2012 is a year fraught with cosmic significance. Musicians and artists, more sensitive to vibrational influences than most, will benefit from knowledge of these heavenly influences. This year started with major planetary shifts that will continue to bring transformation throughout 2012. Jupiter, the planet of luck, expansion, and optimism, entered Taurus on Christmas day, and will remain there throughout the year, which supports the realization of abstract ideas.
"Each Beatles album is great in its own unique way, but there's something about 'Sgt. Pepper's' that makes it stand alone," says guitarist Andy Timmons. "To call it a masterpiece is kind of a given. Of course it's a work of art, but what's amazing is the vivid feelings it evokes. Every time I hear it, I'm transported to being a kid again."
Today, Styx released a new live DVD, Styx: The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live via Eagle Rock Entertainment. You can catch a preview of the performance by watching our exclusive video presentation of "Fooling Yourself" below. The performance was recorded November 9, 2010, at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis on a tour that saw the band -- Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman -- perform both these albums in their entirety for the first time.
2011 was a banner year for solo releases by members of the Allman Brothers Band. Gregg Allman’s Low Country Blues, Warren Haynes’ Man in Motion and Derek Trucks’ Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Revelator were all nominated for the Best Blues Album Grammy Award. But the fourth and final release is the sleeper pick: Renaissance Man by founding Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe and his Jasssz Band.
Since the 2012 Winter NAMM show kicked off last Thursday, GuitarWorld.com has been supplying you with nonstop NAMM videos, news items and photo galleries -- doing our darndest to bring the NAMM experience to everyone who couldn't make it to the show.
The 2012 list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees includes Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Small Faces (and Faces), Donovan, Beastie Boys, Freddie King, Glyn Johns, Tom Dowd -- a few others. That's nice for them, of course -- but who else seriously deserves to be inducted into the Hall?
Like most musicians growing up in the 1970s, Damon Johnson fell in love with the music that is now considered “classic rock.” The volume, the stage presence, the dual guitars — it all spoke to a young man growing up in Alabama and dreaming of being onstage with his idols. Years later, that’s exactly what happened: Johnson was selected to join Alice Cooper’s band in 2004 and is now a member of Thin Lizzy, touring the world with musicians who influenced him as a teen.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have just debuted a new music video for "Look Around," a song off their 2011 album, I'm With You. Check out the video below -- and also take a look at their updated tour schedule, which you can see below the video.