Well, gang, it’s time once again to take Guitar World magazine's annual readers' poll. Should David Gilmour take the Hall of Fame crown—or is the late B.B. King more deserving? Was Judas Priest the year’s best live act? Or was it Van Halen? Should Joe Satriani reign over Gus G as Best Shredder? What about this year's best blues guitarist and rock album?
In our newest instructional product, the How to Play Funk Bass! DVD, former Guitar World Music Editor Matt Scharfglass teaches you the techniques and stylistic elements of classic Motown, Seventies soul and modern R&B bass playing—everything from Jamerson to Jaco!
As recently reported, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drummer Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehan and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. On December 12, MacAlpine's friends and fans will gather together at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. All proceeds will go to help MacAlpine and his family.
In this new video, guitarist Luca Stricagnoli visits a guitar store and plays his own arrangement of "Misirlou" on five different guitars. "Misirlou" is a traditional Eastern Mediterranean tune made famous in 1962 by surf-rock guitarist Dick Dale. Dale's version also appears in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction and was sampled in the Black Eyed Peas' "Pump It" in 2006.
Last week, former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones joined former members of R.E.M. on stage in Norway to perform Led Zeppelin's “When the Levee Breaks.” That performance, which you can check out below, took place as part of a “mini festival” called Ice Station in Vadsø, Norway.
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has released the official theatrical trailer his new Jaco Pastorius documentary, Jaco. You can watch it below. The film chronicles Pastorius' brief-but-extraordinary life and career.
We recently caught up with Vivian Campbell, who was eager to discuss Def Leppard's new self-titled album and his more recent project, Last in Line, which reunites the veteran guitarist with his fellow Dio bandmates Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain. Their new album, Heavy Crown, is set for a February 2016 release.
The new guitar features a custom Annihilation Red gloss color finish designed by Waters and is powered by Epiphone ProBucker humbucker pickups. The Annihilation-II also comes with a custom Phenolic fingerboard, KillPot switch, Grover Rotomatic machine heads and a custom-fitted gig bag.
Get Up!—Bryan Adams' new album—finds the Canadian rocker reuniting with his longtime songwriting partner, Jim Vallance. This is the same pair that composed many of the guitar-driven songs that became the soundtrack for the Eighties: “Cuts Like a Knife,” “This Time,” “Run to You,” “It’s Only Love” and “Summer of ‘69” to name but a few.