It was recently announced that Hoekstra would be leaving his gig with Night Ranger to become the new guitarist in Whitesnake, replacing departing guitarist Doug Aldrich. Hoekstra’s seven-year tenure with Night Ranger included three critically acclaimed albums and tours, not to mention being part of a killer one-two punch with guitar great Brad Gillis.
Over the course of his illustrious career—one that includes time in Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver—Slash has amassed album sales of more than 100 million, garnered a Grammy (to go with his seven nominations) and was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After years of waiting, that time has finally arrived. LaBar’s new album, One For The Road, was recorded in Nashville with long-time friend and engineer Ronnie Honeycutt and features mixing by fellow Cinderella bandmate Fred Coury, with mixing and mastering by Chris Collier (KXM, Lynch Mob, Lita Ford).
With styles ranging from rock and blues to jazz and soul, Richie Kotzen has built an eclectic career as guitarist, singer and songwriter. Over a period of 20 years, Kotzen has accumulated a loyal fan base and has consistently sold out shows throughout the world. Still, there are many who question what Kotzen is capable of musically. Kotzen’s new Essential package is sure to answer that question.
Never a band to play by the rules, Buckcherry have made a career out of pushing the boundaries — and buttons — of conventional rock while doing things their own way. It’s a strategy that has paid off with successful studio albums and singles over the last decade.
Deep Purple’s latest album, 2013's Now What?!, marked the opening of next chapter in the band’s 46-year career. Blending the spirit of classic Seventies Deep Purple with modern production and a progressive mindset, the album reached Number 1 in several countries, including Germany and Russia, and gave the band its first British Top 20 album in 20 years.
Two decades can be a long time to wait for a new studio album, but Kix proves the wait was certainly worth it.
Since reuniting in 2003 and adding bassist Mark Schenker to the line-up, Kix has experienced a huge resurgence in popularity as well as a passion to create new music. Rock Your Face Off, due for an August 5 release, is the band’s first new studio album in nearly twenty years and one that continues in the band's high energy tradition
I caught up with Younkins and Forsythe and asked them about the new album, their gear and more!
For former White Lion vocalist Mike Tramp, it’s no longer about filling up arenas, selling t-shirts or just playing the old songs. And although there have been glimpses of Tramp’s inner self in his White Lion past (“When The Children Cry” quickly comes to mind), perhaps there is no better reflection of Tramp’s soul than with his new album, Museum (out on August 18.)
I spoke with Tramp about his new album, gear and the satisfaction he gets from his vagabond touring lifestyle.
Following last year’s successful Christmas tour with his 18-piece orchestra, iconic guitarist, songwriter and three-time Grammy winner Brian Setzer entered the studio to get back to his rockabilly roots — with incredible results.
Multi-platinum hard rock heroes Godsmack are revving their engines for their highly anticipated sixth studio album, 1000hp The album, which is set for an August 5 release, is the follow-up to 2010’s The Oracle, which debuted at Number 1 on Billboard's Top 200.