In this month's issue of Guitar World, we pay tribute to the high-flying genius of Pete Townshend by taking a look back at the Who's most creative — and most volatile — years. Townshend is also the latest guitar hero to be voted into our Hall of Fame in our annual readers poll, joining the likes of Kirk Hammett, Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other six-string legends.
From an impending apocalypse to the promise of a new Van Halen album with David Lee Roth, the bar was set high for 2012. Everyone from the Mayans to Nostradamus prophesied 2012 as being the end of the world, but who could have predicted Green Day's epic trilogy of new albums, or Rush churning out their heaviest record this side of 2012, or Joe Walsh's first solo effort in two decades?
The band, its label and its management also came up with the idea to release the three discs in succession rather than put them out all at once or as a set. ¡Uno! comes out September 25, ¡Dos! hits on November 13, and ¡Tré! will be released on January 15, 2013. It’s an unconventional move, but one that’s perhaps more attuned to the short-attention-span digital era.
Over the weekend, Metallica hit the state at New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans in place of original headliners Green Day. Green Day had been forced to pull out following frontman Billie Joe Armstrong checking himself into rehab late in September.
With frontman Billie Joe Armstrong still in rehab for the foreseeable future, Green Day have been forced to cancel their remaining 2012 tour dates, as well as postponing a slate of shows scheduled for January and February of next year.
In the new November 2012 issue of Guitar World, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong tells the story behind this year's most ambitious music project! He discusses the band's biggest move yet — the release of three new albums: ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!.