The Dead Lay Waiting -- a five-piece metal band from Swindon, England -- have had a busy 2011. Their second full-length studio album, Almost Heaven, came out in the UK in June -- and it's slated for a January 24 release in the US. After appearing at the Download Festival in England and juggling dates on a European tour, TDLW guitarist Ben Connett took the time to discuss success, musical growth and the process of becoming heartthrobs in the world of metal.
Whether or not Disturbed decide to get together in the coming months or years to work on a new record depends on how much the band members miss being away from each other. But one thing’s for sure: If they ever do decide to get back together, their record label will be waiting for them.
At 49 – an age when so many veteran rockers put themselves on the summer tour greatest hits treadmill – Young is still rocking with a fury, opening new vistas in his amply celebrated 30-year, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career.
The 2011 Fearless Friends Tour, hosted by Fearless Records, kicked off Wednesday, November 9. The 2011 lineup includes headliners blessthefall, plus The Word Alive, Motionless in White, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! and Tonight Alive.
Country music star Vince Gill might be best known for his radio-friendly voice, his strong songwriting skills, being married to Amy Grant -- and, oh yeah, his 20 Grammy awards. But Vince Gill is a serious and often explosive guitar player who is well versed in a number of styles including blues, rock, bluegrass and chicken pickin'. His latest album, Guitar Slinger, which was released October 24 via MCA Nashville, is aptly titled. It finds him stretching out and cranking up on his killer collection of vintage gear.
These days, the book store has just as many musical legends as the record store. There are dozens of great autobiographies out there from Ace Frehley, Sammy Hagar, Duff McKagen and many more. One title that is sure to catch the attention of any metal fan is that of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. His new book, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, from De Capo Press is now available in hardcover and gives the reader a rare look into the life of one of metal’s most reserved and respected musicians.
Frank Zappa famously proclaimed that “jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny.” And while that certainly may have been true in the fusion heyday of the 1970s and '80s, there's a younger breed of jazz musicians making music that is forward-looking but far less odorous. Here are five videos of contemporary jazz guitarists you should check out.