Forty years is a monumental amount of time for any band to be together, but for Kansas guitarist Richard Williams, the milestone event seems pretty normal. In addition to being an integral part of the success of Kansas — a band with record sales in excess of 15 million — Williams' legacy includes being one of only two members of the band (drummer Phil Ehart being the other) to play on every Kansas album.
Lucky Numbers, guitarist Dave Stewart’s third solo album in as many years, is a well-crafted collection of songs adorned with key elements of blues, country and rock. Recorded on a boat in the South Pacific with a core group of seasoned Nashville musicians, Lucky Numbers offers a window into the mind of a true modern-day storyteller.
Following the success of her true comeback album [2012’s Living Like a Runaway], Lita Ford took to the stage at LA's Canyon Club to record a live performance as a gift to her fans. The result is The Bitch is Back…Live, the new album from the reigning queen of hard rock and heavy metal.
There's only one way to celebrate 40 years of rock, and that's with your friends. Sammy Hagar's new album, Sammy Hagar & Friends is a collection of songs that pay tribute to the Red Rocker's musical success. With contributions by such giants as Joe Satriani, Neal Schon, Nancy Wilson and Michael Anthony (among others), Hagar not only looks back on his solo career, but also his time with Montrose, Van Halen and current bands the Waboritas and Chickenfoot.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since the lives of Jim Croce, Maury Muehleisen and four others were cut short when the twin-engine plane in which they were traveling crashed shortly after takeoff on September 20, 1973.
Shortly after hooking up with Roth, Jason Becker was given the grim diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and given only three to five years to live. Although the disease would eventually take away his ability to play guitar, walk and even speak, Becker’s spirit and determination has enabled him to continue living and composing amazing music.
Regardless of what you think about his politics, there's no denying that Ted Nugent has solidified a place in rock history. In addition to his successful solo career and his stints with the Amboy Dukes and Damn Yankees, the Motor City Madman has performed more than 6,000 shows and contributed some of the most memorable guitar licks ever.
Guitarist Tommy Kessler is living proof that hard work pays off. Not only does his work ethic allow Kessler to travel the world as part of Blondie, but there's also the matter of his other "day job." To date, Kessler (along with Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra) has performed considerably more than 1,000 shows as part of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages.
After the departure of longtime vocalist Josey Scott, Saliva's Wayne Swinny (guitar), Dave Novotny (bass) and Paul Crosby (drums) weren't sure if they'd be able to find a suitable replacement. Thankfully, after a month of deliberating, the search for a new frontman led them to singer Bobby Amaru, whose arrival kicked off a new chapter for the band, one that Swinny equates with hitting the lottery.