Nineteen hundred and seventy-three is one of those rare years — like, say, 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1991 — that saw the release of an impressive assortment of seminal rock albums. As we wrote two years ago in our 1971 roundup, "Even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the 'classic rock' era, it was a particularly classic year."
Yes have announced their first-ever rock festival — Yestival — which will take place August 3 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey. The band, which will be performing 1971's The Yes Album and 1972's Close to the Edge in their entirety, will be joined by the Musical Box, Renaissance featuring Anne Haslam, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy and other acts (TBA).
Chicago-based Pasquale Custom Guitars has announced it will create three HTM Signature Series guitars to be donated to Operation Support Our Troops America and the Artistic Tools for Veterans programs this summer.
Guitarist John McLaughlin is set to begin his first US tour in three years. The tour kicks off June 11 in Durham, North Carolina, and will hit Asheville, DC, Bethlehem and Boston. It also will include a three-night stand in New York City at the Blue Note before ending in Toronto June 23.
Throughout this title track to Jason Becker’s landmark 1988 debut album, the phenomenally gifted and accomplished young guitarist frequently employs a lead-playing technique known as sweep picking to help perform the many swift and nimble-fingered arpeggios used to convey his classical virtuoso-style melodic ideas.
Forty-nine Februarys ago, after the Beatles made their debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, thousands of kids across the US suddenly "needed" electric guitars, basses and drums. Kids who were able to pick out their dream gear took their cues from their new long-haired heroes and tracked down Gretsch and Rickenbacker guitars, Hofner basses, Vox amps and Ludwig drums.
Exploring the world of country guitar is a diverse and exciting journey, one from which a guitarist of any background can benefit, while having fun. Modern country guitar is an amalgam of traditional and not-so-traditional playing approaches borrowed from several related homegrown American styles. As such, it includes elements of blues, bluegrass, rock and roll, and even jazz, and it offers a tasty mix of expressive and challenging playing techniques.
George Harrison’s withering indictment of Britain’s progressive tax system was chosen to open the Beatles’ most progressive musical effort to date. Opening with a rasping cough and a droll count-in, “Taxman” kicks off Revolver in startling fashion, demonstrating both Harrison’s growing sophistication as a songwriter and Emerick’s budding talent for sculpting guitar tones.