By his 22nd birthday, Dead Kennedys guitarist Raymond “East Bay Ray” Pepperell had already made an indelible impact on the music world. The San Francisco band’s debut LP, 1980’s Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, marked the arrival of hardcore punk rock into the mainstream and has held up incredibly well, having been heralded by numerous publications as one of the genre’s essential works.
Forbidden is a classic thrash band in every sense of the word. Their roster has included members of Slayer (Paul Bostaph), Testament (Glen Avelias), Strapping Young Lad/Fear Factory (Gene Hoglan) and Machine Head (Robb Flynn), but through it all, guitarist Craig Locicero has kept the Forbidden sound anchored down with brutally precise riffs and shredding solos.
Here's one from the vaults: This is Part 2 of an interview from the January 1981 issue of Guitar World, during which a 23-year-old Eddie Van Halen discusses his roots, his technique and his appreciation of Cream-era Eric Clapton.
I recently made some hand-to-neck contact with Steve Howe's famous 1964 Gibson ES-175. He brought it with him when he visited Guitar World for a photo shoot and a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature -- which you'll see soon in the pages of Guitar World magazine.
This July, The Boxer Rebellion released their first live album, Live in Tennessee, recorded Oct. 12, 2010, in singer Nathan Nicholson’s hometown of Maryville, Tenn. They also announced the second leg of a North American tour, which spans 22 shows over 33 days in October and November and covers most of the US geographically.
Full Metal Jackie, corresponding for Guitar World from the Revolver-sponsored 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, got the chance to catch up with Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick for an exclusive interview.
From progressive death metal to folk-inspired melodic rock, Finland's Amorphis have seemingly done it all over the course of their career. Ever since the addition of vocalist Tomi Joutsen in 2005, Amorphis have produced four of the most consistently enjoyable records in the metal world, the first of these, Eclipse, marking somewhat of a rebirth for the band.