Poll: Which Artist Should Be the Focus of Our Next Special Issue?

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sativatage

How about putting Criss Oliva up with all the other guitar greats.Your readers voted HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING into the top 10 albums of 1987 and even after his death in 1993 POETS AND MADMEN(2001) was voted number one with over double the votes of the number two band.It also beat out OZZY'S DOWN TO EARTH cd in that poll.Twenty years after his death and the TSO is the biggest sellout show on the planet every year and it's only because of Criss Oliva.Does it do any good to have such a vote when you don't really care what your reader's think?I'm going to keep my subscription at least til the end of the year but I cannot support a biased team of people who won't take the time to do their homework or listen to the people who have supported them over the years.I'm tired of the same ol boring artists.I would like to see GW ran by the educated guitarists who read it and not by those who just see it fit to put only the ones on their list in it.Still waiting.....

sativatage

What about the best guitarist of our time,Criss Oliva from Savatage.GW readers voted Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King into the top ten best albums of 1987 and also voted Savatage - Poets and Madmen as the number one album of 2001 which won by double votes and even beat out Ozzy's Down to Earth.The Trans Siberian Orchestra would not exist if it were not for the years of hard work from Criss Oliva and his brother Jon.GW has only written ONE article about Criss Oliva and that was way back in April 2009.The story was awesome and well written but you guys threw Kirk Hammett on the cover.REALLY?Listen to your readers and look at who THEY voted for or just don't ask us silly questions like this if you already have your mind made up.Once again.........CRISS OLIVA CRISS OLIVA CRISS OLIVA!!!!

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ebcobbmorley

DOKKEN, man! you should do a special on Dokken! enough with the beatlemania already!

Ares6

Uh Smokin Joe Bonamassa? Who is probably the most under appreciated major artist today.

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jas1210

The best living guitar player....PRINCE

How about expanding your depth ...Willie Nelson,Steve Cropper,Nile Rodgers,Nick Zinner,Tom Dumont

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Ryan Rogers

Misfits, Anthrax, Motorhead. Hell, id like to see a GW do a special issue on Black Sabbath's upcoming new album when its released.

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Slaytanist

what this guy said! do sabbath!

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h2odiehard

Stop with the Beatles! This issue sucked sooooooo bad. Do some Eighties bands that didn't get much coverage. Cinderella, Annihilator (Fun Palace would rule!), Dangerous Toys, Overkill, Exodus, Anthrax.

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bc7390

Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Kyuss and Soundgarden would all be better choices.

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bc7390

Guitar World ... LISTEN TO YOUR FANS!!!! It's pretty clear that people are tired of the same stuff being recycled over and over again. I mean, another issue devoted to Van Halen?? I love VH, but wouldn't bother reading another issue devoted to them. How about devote an issue to someone new. Kyuss would be a great start. Gary Moore, definitely. How about Soundgarden? They're back together. If you do Soundgarden, please don't tab Spoonman or Pretty Noose ... they've been tabbed to death. Throw down something obscure ... like Far Beyond the Wheel. Just don't keep rehashing the same few bands!!!

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matta

DEEP PURPLE is rarely covered both editorially and musically(tablatures).

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brackforce

Black Sabbath, damnit. They're the ones that created METAL. Tony and Geezer are gods. Also, what about Iced Earth or Testament? They don't get any love. Hendrix and Van Halen get way too much coverage. U2? Really? U2 sucks. Floyd, Queen, or The Who are really the only options left and I would say The Who because they don't get as much coverage. But, seriously, though. If you want to give a band some credit for being HIGHLY influential and changing music history then go with Sabbath. These other bands are great, yea (except U2) and Hendrix and Van Halen are definitely given lots of credit for inspiring today's artists, but when it comes to anything heavy you hear Sabbath mentioned about as much as anybody. Shit, Sabbath is what made me want to learn to play.

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kdudek40

I would love to see a feature on TSO, especially with the holidays coming up. Even going back to their origin with Savatage would be great. I understand that without Hendrix, Clapton, Beck we wouldn't be where we are, but I agree we see these guys all the time. There are a lot of great guitarists out there that could really use some coverage too. I'd really like to see Andy Timmons also. I love the regular columns.

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TheFatMan

I know the new generation is tired of Hendrix, Beck, Clapton etc..but if it werent for them you wouldn't have what you know today is rock.
Before them was Merle Travil and Chet
My two personal favorites are Jimmy Page and Townes Van Zandt.
Jimmy because nothing was scripted and he could do it all and he pushed the evelope to the edge of where he was one fretted Chord away from disaster and never did anything twice.
Townes Van Zandt is one of the most underated song writers of our time. He was self taught and was a wonderful picker and blues folk guitarist.
He was copied by the likes of Doc Watson, Willie Nelson,l Merle Haggard, Emmy Lou Harris, the Pouges, Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle.
So I say give TVZ his due.

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firepigg

I'd really like to see you guys so a feature on Phil Campbell of Motorhead. He's been the guitarist for Motorhead for 25 years. He's fucking GOD on guitar and yet I don't think he's ever had a single mention in Guitar World. Talk about a lack of respect! If you guys could give it a rest with the Dimebag, Hendrix, Page, Vaughn, shit for minute and give some props to one of the greatest rock and roll guitarists, I might start actually buying the magazine again.

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roblow316

Dean Deleo would be awesome. I'd also like more Zakk Wylde even though he's gotten coverage. I would like to see more of his theory in writing songs and lesson type material.

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jaketheripper

How about revocation, protest the hero, or the human abstract?

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olbuzz

These guys are right... Most a those guys have been covered. If ya death metal us go heavy on the tabs and melodic stuff. Myself I tend to bypass the profiles on some. Try something mellow like Iommi's Master of Reality Everyone needs some coverage and you guys have to sell mags.

I'd like to see sompin on Dean DeLeo. The guys great and has his own sound. He's really stepped up his live performance. There was a time when some of his complicated phrasing didn't come out of the mix. He's been woodshedin no doubt. How about piece on a guy like Walter Trout. Short of the Blues heads I doubt many readers know who he is. One of the best Guitarist in the country. Hardest workin man in show business

razorrex

I'd prefer "Death" "Meshuggah" "Pantera" or "Tool."

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rustycage

These bands have all been tabbed to death. How about adding something obscure, like Birth Ritual by Soundgarden? Or Show Me Your Soul by the Chili Peppers?

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guitar_lovin_man

How bout a special issue on the greatest guitar player that ever lived Gary Moore?

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olbuzz

I wish they would have done Gary when he was with us. Although he would have probably blown it off. Gary was kinda of a private guy into his own thing. Cordial as hell though...Nice to everyone he met. He's right up there with the best of em. Could go to any genre with precision. The best combo of Blues-Rock I think I've heard. Even a with a dash of RB and pop occasionally.

His technique com binded with that raw tone he got out a that LP and Marshall were second to none. Pick up the tribute DVD he and the old band members put out for Phil Lynott a few years back. If you can't appreciate Gary Moore.... you probably aren't old enough to buy alcohol either

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devilman76

I admit - I went ahead and voted for Floyd because they're my favorite and I don't yet have one of the hundreds of issues already devoted to them (haven't subscribed long enough). And if you're going to do another special issue on someone you've already covered, I'd rather it be them or the Who.

But I get what so many other commenters are saying - please cover someone new! I'm so sick of Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, etc. Love Hendrix and Page but yes - they've already been covered enough too.

So how about:
Sonic Youth - you could help us decode the hundreds of different tunings and techniques they've used.
Josh Homme - There's so many bands worth of material there
Jack White - same as Josh
Soundgarden - so many riffs, so many tunings!
Monster Magnet
Smashing Pumpkins
Black Keys
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

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Mulder007

As stated before (by other users) you have already done special issues devoted to these artists, some within the last 3-5 years (eg. Queen, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd all have had Guitar Legends devoted to them recently).

How about Rgae Against The Machine (or Tom Morrello)?
I guess if I had to pick on of the suggested I would pick U2 and not because I'm a fan, but because it's the one I've seen least featured by GW

I hope GW seriously takes these comments to heart.
Kindest Regards,

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shinobicat5

I would like to see a devotion to Dave Grohl. That man is pretty amazing.

gwlucas

Or Suicidal Tendencies

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ChrisDude89

Hey, are you thinking what I'm actually thinking?

gwlucas

Guitar World wouldn't know how to put together a good special issue if Charles Manson was eating Fruit Loops on their front porch?

gwlucas

Really? More Jimi Hendrix? Enough already. How about some bands that don't have a million issues devoted to them already?

Savatage
Overkill
Metal Church
TSO

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mad_frog

Are those the only artists u guys know? Seems like all of have had multiple features. I know they're all great, but please try to appeal to newer generations too.

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ChrisDude89

Yeah, it would be nice if GW focused on something that was around way after bands like Queen or Van Halen or Pink Floyd. I'd love to see a cover story or just an interview with Bruno Fevery from Kyuss Lives! or Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, I know either of those bands have new albums coming out in 2012 and I'm surprised Josh Homme has never appeared on a GW cover (oh wait, didn't he have a cover story in the March 2010 issue? yes, he did). I would also like to see an interview or cover story of another one of favorite bands The Offspring (who haven't appeared on a GW cover since the February 2001 issue), they have a new record out in 2012 as well. I hear people say they're even better than Green Day.

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ChrisDude89

Since you'll be asking us about other artists in the near future, I'd like to see a special cover of the original lineup of Black Sabbath since they reunited or a cover of any of my favorite guitarists like Alex Sknolnick and Eric Peterson (Testament), Dexter Holland and Noodles (The Offspring), Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), Bruno Fevery (Kyuss Lives!), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) or Wolf Hoffmann (Accept). Each of the guitarist's own bands has a new album coming out next year and a cover story of any of those guitarists would be awesome. Thanks!

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brackforce

Dude, I just wrote a comment before I saw yours about SABBATH and I mentioned Testament too. I don't get why Testament doesn't get more coverage and Sabbath is one of the most influential bands of all time. U2? Really? GW should be ashamed.

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