Last year brought us a shiny new Van Halen album — the first, in fact, to feature David Lee Roth behind the mic since 1984. That means the bar was set pretty high for 2013 — at least in terms of major rock events. Luckily, Black Sabbath came along with a killer of a reunion album (OK, partial reunion) called 13, the band's first studio release to feature Ozzy Osbourne since 1978.
Stevie Ray Vaughan died 23 years ago today on August 27, 1990. Basically, everything changed for the very young version of me the first time I saw him play live. It was March 1984 at Kean College in Union, New Jersey. After that night, I tore up, stomped on and burned the book on what I thought being a blues guitarist was all about — and started all over again.
Blues legend Buddy Guy has announced he'll release a new studio album, Rhythm & Blues, through RCA Records on July 30 — which happens to be his 77th birthday. Best of all, Rhythm & Blues will be an all-too-rare-in-2013 double album, and you can check out the complete track listing below.
The 35th-annual Kennedy Center Honors aired last night, December 26, on CBS. And while honorees Led Zeppelin are garnering the most headlines out of the event, blues guitar great Buddy Guy also was honored.
Welcome to Guitar World's roundup of the top 25 live, reissued and archival albums of 2012. The common theme of these 25 releases is easy to follow: They all feature classic or well-known songs that have been repackaged and presented anew, but with a twist, whether it be in the form of live versions, alternate versions, demos, simple remasters, etc.