Kiss guitarists and Les Pauls just seem to go together. Just ask Tommy Thayer, who just introduced his new Epiphone White Lightning Les Paul. We caught up with Thayer—just days before he headed out on a whirlwind tour of Japan—to discuss the new guitar and a whole lot more.
Dave Mason’s name is synonymous with Traffic, a legendary British band that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. These days, the guitarist can be found doing shows from coast to coast with his “Traffic Jam” project. But Mason also is known for his solo work and his countless collaborations with a veritable who’s who of rock, including members of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix.
Kiss brought their 40th Anniversary Tour to the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, Sunday, August 24 — and were greeted by a packed house. They played what amounted to a greatest-hits set that included "Deuce," "Love Gun," "God of Thunder" and more. They also sprinkled in a good portion of non-makeup-era Kiss with "Hide Your Heart" and "Lick It Up."
Ted Nugent is not one to keep his opinions to himself. His persona has made him a larger-than-life and polarizing media figure. Peel away the political opinions and you find the “Motor City Madman” who has been cranking out hits since his debut with The Amboy Dukes in 1967. The title of Ted’s latest album, Shut Up & Jam!, was certainly more than just an album title. It was a mission statement.
Linkin Park are one of the most successful rock bands of this century. Every one of their studio albums — with the exception of their debut — have gone to Number 1. Yet their aforementioned debut, Hybird Theory, is Diamond certified in the U.S. with 10 million copies sold to date. Guitarist Brad Delson recently sat down with us to discuss the creative process behind the band's upcoming album, The Hunting Party.
Paul Stanley has risen to international fame playing the role of the Starchild in Kiss. In his new autobiography, Face the Music: A Life Exposed (HarperOne), the guitarist discusses two roles he has played that changed his character as much if not more: the Phantom of the Opera and family man.
Matt Sorum's resume is studded with highlights, including — but not limited to — being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Guns N' Roses and high-profile stints with the Cult and Velvet Revolver.
Thirty-four years after the release of Love's So Tough, the Iron City Houserockers' debut album, Joe Grushecky — that band's founder, rhythm guitarist and singer — has released a new solo album, East Of Eden. Throughout his long career, Grushecky has seen countless musical trends come and go. But Grushecky isn’t about chasing; he's about writing songs that speak to listeners in all walks of life.
New Jersey’s Gaurav Bali and his band, Eve to Adam, blend hard rock with memorable melodies and tasty guitar work. The band has been building momentum over their decade-plus history and relentless touring. On the eve of the release of their new album, Locked & Loaded, I chatted with Bali about a wide range of topics. For more about the band, check out evetoadam.com.