Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame this weekend. Here's a look at five songs from Ringo's solo career that feature great guitar work by big-name guitarists. From 1970 to 2015, Ringo's albums have featured guest appearances by several top-shelf guitarists, including George Harrison, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and more.
No one ever went to a Led Zeppelin concert expecting the band to open with “The Rain Song.” A fine tune, to be sure, but the electric charge of a crowd in waiting must be met in kind. The same applies to the album: Kiss didn’t open Destroyer with “Beth,” for example. And Metallica had the prudence to place “Fade to Black” a good four songs into Ride the Lightning.
Joan Jett looks perfect. In other words, she looks exactly the way you want Joan Jett to look. With her iconic black shag and eyeliner, she saunters into the Guitar World photo studio wearing a variation on a rock and roll uniform she had worn almost her entire life: a tight black sleeveless shirt, black jeans and black motorcycle boots, all of it topped with a kick-ass leather jacket.
As much as he might try to deny it, Eric Johnson is a member of that small group of players sometimes referred to as "guitarists' guitarists." Guys—like Jeff Beck—whose skills are the envy of his peers. Johnson is well aware of the dual trademarks that are likely to become his legacy: instantly recognizable tone and his painstaking pursuit of perfection.
Guitar World’s May 2015 issue features the queen of noise, Joan Jett! She's been banging out some of rock's greatest power chords since age 15. With her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there's only one thing you need to know: she still loves rock and roll.