There are very few businesses in the world as dense and impenetrable as the music business. It is surrounded by so much mythology that Greek and Roman tales of godlike daring can barely compare. For decades, musicians have solemnly passed down incorrect information as if each piece of wayward advice were some type of nugget worth its weight in nickel and silver frets. Additional misinformation was then added by your bandmate Bob to create a further mutation of what was already incorrect to begin with.
In a world filled with change, there's something profoundly reassuring about AC/DC. They're like a James Bond film -- a winning formula, unvarying, but packed with loud noises, big explosions and stuff about busty lasses. You go in knowing what to expect and you're never disappointed. The boys are as ribald and rockin' as ever on their newest album, AC/DC's 17th to date. Never ones to pass up an opportunity for an oblique phallic reference, they've called it Stiff Upper Lip.
Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes loves being a rock and roll lead singer. Onstage and off, he plays the role to the hilt. During a photo session at a loft in Manhattan's Soho district, Robinson sashays across the floor as if in concert, shaking his impossibly slender, leather-clad hips and flailing skinny arms swathed in the billowing sleeves of a frilly shirt.
Guitar World is proud to announce the magazine’s first-ever Rock & Roll Roast with inaugural honoree Zakk Wylde. Presented by Epiphone Guitars and sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, EMG Pickups, Revolver Magazine, Marshall Amplification, Dunlop, Eagle Rock and Samson, the exclusive event will take place at The Grove in Anaheim, California on Thursday, January 19, 2012; a portion of all proceeds will go to the MusiCares charity.
The past two years have been incredible for Imelda May. She sang on Jeff Beck's hugely successful Emotion & Commotion album, which was released in March 2010. Three months later, she performed two shows with Beck at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. The Iridium event was released on CD and DVD in 2011 as Rock 'n' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul.
Sleeper wins are a funny thing. Take for instance The Karate Kid, 1984's surprise smash of the summer. Or who would have thought Rainn Wilson would outshine Steve Carrell and become The Office's breakout star?
Over the course of three years of nonstop touring, Asking Alexandria have gone from upstarts to headliners with a tight live show. While no day is “typical” on the road, the band’s lifestyle has changed considerably. “If you’d asked me this question a few months ago, I would have probably said, ‘You walk backstage and you’ll find myself and Cameron [Liddell, rhythm guitar] belligerently drunk, being assholes, not having a care in the world, then stumbling onstage and playing our set,” says lead guitarist/vocalist Ben Bruce.
It was early 2001 when Chuck Schuldiner’s headaches returned. Over the past year, he had begun to feel like his old self again—remarkable, considering that, just one year before, the death metal guitarist had nearly died. In early January 2000, doctors in New York City had managed to remove more than half of a cancerous tumor dangerously nestled at the base of his brain. Months of physical therapy followed while he recovered at home, in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
With the holidays right around the corner, there isn't much time to get that last-minute shopping done. But just in case you’re in a generous mood, here are some things that make my musical heart go pitter-patter. Check out these 12 wishes, ranging from simple to sumptuous, and then pick up a guitar and play a few bars in honor of the holiday season.