When Simen Hestnæs -- better known to most at ICS Vortex, or simply, Vortex -- unceremoniously parted ways with Dimmu Borgir in 2009, he posted that he was looking forward to "concentrating fully on my own project now." Fast forward two years, and Vortex now has his first solo album under his belt.
Jesse Hughes embodies the full scope of rock ’n’ roll: His career is crafted on a tasty recipe of three parts skill and one part dick-swinging madman antics. The Eagles of Death Metal frontman has jumped headlong into a sexy and audacious new project called Boots Electric. The band is a funky, post-modern nod to funk pioneers George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, but also pays homage to classic rockers such as Led Zeppelin and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Here's Guitar World's interview with Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee from the May 1986 issue (with Steve Stevens on the cover). The original headline was "Geddy Lee: More Bass, More Space in the Modern World," and the focus of the interview is Rush's new album at the time, Power Windows.
When you think of tribute bands, you might think of them as bands that merely plays someone else's music, somewhere in small dive bars on weekends. But the guys in Led Zepagain, quite easily the best Zeppelin tribute band around, have taken it to a whole another level, and they really are a tribute band in the truest sense.
When Ricky Phillips signed on as bass player for classic rock band Styx, he also signed on to the responsibilities of working with caliber musicians and upholding musical standards set not only within the band, but by their generations of fans. Phillips agrees that it was challenging, but he certainly had — and has — the chops and resume to live up to expectations.
Part II of our encounter with rock's Jack of Spades takes the form of this survey of the many musical milestones in Jeff Beck's consistently astonishing career. The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group, The ARMS Tour and beyond –- all are heard from in this special report.
Something was up. Stevie Ray Vaughan looked like the cat that swallowed the canary. He had plenty of reason to be pleased, of course: A few weeks earlier, Vaughan and his band, Double Trouble, had received their first Grammy (in the ethnic music category, for some tunes on a Montreux Jazz Festival blues anthology), capping a year in which they'd won a number of other industry awards.