Here's one from the vaults: In this interview from the January 1981 issue of Guitar World, a 24-year-old Eddie Van Halen discusses his roots, his technique and his appreciation of Bluesbreakers- and Cream-era Eric Clapton.
"Can't Slow Down," a song from Joe Satriani's Flying In A Blue Dream album, might be 23 years old this year -- but it's never been a more accurate description of its creator. The guitarist's new 3D film, Sachurated, makes its theatrical debut today -- the same day he's appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with Chickenfoot. Later this month, Satriani will take the G3 show on the road in Australia with Steve Lukather and longtime partner Steve Vai. As if that weren't enough, Chickenfoot are hitting the road in May on their Different Devil tour of North America.
Eddie Van Halen put the fire in the group that bears his name. It took his son, Wolfgang, to rekindle the passion and get the group on the road for one of the most anticipated reunion tours in rock history. In this world exclusive interview, the father-and-son duo talks about working and performing together in Van Halen.
On January 31, Columbus, Ohio's My Ticket Home released their debut full-length album, To Create A Cure on Rise Records. Amid a busy touring schedule, guitarist Derek Blevins sat down with Guitar World to discuss the new release, friendships with fellow Rise Records bands and their deep appreciation of their fans.
Attack Attack! -- the ever-evolving, electronica-influenced metal band from Westerville, Ohio -- have managed to withstand more lineup changes than there are current members and still write and produce a new album worthy of breaking the Top 200 on the Billboard charts.
Two nationally distributed albums into their career, Straight Line Stitch are free agents again, back on the road with a new guitar team and options open for their next album. Changes are nothing new to the band, which was formed 12 years ago in Tennessee. Vocalist Alexis Brown joined in 2003; bassist Jason White in 2006. By the time they signed with Koch Records imprint Raging Nation, the group had released a demo, an EP and one album, To Be Godlike.
Listening to eclectic garage-rock sound of Black Box Revelation, you might be tempted to peg them as being either from posh London or the ultra-hip revival scene of Brooklyn. You'd be wrong on both counts.
Artists like Kings of Leon, Red Kross, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings -- and The Black Keys -- each imbibe the glory of their idols. But there’s one band that immerses itself in the tastes of yesteryear peppered with its own uncompromising spin on classic rock soul and bluesy Southern rhythms. That group is Alexandra and the Starlight Band.
Jorma Kaukonen was a founding member of two legendary rock bands, The Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. The Airplane debuted in 1965, the first San Francisco psychedelic band to make an impact, a few years before their friends in the Grateful Dead. They were the only band to play at the big three of major '60s rock festivals: Monterey, Woodstock and Altamont.
When people think of the glory days of the late-'80s, early '90s metal scene, New Orleans isn't typically the setting that comes to mind. However, New Orleans did prove to be the birthplace of one of the most overlooked bands of that era, Lillian Axe. Blending catchy melodies and sleazy lyrics with an equal amount of classically inspired acoustic pieces and great songwriting, they developed a loyal fan base that support them to this day.