Over the decades, John Lennon's songs have been covered by thousands of artists. Just think of all the people — from unknown Lithuanian bar bands to Lada Gaga — who have had a crack at "Imagine." Today, on the 74th anniversary of his birth on October 9, 1940, I'm paying tribute to Lennon by rounding up five of what I feel are the best performances of his solo songs by other artists.
A fan of classical music, Randy Rhoads was one of the first American guitarists to successfully incorporate classical music elements into heavy metal. (“Euro-metal” guitarists, including Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth and Michael Schenker, had also experimented with melding the two genres.)
As the Black Label Society's leader (and Ozzy's guitarist for more years than anyone else), Zakk Wylde has become infamous for his brew-tal riffage and lethal lead style. Remarkably, though, he also has a soul-stirring softer side.
How in good conscience can an institution that has admitted Gladys Knight & the Pips overlook Ozzy Osbourne? That was the burning question that kept us awake after we learned about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s inductees for 2014. Don’t get us wrong. We were thrilled to see Kiss and Nirvana finally listed among this year’s entrants. But after 28 years, we think it’s time that the Hall shower a little respect on some of the musicians that have thrilled and inspired Guitar World and its readers over the past 35 years.
Check out the new 2DVD set, Ozzy Osbourne: The Randy Rhoads Years, and learn the guitar styles and techniques Randy Rhoads made famous with Ozzy Osbourne. Each part is played up to speed, then broken down note-by-note in this set, which provides an in-depth analysis of eight songs.
Although most fans of Ozzy Osbourne and the late Randy Rhoads have already seen Osbourne's After Hours TV appearance from the spring of 1981, you might want to check out these new "enhanced" versions of two clips.