Every year around this time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its list of nominees for the following year's class, an announcement that always brings with it a slew of "Yeah, but does it really matter if ______ isn't in the Hall of Fame?" and "_____!? They're not even a rock band!" type comments.
From an early age, Richie Kotzen was tagged as a virtuoso, a guitar hero, a shredder. All true, of course, but with time, Kotzen proved to be so much more — a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter who can play at the speed of light one minute and then do a complete turnaround with an acoustic guitar and ballad.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently told Newsweek Magazine that he turned down the chance to compose the score for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films. He considers it the biggest mistake he ever made. Ulrich said he met Tarantino in San Francisco and Tarantino told him he had written a number of Kill Bill's fight scenes to music by Metallica.
In 2007, after a five-year roller coaster that zipped out two multi-platinum studio albums, a live album, a string of tours and band lineup changes, Amy Lee decided to give her band, Evanescence, a break. So for nearly three years, Lee spent time with her husband, Josh Hartzler, fixed up her New York home and experienced life.
It is rumored that The Stone Roses, one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement of the '90s, will announce their reunion today in London. A sudden press conference was called earlier today so that a "very important announcement" could be unveiled.
MusicRadar.com reports that Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore have announced that their marriage is on the rocks. In fact, the pair -- who have been married 27 years -- are splitting up, a fact that leaves the fate of the legendary New York City band up in the air.
As Guitar World's leading Axl Rose sympathizer, I felt it was my duty to bring you this video of a surprisingly candid Axl hanging out with some fans at his hotel in Paraguay. I'm claiming this as guitar related, because he's talking about none other than his former guitarist, Slash.