of Grey, which had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Despite their hectic schedule, guitarists Mike Mushok and Aaron Lewis found time for an exclusive interview with GW.
In one of his most encompassing interviews ever, Jimmy Page discusses the live legacy of Led Zeppelin. It's arguably one of the coolest covers in the history of Guitar World, too.
During the making of St. Anger, James Hetfield took time to reflect on the maturity of heavy metal's ubiquitous quartet and his roll as de facto leader. "I had to learn to explain to the band what I need and not do it forcefully and not just roll over like I used to do."
Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter isn't into labels, as evident in his September interview with Jim Derogatis. "It's so funny that we're considered nu-metal. I was just trying to be fucking metal. I don't know where the nu-metal part came from."
While Nevermind gets all the glory, In Utero remains Nirvana's quintessential record. In honor of its 10th anniversary, Guitar World offered an in-depth look into the making of the album, as well as a lost interview with Kurt Cobain.
Audioslave wasn't the only dream band of the new millennium. For many, this was the first look into the hotly anticipated Velvet Revolver, which consisted of two-thirds Use Your Illusion-era Guns N' Roses and STP vocalist Scott Weiland.
Korn capped off the year with another GW cover and another album. Take a Look in the Mirror, however, would be Korn's last album to feature Brian "Head" Welch on guitar.
Two of metal's biggest guns teamed up for a discussion on the endangered state of guitar playing. Said Zakk Wylde, "I was telling Freddy McTaggart, who does my guitars, 'I think Dime and I are the only motherfuckers on this whole tour that actually can get up from low E to high E and back, safely!'"
Nu-metal pushed boundaries, but few can deny Mudvayne pushed hardest. The quartet spoke with writer Dan Epstein about their new album, The End of All Things to Come.
In this interview with George Harrison's son, Dhani, talks of completing his late father's incomplete album, Brainwashed. "We were very careful to tread lightly. I only ever dared to do anything with this album that I knew my Dad would like."