When Labor Day came and went earlier this month, it reminded us of the American labor movement and the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the good ol' U.S. of A. However, since we're Guitar World people, we couldn't help but apply those sentiments to music and the American people who made and make it—bands!
In a new interview with the New York Daily News, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards slammed the current rock scene—and, while he was at it, Metallica and Black Sabbath. Of rock in 2015, Richards said, "it sounds like a dull thud to me. For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It's endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation."
This one is straight out of the "in case you missed it" department. In this pro-shot clip, which was shot at the U.K.'s Donington Park in 1995, Metallica imitate several of the bands that shared the Donington bill that year, including Slayer.
Metallica are undeniably the most influential rock band of the past 30-plus years. That fact can be perceived simply by looking at the numbers. They are on the exclusive list of music artists who have sold more than 100 million records, and each of their albums has enjoyed multi-Platinum status, an achievement that even AC/DC, the Rolling Stones and U2 haven’t matched.
The Harp Twins—everyone's favorite harp-playing twins—have posted a new video. This time, they've tackled Metallica's "One." The twist, if you will, is that they're both playing the same harp in the new video. The Harp Twins—Camille and Kennerly Kitt—have covered several Metallica tunes over the years, including “Nothing Else Matters” and “The Unforgiven.” One of their most popular clips is their cover of Ozzy Osbourne‘s ”Crazy Train.”
"This was by far the most difficult cover I've done," he says on YouTube. "It's long, it's intricate and devilishly fast at the end. The whole process of tabbing, learning, playing and finally editing this monstrosity took me the better part of two weeks. I'm pretty pleased with the final result. There're still a few bits I wish I'd played a little cleaner.