The sight of Steve Vai conversing amiably in his Hollywood studio with Korn's James "Munky" Shaffer and Incubus' Mike Einziger, both of whom could serve as alternative poster boys, is surprising, to say the least. But these guitarists, their dreadlocks, Adidas trainers and baggy pants notwithstanding, have come not to bury Vai, but to praise him.
In the summer of 2011, as Incubus prepared to release their seventh studio album, If Not Now, When?, the band built their own performance space in a West Los Angeles warehouse and launched into something new: a participatory media exhibit and real-time performance and documentary project that allowed fans to experience and interact with the band as never before.
One of American's biggest music festivals is returning for a sixth year. Rock on the Range has announced the lineup for its 2012 incarnation, which will includes appearances by: Slash, Incubus, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Mastodon, Marilyn Manson and more.
This past week was a strong one for rock albums on the Billboard Top 10 chart. Leading the way were alt-rock veterans Incubus, who moved over 80,000 copies of their new album, If Not Now, When? to land at the No. 2 spot on the charts.
Guitar World recently got the chance to catch up with Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger about the new album and the band's evolution from their funk metal beginnings to the textural moods that now dominate their music.