Most musicians love a good movie. Cinema offers a fun, relaxing respite after your typical five-hour, finger-grinding guitar workout. But what's a guitar player to watch when documentaries get too heady and musicals neglect our favorite instrument?
Steve Hackett stamped his impression on the guitar community when he joined Genesis in 1970. Reserved as he was during those first few performances, Hackett quickly assumed the role as one of the country’s most innovative guitarists, pioneering the tapping and sweeping techniques — techniques that are now part of every ax chopper’s lexicon.
It's two days before Christmas, and at Guitar World, the atmosphere is giddy. Ax slinger extraordinaire Steve Vai is coming to town, coming to these very offices, in fact, bearing a preview tape of Skyscraper, the album he's co-produced with David Lee Roth.
Nevermind, Nirvana's second studio album, hit the shelves on September 24, 1991 -- and things haven't quite been the same ever since. The landmark brought alternative rock to the mainstream and sold a hell of a lot of products for Colgate (makers of Teen Spirit deodorant) ... . Now, 20 years later, we ask you to choose your favorite song from Nevermind.
On Tuesday, September 27, the bulk of Pink Floyd's catalog is getting the royal reissue treatment, courtesy of EMI. All 14 of the band's studio albums -- from The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn to The Division Bell -- will be available, all remastered and smelling of shiny new cardboard. Also available is the massive Discovery box set, which includes all 14 albums and a very cool photo book.
“I know I’m not the kind of person who’s gonna wind up a walking jukebox, like many rock ‘n’ roll artists,” says Carlos Santana. “They just play their hits and that’s it. That doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t wanna just go out and play ‘Black Magic Woman’ and ‘Oye Como Va’ all night because that was part of the seventies, and my watch says it’s 1988. So I wanna get into ’88 and not look back.”
There’s “The Big Machine” and “The Little Machine,” according to Lindsey Buckingham, the creative force behind the juggernaut edition of Fleetwood Mac. No need to identify the Big Machine. The Little Machine is his humble description of his solo career, which is heating up as the weather cools. His first self-released album, Seeds We Sow, dropped on Sept. 6, three days before he kicked off a 31-city North American tour in Reno, Nevada.
After eight years of knuckle-hard rockin’, Iron Maiden has released a concept album about ESP and clairvoyance, the very qualities they use to achieve their incredible guitar chemistry. It’s called Seventh Son of a Seventh Son; it’s Iron Maiden’s seventh studio album, their seventh with producer Martin Birch.