It's hard to believe it has been 30 years since Phil Collen joined Def Leppard. Since that time, the band has pretty much done it all. They've put out some of the biggest-selling albums of all time. They've sold out countless shows. And at a time when many artists can make a living as a nostalgia act, Collen continues to explore creative new endeavors.
Nineteen hundred and seventy-two is one of those rare years -- like, say, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1991 -- that saw the release of several seminal rock albums. As we wrote last year in our 1971 story, "even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the 'classic rock' era, it was a particularly classic year."
The all-new April 2012 issue of Guitar World counts down the 50 Best Van Halen Songs of All Time. With Van Halen riding high on the release of A Different Kind of Truth, their first new album in 14 years, we celebrate the best tracks in their catalog -- from "Runnin’ With the Devil" to "Tattoo."
On Tuesday, March 13, Van Halen rolled into Manchester, New Hampshire, and played to a packed house at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The city was taken over by Van Halen fever. Every bar I walked into was packed to the gills, cranking stuff like “Drop Dead Legs" from 1984.
“The best music happens when you have a personal connection to it,” My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero says. “That same philosophy can extend to the instrument you hold in your hands: if a guitar means something special, you’re bound to do great things with it.”
In the video below, Paul Riario checks out the new 200-watt GT6 head and matching cabinet from Texas-based Dynamo Amplification. The amp is part of Dynamo's GTS series, also known as the Grand Tour Series. It is intended for the classic player and is less high-gain than other Dynamo options.
For guitar players, quality cables are sometimes an overlooked item. We are always looking to buy the best guitar, the best amp and the best-sounding pedals we can afford. Then, once we got $3K invested in our gear, we go out and connect everything with cheap guitar cables. The truth is, guitar and speaker cables matter -- a lot.