Billy Sheehan has probably received more worldwide press than any contemporary rock artist not on a major label. In much of this coverage, Sheehan is referred to as "the Eddie Van Halen of bass," a title based on Sheehan's virtuosic command of the instrument, together with his ability to play fiery two-handed fretting moves -- a technique Van Halen brought to national attention with his band's debut album in 1978.
Germany has always had a tradition of providing the music world with some amazingly memorable voices, especially when it comes to the rock genre. Singers such as Klaus Meine, Udo Dirkschneider, Michael Kiske, Ralf Scheepers and Hansi Kursch have given heavy metal fans a whole lot to cheer about, but besides these, one name that will always be mentioned in the same vein is that of Doro Pesch.
There's a part of me as a journalist that covers heavy metal that wishes the genre didn't always take itself so seriously. This is also the part of me that loves Edguy. While there's no denying the craftsmanship that goes into their albums, just try watching the music video for "Superheroes" or their latest single, "Robin Hood," without cracking a smile.
Here's part one our interview with Jeff Beck from the January 1985 issue of Guitar World. The original story by Gene Santoro ran with the headline "Jeff Beck, The Interview: Twenty Years of Rock and Roll Power," and the story started on page 34.
Here in 2011, it feels like the electrical interwebs have been with us forever. But it wasn't always so. Once upon a time, way back in the 1990s, the internet was a strange, disconnected place. Tech-savvy fans passed info around via primitive newsgroups, and even if they used the internet to track down bootlegs of their favorite artists they still traded them as actual CDs through the mail
If there's a fall tour that's got the Guitar World office abuzz, it's got to be the Frak The Gods tour -- a month-long run of shows which kicks off this Friday in Baltimore, Maryland. The mini-tour will serve as a studio break for headliners Periphery, who will be joined on the tour by The Human Abstract and The Contortionist.
In the early 2000s, Puddle of Mudd’s debut album Come Clean hit airwaves across the nation, bringing the grungy, Kansas City-based hard-rockers to the forefront of the commercial rock scene. Singles like “Blurry,” “Drift & Die” and “Control” could be heard anywhere from car radios to wrestling arenas, and angsty, heartbroken audiences everywhere could relate to the rejection anthem, “She Hates Me.”
In a recent piece by Rolling Stone, Tommy Stinson was accused by former Replacements bandmate Paul Westerberg of being more aggressive toward a reunion of the band because "he needs a gig," to which Tommy replied: "That's funny. I got fucking three or four gigs going at any one time."
Led by virtuoso guitarist Gus G -- who also spends time backing a certain Mr. Ozzy Osbourne -- Firewind are gearing up for their very first headlining tour of North America. The "Frets of Fury" tour will see the band hitting dates in both the U.S. and Canada, backed by a wide array of some of metal's brightest up-and-coming acts: Arsis, White Wizzard and Nightrage.
Sal Costa began his musical education on the piano when he was 4 years old, moving on to guitar when he was 8. He was influenced by the usual guitar heroes — Slash, John Frusciante, Tom Morello, Randy Rhoads, Jimmy Page and Joe Perry.