Rumors, tall tales, strange stories -- all are part of the Guns N' Roses mystique. So when the grapevine had it that Slash was collaborating with Michael Jackson, jamming with Bob Dylan, trading licks with Iggy Pop and returning to the studio with Guns N' Roses, it seemed best to file the rumors alongside a recent tabloid report that Noah's Ark was built by space aliens.
Ozzy Osbourne, clad in a screaming yellow suit and black crucifix, and Zakk Wylde, attired in custom-made flared jeans, sit side-by-side on a couch. They rise as one at my appearance, their solemn, polite handshakes suggesting men of infinite wealth, taste and breeding.
It’s been a little over a decade since bassist Lewis Cosby, vocalist Jesse Hasek, guitarist Ryan “Tater” Johnson and guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh assembled the band known as 10 Years. “We started the band in high school, for fun,” says Vodinh, “and during the course of those years we went from having no responsibilities and wanting to tour for the rest of our lives to now there are marriages and a couple of us have kids. We kind of grew up on that bus and we’ve all gone through so much.”
Female-fronted Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy have steadily built up their fan-following. They have released nine studio albums in the past 15 years and toured with the biggest names in heavy metal including Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Megadeth, Opeth and many others.
UFO, one of the pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement that started in the '70s, should be no strangers to metal fans. They have been around since 1969, and barring a couple of years of inactivity here and there, they have been consistent at releasing studio albums boasting of some wonderful music, and some fantastic tours to support those releases.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Queen, as evidenced by the recent two waves of Queen remasters, the latest of which was rolled out on September 13. But the band are working on a reissue of another kind: Queen drummer Roger Taylor has launched a North American talent search that gives singers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and drummers the chance to star in the official 2012 Queen Extravaganza Live Tour.
Chris Isaak grew up in California idolizing the Million Dollar Quartet and other legendary artists nurtured by Sun Records visionary Sam Phillips. He never abandoned those roots, even as he climbed the charts with hits like “Wicked Game” and gained wider fame as a film and television actor.