Mötley Crüe recently announced the details of their final round of North American dates. The tour—Crüe’s last, ever—will conclude on New Year’s Eve in their hometown of Los Angeles, the same city where they began their career more than 34 years ago.
Twenty-five years ago, two long-haired blond twins set the world on fire with their debut album, After the Rain. At a time when glam metal was giving way to grunge, Nelson touched a nerve with the album's hook-laden title track and “(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection," a Number 1 single.
10,000 Light Years Ago is the superb new studio album by legendary Moody Blues bassist John Lodge. It’s Lodge’s first album of new solo material since 1977's Natural Avenue. The album contains some of Lodge's most personal songs and even features guest performances by former Moody Blues members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder.
The album, the follow-up to 2013's Memphis, features a guest appearance by Bonnie Raitt, who duets with Scaggs and adds her characteristic slide guitar to “Hell to Pay.” The song, which Scaggs wrote himself, is a knowing indictment of corruption on a personal and political level.
Seek Irony arose out of Tel Aviv, Israel's burgeoning music scene. But it wasn’t until founding members—and brothers—Kﬁr and Rom Gov relocated to Austin, Texas, that things really began to change. Shortly after their arrival, the brothers welcomed several new band members, including Berklee-trained guitarist Alex Campbell.
Besides bringing a familiar face to the band, Matt’s arrival heralds a new-found dynamic; Human introduces heavier, darker shades to the band's songwriting and sound. New tracks like “I Am Machine” offer inspired, hook-laden riffs while “Painkiller” tackles more personal topics from a unique point of view.
Justin Hayward—whose career has spanned a staggering 50 years—has played a huge role in modern music history. Whether it’s his tasteful guitar playing with the Moody Blues or as a solo artist, or his endless catalog of classic songs—including “Nights in White Satin” and “Question"—Hayward is a true living legend.
You could call Steve Hackett’s new album, Wolflight, a rock record, but it’s so much more than that. Besides its healthy doses of rock, R&B and jazz, the album, which will be released April 7, reveals the Influence of 19th-century composers and features some unusual instrumentation, not to mention a healthy dose of Hackett’s inspired guitar work.
In a career that’s spanned more than 25 years, guitarist extraordinaire Richie Kotzen has built an impressive resume of albums that showcase his unique shredding prowess, vocals, songwriting and vast musical knowledge. For Kotzen’s recently released 20th solo album, Cannibals, we find the guitarist exploring some new territory.
Thal, whose unique guitar work is an undisputed highlight of Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy album (2008), also headlines as a solo act and helps raise awareness for several constructive causes, including the Red Cross, Operation Smile and the Earthquake Relief Fund.