The origin of guitar distortion goes back to the earliest electrified blues guitarists. They didn’t care that their primitive tube amps were breaking up and distorting, as long as they were loud. Soon, blues guitarists grew quite fond of those nasty, gnarly distorted tones, and they sought to replicate them by any means necessary.
The biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal rocked Los Angeles on Thursday, May 2, at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show. As always, the event featured the once-in-a-lifetime collaborations that America’s only hard-rock and heavy-metal show has become known for.
Let's face it, bringing a 100-watt guitar amp to your average weekend bar gig is a lot like taking a Lamborghini to Shop Rite for Sunday-afternoon grocery shopping. You simply don't need all that power.
A guitar licks goldmine awaits you in this incredible rock collection, the 200 Rock Licks: Guitar Licks Goldmine DVD (Hal Leonard). The DVD, which is available now at the Guitar World Online Store. is jam-packed with killer lead lines, phrases and riffs personally taught to you by professional guitarists Greg Harrison, Matthew Schroeder and Troy Stetina.
It takes a certain acquired taste to be able to appreciate everything British musician Steven Wilson brings to his multiple projects — from Porcupine Tree to Blackfield to No-Man to IEM — but whenever he's in town, the fans show up in droves. That’s exactly what happened at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles on May 10, when he performed an entire evening with his solo band.
Before he wielded the hammer of the gods — and a Les Paul — as a member of mighty Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page was a Telecaster-wielding Yardbird. Today we turn on our sites on Page's best guitar work with his former band.
With an incredible catalog of songs accumulated over the course of his lifetime, Michael Jackson’s music was something that transcended different genres and influenced a generation of listeners. Growing up, I remember not only being glued to the TV watching the Jackson 5's cartoon show, but also being on the front lines for the Thriller and Bad album phenomenons (The former still ranks as the biggest selling album of all time).
John Lennon wrote this gentle folk-rock ballad in the autumn of 1965 at his home in Kenwood, St. George’s Hill Estate, Weybridge, Surrey. Just as "Yesterday" mysteriously came to Paul McCartney, "Nowhere Man" simply came to Lennon at dawn after he'd stayed up all night, struggling to come up with a new song for Rubber Soul. He happened upon a phrase, "nowhere man," which, he felt, described his own fears about himself.
Popa Chubby, a larger-than-life figure on the blues scene, has built a rabid following around the world through his relentless touring schedule and ever-expanding discography. His latest album, Universal Breakdown Blues, will be released May 28 via Provogue Records.