Dimebag Darrell is busting. The Pantera guitarist has just received confirmation that he and his bandmates will be supporting Black Sabbath on Sabbath's upcoming U.S. tour -- a monster thrill for Dimebag, an admitted Sabbath fanatic. "Opening for those guys is definitely the honor of a lifetime," says the goateed guitarist.
Today's lick is a ripping glam-metal solo from Satchel of the band Steel Panther. It's a portion of his solo from "17 Girls in a Row," off the album Balls Out, and features a glitzy raked bend followed by some descending tapped pull-offs and hammer-ons, which cascade down a modified pentatonic scale.
This year will go down as a banner year for Killinger, who released a hard-rocking debut album and shared stages with the likes of Lynch Mob and Stryper. The Canadian foursome have brought their '80s-infused rock/metal sound to audiences in the US and plan to go abroad next year. Killinger singer David Williams and guitarist Kevin Morin recently told Guitar World about their band that could ... and did.
Continuing what has become a long-standing holiday tradition, Warren Haynes will host his 23rd Annual Christmas Jam this Saturday, December 10, at The Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Guests will include Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring Lesh, Haynes, Jackie Greene, Jeff Chimenti and Joe Russo), Gov't Mule and first-time Christmas Jam appearances by Los Lobos, Bela Fleck and other artists, including Bill Evans and Jimmy Herring.
Inspired by the recent passing of blues legend Hubert Sumlin, we here at Guitar World searched through our video archives and found this blues guitar lesson Sumlin filmed at our office several years ago.
Guitar World is ringing in the holidays with ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons. With a long-awaited album on the way, plus his new Dunlop accessories and signature hot sauce and tequila, the Reverend Willie G. has a wealth of things to celebrate this holiday season. Plus, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Lamb of God, Judas Priest and many others talk about their upcoming albums and projects for 2012.
Here's part 2 of my recent interview with Leslie West. When we left off, Leslie was discussing his leg-amputation surgery -- and his wife. "They put me on Propofol, believe it or not, for two days, and she wanted them to wake me up so she could tell me, 'Listen, this is what's going to happen.' " West said. "She didn't want me to all a sudden one day say, “You cut my leg off." I made a joke with her. I said, you know honey, I meant to say, "Pass the salt” and it came out, “You evil bitch, you cut my leg off” (laughs).
Steve Vai has worn some outlandish costumes onstage. But if his fans saw the baggy, all-white jumpsuit, net-covered pith helmet and massive gloves he often wears around the yard of his Encino home, they would think he's completely lost his mind. This outfit is not some eccentric indulgence, however, but a necessity for Vai's latest obsession -- beekeeping. On his property are four massive hives which last spring produced more than 450 pounds of honey.