Rock music has always been comprised of two factions: architects and heroes. The architects lay the foundation and develop a sound that will be emulated by others for years to follow. The heroes, on the other hand, step in and grab all the glory. They do it with style, talent and reverence to those who came before them. Thankfully, thrash metal has its latest hybrid of these two phenomena: Warbringer.
From his gospel-singing roots in rural South Carolina and a stint on Division 1 Clemson’s football team to his workmanlike songwriting sessions in Nashville, emerging country music star Lee Brice talks about his early influences and his music.
Ana Popovic can play the shit out of the blues. And she belts it out like a mother in pain, too. But what really captivated me was the sight of her wielding her Strat and tossing off a bevy of tasty Stevie Ray Vaughan-esque licks while wearing a super-sleek, silver mini-dress. Yep. The totally package. Hot. Cool. Killer chops. But don’t think that Popovic hasn’t paid her dues when it comes to the blues.
After splitting from hard-rock band Johnny Crash which also featured a couple of guys by the name of Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed in the early '90s, guitarist Mark August needed a break from rock 'n' roll. August spent some time as an electronica DJ, founded a highly successful tattoo artist supply company called Skincandy, before finally -- in 2009 -- strapping a guitar back on and recording his first solo album, Mindfuck.
This Iron Maiden feature is from the November 1983 issue of Guitar World magazine. The story -- by Tim Bradley -- recounts the history of the band through 1983 and then catches up with guitarists Adrian Smith and Dave Murray, who discuss their new album, Piece of Mind.
It took a full decade, but '90s alternative rock outfit Bush have come back down from the clouds. Fronted by lead singer/rhythm guitarist Gavin Rossdale, the band, best known for radio staples like “Comedown” and “Machinehead,” return September 13 with their fifth full-length release, The Sea of Memories.
As lead guitarist for Sixx:A.M., DJ Ashba has played for thousands of fans worldwide. The band’s first album, The Heroin Diaries, launched them to success with “Life Is Beautiful,” radio’s most-played rock song in 2008. Their recently released sophomore disc, This Is Gonna Hurt, is likely to surpass its predecessor, having already charted a No. 1 rock single, “Lies of the Beautiful People.”
Richmond, Virginia's Municipal Waste have just entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2009's Massive Aggressive. We caught up with guitarist Ryan Waste earlier today to talk about the band's upcoming fifth studio, which is due out in early 2012 on Nuclear Blast Records.
Hey, check out this interview I did the other day with musician, producer, engineer and mixer extraordinaire Shawn Grove. He’s worked on every Collective Soul record since Dosage and is currently putting the finishing touches on the debut CD from Magnets And Ghosts featuring Dean Roland of Collective Soul and Ryan Potesta.