Last year, rock and roll veteran punksters Redd Kross released their first album in 15 years, Researching the Blues, on Merge Records. What does some time to grow do for a band of boys with glammy makeup and a psychedelic sense of style? For Redd Kross, it seems marinating in those creative juices does a body good.
Guitarist Frank Turner’s preferred method of swaying people to his cause has always been by getting in front of them and playing. On his May 24 appearance on Guitar Center Sessions, he had the opportunity to showcase his brand of honest and passionate folk/punk for the world. Filmed during his hectic SXSW schedule, Turner's Sessions episode includes performances by Turner and his band, plus an in-depth interview with the artist himself.
A large painting by Metallica bassist Jason Newsted hangs prominently in the front room of Joe Satriani’s San Francisco townhouse, just above the black, upright piano where Satch composed some of the music for his newest album, Unstoppable Momentum.
It’s been a busy year for former Heart guitarist Howard Leese. The man who played alongside sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson for more than 20 years has spent much of 2013 performing in the Las Vegas musical Raiding The Rock Vault.
Musician, producer, music publisher and impresario Mike Varney has been instrumental in launching the careers of some of the finest rock guitarists of the last 30 years. Varney, who founded Shrapnel Records in 1980, was responsible for the success for some of the biggest names in shred, including Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman and Jason Becker — to name just a few.
Since joining Judas Priest in 2010, Richie Faulkner has been no stranger to the big stage. He made his live debut with the band on American Idol, played countless shows on Priest’s Epitaph tour and witnessed the debut of Priest’s Epitaph concert film on the big screen. Along the way, the guitarist has earned the respect and support of the band's loyal fan base.
The Doors’ Jim Morrison lit the world on fire, but it was guitarist Robby Krieger who supplied the matches. In 2008, the legendary axman shed light on one of rock’s most mysterious bands for Guitar World.
Former Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm pulls no punches in his new autobiography, Juke Box Hero. In the book, which was co-written with Scott Pitoniak, Gramm leads readers on a journey from his humble beginnings in Rochester, New York, to the biggest stages in the world. He recounts his stint with Black Sheep, plus the ups and downs of working with guitarist Mick Jones in the band that made him famous.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from singer/songwriter Ali Isabella. I met her at her hotel in Los Angeles the day before she was to perform for a showcase I hosted at the ASCAP expo last month for the Women’s International Music Network. I can honestly say I was delighted with everything about her — her smile, her giggle, her infectious music, her strong songwriting, and her energy. Like a breath of fresh air.
With an incredible catalog of songs accumulated over the course of his lifetime, Michael Jackson’s music was something that transcended different genres and influenced a generation of listeners. Growing up, I remember not only being glued to the TV watching the Jackson 5's cartoon show, but also being on the front lines for the Thriller and Bad album phenomenons (The former still ranks as the biggest selling album of all time).