Glenn Tilbrook has always been something of a rarity. The Squeeze lead vocalist is one of the only frontmen of his generation of New Wave rockers -- a generation that includes Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, Debbie Harry, Ric Okasek, David Byrne and Ian Dury -- who could write and sing a boundless collection of brilliant, hook-filled hits and then grace them with catchy, lightning-fast guitar solos.
Mick Taylor's path to glory started one night in 1965 when the guitarist in John Mayall's backing band, The Bluesbreakers, played hooky from a gig. A guitar and amp were present -- but their owner, Eric Clapton -- had somewhere else to be. Sixteen-year-old Mick Taylor, who was in the audience that night, asked Mayall if he could sit in. The band leader agreed, and Taylor, who was already familiar with Mayall's material, made a strong and lasting impression.
I recently sat down with one of the brains behind the metal monster that is Testament, riff master Eric Peterson. We talked about all things metal -- including gear, practicing, touring and more -- in this two-part interview. Keep your eyes peeled for Testament's upcoming release, The Dark Roots Of Earth.
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.
Led by their three-headed guitar frenzy and unabashed Black Sabbath worship, Black Spiders have hit the ground running in the UK. Their debut album, Sons of the North, was met with critical and commercial approval across the pond last year, and the band were selected by Ozzy Osborne to open on Ozzfest's UK leg. More recently, they were just hand-picked by Thin Lizzy to open for a run of shows in May.
As a young boy in Liverpool, England, Wombats guitarist Matthew Murphy was encouraged to play the classical guitar from an early age. But there was no keeping him on that instrument once he saw Radiohead perform on TV. When he witnessed guitarist Johnny Greenwood rip into his Fender Telecaster, Murphy knew he had to have one of his own.
Born and raised in Denmark, pedal steel guitarist Maggie Björklund wasn’t content to settle in with just ANY instrument. Now appearing live with Jack White, Björklund is thrilled to bring the pedal steel guitar to stages and TV studios worldwide! Early in her career, Björklund was best known in Europe as a guitarist for the all-girl country band, The Darleens, and experimental pop group, Miss B Haven.
Ken Scott—one of a handful of recording engineers to have worked with the Beatles—has stories to tell. And lucky for us, he loves telling them. To emphasize the point, Scott will be publishing a 500-page memoir, Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust, on June 6 through Alfred Music Publishing. The book recounts the events of what Scott calls his "blessed life" working with innumerable rock legends.
"There's a whole thing in the book about the different places I've been with Jeff and his mental state. With Truth, it was before any of them [the Jeff Beck Group] were really known. It was just a bunch of great guys, and we had a blast recording it. When we were gonna start the next album, they came in after their first American tour and they had egos out the door. It was obvious very quickly we weren't gonna work well together."