By his 22nd birthday, Dead Kennedys guitarist Raymond “East Bay Ray” Pepperell had already made an indelible impact on the music world. The San Francisco band’s debut LP, 1980’s Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, marked the arrival of hardcore punk rock into the mainstream and has held up incredibly well, having been heralded by numerous publications as one of the genre’s essential works.
Here's one from the vaults: This is Part 2 of an interview from the January 1981 issue of Guitar World, during which a 23-year-old Eddie Van Halen discusses his roots, his technique and his appreciation of Cream-era Eric Clapton.
Face it, guys; we gals want to rock just as much as you do, and we don’t want any negative, "you can’t do this" energy standing in our way. Enter Girls Rock Camp, a place for females of all ages to grab a guitar, a keyboard, a microphone or whatever else they desire and immerse themselves in all that is fine and soul-fulfilling about making music. With no distracting testosterone floating about in the air.
Formed in 1992 by front man Raine Maida and guitarist Mike Turner, Our Lady Peace (OLP, for short) quickly became a Canadian music powerhouse with their 1994 release of Naveed. Following in the footsteps of the Grunge era, OLP immediately gained comparisons to the likes of the Stone Temple Pilots, and even Led Zeppelin, due to their angst and raw sound.
I recently made some hand-to-neck contact with Steve Howe's famous 1964 Gibson ES-175. He brought it with him when he visited Guitar World for a photo shoot and a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature -- which you'll see soon in the pages of Guitar World magazine.
Dave Mustaine has ruled the ranks of Megadeth for the better part of 28 years. Check out Guitar World's photo gallery of the musicians who have been a part, large or small, of one of thrash's finest outfits.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American blues guitarist who came to prominence in the early Eighties. He released a string of successful albums throughout the decade with his band, Double Trouble. An innovator of Texas blues, Vaughan almost single-handedly commercialized the genre with the release of his debut, Texas Flood, in 1983.