Even though Metallica's James Hetfield makes it look all too easy, there are countless guitarists who find it challenging to sing while doing anything on the guitar—besides strumming. Some players (myself included) even get bent out of shape when they're asked to provide the simplest of vocal harmonies while playing basic to semi-challenging riffs.
After many years of performing in a multitude of configurations, Jack White is announcing that he will be taking a break from performing live for a long period of time. To cap off an incredible run of shows promoting his latest album Lazaretto, and following what is shaping up to be a rollicking and fiery pair of headlining performances at this year's Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Jack will embark on a short acoustic tour of the only five states left in the US that he has yet to play.
Over the weekend, Robert Plant and Jack White found themselves on the same stage at the Lollapalooza Argentina festival. Below, you can watch the former Led Zeppelin frontman and White perform with "The Lemon Song," a classic from Led Zeppelin II.
Jack White has premiered an interactive music video of sorts for his latest single, "That Black Bat Licorice." The video, which features a pseudo-choose-your-own-adventure experience, presents three different videos in one; each can be viewed at any time, depending on the keys you do or don't press (the 3 and B keys will come in handy).
Despite a few nasty rumors to the contrary, the guitar is alive and well in 2014. It survived the rise of the keyboard in the Eighties and the overwhelming bass-barrage of electronic dance music of the early 21st century and, as evidenced by the 50 selections below, shows no signs of waning in relevancy.
"It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans. Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White’s backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents and many other projects.
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the September 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
Jack White wrote, recorded and produced his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, which debuted atop the Billboard 200. This new tab book, which is available at the Guitar World Online Store for $19.99, provides the notes and tab for all the songs from his acclaimed 2012 CD.
Of course, Metallica performed at Glastonbury in the U.K. this past Saturday. However, Jack White gave the crowd an extra shot of Metallica by covering “Enter Sandman” during his own set earlier in the day. White actually meshed bits of “Enter Sandman” with his own song, “Cannon.”