You'd think a band that's been around for 40 years might just be going through the motions at this point. But for Dave Meniketti and Y&T, that's hardly the case. The band's current lineup — Dave Meniketti (guitar/vocals), John Nymann (guitar), Brad Lang (bass) and Mike Vanderhule (drums) — continues to bring its own unique blend of hard rock to legions of fans around the world.
After forming in the late Eighties, Winger soared to success with their debut self-titled release, the platinum-selling disc that included the songs "Madalaine," “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak." Their followup album, 1990's In The Heart Of The Young, kept things moving right along with the successful singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away."
Viewers would regularly host their own MTV parties, tune in for Friday Night video fights and experience unprecedented musical events such as Live Aid. The MTV phenomenon was so big that Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler referenced the channel, incorporating its "I want my MTV" slogan in the band’s massive 1985 hit, "Money For Nothing.”
Since its beginnings in 1982, Doug Marks’ Metal Method has become one of the most successful rock guitar courses of all time. What started out as a supplement to help him achieve his own dreams of rock stardom, Marks’ lessons have taught guitarists everything from the foundational shapes and barre chords to improvising leads and even writing songs.
Blacklist Union’s Tony West has seen more than his share of tragedy over the course of his lifetime. After an abusive childhood and running away to Hollywood at age 13, West had to overcome personal adversity, drug abuse and more in order to rise to the top.
Zakk Wylde has announced the next chapter in the Black Label Society story, Catacombs of the Black Vatican. The album, the first disc of all new material from the band since 2010’s Order of the Black, will be released April 8.
Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart recently launched a unique performance-based contest called BeMyBand. The purpose of BeMyBand — which you can check out here — is to ask aspiring musicians to compete for a chance to be part of Orianthi's band.
Following a set of European shows that begin early in January, a coast-to-coast run picks up on March 20 in Toronto and continues on through the end of April before wrapping up in Guadalajara, Mexico. The tour can also be labeled “An Evening with Dream Theater” because there will be no opening acts.
It’s been a busy year for south-paw guitarist Dee J Nelson. In addition to creating his popular guitar lessons for Metal Method and offering private instruction, Nelson has contributed music to the upcoming Dope album, Blood Money, that’s set for release in 2014.