A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1).
Tony Iommi, who is knee-deep into recording Black's Sabbath's new album, 13, is already looking beyond that project to something new — a riff-based album with Queen guitarist Brian May. The idea behind the project, as reported by RollingStone.com this morning, is that fans would be able "build their own songs" around Iommi's and May's unused material.
As many predicted, the subject of the countdown ended up being the long-awaited release of the band's 2007 reunion concert at London's 02 Arena as both a live album and a spectacularly shot film on DVD and Blu-Ray. Dubbed Celebration Day, the film's release and subsequent press appearances will likely serve as a last hurrah for the legendary band, the film itself a document of Led Zeppelin's triumphant last ride.
To urge the British government towards a more comprehensive set of measures to quell the problem of Piracy in the U.K., several notable musicians have signed a letter urging British Prime Minister David Cameron to encourage him to put more pressure on websites, search engines and advertisers to help put pirates out of business for good.
Queen have announced the cancellation of the Sonisphere Festival U.K., an event that was scheduled for July 6 to 8 at England's Knebworth Park. Queen -- featuring American Idol alum Adam Lambert -- were among the headliners.
As reported earlier, Queen drummer Roger Taylor recently launched an international competition, the Queen Extravaganza Tour Talent Search, in an effort to assemble a Queen-sanctioned band that will hit the road in 2012.