It’s been a busy fall/winter season for legendary punk band X. Following a month-long U.S. tour with Blondie, the group — bassist John Doe, vocalist Exene Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake — announced their annual holiday shows, where the Blasters will join them for West Coast dates billed as A Family X-mas.
Forty years is a monumental amount of time for any band to be together, but for Kansas guitarist Richard Williams, the milestone event seems pretty normal. In addition to being an integral part of the success of Kansas — a band with record sales in excess of 15 million — Williams' legacy includes being one of only two members of the band (drummer Phil Ehart being the other) to play on every Kansas album.
Lucky Numbers, guitarist Dave Stewart’s third solo album in as many years, is a well-crafted collection of songs adorned with key elements of blues, country and rock. Recorded on a boat in the South Pacific with a core group of seasoned Nashville musicians, Lucky Numbers offers a window into the mind of a true modern-day storyteller.
Thirty-four years after the release of Love's So Tough, the Iron City Houserockers' debut album, Joe Grushecky — that band's founder, rhythm guitarist and singer — has released a new solo album, East Of Eden. Throughout his long career, Grushecky has seen countless musical trends come and go. But Grushecky isn’t about chasing; he's about writing songs that speak to listeners in all walks of life.
The sky above London is unusually clear and sunny, devoid of the ever-present rain clouds that regularly douse the capital. Joggers are making good use of this stunning August afternoon by running along the tranquil Paddington Branch canal in the northwest corner of the city.
The number of guitars that Mick Mars has gone through over the past three decades in the limelight with Mötley Crüe probably rivals the total amount of porn stars that Charlie Sheen has dated. Literally hundreds of instruments passed through his hands in the Eighties alone, from the trusty black 1972 Les Paul Custom that he used to record the band’s early albums to various Kramers, Charvels and Hamers in every imaginable shape.
Following the success of her true comeback album [2012’s Living Like a Runaway], Lita Ford took to the stage at LA's Canyon Club to record a live performance as a gift to her fans. The result is The Bitch is Back…Live, the new album from the reigning queen of hard rock and heavy metal.
When Guitar World catches up with Steve Morse, it’s at a rare moment when the Deep Purple guitarist is actually at home. “I’m in the U.S. right now, oddly enough,” he says, calling from his house in Ocala, Florida. He laughs: “But management will try to change that soon.”