Last year brought us a shiny new Van Halen album — the first, in fact, to feature David Lee Roth behind the mic since 1984. That means the bar was set pretty high for 2013 — at least in terms of major rock events. Luckily, Black Sabbath came along with a killer of a reunion album (OK, partial reunion) called 13, the band's first studio release to feature Ozzy Osbourne since 1978.
As 2014 rapidly approaches, Guitar World is taking a nostalgic look back at the most popular GuitarWorld.com stories, videos, lessons and features of 2013. Be sure to check out our other Year in Review stories here! Today, we're revisiting the 10 most popular "viral" videos to be shared on GuitarWorld.com. How did we determine what was the most popular? Let's just say it all came down to web traffic!
As 2014 rapidly approaches, Guitar World is taking a nostalgic look back at the most popular GuitarWorld.com stories, videos, lessons and features of 2013. Be sure to check out our other Year in Review stories here!
I'm not exactly sure how to describe my take on music in 2013. Did I simply take a year off from listening to new stuff? Did I intentionally focus on old stuff, reissues, box sets and new albums by incredibly old artists? Simple answer ... yeah, that's what I did.
The music world lost a lot of big names in 2013. Some of the bigger names that spring to mind are Lou Reed and Slayer's Jeff Hanneman, but let's not forget country music legend George Jones and Woodstock shredder Alvin Lee, plus J.J. Cale, Ray Manzarek of the Doors, Tony Sheridan, Dan Toler and many more.
As the holidays — and some much-needed time off — swiftly approach, I present to you my holiday gear wish list, all of which I hope Santa will be kind enough to leave under my tree. I know certain items on my wish list are somewhat pricey, but hey, that’s why I call it a wish list! Even so, if I don’t get it all, just receiving one will give me holiday cheer well into 2014.
If you look toward your mantle this holiday season and notice that your stocking overfloweth, you can thank me next year for maybe half the items you’ll find in it. It took me some time to compile a list of gear I believe will delight many guitarists but that also includes essential tools they’ll need or could use the most.
I know thinking about the state of music in 2013 certainly hasn’t helped my state of mind. Bad pop is so pervasive in our culture that even if you want to avoid cornball showbiz garbage like Miley Cyrus, The Voice, Imagine Dragons and the preposterously pitch-corrected mewlings of Katy Perry, it’s damn near impossible.