Since their start in the early Seventies — when they were fixtures of Boston's vibrant music scene — Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million albums, garnered countless awards (including four Grammys) and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In the summer of 1986, Guitar Center opened a mammoth music store on Sunset Boulevard in the center of Hollywood. Eddie Van Halen and Les Paul were being honored along with several other musical giants, including Stevie Wonder and amp builder Jim Marshall, as part of the store’s opening celebration. It seemed natural to take the opportunity to put Ed and Les together in the same room to talk about what they knew best—playing the guitar. The following is an excerpt from the story that originally appeared in the November 1986 edition of Guitar World.
Los Angeles-based industrial metal band Godhead recently released The Shadow Realigned, a new studio album consisting of 14 remixed versions of carefully selected tracks from the band's catalog, plus two cover tunes and a new, previously unreleased song called "To Heal."
The new album, which will be released June 17, features more of the melodic hard rock sound Rains has become known for. Tracks like “Radio Song," “Better Man” and “Believe” delve deep into Rain’s psyche while tracks like “Hero” cross over into a more mainstream arena. From The Ashes even includes a dynamic cover of Kanye West's “Heartless."
Linkin Park are one of the most successful rock bands of this century. Every one of their studio albums — with the exception of their debut — have gone to Number 1. Yet their aforementioned debut, Hybird Theory, is Diamond certified in the U.S. with 10 million copies sold to date. Guitarist Brad Delson recently sat down with us to discuss the creative process behind the band's upcoming album, The Hunting Party.
Elliott Dean Rubinson is known in the music industry as "the boss who rocks." He's the CEO and owner of Dean Guitars, ddrum and Luna Guitars. He's also a world-class bassist who has toured with Michael Schenker, Michael Angelo Batio and Uli Jon Roth.
Guitarist Zane Carney’s musical journey started from an early age. Following a successful four-year stint as a star on a Nineties sitcom, the former child actor dabbled with guitar before deciding to retire from the acting craft to begin seriously honing his guitar skills.
Filmmaker Denny Tedesco remembers riding his bike to grade school with a transistor radio tied to the handlebars. Memories like that one are easily triggered when he hears songs from his childhood. “To this day, certain songs hit me and I remember,” he says. “I remember where I was. Music is under-appreciated as a sense. It’s hearing, but it brings back taste, smell, everything. It puts you in a space.”
In March 2014, fans of Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy were dealt an unexpected blow when the band announced that long-running vocalist Angela Gossow was stepping down to focus on management of the band, a secondary role that she had been performing quietly since 2008.