The following is excerpted from Randy Rhoads by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klein (Velocity Publishing Group). In 1979, Randy Rhoads had to decide whether to stay with a struggling unknown act called Quiet Riot or join forces with the famous former lead singer from Black Sabbath. The decision wasn't as easy as you think. Dana Strum -- the Hollywood-based Badaxe and Slaughter bassist who Ozzy considered for his band -- recalls the events surrounding Randy Rhoads' audition for Ozzy Osbourne.
Enjoy this exclusive video premiere of "Hang 'Em High" performed live at Boston's Fenway Park by Dropkick Murphys. The track is from the Going Out In Style: Fenway Park Bonus Edition CD, an expanded version of the band's Going Out In Style album, which was released last year on the band's own Born & Bred Records.
It's easy for a band to try and tackle lofty philosophical concepts over the course of an album and come off as pretentious, or even worse, boring. Thankfully, German art rock band RPWL avoided the pitfalls that so many of their peers fall victim to, delivering an album of orchestrated guitars and dense atmospherics that reflect the heady mood of the album.
In the video below, Janus guitarist Mike Tyranski shows you how to play “In Flames,” a song off Janus' upcoming album, Nox Aeris, which will be released March 27 on REALID Records. Nox Aeriscan be pre-ordered from iTunes here.
Like the narrator in "The Changingman," one of his best-known songs, Paul Weller's career is built on shifting sands. He's been a punk rock frontman at the vanguard of the late-'70s mod revival movement, a soul/R&B singer, guitar hero and the "Mod Father," hero to the protagonists and antagonists of the drama-filled Britpop scene of the mid-'90s.
Do you tremble at the sight of the Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo? Do you dig the vintage vibe of the Bigsby Vibrato? Or, like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dick Dale and Jeff Beck, are you happy with the Fender Strat's ages-old Synchronized, "vintage-style" system?
Pisces Brian Jones is one of the most misunderstood and undeniably important innovators of rock and roll. As founder of The Rolling Stones in 1962, Jones' contribution to the ultimate blossoming and explosion of rock in popular culture cannot be underestimated. However, as a vulnerable Pisces, Jones suffered a fate typical to his Sun sign: He was marginalized.
Eddie Roberts, guitarist for the supremely funky British band The New Mastersounds, is a master of mixing soaring hard bop guitar lines with authentic James Brown grooves. The group has been rapidly gaining fans by bringing their infectious vintage soul sound to clubs and festivals across the country. I talked with Eddie about how he developed his style and what new projects he has on tap for the future.