"Some people just don't understand," he sighs. "They say, 'You're crazy to leave Ozzy, Zakk. You could have played arenas forever. Now you're going to have to play small clubs.' Well, fuck you. I'm not in this for a rock star lifestyle. I'm in it to play my guitar. And I'd play it in a toilet if that's the only place people would come hear me."
Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't get away from Five Finger Death Punch right now. Their new album, American Capitalist, sold over 93,000 copies in its first week on sale to land comfortably in the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Charts and you can't turn on active rock radio for more than ten minutes without catching the album's first single, "Under and Over It."
Zakk Wylde has a diverse palate and has, over the years, bagged many gigs as a guest guitarist for artists of nearly every genre, including a spot on American Idol with singer and Idol finalist James Durbin earlier this year, wailing away on the Sammy Hagar classic, "Heavy Metal," from the movie of the same name.
With a number one album, a high-profile stadium tour and non-stop radio airplay, Pink Floyd appear to be everywhere -- and, oddly, nowhere. In an era when MTV appearances and revealing magazine interviews are de rigueur for rock stars on the make, the members of Floyd have methodically kept the media at bay.
Jimmy Herring is a stunning jazz/rock virtuoso. Though his resume includes touring with classic rock legends The Allman Brothers Band, fusion icons Lenny White and Billy Cobham, and jam staples The Dead and Widespread Panic, he has remained relatively unknown within the guitar community.
Sam Llanas, the former lead singer and guitarist of The BoDeans, takes listeners deep into the night on his new solo album, 4 A.M. (The Way Home), which was released October 25 via Inner Knot Records. The album, an intimate, mostly acoustic collection, was produced by Gary Tanin and features 10 new Llanas originals and a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “All Through the Night.”
Tomorrow sees the release of the 10th anniversary edition of Slipknot's Iowa, a record which has undoubtedly stood the test of time better than many of the other record that came out that year, records by bands that now seem all but a nostalgia act even after just a decade.
In preparation for their Epitaph farewell tour, Judas Priest released two compilation packages for fans, with the hopes that the releases (plus their sprawling back catalog) will tide their followers over until Judas Priest return to the studio to complete their next album.
Dimebag Darrell Abbott, Pantera’s high priest of six-string destruction, is feeling ornery. His eyes narrow as he slowly picks up his metallic blue Dean guitar. Cradling it like a sawed-off shotgun, the self-proclaimed “cowboy from hell” begins to frown. It’s obvious that he has something urgent on his mind.
“I'm a creator,” says Thom Bresh. “I love music, photography, film, voices. I’m always working.” Bresh’s most recent project is a 14-track CD titled @ Home, which is exactly where he recorded it — “home” being Arizona, a far cry from Nashville, where he spent many years.