It's a Monday night in May at a packed Iridium Jazz Club at Broadway in New York City. The Les Paul Trio has just finished a set highlighted by loose, playful readings of "All of Me," "Blue Skies" and "Sweet Georgia Brown." But the evening is still young, and just before the last piano flourish fades, the Trio is joined on stage by a grinning, Les Paul-toting Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman himself. After thunderous applause, he and his guitar launch into a solo instrumental take on "The Star Spangled Banner."
Although they often have been compared to The White Stripes, they are of a grungier variety, exuding much of what rock should be, simple and rough. Their first two albums were recorded in Carney’s basement on an eight-track tape recorder. Their debut album, The Big Come Up, received great reviews; from there, the band signed with Fat Possum Records.
After Bradley Nowell’s death in 1996 and the subsequent disbanding of Sublime, the reggae-rock genre continued to flourish, but it struggled to produce many standout bands. With their surprise 2008 hit, “Lay Me Down,” The Dirty Heads seemed to be the perfect act to fill the void. Hailing from Southern California, the band fuses elements of reggae, hip-hop and punk into a mellow, melodic style that is equal parts Kingston and Compton.
The Big Four. Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth and Metallica. Not only are they our November cover stars, but it just so happens that today, September 14, they're playing just their second-ever U.S. show at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY.
The accomplishments of U2 and The Edge during the past seven years could be the basis for a success scenario that any band of young hopefuls could follow. Yet they are not content to simply issue Top Ten records every other year and fill concert arenas. That's too easy a goal for a group of musicians that has challenged every cliche in the rock 'n' roll book and managed to take with them a still-growing retinue of followers.
In case you've been living under a rock, the November issue of Guitar World features the members of the Big Four by way of an epic cover shoot that took place in Milan, Italy. Now, you can check out an exclusive gallery of outtakes from one of the most historic GW covers of all time below.
"You can't get more basic and efficient than this," croaks Leslie West as he gestures at his brand-new Les Paul Junior. Gibson has given him the first of their re-issued line, in honor of all he did for that model by playing it to death-his earlier ones literally fell apart from use -- in Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing.