Maxine Petrucci likes to call what she does “evolved music." The former Madam X guitarist [and sister of former Vixen drummer Roxy Petrucci] has taken much of what she's learned from the '80s and '90s to a completely different level. It's a sound and style some may find not suitable for the “commercial” world, but Petrucci says that suits her just fine.
Styx's new DVD/Blu-ray, Styx: Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight — Live, captures the band performing their two classic multi-platinum '70s albums live in their entirety for the very first time. Filmed at the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis, these albums helped establish Styx as a global phenomenon and defined their sound for a generation of fans.
Greg Howe and I have a few things in common. First, we share a mutual interest in a certain instrument, and we both cut our teeth performing in clubs in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, area. But that's pretty much where our similarities end.
Guitarist Frank Turner’s preferred method of swaying people to his cause has always been by getting in front of them and playing. On his May 24 appearance on Guitar Center Sessions, he had the opportunity to showcase his brand of honest and passionate folk/punk for the world. Filmed during his hectic SXSW schedule, Turner's Sessions episode includes performances by Turner and his band, plus an in-depth interview with the artist himself.
It’s been a busy year for former Heart guitarist Howard Leese. The man who played alongside sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson for more than 20 years has spent much of 2013 performing in the Las Vegas musical Raiding The Rock Vault.
Former Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm pulls no punches in his new autobiography, Juke Box Hero. In the book, which was co-written with Scott Pitoniak, Gramm leads readers on a journey from his humble beginnings in Rochester, New York, to the biggest stages in the world. He recounts his stint with Black Sheep, plus the ups and downs of working with guitarist Mick Jones in the band that made him famous.
With an incredible catalog of songs accumulated over the course of his lifetime, Michael Jackson’s music was something that transcended different genres and influenced a generation of listeners. Growing up, I remember not only being glued to the TV watching the Jackson 5's cartoon show, but also being on the front lines for the Thriller and Bad album phenomenons (The former still ranks as the biggest selling album of all time).
Whether it’s writing, producing or recording straight ahead jazz records for himself or for other artists, Fabrizzio Sotti has done it all. But when it comes to his latest album, Right Now, Sotti does something completely different from anything he’s ever done before. Included among six brand-new, original tracks are songs that have inspired the guitarist since his youth.
Gina Stile has been involved in several successful projects over the years, including the '80s bands Poison Dollys and Envy. She's opened for Aerosmith on a string of dates and had an album produced by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister. Her current all-female project, Thunderbox, is generating a lot of buzz in the New York area. And it doesn't hurt that she’s one hell of a guitar player.
Since the formation of their partnership in the early 1970s, Daryl Hall and John Oates have gone on to become the most successful duo in rock history. Together, they've sold more than 80 million albums, scored 10 No. 1 records and amassed more than 20 top 40 hits — and they've toured the world for decades.