Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan says the music industry has been "taken over by poseurs." Corgan, who was being interviewed publicly by author Brian Solis at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, said he was part of a generation of artists who "wanted to change the world." Today's musicians, he added, are obsessed merely with being famous.
Yes, we know this is GUITARworld.com, but we figured the Machine Head fans out there would still find this interesting. Machine Head drummer Dave McClain has posted the drum parts, drum-set diagram and drum transcription for the Unto The Locust track "I Am Hell" at drummagazine.com.
In the midst of his busy schedule, Slash somehow managed to find time to make it over to England to film an episode of Top Gear. You can watch a behind-the-scenes clip from the filming of Slash's episode below.
On the road in support of their new album, A Different Kind of Truth, Van Halen are continuing to break out the deep cuts, much to the delight of hardcore fans. Last night in Boston, the band broke out a rare performance of "Hang 'Em High" from 1982's Diver Down. Check out the footage below.
In a rare instance of frontman Lemmy Kilmister seeming even the slightest bit mortal, Motorhead were forced to miss the final four dates of this year's Gigantour. Giving a tip of the hat to Lemmy and crew, Megadeth performed a cover of Motorhead's "No Class" a couple weeks ago in Austin, Texas. Check out the video below.
Reverend Guitars, maker of the Pete Anderson Signature Eastsider guitar, has announced that the model now will be available with an optional maple neck. The guitar is Reverend's second Pete Anderson Signature model and comes in S and T varieties. The Tobacco Burst versions, however, still have the Rosewood Fretboard.
Kyuss members Scott Reeder and Joshua Homme have been forced to file a federal lawsuit against John Garcia and Brant Bjork a/k/a Kyuss Lives! The suit alleges trademark infringement and consumer fraud by Kyuss Lives!
Oktober Guitars has announced today the new DevilWing bass, the latest addition to the company's Von Frankenstein Series. The DevilWing is designed by Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, who has been working closely with Oktober for the better part of two years. The DevilWing bass is available now in Production and U.S. Custom Shop models. Both can be ordered via the Oktober Guitars website.
While the Internet hasn't been all kind to the music industry, one of the major upswings of the rise of the digital age is the increased interaction between fans and musicians that social media channels allow.