Billy Sheehan has probably received more worldwide press than any contemporary rock artist not on a major label. In much of this coverage, Sheehan is referred to as "the Eddie Van Halen of bass," a title based on Sheehan's virtuosic command of the instrument, together with his ability to play fiery two-handed fretting moves -- a technique Van Halen brought to national attention with his band's debut album in 1978.
In the mid eighties, roving bands of headbangers like Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth ruled the earth, and metal fans rejoiced heartily. Here is the story of that golden age of thrash and its sad decline.
It's a great day for prog here on GuitarWorld.com, as we've got another exclusive premiere for you: a new song from legendary prog-rock guitarist Steve Hackett titled "A Place Called Freedom." You can listen to the track below.
Germany has always had a tradition of providing the music world with some amazingly memorable voices, especially when it comes to the rock genre. Singers such as Klaus Meine, Udo Dirkschneider, Michael Kiske, Ralf Scheepers and Hansi Kursch have given heavy metal fans a whole lot to cheer about, but besides these, one name that will always be mentioned in the same vein is that of Doro Pesch.
There's a part of me as a journalist that covers heavy metal that wishes the genre didn't always take itself so seriously. This is also the part of me that loves Edguy. While there's no denying the craftsmanship that goes into their albums, just try watching the music video for "Superheroes" or their latest single, "Robin Hood," without cracking a smile.
Here's part one our interview with Jeff Beck from the January 1985 issue of Guitar World. The original story by Gene Santoro ran with the headline "Jeff Beck, The Interview: Twenty Years of Rock and Roll Power," and the story started on page 34.
Here in 2011, it feels like the electrical interwebs have been with us forever. But it wasn't always so. Once upon a time, way back in the 1990s, the internet was a strange, disconnected place. Tech-savvy fans passed info around via primitive newsgroups, and even if they used the internet to track down bootlegs of their favorite artists they still traded them as actual CDs through the mail
One of the most interesting bands of the nineties, The Smashing Pumpkins have had their share of success and turmoil. Centered around front man Billy Corgan, the alternative rock band has gone through multiple breakups, and several band members. The longest mainstay, drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, left the group in 1999.