Here's a bit of good news for fans of Ritchie Blackmore and his old bands, Deep Purple and Rainbow. The guitarist has announced he will play four rock-focused shows in Europe in 2016. As any good Blackmore fan knows, he moved away from rock about 20 years ago and now fronts—with his wife, Candice Night—Blackmore’s Night, a traditional folk band.
Following several unsuccessful attempts at filling the guitarist slot, the band found Karl Cochran, who stepped in to provide some tastefully inspired shredding. With infectious songs like “This Is Who I Am” and “Fire And Ice," Rated X’s self-titled debut sounds like a band that’s worked together for years as a unit.
Why should guitarists have all the fun? GuitarWorld.com recently launched a readers poll in partnership with Samson — the Greatest Rock Singers of All Time! We're certain that, even though our core readership is mainly made up of guitarists from different genres, locations and age groups, you — like us — have strong opinions about the skills (or lack thereof) of some of rock's most legendary singers.
Joe Lynn Turner didn’t set out to become one of the most recognizable voices in rock. His goal was to be a guitar player, in addition to singing and songwriting, but it didn’t take long for his dynamic range to push him to frontman status — fronting bands led by guitar heroes.