Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page is available now at the Guitar World Online Store. This “oral autobiography” of Jimmy Page, the intensely private mastermind behind Led Zeppelin — one of the most enduring bands in rock history — is the most complete and revelatory portrait of the legendary guitarist ever published.
Boss announces the availability of the DD-500 digital delay pedal. Filled with newly developed Boss technology, it offers 12 distinctive delay modes and extraordinary audio quality, along with deep editing controls, a graphic display, patch memories, MIDI and more. Small in size and massive in creative potential, the DD-500 allows musicians to create any delay sound they can imagine.
Eric Clapton has just posted the first full-length clip from his upcoming concert film, Eric Clapton: Live at the Royal Albert Hall—Slowhand at 70. It shows him and his band playing the JJ Cale classic “Cocaine,” and you can watch it below.
Besides functional gear, sensible footwear and a guaranteed ride to gigs, members of good backing bands must have the following qualities: Humility, talent and personality. The best backing bands, of course, have all these qualities — and lots of success. Some of them of have played on countless hits. Some have played a role in music history. Others just have so much talent that they automatically move to the next level.
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!
Vermont-based news channel WPTZ (where my late-Nineties girlfriend used to work!) recently published a feature on the Alpaca carbon fiber travel guitar, a "special guitar made to withstand the elements."
After the bitter departure of drummer Dave Lombardo and tragic death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Slayer faced an uncertain future. Here, the two remaining founding members, Kerry King and Tom Araya, reveal how they made it through the flames, and focused their fury into the highly anticipated new album Repentless.
As the polls closed in the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 9, 2015, one thing was evident: No other song in our "Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time" readers' poll was ever going to come close to touching Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."