To fans of classic rock and arena rock, it just wouldn’t be summer without the music of Styx. For more than 40 years the band, whose hits include “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights),” “Renegade,” "Too Much Time on My Hands” and “Come Sail Away,” has been delivering the goods the only way it knows how: through infectious live performances.
His primary gigs as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist and leader of Firewind may both be on hiatus at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that Gus G. is taking it easy. Guitar World catches up with the hotshot Greek shredaholic as he prepares to unleash his second solo album, Brand New Revolution.
On Shockwave Supernova, Joe Satriani taps into his alter ego and unleashes a concept record that sees the instrumental legend taking on swing, samba and blues shuffles alongside his brand of fiery shred licks. Here, the guitarist takes you track by track through his latest release.
"Sorry, my head takes a little while to get into gear,” says Brian May with a little laugh as he begins to mull over the history of Queen. The 63-year-old guitarist speaks gently, endeavoring to answer questions as fully as he can. May’s academic air is understandable.
Two thousand fifteen marks 40 years since the release of Grammy-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour’s debut solo album, First Course. To help commemorate the occasion, Ritenour has gone back into his vast archive of musical material—one that spans 40 albums—to release A Twist of Rit.
Produced by Grammy-winning producer and guitarist Anders Osborne—whose songs have been covered by the likes of Brad Paisley and Jonny Lang, Wolf Den is a collaborative, New Orleans-themed album buried deep in tasty, blues-based rock.
That “deeper musical message” might be hard to quantity, but it speaks to an ability to connect with people on a visceral human level. Instead of utilizing the guitar as a mainly a melodic instrument to engage an audience, Hunter takes a different approach.