When one thinks of 2001 a lot of cultural references come to mind. It was the first official year of the new millennium. A new United States President assumed office. And then there's the unavoidable image of HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the red eye glowing and speaking in that creepy monotonic voice: "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."
Sleeper wins are a funny thing. Take for instance The Karate Kid, 1984's surprise smash of the summer. Or who would have thought Rainn Wilson would outshine Steve Carrell and become The Office's breakout star?
What was happening after everyone realized the world wasn't going to stop once 2000 hit? Check out this gallery of GW covers to see where guitar stood at the dawn of a new century. Hey, ever wonder if there are still people in Doomsday shelters who didn't get the message 11 years ago?
Check out this behind-the-scenes photo gallery from Billy F. Gibbons' recent Guitar World photo shoot. Gibbons appears on the cover of the January 2012 issue of the magazine, in which he discusses the next ZZ Top album, which is expected in the spring, and is among the most anticipated releases of 2012.
Y2K bugs notwithstanding, 1999 was a payoff year for patient music fans. Several artists made comebacks -- perhaps fearful they only had a few months before computer systems would revert back to the year 1900, and CD players would explode.
There's little doubt as to who owned the covers of Guitar World in 1998. With a new singer and a new album and a Number One song on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks, Van Halen was once again standing on top of the world.