"With Stones Gear, I wanted it to be even more over the top. So if you’re a Stones fan, you can read the story of the band, learn about the equipment they used and actually see pictures of the band using the equipment from sources that people just don’t have access to.”
The list of songs with great guitar tone is endless, and singling out any one as the best is, of course, subjective. But some guitar tones scream out for attention, and the best ones don’t do that literally. Instead, they pull at the melody and cut across the bed created by the rhythm section, without being too showy or abrasive or predictable.
Unless you’ve been under a rock, missed the Grammys and close your eyes while you’re at the grocery store checkout, you’ve probably noticed it’s the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in the U.S. To mark the occasion, there’s a new box set called The Beatles: The U.S. Albums that, more than anything in the band’s recent catalog, is truly the sound of Beatlemania.
Hear My Train tells Hendrix’s story, likely familiar to any Guitar World reader, in an intimate and refreshing way. All the key players are shown in new interviews, or archival pieces that are either unfamiliar or used in new and interesting ways.
If you’re not Beatles obsessed, you’re likely scratching your head at all the hubbub. You might have been one of the more than 8 million people who bought 1994's Live at the BBC and enjoyed the playful nature of the Beatles and the load of tracks the band never recorded for their conventional releases. But really, Live at the BBC was only the tip of the iceberg.
Rock and roll was as present as ever at this year’s New York Comic Con. Among the ever ground-breaking use of music being touted in the latest video game releases, and the series of Daft Punk collectible figures and the duo’s new Random Access Memories box set on display at NYCC this past weekend, author Vivek J. Tiwary was the real star.
As lead guitarist for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for more than a decade, Byrd’s classic riffs propelled Jett’s best work, including “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” “Talkin’ Bout My Baby” and, of course, “I Love Rock 'n' Roll.” Byrd left the Blackhearts in 1993, a guitar slinger for hire, touring and recording with Roger Daltrey, Southside Johnny and Ian Hunter, among others.
The whirlwind evening began at Wallplay on Orchard Street, where videos of the band in its heyday blared across giant screens and black-and-white prints of some of the most iconic images of the band — or of any rock band, for that matter — adorned the walls, courtesy of Rock Paper Photo, the e-commerce fine art photography dealers.
The guitar work — whether acoustic strumming or flat-picking, punchy electric lines and pedal steel — is stellar and, most of all, tasteful throughout. In essence, Another Self Portrait is a five-star album any music lover should have in his or her collection.
If you’re a fan of classic rock and read Guitar World or any of the other music magazines out there, I’m sure you’ve seen the advertisements for Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp. Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck, Roger Daltrey, Bill Wyman and Ace Frehley are just some of the rock royalty who have shared their stories and talent with attendees since its founding in 1997.