Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page is available now at the Guitar World Online Store. This “oral autobiography” of Jimmy Page, the intensely private mastermind behind Led Zeppelin — one of the most enduring bands in rock history — is the most complete and revelatory portrait of the legendary guitarist ever published.
Since Rhoads' death in 1982, after perishing in a freak plane accident while on tour with Ozzy Osbourne, the blonde guitar icon has been portrayed as something of a neutered, Christ-like figure. Tales of his legendary kindness, patience and extreme dedication have made him seem more like a holy man than a rock and roller.
Brian Setzer will release a new studio album, Rockabilly Riot: All Original — a straight-ahead rockabilly album from start to finish — August 12 via Surfdog Records. The album is the followup to 2011's Setzer Goes Instru-Mental!
In this month's issue of Guitar World, we pay tribute to the high-flying genius of Pete Townshend by taking a look back at the Who's most creative — and most volatile — years. Townshend is also the latest guitar hero to be voted into our Hall of Fame in our annual readers poll, joining the likes of Kirk Hammett, Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other six-string legends.
Well, look at the bands who were involved in [the 2012 film] Rock of Ages. Their people came to us early and they showed us the movie and we said, “This is a complete farce. It’s a cheesy movie. It has nothing to do with rock. This is like Mamma Mia! with pretend guitars.”