Guns N&#039; Roses http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/268/all en Pedal to the Metal: The 25 Greatest Wah Solos of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/pedal-metal-25-greatest-wah-solos-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p>Since the guitar's inception, there have been countless talented players who could make the instrument sing, but it wasn't until the mid-Sixties and the arrival of the wah pedal that guitarists could make it cry.</p> <p>Perhaps because it entered the collective consciousness at the hands—or feet, rather—of guitar gods like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, the wah pedal has been a vital part of the rock and roll lexicon since it was introduced by Vox, finding favor with guitarists who wanted to bring a whole new level of expressive possibilities to their playing. </p> <p>More than any other effect pedal, the wah has played a key role in some of modern guitar's shining moments, from Slash's epic, ascending run in "Sweet Child O' Mine" to Eddie Hazel making wah synonymous with funk in the Seventies to Hendrix simply doing that voodoo that he did so well. </p> <p>In honor of its place in rock history, the <em>Guitar World</em> staff recently picked out the very best wah solo moments of all time, each a snapshot of a great guitarist letting his voice be heard through a truly rock and roll pedal. Of course, we considered the quality of the solo itself and the song's iconic status in the world of rock and roll.</p> <p><strong>25. "1969" — The Stooges (<em>The Stooges</em>, 1969)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Ron Asheton </p> <p>Raw, visceral and distorted to the max, Ron Asheton's solo on this Stooges classic may not win any composition awards, but it was the perfect compliment to Iggy Pop's gutteral snarl.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/k0mRfECsHrc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>24. "Walk Away" — James Gang (<em>Thirds</em>, 1971)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Joe Walsh</p> <p>It comes in just at the end of the song, but Joe Walsh's solo spot on "Walk Away" is a bit of a late-in-the-game show-stealer. Since 2007, Walsh has had his very own <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/say-wah-five-essential-signature-wah-pedals?page=0,3">signature wah</a> made by Real McCoy Custom.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ICmD8P0x8_M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>23. "Cult of Personality" — Living Colour (<em>Vivid</em>, 1988)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Vernon Reid</p> <p>"Cult of Personality" was the song that instantly made Vernon Reid a household name in the alt metal community, combining manic use of the wah with a stream-of-conscious flurry of notes straight from the mind of a true guitar junky. Even more impressive, Reid stated in a 1988 <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/archive-living-colour-guitarist-vernon-reid-talks-vivid-1988-interview"><em>Guitar World</em> interview</a> that the solo was a first take.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/7xxgRUyzgs0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>22. "25 or 6 to 4" — Chicago (<em>Chicago</em>, 1970)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Terry Kath</p> <p>On the second half of a lengthy guitar solo on this Chicago classic, Terry Kath introduces a distortion-drenched, wah-driven guitar line that melds incredibly well with the song's horn section. Fun fact: Kath was once referred to as "the best guitar player in the universe" by Jimi Hendrix.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/WLiuMkGCOC4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>21. "Maggot Brain" — Funkadelic (<em>Maggot Brain</em>, 1971)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Eddie Hazel</p> <p>On the opposite end of the the spectrum from the ultra-tight, ultra-clean guitar sounds many listeners identify with funk is Eddie Hazel's tone on this 10-plus-minute track from Funkadelic, which features no vocals and serves primarily as a vehicle for Hazel to explore the deepest reaches of space in his wah-wah-powered mothership.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/a9MgoRIXEqc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>20. "Stop" — Jane's Addiction (<em>Ritual de lo habitual</em>, 1990)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Dave Navarro</p> <p>Written all the way back in 1986, it would take four years for this <em>Ritual de lo habitual</em> cut to be unleashed upon the music world as large, climbing to No. 1 on the <em>Billboard</em> Modern Rock Tracks behind the strength of a high-energy performance from vocalist Perry Farrell and a muscular, wah-driven lead from Dave Navarro.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/ZwI02OHtZTg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>19. "The Needle and the Spoon" — Lynyrd Skynyrd (<em>Second Helping</em>, 1974)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Allen Collins</p> <p>A clear tip of the hat to Eric Clapton's solo from "White Room," Allen Collins pulls out the wah to blend Sixties psychedelia seamlessly into a bona-fide Southern-rock classic.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bFPaxK-q5gI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>18. "If You Have to Ask" — Red Hot Chili Peppers (<em>Blood Sugar Sex Magik</em>, 1991)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> John Frusciante</p> <p>On this cut from 1991's mega-selling <em>Blood Sugar Sex Magik</em>, Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante turns in a sparse, stop-start wah solo fitting for the song's funk-rock minimalism. Fun fact: On the studio version, you can hear the band and production crew applauding Frusciante's guitar work as the song comes to an end.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dii6bZT0V74" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>17. "Whole Lotta Love" — Led Zeppelin (<em>Led Zeppelin II</em>, 1969)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong></p> <p>While much of the bizzare, alien soundscape in the middle section of "Whole Lotta Love" is directly attributable to Jimmy Page's groundbreaking use of backwards tape echo and Page and engineer Eddie Kramer "twiddling every knob known to man," the wah pedal does make an appearance, adding a valuable, extra dimension to Page's most otherworldly guitar work this side of the <em>Lucifer Rising</em> soundtrack.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Mln0RciE2o0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>16. "The Joker" — Steve Miller Band (<em>The Joker</em>, 1973)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Steve Miller</p> <p>Perfect for all those midnight tokers out there, Steve Miller's laid-back lead work on "The Joker" doesn't go overboard on the wah, opting instead for the tasteful, restrained approach. Fun fact: This song shot back to the top of the charts in 1990, thanks to a popular ad for Levi's jeans.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DzSC2__LXk4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>15. "I Ain't Superstitious" — Jeff Beck Group (<em>Truth</em>, 1968)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Jeff Beck</p> <p>On the debut album from the Jeff Beck Group, Beck uses this wah-laden take on a Howlin' Wolf tune to show off his mastery of the multitude of sounds one can coax out of a guitar. Somehow, he still continues to baffle us with this skill.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mQFdHlxMhZ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>14. "Blue on Black" — Kenny Wayne Shepherd (<em>Trouble Is ...</em>, 1997)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Kenny Wayne Shepherd</p> <p>Kenny Wayne Shepherd burst into the mainstream consciousness with this cut off his 1997 album, <em>Trouble Is ...</em> Any questions over who he was hoping to channel are laid to rest with the inclusion of a cover of "Voodoo Child" as the single's B-side.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V94pBlA4n7U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>13. "Pain and Sorrow" — Joe Bonamassa (<em>So, It's Like That</em>, 2002</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Joe Bonamassa</p> <p>Another blues-rock revivalist, Joe Bonamassa lays out some fiery wah work on this deep cut from his sophomore album, <em>So, It's Like That</em>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tjEOxHrM-Xo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>12. "Blinded by the Light" — Manfred Mann's Earth Band (<em>The Roaring Silence</em>, 1976)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Dave Flett</p> <p>This tune may have originally been written by Bruce Springsteen, but it didn't become a hit—and eventually a classic—until guitarist Dave Flett and the rest of Manfred Mann's Earth Band got a hold of it for 1976's <em>The Roaring Silence</em>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/OlBifX0H3yg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>11. "Gets Me Through" — Ozzy Osbourne (<em>Down to Earth</em>, 2001)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Zakk Wylde</p> <p>Split between powerful melodies and a heaping helping of shred, the solo from "Gets Me Through" sees Zakk Wylde take his Hendrix Cry Baby to the edge and back on this standout track from Ozzy's 2001 comeback record. </p> <p>Zakk would eventually merit his <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/say-wah-five-essential-signature-wah-pedals">very own wah pedal, complete with the Fasel inductor that was responsible for some of the classic wah sounds of the Sixties.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sthHMnytQOs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>10. "Surfing with the Alien" — Joe Satriani (<em>Surfing with the Alien</em>, 1987)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Joe Satriani</p> <p>"Surfing with the Alien" sees Joe Satriani put the pedal to the metal in every conceivable sense, not the least of which is his stunning work with the wah pedal. </p> <p>Paired with a Tubedriver and a classic Eventide 949, the wah provides just enough control over his alien tone for Satch to weave his way in and out of an asteroid belt of notes.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/uoERl34Ld00" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>09. "Turn Up the Night" — Black Sabbath (<em>Mob Rules</em>, 1981)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Tony Iommi</p> <p>It's a rare occasion when Tony Iommi brings out the wah, but on this <em>Mob Rules</em> cut, the Godfather of Heavy Metal uses it too great effect, upping the aggression level one step further on what may be his most furious studio solo.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qeepyLDSqgA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>08. "Telephone Song" — Vaughan Brothers (<em>Family Style</em>, 1990)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Stevie Ray Vaughan</p> <p>Were you expecting to see the long-winded instrumental "Say What!" from Vaughan's <em>Soul to Soul</em> album? Not a chance, not when this mini-masterpiece of a wah solo exists. </p> <p>Even without the wah, it's one of his best-constructed, catchiest solos. This track comes from SRV's first full album with his brother, Jimmie Vaughan—which, sadly, turned out to be his last record.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/CYgIQF6WgPU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>07. "Bad Horsie" — Steve Vai (<em>Alien Love Secrets</em>, 1995)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Steve Vai</p> <p>Like Hendrix before him, Steve Vai wanted to take the wah pedal to its limits, and he accomplished just that on his 1995 EP, <em>Alien Love Secrets</em>. </p> <p>And in all due fairness to the remaining songs on the list, "Bad Horsie" remains the only track in this whole feature to have its own wah <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/say-wah-five-essential-signature-wah-pedals?page=0,2">named after it</a>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/BJfhFZ684SU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>06. "Even Flow" — Pearl Jam (<em>Ten</em>, 1991)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Mike McCready</p> <p>"That's me pretending to be Stevie Ray Vaughan," Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready told <em>Guitar World</em> of his classic solo from "Even Flow" back in 1995. </p> <p>A fitting tribute to the late SRV, the solo saw McCready break out the wah and churn out perhaps the most iconic solo of the grunge era.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/tkbgtVFlyCQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>05. "A New Level" — Pantera (<em>Vulgar Display of Power</em>, 1992)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Dimebag Darrell</p> <p>Dimebag Darrell is among those guitarists that utilized the wah pedal more subtly, using it as a tone control in most cases. This isn't one of those cases. </p> <p>Darrell's use of the wah on his "A New Level" solo is as surgically precise as one comes to expect from the master craftsman, lending an all new connotation to the phrase, "on a Dime."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/77f8u7puTFc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. "Enter Sandman" — Metallica (<em>Metallica</em>, 1991)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Kirk Hammett</p> <p>We're going to let Kirk take this one: "There's something about a wah pedal that really gets my gut going! </p> <p>People will probably say, 'He's just hiding behind the wah.' But that isn't the case. It's just that those frequencies really bring out a lot of aggression in my approach." (Read the full 1991 interview with James and Kirk <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/metallicas-james-hetfield-and-kirk-hammett-talk-guitar-solos-and-gear-1991-guitar-world-interview">here</a>)</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/CD-E-LDc384" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. "Sweet Child O' Mine" — Guns N' Roses (<em>Appetite for Destruction</em>, 1987)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Slash</p> <p>Known to break out the wah and fiddle around with "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" as a live lead-in for "Civil War," Slash forged his own piece of rock and roll history with his unforgettable ascending run into one of the shining moments in Eighties guitar rock. </p> <p>Bookended by the feral yowl of frontman Axl Rose, Slash makes this would-be ballad anything but with a fierce lead made possible by a stock Cry Baby wah.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/1w7OgIMMRc4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. "White Room" — Cream (<em>Wheels of Fire</em>, 1968)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Eric Clapton</p> <p>A masterful performance on "Tales of Brave Ulysses aside," with "White Room," Eric Clapton virtually wrote the book on how the wah pedal would be used in the context of rock guitar for decades to come. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/pkae0-TgrRU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>01. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" — The Jimi Hendrix Experience (<em>Electric Ladyland</em>, 1968)</strong><br /> <strong>Soloist:</strong> Jimi Hendrix</p> <p>The go-to song of any guitarist trying out a new wah pedal at Guitar Center, "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" stands as a mammoth moment in rock history, setting a mark that has yet to be breached by any ambitious guitarist with a Cry Baby and a dream. </p> <p>Of the song's recording, engineer Eddie Kramer recalls that the track "was recorded the day after Jimi tracked 'Voodoo Chile,' the extended jam on <em>Electric Ladyland</em> featuring Traffic’s Stevie Winwood on organ and Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady. </p> <p>Basically, Jimi used the same setup — his Strat through a nice, warm Fender Bassman amp. Jimi’s sound on both tracks is remarkably consistent, leading some to think they were recorded at the same session.” Stevie Ray Vaughan's version is no slouch either, by the way. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6OTvz1lJzmI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jeff-beck">Jeff Beck</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/joe-satriani">Joe Satriani</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/pedal-metal-25-greatest-wah-solos-all-time#comments Cream Eric Clapton Guns N' Roses Jimi Hendrix Metallica Slash Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar World Lists News Features Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:30:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff, Intro by Josh Hart 16934 at http://www.guitarworld.com Slash Shows You How to Play Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" — Video Lesson http://www.guitarworld.com/video-lesson-slash-shows-you-how-play-guns-n-roses-paradise-city <!--paging_filter--><p>Around the release of his eponymous debut solo album, Slash took the time out to show us how to play some of his favorite riffs, both new and old. </p> <p>In the <em>Guitar World</em> video below, Slash talks about writing the classic Guns N' Roses tune "Paradise City." He also shows you how to play the key parts of the <em>Appetite for Destruction</em> track.</p> <p>Slash's new studio album—<em>World on Fire</em>—was counted among <em>Guitar World's</em> <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-50-best-albums-2014">50 Best Albums of 2014.</a> </p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><em>Photo: Robert John</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nEq1tKM4v2k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-lesson-slash-shows-you-how-play-guns-n-roses-paradise-city#comments Guns N' Roses May 2010 Slash Videos News Lessons Magazine Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:33:56 +0000 Guitar World Staff 15012 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 1 — Guns N' Roses Vs. Pearl Jam http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-guns-n-roses-vs-pearl-jam <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order:</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!l</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting matchups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> <p>This matchup finds <strong>GUNS N' ROSES</strong> going head to head with <strong>PEARL JAM</strong>!</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket!</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Foodstuffs Bracket on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/239197121/Foodstuffs-Bracket" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Foodstuffs Bracket</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/239197121/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_51906" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Guns N' Roses</strong> (50.24 percent) defeated <strong>Pearl Jam</strong> (49.76 percent) and <strong>the Allman Brothers Band</strong> (53 percent) defeated <strong>Foo Fighters</strong> (47 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far. Tell your friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far! Tell your friends to tell <em>their</em> friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far!</p> <h1>Yesterday's Winner</h1> <p><strong>SOUNDGARDEN</strong> (26.71 percent) were crushed by <strong>ZZ TOP</strong> (73.29 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far. Tell your friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far! You know they want to!</p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/T8_6vF2FJiM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lrRwG6hO5t0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pearl-jam">Pearl Jam</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-guns-n-roses-vs-pearl-jam#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Guns N' Roses Pearl Jam Poll Polls News Features Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:21:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22301 at http://www.guitarworld.com Nicolas Cage Presents Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award to Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/nicolas-cage-presents-ronnie-james-dio-lifetime-achievement-award-axl-rose-guns-n-roses-video <!--paging_filter--><p>This past Wednesday, April 23, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose received the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him by his friend, actor Nicolas Cage. </p> <p>Watch the full presentation below (which also features Andrew Dice Clay), and let us know what you think in the comments!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JUY51pXGrrE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/nicolas-cage-presents-ronnie-james-dio-lifetime-achievement-award-axl-rose-guns-n-roses-video#comments 2014 Golden Gods Axl Rose Guns N' Roses Videos News Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:59:15 +0000 Guitar World Staff 21104 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guns N' Roses and Duff McKagan Perform "Sweet Child O' Mine" at Revolver Golden Gods Awards — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guns-n-roses-and-duff-mckagan-perform-sweet-child-o-mine-revolver-golden-gods-awards-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Yesterday, April 23, Guns N’ Roses–joined by original bassist Duff McKagan–closed out the sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods with an epic set, which included their classic “Sweet Child O' Mine.” </p> <p>Watch the performance below and let us know what you think in the comments.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6lyiaLSoXuI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guns-n-roses-and-duff-mckagan-perform-sweet-child-o-mine-revolver-golden-gods-awards-video#comments 2014 Golden Gods Duff McKagan Guns N' Roses Videos News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:19:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff 21092 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guns N' Roses Perform "Paradise City" with Duff McKagan at Revolver Golden Gods Awards — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guns-n-roses-perform-paradise-city-duff-mckagan-revolver-golden-gods-awards-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Yesterday, April 23, Guns N' Roses — joined by original bassist Duff McKagan — closed out the sixth annual <em>Revolver</em> Golden Gods awards show with an epic set that included their classic tune "Paradise City." </p> <p>Watch the performance below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nP4NrE3mq5Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guns-n-roses-perform-paradise-city-duff-mckagan-revolver-golden-gods-awards-video#comments Duff McKagan Guns N' Roses Videos News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:05:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff 21090 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World's 10 Essential Classic Metal Albums http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-10-essential-classic-metal-albums <!--paging_filter--><p>This list of <em>Guitar World</em>'s 10 essential classic metal albums is part of a much larger feature — <em>Guitar World</em>'s 100 Essential Guitar Albums — which you'll be seeing in the weeks ahead.</p> <p>For the time being, we'll start you off with these 10 masterpieces from guys named Tipton, Hammett, Young and Slash.</p> <p>And, to help you get into the spirit of the music on this list, we thought you could use some inspiration:</p> <p><strong>INSPIRATIONAL VERSE:</strong> "I'm on the highway to hell!" — "Highway to Hell," AC/DC</p> <p><strong>INSPIRATIONAL LICK:</strong> "Iron Man," Black Sabbath</p> <p><strong>THE LOOK:</strong> Leather trousers, demin jacket and long, unwashed hair. Shirt optional.</p> <p><strong>TOOLS OF THE TRADE:</strong></p> <p>• <strong>Guitar:</strong> Gibson Les Paul, Gibson Flying V<br /> • <strong>Amps:</strong> Marshall JCM800 (with 4x12 full stack, dude!)<br /> • <strong>Effects:</strong> Rangemaster Treble Booster, DOD 250 Overdrive/Preamp, Dunlop Cry Baby Wah, MXR Flanger, MXR Phase 90</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/iron-maiden">Iron Maiden</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/judas-priest">Judas Priest</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-10-essential-classic-metal-albums#comments April 2003 Black Sabbath Guns N' Roses Judas Priest Metallica Guitar World Lists News Features Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:16:52 +0000 Dan Epstein 19565 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video Finds: Slash and Myles Kennedy Perform Acoustic "Sweet Child O' Mine" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-slash-and-myles-kennedy-perform-acoustic-sweet-child-o-mine <!--paging_filter--><p>Check this out. Slash and Myles Kennedy do justice to "Sweet Child O' Mine" in a live acoustic session in Sydney, Australia, from 2010.</p> <p>Filmed live for Foxtel's <em>Max Sessions</em> as part of a seven-song acoustic set, the event featured a mix of Slash's solo material with a couple of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver favorites thrown in for good measure.</p> <p>The intimate gig happened at the Seymour Centre in the inner-city of Sydney with 300 lucky fans on hand to witness the magic.</p> <p>Kennedy, lead singer of Alter Bridge, has been tapped as a vocalist for several of Slash's projects, including appearances on Slash's 2009 self-titled solo album and the lead vocal role in 2012's <em>Apocolyptic Love.</em> He definitely holds his own on vocals here.</p> <p>Released on August 17, 1988, "Sweet Child O' Mine" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Guns N' Roses' first and only number-one single in the U.S. </p> <p>Check out the video here. Note how they have a chart open in front of them!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bRfc_Y_AsLo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-slash-and-myles-kennedy-perform-acoustic-sweet-child-o-mine#comments Acoustic Nation Guns N' Roses Myles Kennedy Slash Blogs Videos Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:51:24 +0000 Acoustic Nation 20490 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video: Michelle Kwan Plays Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" on a Guzheng, a Traditional Chinese Stringed Instrument http://www.guitarworld.com/video-girl-plays-guns-n-roses-sweet-child-o-mine-guzheng-traditional-chinese-stringed-instrument <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out this recently posted of someone named Michelle Kwan covering Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" on a guzheng.</p> <p>What's a guzheng, you ask? Well, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guzheng">according to Wikipedia's guzheng page</a> (which I visit often), it's a plucked Chinese zither that has 18 or more strings and movable bridges. </p> <p>And I quote:</p> <p>"The guzheng is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The guzheng should not be confused with the guqin (another ancient Chinese zither without bridges)."</p> <p>Please avoid getting those things confused.</p> <p>Note that the "guitar" solo — which Michelle nails — starts at around the 2:35 mark. Slash certainly would be proud! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YO6sFdoklVU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-girl-plays-guns-n-roses-sweet-child-o-mine-guzheng-traditional-chinese-stringed-instrument#comments Guns N' Roses Michelle Kwan Slash WTF News Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:10:58 +0000 Damian Fanelli 19395 at http://www.guitarworld.com Kings of Chaos — Featuring Slash, Duff McKagan, Corey Taylor and More — to Play Benefit Show in Los Angeles http://www.guitarworld.com/kings-chaos-featuring-slash-duff-mckagan-corey-taylor-and-more-play-benefit-show-los-angeles <!--paging_filter--><p>On November 18, Kings of Chaos, a touring project featuring former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan, along with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) will perform their only North American show this year at <a href="http://avalonhollywood.com/">Avalon Hollywood.</a></p> <p>The intimate, one-night-only concert and VIP event will benefit Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. </p> <p>Tickets are $75 for general admission and $350 for a VIP experience, including special seating, gift bags and photos with the Kings of Chaos. For ticket information, visit <a href="http://www.dolphinproject.brownpapertickets.com">dolphinproject.brownpapertickets.com</a> or call 1-800-838-3006.</p> <p>Kings of Chaos will play hits from all of its members and additional guest performers. </p> <p>“I’m thrilled to bring a bunch of heavyweights together for a fun night with fans,” said Sorum, who also played with Velvet Revolver. “The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved.” The Dolphin Project is an international organization dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation. </p> <p>“This is a rehearsal for the big one. We plan on taking the show to Japan,” says Ric O’Barry, whose life and work was featured in the film <em>The Cove</em>. </p> <p>“We’ll add a few Japanese friends to our lineup and rock the socks off Tokyo. There isn’t a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands,” O’Barry added. </p> <p>“Dolphins are respected and protected in this part of Japan. It's the opposite of Taiji, but very few people know about it. ‘This concert will hopefully change this by bringing positive, international media attention to what is right about Japan.”</p> <p>Kings of Chaos made its live debut April 20 at the Stone Music Festival in Australia. The band toured South and Central America last year under the name Rock N’ Roll Allstars. Kings of Chaos will start a South American tour at the end of November.</p> <p>For more information on Dolphin Project, visit <a href="http://dolphinproject.org">dolphinproject.org</a>. For more about Kings of Chaos, visit <a href="http://www.kingsofchaosband.com/">kingsofchaosband.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/kings-chaos-featuring-slash-duff-mckagan-corey-taylor-and-more-play-benefit-show-los-angeles#comments Guns N' Roses Kings of Chaos Slash News Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:50:49 +0000 Melanie Gottshall 19765 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar Strength: Getting Slithery and Sleazy, Slurring with Slash http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-strength-getting-slithery-and-sleazy-slurring-slash <!--paging_filter--><p>His playing is like a drink, a drink known as the New Jersey Turnpike, a drink that can be made only at the end of the night -- from the spillover from the bartender’s bar mat and the squeezings of a bar rag. </p> <p>Slash is like a sponge that has soaked up the most intoxicating ingredients of the best music since the dawn of electric-guitar-based rock and roll, and wrung out a grimy, adventurous and uniquely tasty concoction that never ceases to inspire. </p> <p>He is the reason I play guitar, my musical messiah. As Axl Rose said in 1988 during Guns N’ Roses’ timeless performance captured on <em>Live at the Ritz,</em> “In a world he that he did not create, but he will go though as if it was his own making: half man, half beast … I’m not sure what it is, but whatever it is, it’s weird and it’s pissed off and it calls itself SLASH.”</p> <p>Slash is a guitar player’s guitar player, drawing deeply and effortlessly sharing secrets learned from greats such as Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Billy Gibbons, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Ron Wood, Michael Schenker, George Lynch, Edward Van Halen, Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield and countless others. </p> <p>While many of Slash’s signature licks and moves are hard to pin down, one thing that can be easily integrated into any guitarist’s vocabulary is his use of slurs.</p> <p>Slash’s playing is obviously built around his uncanny knack for melody, yet that melodicism is seasoned with a greasy, gritty quality that exudes his individuality and makes his melodies all the more memorable (see "Estranged"). </p> <p>On a purely mechanical level, the means for Slash’s achieving the fluidity to allow his individuality and style to shine through come from his use of slurs in his phrasing: hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides. As another benefit of these techniques, Slash is able to assert his personality by using these slurs to bend the beat to his will, “bobbing and weaving” as he feels.</p> <p><strong>Example 1</strong> is a Slash-inspired lick based around the 5th position Am pentatonic scale, with the addition of the 2nd/9th from the Am scale (the 7th fret of the high E string). Notice the rhythmic change in feel from triplets to quintuplets in the first bar and the various rhythmic feels in the second bar (“gallop," “reverse gallop," triplet and quintuplet). </p> <p>A deeper look inside the lick will show Slash’s use of typical blues/rock licks such as those found in beats 1 and 2 of the second bar, which become more effective when surrounded by semi-diatonic slurs. Fingered as Slash would, note also the return to the middle-finger note on the high E (7th fret) after the ring-finger note on the B (8th fret) throughout the line.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/example1.jpg" width="620" height="194" alt="example1.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Example 2</strong> (“When I come home late at night, don't ask me where I've been. Just count your stars I'm home again”): Here is a lick similar to something Slash would use that plays within the Am pentatonic scale box and adds the 2nd/9th (high E, 19th fret). Note the rhythmic contour of the lick (which also come across as an accident of its melodic contour). Feel it!</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/example2_0.jpg" width="620" height="202" alt="example2_0.jpg" /> </p> <p><strong>Example 3</strong> (“Besides, you ain't got nothin' better to do. And I'm bored."): Inspired by one of Slash’s takes on the Am blues scale (Am pentatonic plus the b5-Eb-D string, 13th fret) this lick kicks off slippery with a slide. Note the rhythmic shifts and the resolution to the b7 of the key (G, G string, 12th fret).</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/example3.jpg" width="620" height="168" alt="example3.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Example 4</strong> (“It all fits so right when I fade into the night”): Rife with “Slash-isms," this lick combines the rhythmic shifts of the previous examples with a scale derived from classic blues clichés (Dm pentatonic with the “Dorian” note- the 6th- 12th fret on the B string and the major 3rd- G string, 11th fret). </p> <p>This lick can be used as a substitution in a blues/rock setting when jamming in the D Dorian position of A minor, or used as a bad-ass lick in D minor, depending on the feel you’re looking for. Be sure to nail the (almost Steve Vai-ish) slides in the last bar.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/example4.jpg" width="620" height="311" alt="example4.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Example 5</strong> (“Wake up late, Honey, put on your clothes. Take your credit card to the liquor store. That's one for you and two for me by tonight.”): This mostly diatonic lick in Am (with a brief step into A Harmonic minor) channels the spirit of one of Slash’s most epic solos and really works the rhythmic push and pull between the picked notes and the slurred notes. </p> <p>Pay attention to the percussive, muted notes and let the hammer-ons and pull-offs just flow. Let your pick hand relax and connect with the phrasing. Use a 1-2-4 fingering for the notes on the D and G strings and a 1-2-3 fingering for all of the patterns on the B and E strings and be aware or the melodic contour as it interacts with the dynamics and the rhythmic “give and take” surrounding the beat. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/example5.jpg" width="620" height="516" alt="example5.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Example 6</strong>: (“But if you could heal a broken heart, wouldn't time be out to charm you?”): This lick is inspired by some of Slash’s best “bouncing” through a scale in a pseudo-flamenco style (once again occasionally flirting with Harmonic minor, Slash does this often), really feeling the rhythm and skipping through the scale contour accordingly, switching positions when necessary to fit the contour of the lick (beats 1, 2 and 4 of the 2nd bar). Wrap the lick up by getting inside of the melodic feel of its latter half, and get as “personal” as you can with the phrasing.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/example6.jpg" width="620" height="350" alt="example6.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Example 7</strong> (“Everybody needs somebody. You're not the only one.”): Here is a re-imagining of one of Slash’s most famous licks. In Am and referencing A Harmonic minor, this lick ties together many Slash-ims. Get used to the notes used in the line and experiment with your own melodic and rhythmic variations inspired by it. Have fun and JAM!</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/example7.jpg" width="620" height="296" alt="example7.jpg" /></p> <p>Slash will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend with Guns N’ Roses, and deservedly so. If for some reason you don’t own or haven’t listened to Guns N’ Roses' <em>Appetite for Destruction</em> in its entirety, for whatever reason, check it out NOW! </p> <p>For everyone else, reconnect with the <em>Use Your Illusion</em> albums, and be sure to check out Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver, Slash’s solo work and his innumerable guest appearances. Slash is probably the most recognizable guitarists in the world, not just because of his look (see <em>South Park</em> for a hilarious take on his “myth”) but because his playing transcends his listener’s race, gender and age. Every guitar player should learn from Slash’s example. Steal a few tricks, absorb the vibe and SLASH IT UP! Happy shredding!</p> <p><em>Scott Marano has dedicated his life to the study of the guitar, honing his chops at the Berklee College of Music under the tutelage of Jon Finn and Joe Stump and working as an accomplished guitarist, performer, songwriter and in-demand instructor. In 2007, Scott developed the Guitar Strength program to inspire and provide accelerated education to guitarists of all ages and in all styles through state-of-the-art private guitar lessons in his home state of Rhode Island and globally via Skype. <a href="http://www.guitarstrength.com/">Visit Scott and learn more at www.GuitarStrength.com.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/velvet-revolver">Velvet Revolver</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-strength-getting-slithery-and-sleazy-slurring-slash#comments Guitar Strength Guns N' Roses Scott Marano Slash Blogs Lessons Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:04:49 +0000 Scott Marano 15329 at http://www.guitarworld.com Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll, Round 1: Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) Vs. Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-rock-singers-all-time-readers-poll-round-1-mick-jagger-rolling-stones-vs-axl-rose-guns-n-roses <!--paging_filter--><p>Why should guitarists have all the fun?</p> <p>GuitarWorld.com recently launched a new readers poll in partnership with <a href="http://www.samsontech.com/samson/">Samson</a>: the Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>And although we had hundreds of rock singers to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 16 names, all of which were carefully chosen by <em>Guitar World</em>'s editorial staff. We took great care in choosing what's essentially a Sweet 16 starting point. Rock singers from every decade, starting with the 1960s, are represented, as are several rock sub-genres.</p> <p>Here are our 16 rock singers in alphabetical order:</p> <p><strong>Phil Anselmo, Randy Blythe, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, James Hetfield, Mick Jagger, Maynard James Keenan, Freddie Mercury, Jim Morrison, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant, Axl Rose</strong> and <strong>Bon Scott.</strong></p> <p>From there, we drew singers' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Black Sabbath baseball cap) to help us create our opening 16-singer bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of singers are ranked or coming from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out.</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, sub-genre might occasionally clash against sub-genre, so you'll just need to decide which singer has or had the most to offer within his genre and time period, which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other singers or rock in general — maybe which one was simply the stronger frontman.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll post two matchups per week, continuing with today's shootout, <strong>Mick Jagger</strong> of the Rolling Stones (and let's not forget his solo albums) against <strong>Axl Rose</strong> of Guns N' Roses. </p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Latest Results</span></p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Ozzy Osbourne (80.84 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> Kurt Cobain (19.16 percent)</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Today's Samson Greatest Rock Singers Round 1 Matchup (5 of 8)</span><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;"><em>Mick Jagger Vs. Axl Rose</em></span></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/mick.png" width="125" height="170" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="mick.png" /><strong>MICK JAGGER</strong></p> <p><strong>Born:</strong> July 26, 1943, Dartford, England<br /> <strong>Associated Acts</strong>: The Rolling Stones, SuperHeavy<br /> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.mickjagger.com/">mickjagger.com</a></p> <p><strong>Quote:</strong> "People have this obsession. They want you to be like you were in 1969. They want you to, because otherwise their youth goes with you. It's very selfish, but it's understandable."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YW0cVp0WWkk?list=PLAE4C8EA963BF5F78" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><br /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/axl.png" width="125" height="178" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="axl.png" /><strong>AXL ROSE</strong></p> <p><strong>Born:</strong> February 6, 1962, Lafayette, Indiana<br /> <strong>Associated Acts</strong>: Guns N' Roses, Hollywood Rose, L.A. Guns, Rapidfire<br /> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://gunsnroses.com/">gunsnroses.com</a></p> <p><strong>Quote:</strong> "I could beat my mike stand into the stage, but I was still in pain. Maybe fans liked it, but sometimes people forget you're a person and they're more into the entertainment value. It's taken a long time to turn that around and give a strong show without it being a kamikaze show."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RXGo4kb8QdY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Mick Jagger (60.16 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> Axl Rose (39.84 percent)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/greatest-rock-singers-all-time">Thanks for voting! Check out our current matchup (and every matchup that has taken place so far) right HERE.</a></strong></p> <h1>The Bracket</h1> <p>Check out the latest version of the 16-singer bracket below. We'll update it after each Samson Greatest Rock Singer of All Time matchup.</p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View October 4, 2013, Guitar World Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/173222385/October-4-2013-Guitar-World-Samson-Greatest-Rock-Singers-of-All-Time-Readers-Poll" style="text-decoration: underline;" >October 4, 2013, Guitar World Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/173222385/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_85983" width="100%" height="425" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-rock-singers-all-time-readers-poll-round-1-mick-jagger-rolling-stones-vs-axl-rose-guns-n-roses#comments Axl Rose Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Guns N' Roses Mick Jagger Poll Polls Rolling Stones Samson News Features Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:15:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19366 at http://www.guitarworld.com New Guns N' Roses Song, "Going Down," Surfaces Online http://www.guitarworld.com/new-guns-n-roses-song-going-down-surfaces-online <!--paging_filter--><p>A new Guns N' Roses song has surfaced online, and you can check it out below. </p> <p>That said, because it wasn't accompanied by any sort of official announcement, we don't know much about it. In fact, it might even be deleted soon, so take a listen now!</p> <p>We don't even know if the song, which is titled "Going Down," is <a href="http://www.metalinsider.net/new-music/mysterious-new-guns-n-roses-song-leaked-online"> new or merely a leftover track getting its time in the sun.</a></p> <p>Note that bassist Tommy Stinson is singing the track, with Axl Rose offering backing vocals. Take a listen — soon! — and let us know what you think of the song in the comments below.</p> <p><iframe src="http://emd.sharebeast.com/embed.php?type=basic&amp;file=xzhy7wah5ljq&amp;enableDownload=false&amp;title=Guns N Roses - Going Down.mp3&amp;dur=268.1&amp;bg=F9F9F9&amp;border=CCCCCC&amp;color1=000000" allowtransparency="true" style="width:100%;height:52px;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-guns-n-roses-song-going-down-surfaces-online#comments Guns N' Roses News Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:19:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19052 at http://www.guitarworld.com Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 2 — "November Rain" (Slash) Vs. "Whole Lotta Love" (Jimmy Page) http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time-readers-poll-round-2-november-rain-slash-vs-whole-lotta-love-jimmy-page <!--paging_filter--><p>A few years ago, the editors of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.</p> <p>The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (01). </p> <p>To quote our <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-1-stairway-heaven-jimmy-page">"Stairway to Heaven" story that ran with the list</a>, "If Jimmy Page is the Steven Spielberg of guitarists, then 'Stairway' is his <em>Close Encounters</em>." </p> <p>In June, we kicked off a summer blockbuster of our own — a no-holds-barred six-string shootout. We pitted <em>Guitar World</em>'s top 64 guitar solos against each other in an NCAA-style, 64-team single-elimination tournament. Every day, we asked you to cast your vote in a different guitar-solo matchup as dictated by the 64-team-style bracket. Now Round 1 has come and gone, leaving us with 32 guitar solo and 16 (sweet) matchups. </p> <p>You can vote only once per matchup, and the voting ends as soon as the next matchup is posted (Basically, that's one poll per day). </p> <p>In some cases, genre will clash against genre; a thrash solo might compete against a Southern rock solo, for instance. But let's get real: They're all guitar solos, played on guitars, by guitarists, most of them in some subset of the umbrella genre of rock. When choosing, it might have to come down to, "Which solo is more original and creative? Which is more iconic? or Which one kicks a larger, more impressive assemblage of asses?"</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Yesterday's Results</span></p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> "One" (70.92 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> "Cortez the Killer" (29.58 percent)<br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Today's Round 2 Matchup (13 of 16)</span><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;"><em>"November Rain" Vs. "Whole Lotta Love"</em></span></p> <p>Today, it's Slash's guitar solo on Guns N' Roses' "November Rain" (06) against Jimmy Page's solo on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" (38). Get busy! You'll find the poll at the very bottom of the story.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-6-november-rain-slash">06. “November Rain”</a></strong><br /> <strong>Soloist</strong>: Slash<br /> <strong>Album</strong>: Guns N’ Roses—<em>Use Your Illusion I</em> (Geffen, 1991)</p> <p>Long before the world embraced Guns N’ Roses as the quintessential Eighties rock band, the L.A.-based outfit recorded in one day a demo tape that featured many of what would become the band’s best-known songs, including “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City” and “Mr. Browstone,” all of which would wind up on the band’s 1987 breakthrough album, <em>Appetite for Destruction</em>. </p> <p>Also on the tape was a song called “November Rain,” a sprawling, grandiose piano-driven ballad that would lie dormant for the remainder of the decade, eventually resurfacing in 1991 on the band’s two-record set, <em>Use Your Illusion</em>.</p> <p>“I think that demo session was the first time we played ‘November Rain’ together as a band,” says Guns guitarist Slash. “We actually did it on piano and acoustic guitar. As far as the guitar solo, it was so natural from the first time I ever played it on the demo that I don’t even know if I made any changes to it when we did the electric version on <em>Use Your Illusion</em>. I never even went back and listened to the old tapes. One of the best things about a melody for a guitar solo is when it comes to you the same way every time, and that was definitely the case with ‘November Rain.’ When it came time to do the record, I just went into the studio, played the solo through a Les Paul Standard and a Marshall [2555, Jubilee head] and said, ‘I think that sounds right,’ ” he laughs. “It was as simple as that.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8SbUC-UaAxE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-38-whole-lotta-love-jimmy-page">38. "Whole Lotta Love”</a></strong><br /> <strong>Soloist</strong>: Jimmy Page<br /> <strong>Album</strong>: Led Zeppelin—<em>Led Zeppelin II</em> (Atlantic, 1969)</p> <p>“I used distant miking to get that rhythm guitar tone,” says Jimmy Page. “Miking used to be a science, and I’d heard that distance makes depth, which in turn gives you a fatter guitar sound. The amp was turned up very high. It was distorting, just controlled to the point where it had some balls to it. I also used a depressed wah-wah pedal on the solo, as I did on ‘Communication Breakdown.’ It gets you a really raucous sound. The descending riff that answers the line ‘whole lotta love’ was created using slide and backward echo. Backward echo has been used a lot now, but I think I was the first to use it.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/T9vnNvlH2DM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/guitar-worlds-100-greatest-guitar-solos-of-all-time/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=ReadersPollRound2">[[ When you're done voting, start learning every guitar solo in this poll — and more! Check out a new TAB book from Guitar World and Hal Leonard: 'The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time: A Treasure Trove of Guitar Leads Transcribed Note-for-Note, Plus Song Notes for More Than 40 of the Best Solos.' It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $29.99. ]]</a></strong></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> "Whole Lotta Love" (57.24 percent)<br /> <Strong>Loser:</strong> "November Rain" (42.76 percent)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time">Head HERE to see today's matchup and all the matchups that have taken place so far!</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time-readers-poll-round-2-november-rain-slash-vs-whole-lotta-love-jimmy-page#comments Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Guns N' Roses Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin Poll Polls Slash News Features Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:05:27 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18910 at http://www.guitarworld.com Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 1 — "November Rain" (Slash) Vs. “You Really Got Me” (Dave Davies) http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time-readers-poll-round-1-november-rain-slash-vs-you-really-got-me-dave-davies <!--paging_filter--><p>A few years ago, the editors of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.</p> <p>The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1). </p> <p>To quote our <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-1-stairway-heaven-jimmy-page">"Stairway to Heaven" story that ran with the list</a>, "If Jimmy Page is the Steven Spielberg of guitarists, then 'Stairway' is his <em>Close Encounters</em>." </p> <p>We've kicked off a summer blockbuster of our own — a no-holds-barred six-string shootout. We're pitting <em>Guitar World</em>'s top 64 guitar solos against each other in an NCAA-style, 64-team single-elimination tournament. Every day, we will ask you to cast your vote in a different guitar-solo matchup as dictated by the 64-team-style bracket. </p> <p>You can vote only once per matchup. The voting for each matchup ends as soon as the next matchup is posted (Basically, that's one poll per day during the first round of elimination, including weekends and holidays). </p> <p>In some cases, genre will clash against genre; a thrash solo might compete against a Southern rock solo, for instance. But let's get real: They're all guitar solos, played on guitars, by guitarists, most of them in some subset of the umbrella genre of rock. When choosing, it might have to come down to, "Which solo is more original and creative? Which is more iconic? or Which one kicks a larger, more impressive assemblage of asses?"</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Yesterday's Results</span></p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> "Stairway to Heaven" (91.94 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> "Little Red Corvette" (8.06 percent)<br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Today's Round 1 Matchup (Day 21):</span><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;"><em>"November Rain" Vs. "You Really Got Me"</em></span></p> <p>Today, we have another example of a very highly ranked guitar solo — Slash's solo on Guns N' Roses' "November Rain" (06) going up against one of the lowest-ranked solos in the 64-solo bracket, "You Really Got Me" (59), played by Dave Davies of the Kinks. As we wrote yesterday morning before "Stairway to Heaven" (01) clobbered "Little Red Corvette" (64), it had to happen sooner or later! Anyway, get busy! You'll find the poll at the very bottom of the story.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-6-november-rain-slash">06. “November Rain”</a></strong><br /> <strong>Soloist</strong>: Slash<br /> <strong>Album</strong>: Guns N’ Roses—<em>Use Your Illusion I</em> (Geffen, 1991)</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/s0McfH-hweQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8SbUC-UaAxE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100_greatest_guitar_solos_51100?page=0%252C1">59. "You Really Got Me"</a></strong><br /> <strong>Soloist</strong>: Dave Davies<br /> <strong>Album</strong>: The Kinks—<em>Kinks</em> (Pye, 1964)</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YjdgijpgOl4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-2GmzyeeXnQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Cast Your Vote!</h1> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> "November Rain" (79.36 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser</strong>: "You Really Got Me" (20.64 percent)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time">Head HERE to see today's matchup and all the matchups that have taken place so far!</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time-readers-poll-round-1-november-rain-slash-vs-you-really-got-me-dave-davies#comments Dave Davies Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Guns N' Roses Poll Polls Slash The Kinks News Features Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:30:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18680 at http://www.guitarworld.com