Photo Gallery: Guitar World Magazine Covers Throughout the Years — 2005
A quarter-century had past since Guitar World first hit newsstands.
Celebrating in style, the February 2005 issue included a gatefold cover featuring a cast of legendary axemen -- including Zakk Wylde, John Frusciante, Tom Morello, Joe Perry and Slash -- with the most celebrated of guitar heroes, Jimmy Page, seated front and center.
Of course, we didn't limit all the good stuff to just February. All of 2005 was jam-packed with guitar awesomeness -- it didn't hurt that 12 rock albums reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 that year. Newcomers Alexi Laiho and Daron Malakian made their cover debuts, alongside classic guitar stalwarts like Steve Vai, The Edge and Keith Richards.
Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain were also recognized, but it was the recently departed Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott who got two tribute issues in '05.
It wasn't too long ago, but hey, it's fun to reminisce. Here is this week's gallery of Guitar World issues past.
Don't let the wide-eyed gaze fool you. System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian approaches music with a rather unassuming banality. "Songwriting to me is just as mysterious as serial killing." Um, OK.
Audioslave's eponymous debut was a huge hit for the supergroup, and resident guitar maestro Tom Morello was ready to show the world it was no fluke with 2005's follow-up, Out of Exile.
Guitar World wasn't the only institution celebrating a 25th birthday in 2005. Megagroup U2 also hit the quarter-century milestone. The Edge gave GW readers his perspective on being the guitarist for the world's most popular band.
It wasn't all high fives and pats on the back when Guitar World turned 25. The February issue also recalled some of the magazine's less stellar moments -- "Stariway to Heaven," anyone?
Guitar World pays homage to a fallen idol. Darrell Abbott's uncompromising and candid demeanor made him one of GW's most popular interviewees, his kinetic personality as engaging as his ferocious guitar playing.
Although not always appropriate, just about every guitarist wants to be able to pull out speedy, mind-bending licks when needed. Who better to show Guitar World readers how that's done than Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and Alexi Laiho?
While just about every album in the Led Zeppelin canon is worthy of "masterpiece" status, Physical Graffiti was considered Zep's most ambitious effort. GW celebrated Graffiti's 30th birthday with Jimmy Page.
Guitar World exposes the details of the recording sessions that produced Nevermind and Bleach and made Nirvana the biggest band of the Nineties.
Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock performance is one of the most celebrated moments in rock and roll history. After 36 years, Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox got together to discuss playing rhythm for Jimi at the historic music festival.
A Bigger Bang was the Rolling Stones first studio album in eight years -- the band's longest gap between studio records. But the wait was worth it; Keith Richards shared with Guitar World how the Stones got back to their roots rock origins.
For our holiday issue, GW asked a slew of guitar luminaries to name the record that changed their lives. Among the noteworthy responses -- Dave Mustaine: Let There Be Rock; Yngwie Malmsteen: Fireball; and Slash: Rocks.
It was one year ago that the world lost a guitar hero, but for drummer Vinnie Paul, it'd been one year since he lost his brother. Paul sat down with Guitar World to discuss life without Dimebag and how he planned to keep his brother's memory alive.
A hotshot guitarist from a blues-rock trio comes out of Texas and shakes up the guitar world with a Grammy-nominated hit single. Story sound familiar? This time it was Henry Garza from Los Lonely Boys.