In 1969, a long-haired band arrived out of nowhere, brandishing a heavy sound and dark vibe that was completely at odds with the "get back to the garden" idealism of the Woodstock generation. The band's jazz-influenced drummer was almost physically incapable of playing a straight 4/4 beat, and the guitarist had lost the tips of two fret-hand digits in a freak industrial accident.
When one thinks of 2001 a lot of cultural references come to mind. It was the first official year of the new millennium. A new United States President assumed office. And then there's the unavoidable image of HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the red eye glowing and speaking in that creepy monotonic voice: "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."
Guitarist Available: Into Hard Rock, Country, Polka, Easy Listening, Elevator Jazz, Gypsy, Classical, Barbershop, Big Band ..." As an 11-year-old, I was infatuated with Def Leppard. I would even pretend to play along with the Hysteria album using one (not two) chopsticks as drumsticks to emulate Rick Allen, assigning my left foot to snare drum duties.
There's little doubt as to who owned the covers of Guitar World in 1998. With a new singer and a new album and a Number One song on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks, Van Halen was once again standing on top of the world.
Here's an exclusive video of Gus G of of Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind demonstrating his new signature series Fire
Blackouts System pickups by Seymour Duncan. The Gus G Fire Blackouts System blends the best aspects of the power of active pickups and the response of passive pickups.
The hallmark of Ozzy's decades-spanning career has been his indelible knack for recruiting Grade A guitarists into his band. Below is a visual history of the Prince of Darkness' six-string kings throughout the years.
Ozzy Osbourne, clad in a screaming yellow suit and black crucifix, and Zakk Wylde, attired in custom-made flared jeans, sit side-by-side on a couch. They rise as one at my appearance, their solemn, polite handshakes suggesting men of infinite wealth, taste and breeding.