As touched on in my last two blog posts, the legends surrounding the music of Detroit are many. From the Stooges and MC5 all the way up to Kid Rock and the White Stripes, there are numerous figures that conjure up all kinds of visions. But none of them really confound the mind like Tricky Gomez.
Last night in Hollywood, Anthrax, who are headlining the Metal Alliance Tour, played to a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues. But the fans got a little more than Anthrax playing their classic Among The Living album front-to-back, or songs from the just-released covers EP, Anthems.
When music aficionados speak of Detroit, they tend to go on and on about the slew of rock bands and R&B groups to come out of the area. When you consider the sheer number of rock legends and near-legends from the area, it's easy to see how one could spend hours discussing the Stooges, the MC5, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, The White Stripes, etc.
Earlier this month, for one night only, I went from being one of four guitarists in a Monkees tribute band to being the only guitarist in a band supporting two actual Monkees — Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz. To make things even weirder, I used a Les Paul that once belonged to Tim Sult of Clutch, just so I could say that guitar went from Clutch to the Monkees in just over a year.
In the April 2013 issue of Guitar World, you’ll find a feature on the fabulous Malina Moye. Moye, a lefty player who flips her guitar over and plays with the strings upside down, is a fearless performer who knows how to put on a show! Her new release, Rock & Roll Baby, is slated to drop in the spring.
After nearly two decades together, Sevendust remain one of few bands to come out of the '90s with all five original members — John Connolly (guitar), Clint Lowery (guitar), Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass) and Morgan Rose (drums) — intact. It's a testament to the friendship and musicianship the band brings to its fans and each other night after night, album after album.