Speaking with the legendary Texas guitarist as he prepares for his upcoming tour, Eric Johnson reveals much on his recording process, the musicians he works with and how he embraces music's ever-changing digital frontier.
It’s been nearly two years since The Contortionist signed to Good Fight Music and started recording their debut album, Exoplanet, with Unearth’s Ken Susi. Since then, The Contortionist have been shuttling their energy across state lines and international borders. And in February, they'll be heading back into the studio with Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida to start tracking their second album.
Over the years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been accused of a lot of things (even convicted of a few). But one charge that has never been leveled at the band, in any of its incarnations, is that the Chili Peppers are shy or retiring.
Dimebag Darrell is busting. The Pantera guitarist has just received confirmation that he and his bandmates will be supporting Black Sabbath on Sabbath's upcoming U.S. tour -- a monster thrill for Dimebag, an admitted Sabbath fanatic. "Opening for those guys is definitely the honor of a lifetime," says the goateed guitarist.
This year will go down as a banner year for Killinger, who released a hard-rocking debut album and shared stages with the likes of Lynch Mob and Stryper. The Canadian foursome have brought their '80s-infused rock/metal sound to audiences in the US and plan to go abroad next year. Killinger singer David Williams and guitarist Kevin Morin recently told Guitar World about their band that could ... and did.
Continuing what has become a long-standing holiday tradition, Warren Haynes will host his 23rd Annual Christmas Jam this Saturday, December 10, at The Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Guests will include Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring Lesh, Haynes, Jackie Greene, Jeff Chimenti and Joe Russo), Gov't Mule and first-time Christmas Jam appearances by Los Lobos, Bela Fleck and other artists, including Bill Evans and Jimmy Herring.
Here's part 2 of my recent interview with Leslie West. When we left off, Leslie was discussing his leg-amputation surgery -- and his wife. "They put me on Propofol, believe it or not, for two days, and she wanted them to wake me up so she could tell me, 'Listen, this is what's going to happen.' " West said. "She didn't want me to all a sudden one day say, “You cut my leg off." I made a joke with her. I said, you know honey, I meant to say, "Pass the salt” and it came out, “You evil bitch, you cut my leg off” (laughs).
Steve Vai has worn some outlandish costumes onstage. But if his fans saw the baggy, all-white jumpsuit, net-covered pith helmet and massive gloves he often wears around the yard of his Encino home, they would think he's completely lost his mind. This outfit is not some eccentric indulgence, however, but a necessity for Vai's latest obsession -- beekeeping. On his property are four massive hives which last spring produced more than 450 pounds of honey.
Canadian melodic death metal band Blackguard are easily the most hard-working band you'll ever come across. They are a heavily touring group that is willing to do whatever it takes to put their music out there and expose themselves to audiences across North America. They have done tours with Ensiferum, Epica, Hypocrisy, Nevermore, Deicide, Symphony X, Otep, Kamelot and Evergrey, all within an astonishingly time period of two years.