Soundgarden http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/315/all en Jimmy Page and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell Talk Led Zeppelin History and More — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/jimmy-page-and-soundgardens-chris-cornell-talk-led-zeppelin-history-and-more-video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>NOTE: This story was updated Monday, March 2, with a new video!</strong></p> <p>To celebrate the release of Jimmy Page’s new photo book, <em>Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page</em>, the guitar legend appeared with Chris Cornell, guitarist and singer for Soundgarden, at the Theater at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for a relaxed question-and-answer session that spanned the entirety of Page’s 50-year career.</p> <p>Sponsored by Genesis Publications, Gibson Custom, <em>Guitar World</em> and <em>Guitar Aficionado</em>, the hour-and-a-half event, which took place last November, enthralled a packed house of 1,400 fans as Cornell quizzed Page about the rare photos and memorabilia—many drawn from Page’s personal archives—which were projected on an enormous screen hovering above both men.</p> <p>The 70-year-old Page, with his silver hair, scarf and black leather jacket, looked as sharp as a James Bond super villain, while Cornell, in thick-rimmed glasses, evoked a hipster newsman. </p> <p>The subject matter ran the gamut from extremely light and frothy to the serious matter of drummer John Bonham’s untimely death, of which Page commented, “when we lost 25 percent of the band, we really lost the whole thing.”</p> <p>Among the more humorous moments was when Cornell took note of a photo of Page wearing a bright—but very tight—red sweater emblazoned with his “Zoso” symbol. Page explained that a friend’s girlfriend had knit it for him, but when he sweated onstage, it immediately started to shrink. </p> <p><strong>Below, we present parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of this <em>Guitar World</em> video series. Be sure to check back every week for the next episode!</strong></p> <p><strong>PART FOUR (Posted March 2):</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BXbvlMqYh20" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>PART THREE (Posted February 23):</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/14ol9XXsS7Q?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>PART TWO (Posted February 16):</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w8p5jf1aEQI?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>PART ONE (Posted February 9):</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j0Q5V3k46xA" 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="/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="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/chris-cornell">Chris Cornell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jimmy-page-and-soundgardens-chris-cornell-talk-led-zeppelin-history-and-more-video#comments Chris Cornell Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin Soundgarden Videos News Features Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:49:00 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23474 at http://www.guitarworld.com Soundgarden's Kim Thayil Talks 'Echo of Miles,' a New Collection of Originals, Covers and Oddities http://www.guitarworld.com/soundgardens-kim-thayil-talks-echo-miles-new-collection-originals-covers-and-oddities <!--paging_filter--><p>Since the release of their excellent 2012 reunion album, <em>King Animal</em>, Soundgarden have been spending some time revisiting their storied past. </p> <p>In 2013 came a remastered reissue of 1990’s <em>Screaming Life/Fopp</em> album, itself a compilation of two late-Eighties EPs. Then, earlier this year, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of 1994’s <em>Superunknown</em>, the band released updated versions of the landmark album, including a five-disc “Super Deluxe” edition that included demos, rehearsals, B-sides and more from the sessions. </p> <p>Now, Soundgarden have essentially raided their own vaults for the new <em>Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path</em>, a three-disc release that gathers together rarities under three headings: An “Originals” disc presents Soundgarden compositions that have appeared as B-sides, on soundtracks or other compilations or that have remained unreleased; a “Covers” disc collects their interpretations of other band’s songs from over the years; and “Oddities” includes remixes and other bizarre musical moments from the band’s history. </p> <p>Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has been hinting at a project of this scope for years, and the finished product is a virtual treasure trove of goodies, as well as essential listening for any Soundgarden completest. </p> <p>Just prior to the release of <em>Echo of Miles</em>, Thayil sat down with <em>Guitar World</em> to discuss this trip through Soundgarden’s lesser-known past—and also talk about what’s coming up in the near future.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: <em>Echo of Miles</em> is the Soundgarden compilation album that we’ve been hearing you reference for years. Now it’s finally here. </strong></p> <p>Yes. This goes back at least 20 years. Of course, I’ve never referred to it as a compilation…although it is a compilation. [laughs] But I tend to think of a compilation as songs that have appeared on albums, or things that are arranged for other purposes, like greatest hits records, or best of’s. Or, back in the Fifties and Sixties they made “rocking” albums and “candlelight” albums. </p> <p>But this is kind of a banding together of a bunch of songs that were non-album tracks, with the exception of a couple songs that were on greatest hits compilations. But the band has never been that thrilled about producing things like B-sides, or material for international releases, or songs on movie soundtracks. You know, we enjoy being on movie soundtracks but we also want these songs to be part of a Soundgarden album. </p> <p><strong>You’ve divided the material into three separate discs: Originals, Covers and Oddities.</strong></p> <p>Basically it’s three albums. And we contemplated releasing the three albums in a serialized fashion, perhaps over months, or maybe over a longer period of time. But we thought that ultimately we’d release them all at once. But that’s one of the strange things about this [project]. In my liner notes I had a hard time establishing the identity of this kind of an album. It’s a collection, but 20 years ago I perceived “Originals” as being ultimately another Soundgarden studio album. </p> <p>Because they were loose ends—a song here, a song there. And these were all songs that we loved, because we went through the whole birthing process of writing them, learning them, recording them, mixing them. If we went through that entire process it’s because we believed in a song. And then to see that song as part of an EP that was released only in Japan was a little disappointing. We would have loved to have put those types of songs on an album here. </p> <p>But, of course, back in the day, with <em>Louder Than Love, Badmotorfinger, Ultramega OK</em>, we would orient our recordings toward vinyl and a single disc. So we were limited to only putting 11 or 12 songs on an album. Starting with Superunknown we oriented toward CD. And, if you notice, everything since then on vinyl is a double album—<em>Down on the Upside, Superunknown, King Animal</em>. We decided we were not going to force ourselves to omit material. So that was kind of the impetus for this.</p> <p><strong>When you were putting this material together was there anything that jumped out at you or surprised you?</strong></p> <p>There’s a lot of material that jumped out. The covers album…I really enjoy the way the covers album is set up, the way the songs flow, and listening to some of the performances. Because when we originally did many of those songs we would self-critically compare them to the original versions that we were covering. And you’d always say, “Well, I’m not playing guitar like this guy…” “Maybe this is sloppier…” “I think Chris [Cornell, vocals] is doing something here the original singer wasn’t doing…” Things like that. </p> <p>You’re always evaluating your performance against the original. But given this much time, I can now listen to these covers independently and not have to juxtapose them against the originals and see the flaws. Now I see them standing on their own as being standout performances by Soundgarden. The stuff with Ben [Shepherd, bass] in the band, or some of the early John Peel stuff with Hiro [Yamamoto, original bassist] in the band, it’s all very good. </p> <p>And it surprised me and impressed me that I could appreciate these covers on that level. There’s the whole session of recordings that includes [the Rolling Stones’] “Stray Cat Blues,” [Black Sabbath’s] “Into the Void,” the Devo song “Girl U Want,” “Touch Me” by [Seventies British pop group] Fancy—those were all done pretty much in, like, one day. And the guitar styles are so different from each other. We’re doing Devo, and then an hour later Black Sabbath. Then the Rolling Stones. Then Fancy, which, as far as the guitar playing, is reminiscent of Mother Love Bone. And I’m playing all the guitars on all these tracks in one day. It was fun and it was funny to have to do all these different styles and colors. And it’s like, How could we do that so easily when at other times we struggled with our own songs?</p> <p><strong>Let’s talk about the song “Storm,” on the “Originals” disc. It’s a new song but also an old song. Can you talk about the history of that one?</strong></p> <p>There are individual songs within this collection that have strange stories, and “Storm” is one of them. Chris wrote a demo of it in ‘85 that had some weird vocals and guitar effects. There was no real guitar part but there was a cool bass line. Then he showed it to the band, and Hiro interpreted the bass line into something pretty much like a bass solo, and I wrote those guitar parts with the seventh chords, some ninths in there, some other things. </p> <p>And our drummer at the time, Scott Sundquist, interpreted the drums as, like, rolling thunder. And locally, we played that song live all the time. It was a favorite—I know our peers in Green River, Mother Love Bone, Nirvana, Skin Yard, Melvins, all these bands we played with all heard the song because it was always in our set. Then when we got Matt [Cameron, drums] in the band we started writing new material, so a lot of the old material got pushed back. We tried doing “Storm” with Matt and it was a little bit of a different feel, so it kind of went from heavy rotation to medium rotation to low rotation. And that was it. It kind of got shelved. </p> <p><strong>So how did it come off the shelf?</strong></p> <p>We thought about how we never gave this song a good studio recording. So we decided to try it. We had some spare time, and then in May [producer] Jack Endino was available. He was the one who was so acquainted with our early material, and he loves this song so we thought we’d give him a chance at recording it. So it’s a brand new recording of a song we haven’t played live since ‘86 or ‘87. For all practical purposes it’s a new song, but it’s also something from 30 years ago. </p> <p><strong>I know you’re also currently working on a reissue of [1988’s] <em>Ultramega OK</em>. When will we see that? And is there any new material from Soundgarden on the horizon?</strong></p> <p>Well, a couple weeks ago Jack Endino and I finished up the remaining songs for Ultramega OK. It sounds way better, bigger and warmer than the original. We’re gonna sit on it for a few months and let everyone else hear it, see how we feel about it. We pulled the record from SST so it belongs to us now. So we’ll have to negotiate a new contract with a label and then we’ll hopefully put it out within a year. As for new material, when Soundgarden gets back from Australia in February and Matt’s Pearl Jam obligations are done, we’ll get together again. We’ll definitely start working on new music in 2015, for sure.</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="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/soundgardens-kim-thayil-talks-echo-miles-new-collection-originals-covers-and-oddities#comments Kim Thayil Soundgarden Interviews News Features Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:18:09 +0000 Richard Bienstock 22951 at http://www.guitarworld.com Soundgarden Premiere New Song, "Storm" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/soundgarden-premiere-new-song-storm-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Soundgarden quietly dropped a new single—"Storm"—last night, and you can check it out below.</p> <p>It's their first new song since 2012's <em>King Animal.</em></p> <p>We should note that we're not sure if "Storm" will appear on a new Soundgarden album yet. Only time will tell. Yes, only time will tell ...</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://cache.vevo.com/m/html/embed.html?video=USUMV1400553" 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="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/soundgarden-premiere-new-song-storm-listen#comments Soundgarden News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:55:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22680 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 1 — Soundgarden Vs. ZZ Top http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-soundgarden-vs-zz-top <!--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 /></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!</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>Today's matchup finds <strong>SOUNDGARDEN</strong> going head to head with <strong>ZZ TOP</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 2014.09.08 32 Bracket on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/239047534/2014-09-08-32-Bracket" style="text-decoration: underline;" >2014.09.08 32 Bracket</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/239047534/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_15447" width="100%" height="500" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>SOUNDGARDEN</strong> (26.71) were crushed by <strong>ZZ TOP</strong> (73.29). Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Yesterday's Winner</h1> <p>Former Beatle <strong>Paul McCartney</strong> (53.62) defeated <strong>the Eagles</strong> (46.38). 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!</p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9SezaTc6uf0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ai-aLzd5imI" 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="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/zz-top">ZZ Top</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-soundgarden-vs-zz-top#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Poll Polls Soundgarden ZZ Top News Features Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:38:46 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22279 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video Finds: Chris Cornell Performs “Fell on Black Days” Acoustic http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-chris-cornell-performs-fell-on-black-days-acoustic <!--paging_filter--><p>To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Soundgarden’s rock masterpiece <em>Superunknown</em>, here’s frontman Chris Cornell and bassist Ben Shepherd performing one of the record’s standout tracks, “Fell on Black Days.”</p> <p>This intimate acoustic performance was filmed for Seattle rock radio station KISW. </p> <p>Listening to the track proves just how well <em>Superunknown</em> has aged over the last 20 years. </p> <p>While generally grouped in the grunge genre, Soundgarden is known for pushing the boundaries of their songwriting with off-time meters and complex passages – and not to mention the epic lead playing from guitarist Kim Thayil. So it's no surprise that the band has gained a following from metal and grunge fans alike. </p> <p>Released as the album’s fifth single, “Fell on Black Days” helped propel the band into the mainstream. </p> <p>Be sure to check out the transcription for “Fell on Black Days” in <em>Guitar World</em>’s August 2014 issue, and enjoy the performance below!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fuaSz89GeAg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-chris-cornell-performs-fell-on-black-days-acoustic#comments Acoustic Nation Chris Cornell Soundgarden Blogs Videos Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:27:40 +0000 Acoustic Nation 21644 at http://www.guitarworld.com Soundgarden Perform "Rusty Cage" for 'Guitar Center Sessions' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/soundgarden-perform-rusty-cage-guitar-center-sessions-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a recently posted clip of Soundgarden performing "Rusty Cage" for <em>Guitar Center Sessions</em>. </p> <p>Soundgarden's episode aired last night, May 4, kicking off the show's eighth season.</p> <p> The session was filmed on a rooftop in Austin, Texas, during the band's first-ever trip to SXSW. It was presented by JBL and hosted by Nic Harcourt.</p> <p>The broadcast included performance footage, plus an interview about the band’s career and the upcoming June 3 reissue of <em>Superunknown</em>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Oh3ctsg_a3A" 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="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/soundgarden-perform-rusty-cage-guitar-center-sessions-video#comments Guitar Center Sessions Soundgarden Videos News Mon, 05 May 2014 12:00:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff 21165 at http://www.guitarworld.com Listen: Rare Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun" Demo http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-rare-soundgarden-black-hole-sun-demo <!--paging_filter--><p>Soundgarden are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their hit record <em>Superunknown</em> with a couple special reissue packages, available on June 3, 2014 via A&amp;M Records/UME. The Deluxe Edition is a 2-CD package featuring the remastered album along with disc two consisting of demos, rehearsals, B-sides and more.</p> <p>The Super Deluxe Edition is a 5-CD package featuring the remastered album, additional demos, rehearsals and B-sides and the fifth disc is the album mixed in Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Surround Sound. The Super Deluxe Edition is incredibly packaged in a hardbound book with a lenticular cover, liner notes by David Fricke and newly reimagined album artwork designed by Josh Graham. It also features never before seen band photography by Kevin Westenberg. A 2-LP gatefold of the original 16 vinyl tracks remastered on 200-gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket will also be made available. In addition, the Superunknown singles and associated b-sides with newly interpreted artwork sleeves by Josh Graham will be reissued on Record Store Day, April 19th, as a set of five limited edition 10″ vinyl records.</p> <p>Give a listen to their "Black Hole Sun" Demo, from this new release, below.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143824508&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-rare-soundgarden-black-hole-sun-demo#comments Soundgarden News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:23:07 +0000 Guitar World Staff 21031 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World Readers Vote Soundgarden's Chris Cornell Rock's Greatest Singer http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-readers-vote-soundgardens-chris-cornell-greatest-rock-singer-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Guitar World</em> readers have dubbed a fellow guitarist — Soundgarden's Chris Cornell — rock's greatest singer.</p> <p>Earlier this week, Cornell battled it out with an undisputed rock legend, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, in the final matchup of our month-long readers poll, the Greatest Rock Singers of All Time, which we launched in late September in partnership with <a href="http://www.samsontech.com/samson/">Samson</a>. </p> <p>The final matchup lasted two days, but in the end it was a 60/40 split in favor of Cornell, the celebrated Soundgarden and Audioslave singer and solo performer. You can check out our final bracket below.</p> <p>In 2011, the powerful-voiced Cornell came in at No. 9 in a similar poll launched by the gang at <em>Rolling Stone</em> — just ahead of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and a notch behind the Beatles' John Lennon. Besides Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell has worked with members of Rage Against The Machine, Santana, Pearl Jam and hip-hop producer Timbaland, to name just a few. </p> <p>When we launched the poll, we were certain that, even though our core readership is made up of guitarists from different genres, locations and age groups, you'd have strong opinions about the skills (or lack thereof) of some of rock's most legendary singers. Based on the many comments posted on our poll stories and via Facebook, we were correct.</p> <p>Although we had hundreds of rock singers to choose from, we narrowed it down to 16 names, all of which were carefully chosen by <em>Guitar World</em>'s editorial staff. We took great care in choosing what was essentially a Sweet 16 starting point. Rock singers from every decade, starting with the 1960s, were represented, as were several rock sub-genres.</p> <p>Here were 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, the fully updated version of which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of singers were 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. </p> <p>As always, thank you for all your votes and comments!</p> <p><strong>Here are the top five singers, according to your votes:</strong></p> <p>01. Chris Cornell<br /> 02. Robert Plant<br /> 03. Freddie Mercury<br /> 04. Bruce Dickinson<br /> 05. Ozzy Osbourne</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 FINAL RESULTS: Samson&#x2F;Guitar World Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/181054378/FINAL-RESULTS-Samson-Guitar-World-Greatest-Rock-Singers-of-All-Time-Readers-Poll" style="text-decoration: underline;" >FINAL RESULTS: Samson&#x2F;Guitar World Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/181054378/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_29645" width="100%" height="450" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="355" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/14r7y6rM6zA?list=PLzIgTyaQK_68w0AgeFz20lzoTHA31D1FF" 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="/chris-cornell">Chris Cornell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/audioslave">Audioslave</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-readers-vote-soundgardens-chris-cornell-greatest-rock-singer-all-time#comments Audioslave Chris Cornell Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Soundgarden News Features Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:18:28 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19644 at http://www.guitarworld.com Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll, Ultimate Showdown: Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) Vs. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-rock-singers-all-time-readers-poll-ultimate-showdown-robert-plant-led-zeppelin-vs-chris-cornell-soundgarden <!--paging_filter--><p>Well, it's all come down to this.</p> <p>About a month ago, GuitarWorld.com 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 were 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. Based on your many comments on our poll stories and via Facebook, it looks like we were correct!</p> <p>When we launched the poll, we had hundreds of rock singers to choose from — but narrowed things down to 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, were represented, as were several rock sub-genres.</p> <p>Here were 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, the fully updated version of which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of singers were 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 were actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out.</p> <p>Now, however, Round 1, the Elite Eight and the Final Four rounds have come and gone, and it's time for the ultimate showdown! And, as we said earlier, it's all come down to this: <strong>Robert Plant</strong> of Led Zeppelin against <strong>Chris Cornell</strong> of Soundgarden and Audioslave.</p> <p>We admit we're a little surprised that these two names wound up in our ultimate showdown. As it turns out, the match we imagined would be the perfect final shootout — Freddie Mercury Vs. Ronnie James Dio — took place many matchups ago, with Mercury winning and advancing to the Final Four. Then Chris Cornell came along and knocked the late Queen singer out of the poll.</p> <p>Note that you can vote only once in this matchup (once per device, that is). 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><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Latest Final Four Results</span></p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Chris Cornell (51.51 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> Freddie Mercury (48.49 percent)</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">The Samson Greatest Rock Singers Ultimate Showdown!</span><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;"><em>Robert Plant Vs. Chris Cornell</em></span></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202013-09-25%20at%201.02.33%20PM.png" width="125" height="182" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 1.02.33 PM.png" /><strong>ROBERT PLANT</strong></p> <p><strong>Born:</strong> August 20, 1948, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England<br /> <strong>Associated Acts</strong>: Led Zeppelin, Band of Joy, the Honeydrippers, Page and Plant<br /> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.robertplant.com/">robertplant.com</a></p> <p><strong>Quote:</strong> "I don't know how much more expressive you can get than being a rock and roll singer."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YiBLBn1z1vY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><br /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/chris.png" width="125" height="176" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="chris.png" /><strong>CHRIS CORNELL</strong></p> <p><strong>Born:</strong> July 20, 1964, Seattle, Washington<br /> <strong>Associated Acts</strong>: Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog<br /> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://chriscornell.com/">chriscornell.com</a></p> <p><strong>Quote:</strong> "To me, music shouldn't be ego-driven. When you go out on stage and play songs, it is. But when you're sitting in a room, writing songs, it's a completely different process. It's a completely different place. It's a creative place, a musical place. It has nothing to do with who likes what."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/14r7y6rM6zA?list=PLzIgTyaQK_68w0AgeFz20lzoTHA31D1FF" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Chris Cornell (59.62 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> Robert Plant (40.38 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 30, 2013, Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/180062464/October-30-2013-Samson-Greatest-Rock-Singers-of-All-Time-Readers-Poll" style="text-decoration: underline;" >October 30, 2013, Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/180062464/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_43143" width="100%" height="450" 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="/robert-plant">Robert Plant</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chris-cornell">Chris Cornell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/audioslave">Audioslave</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-rock-singers-all-time-readers-poll-ultimate-showdown-robert-plant-led-zeppelin-vs-chris-cornell-soundgarden#comments Audioslave Chris Cornell Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Led Zeppelin Poll Polls Robert Plant Soundgarden News Features Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:23:37 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19594 at http://www.guitarworld.com Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll, Final Four: Freddie Mercury (Queen) Vs. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-rock-singers-all-time-readers-poll-final-four-freddie-mercury-queen-vs-chris-cornell-soundgarden <!--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>Round 1 and the Elite Eight round have come and gone, and the Final Four round is almost over! Today it's <strong>Freddie Mercury</strong> of Queen against <strong>Chris Cornell</strong> of Soundgarden and Audioslave. </p> <p>You can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is). Remember that, as with any music 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><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Latest Results</span></p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Robert Plant (64.34 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> Bruce Dickinson (35.66 percent)</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Today's Samson Greatest Rock Singers Final Four Matchup (2 of 2)</span><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;"><em>Freddie Mercury Vs. Chris Cornell</em></span></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/fred.png" width="125" height="183" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="fred.png" /><strong>FREDDIE MERCURY</strong></p> <p><strong>Born:</strong> September 5, 1946, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania<br /> <strong>Died:</strong> November 24, 1991, Kensington, England<br /> <strong>Associated Acts</strong>: Queen<br /> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.freddiemercury.com/">freddiemercury.com</a></p> <p><strong>Quote:</strong> "We're a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules. It's unheard of to combine opera with a rock theme, my dear."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/POfDyHULx6I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><br /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/chris.png" width="125" height="176" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="chris.png" /><strong>CHRIS CORNELL</strong></p> <p><strong>Born:</strong> July 20, 1964, Seattle, Washington<br /> <strong>Associated Acts</strong>: Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog<br /> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://chriscornell.com/">chriscornell.com</a></p> <p><strong>Quote:</strong> "To me, music shouldn't be ego-driven. When you go out on stage and play songs, it is. But when you're sitting in a room, writing songs, it's a completely different process. It's a completely different place. It's a creative place, a musical place. It has nothing to do with who likes what."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/14r7y6rM6zA?list=PLzIgTyaQK_68w0AgeFz20lzoTHA31D1FF" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Chris Cornell (51.51 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> Freddie Mercury (48.49 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 25, 2013, Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/178925799/October-25-2013-Samson-Greatest-Rock-Singers-of-All-Time-Readers-Poll" style="text-decoration: underline;" >October 25, 2013, Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/178925799/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_58620" 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="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/audioslave">Audioslave</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chris-cornell">Chris Cornell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/queen">Queen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-rock-singers-all-time-readers-poll-final-four-freddie-mercury-queen-vs-chris-cornell-soundgarden#comments Audioslave Chris Cornell Freddie Mercury Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Poll Polls Queen Soundgarden News Features Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:40:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19567 at http://www.guitarworld.com Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll, Elite Eight: Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath) Vs. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-rock-singers-all-time-readers-poll-elite-eight-ozzy-osbourne-black-sabbath-vs-chris-cornell-soundgarden <!--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>Round 1 has come and gone, and the Elite Eight round kicks off today! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll post two or three matchups per week, continuing with today's Elite Eight shootout, <strong>Chris Cornell</strong> of Soundgarden and Audioslave against <strong>Ozzy Osbourne</strong> of Black Sabbath. </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><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Latest Results</span></p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Freddie Mercury (60.76 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> Ronnie James Dio (39.24 percent)</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Today's Samson Greatest Rock Singers Elight Eight Matchup (4 of 4)</span><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;"><em>Ozzy Osbourne Vs. Chris Cornell</em></span></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/ozzy.png" width="125" height="166" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="ozzy.png" /><strong>OZZY OSBOURNE</strong></p> <p><strong>Born:</strong> December 3, 1948 (age 64), Aston, England<br /> <strong>Associated Acts</strong>: Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne<br /> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.ozzy.com/us/home">ozzy.com</a></p> <p><strong>Quote:</strong> "All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock, I don't subscribe to any of that. It's all just music. I mean, the heavy metal from the Seventies sounds nothing like the stuff from the Eighties, and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the Nineties. Who's to say what is and isn't a certain type of music?"</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="400" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bwDpAfFzcRQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><br /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/chris.png" width="125" height="176" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="chris.png" /><strong>CHRIS CORNELL</strong></p> <p><strong>Born:</strong> July 20, 1964, Seattle, Washington<br /> <strong>Associated Acts</strong>: Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog<br /> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://chriscornell.com/">chriscornell.com</a></p> <p><strong>Quote:</strong> "To me, music shouldn't be ego-driven. When you go out on stage and play songs, it is. But when you're sitting in a room, writing songs, it's a completely different process. It's a completely different place. It's a creative place, a musical place. It has nothing to do with who likes what."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/14r7y6rM6zA?list=PLzIgTyaQK_68w0AgeFz20lzoTHA31D1FF" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Chris Cornell (55.47 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> Ozzy Osbourne (44.53 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 22, 2013, Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/177894220/October-22-2013-Samson-Greatest-Rock-Singers-of-All-Time-Readers-Poll" style="text-decoration: underline;" >October 22, 2013, Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/177894220/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_37680" width="100%" height="430" 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="/ozzy-osbourne">Ozzy Osbourne</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/audioslave">Audioslave</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chris-cornell">Chris Cornell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-rock-singers-all-time-readers-poll-elite-eight-ozzy-osbourne-black-sabbath-vs-chris-cornell-soundgarden#comments Audioslave Black Sabbath Chris Cornell Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Ozzy Osbourne Poll Polls Soundgarden News Features Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:01:03 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19510 at http://www.guitarworld.com Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll, Round 1: Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) Vs. Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-rock-singers-all-time-readers-poll-round-1-chris-cornell-soundgarden-vs-randy-blythe-lamb-god <!--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 or three matchups per week, continuing with today's shootout, <strong>Chris Cornell</strong> of Soundgarden and Audioslave against <strong>Randy Blythe</strong> of Lamb of God. </p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Latest Results</span></p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> James Hetfield (66.27 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> Maynard James Keenan (33.73 percent)</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Today's Samson Greatest Rock Singers Round 1 Matchup (7 of 8)</span><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;"><em>Chris Cornell Vs. Randy Blythe</em></span></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/chris.png" width="125" height="176" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="chris.png" /><strong>CHRIS CORNELL</strong></p> <p><strong>Born:</strong> July 20, 1964, Seattle, Washington<br /> <strong>Associated Acts</strong>: Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog<br /> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://chriscornell.com/">chriscornell.com</a></p> <p><strong>Quote:</strong> "To me, music shouldn't be ego-driven. When you go out on stage and play songs, it is. But when you're sitting in a room, writing songs, it's a completely different process. It's a completely different place. It's a creative place, a musical place. It has nothing to do with who likes what."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/14r7y6rM6zA?list=PLzIgTyaQK_68w0AgeFz20lzoTHA31D1FF" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><br /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/randy.png" width="125" height="176" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="randy.png" /><strong>RANDY BLYTHE</strong></p> <p><strong>Born:</strong> February 21, 1971, Richmond, Virginia<br /> <strong>Associated Acts</strong>: Lamb of God<br /> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.lamb-of-god.com/home">lamb-of-god.com</a></p> <p><strong>Quote:</strong> “Folks think that everyone in a professional band sleeps on mattresses made out of hundred-dollar bills and just sits back chilling when they aren’t on tour, spending all their free time screwing models and cashing massive royalty checks. I got bad news for the kids who want to try and do this thing for a living — it ain’t that way."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jIv2rbi2GBs?list=PL6CCCE7DDE3CB942B" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Vote Now!</h1> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Chris Cornell (89.47 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> Randy Blythe (10.53 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 10, 2013, Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/175031925/October-10-2013-Samson-Greatest-Rock-Singers-of-All-Time-Readers-Poll" style="text-decoration: underline;" >October 10, 2013, Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/175031925/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_55995" 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="/lamb-god">Lamb of God</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chris-cornell">Chris Cornell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/audioslave">Audioslave</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-rock-singers-all-time-readers-poll-round-1-chris-cornell-soundgarden-vs-randy-blythe-lamb-god#comments Audioslave Chris Cornell Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Lamb of God Poll Polls Randy Blythe Soundgarden News Features Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:21:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19425 at http://www.guitarworld.com Dear Guitar Hero: Submit Questions for Kim Thayil! http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-submit-questions-kim-thayil <!--paging_filter--><p>Got a question for your favorite guitarist? Let us be your go-between. The concept is easy — you submit your queries and we pass them on to some of the world's greatest guitarists. Only the sharpest and funniest questions will be used.</p> <p>This month, we're giving you the chance to ask Soundgarden's lead guitarist Kim Thayil anything you want! No part of his career is off limits!</p> <p>Just email your questions to <a href="mailto:dearguitarhero@guitarworld.com?Subject=Kim%20Thayil">dearguitarhero@guitarworld.com</a> and put "Kim Thayil" in the subject line. Remember to include your name in the email body, so you can get credited in the magazine, and impress and annoy your jealous friends!</p> <p><em>Photo: Stuart Sevastos</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="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-submit-questions-kim-thayil#comments Dear Guitar Hero Kim Thayil Soundgarden News Features Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:52:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19095 at http://www.guitarworld.com Soundgarden's Chris Cornell Announces Fall Dates for Songbook Solo Acoustic Tour http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-soundgardens-chris-cornell-announces-fall-dates-songbook-solo-acoustic-tour <!--paging_filter--><p>Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell has announced a solo tour of North America this fall. He'll be playing a series of intimate shows highlighting songs he's written throughout his career. This is the first time US fans will hear acoustic arrangements of songs from 2012's <em>King Animal</em>, Soundgarden’s first new studio album in more than 16 years. American/Sri Lankan folk artist Bhi Bhiman will support Cornell on tour. </p> <p>This year also marks the launch of the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which helps the most vulnerable children. One dollar of every ticket sold on the tour will be donated to the Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit ChildHaven’s Creative Music Therapy Program Expansion. Visit <a href="http://www.childhaven.org/">childhaven.org</a> for more information on ChildHaven and the program. </p> <p>An exclusive pre-sale for American Express cardholder members will open for all dates August 14; venue pre-sales will open August 15; the public sale will begin August 16 at 10 a.m. local time. <a href="http://chriscornell.com/tour">PRESS HERE to pre-order tickets.</a> Visit <a href="http://chriscornell.com/">chriscornell.com</a> for more information on the Songbook tour and Chris Cornell. </p> <p><strong>Chris Cornell Acoustic Tour Dates in Full:</strong><br /> 10/15 San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre<br /> 10/16 Napa, CA @ The Uptown Theatre<br /> 10/18 San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center<br /> 10/19 Eugene, OR @ Jaqua Concert Hall<br /> 10/20 Seattle WA @ Benaroya Hall<br /> 10/22 Victoria, BC @ University of Victoria – Farquhar Auditorium<br /> 10/23 Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre (check local listings for on-sale date)<br /> 10/25 Medicine Hat, AB @ Esplanade Arts &amp; Heritage Centre<br /> 10/26 Calgary, AB @ Jubilee Auditorium (check local listings for on-sale date)<br /> 10/27 Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place (check local listings for on-sale date)<br /> 10/29 Winnipeg, MB @ Pantages Playhouse Theatre (check local listings for on-sale date)<br /> 10/30 Saint Paul, MN @ O’Shaughnessy Auditorium<br /> 11/1 Chicago, IL @ Cadillac Palace Theatre<br /> 11/2 Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater<br /> 11/3 Lakewood, OH @ Lakewood Civic Auditorium<br /> 11/5 Buffalo, NY @ Center for the Arts<br /> 11/6 Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall<br /> 11/13 Kingston, NY @ Ulster PAC<br /> 11/15 Boston, MA @ Shubert Theatre<br /> 11/16 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre<br /> 11/17 Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre &amp; PAC<br /> 11/19 Providence, RI @ Veterans Memorial Auditorium<br /> 11/20 New Haven, CT @ Shubert Theater<br /> 11/22 Reading, PA @ Sovereign Performing Arts Center<br /> 11/23 Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre<br /> 11/24 Collingswood, NJ @ Scottish Rite Auditorium<br /> 11/26 Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre<br /> 11/27 Wilmington, DE @ Grand Opera House<br /> 11/29 Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Casino &amp; Spa – Music Box<br /> 11/30 Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Casino &amp; Spa – Music Box</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="/chris-cornell">Chris Cornell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-soundgardens-chris-cornell-announces-fall-dates-songbook-solo-acoustic-tour#comments Acoustic Nation Chris Cornell News Soundgarden News Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:31:07 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18985 at http://www.guitarworld.com Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Grills Soundgarden's Kim Thayil on Influences, Gear and Copycat Bands http://www.guitarworld.com/dillinger-escape-plans-ben-weinman-grills-soundgardens-kim-thayil-influences-gear-and-copycat-bands <!--paging_filter--><p>It was the late 1980s, and I was a young impressionable aspiring guitar player. </p> <p>Unlike many of my metal and punk peers, I did not have a “cool” older brother or sister to expose me to underground music. I would sit with my guitar and try and play along to my sister’s Jack Wagner record and my dad’s random collection of Broadway musicals searching for something inspiring. </p> <p>The guitar ended up back in the closet within minutes. It was the '90s that really got me into music and would eventually help form my musical identity. It wasn’t long before Guns N' Roses were blasting through my bedroom at full volume. Sure, I had heard Bon Jovi and Poison, but this was edgy. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/preview-exclusive-new-tracks-tosin-abasi-misha-mansoor-ben-weinman-kim-thayil-and-dweezil-zappa-0">[[ Preview Exclusive New Tracks by Kim Thayil, Ben Weinman, Tosin Abasi, Misha Mansoor and Dweezil Zappa! ]]</a></strong></p> <p>I immediately craved more, and the Seattle music scene was there to give it to me. Grunge had become a household name, and attached to every popular grunge band was a handful of influences that would lead me down a rabbit hole of musical wonderment.</p> <p>Of all the amazing music that was hitting me during this time, Soundgarden was, without a doubt, the band that influenced me the most in terms of the way I think about and write music. </p> <p>Jump ahead 10 years to 2005. Dillinger was playing a small club in Seattle named Neumos. I’m sitting backstage pacing around trying to calm my nerves, as I do, and I look up — and Kim Thayil is staring down at me. </p> <p>“Hey man, you're you,” I said. Before a word came out of his mouth, I could tell he was one of the most humble dudes I would ever meet in this crude business. With a warm smile, he told me he had heard good things about us and was looking forward to seeing us play. Now I was really nervous. </p> <p>After the show, I walked backstage covered in sweat and blood, completely exhausted. Kim is standing, staring at me and smiling from ear to ear. He told me it was one of the greatest shows he'd ever seen and that he had no idea how I could physically do what I do. I immediately was rejuvenated. It was one of those moments where I knew I was doing something right. It didn’t matter if I ever made money or whether people liked my music or not. One of my biggest influences was now a fan. </p> <p>Recently, Kim and I have become reacquainted and even started collaborating on a song. It’s been an amazing experience, and getting to know him better as a person has been really rewarding. Kim is one of the weirdest, interestingly sarcastic and eccentric people I've ever met. And that's saying a lot. I've met a lot of fucking people on my journey. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/preview-exclusive-new-tracks-tosin-abasi-misha-mansoor-ben-weinman-kim-thayil-and-dweezil-zappa-0">[[ Preview Exclusive New Tracks by Kim Thayil, Ben Weinman, Tosin Abasi, Misha Mansoor and Dweezil Zappa! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PffE5ujMRO8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>BEN WEINMAN: Your parents are from India. I’ve always loved Indian culture and music (I even married someone named Adishakti Kaur). How has your background and upbringing influenced what you do musically? My parents really didn’t listen to anything but show tunes and watch old musicals, so I have no idea how I’m even a straight man, let alone an experimental metal guitar player.</strong></p> <p><strong>KIM THAYIL:</strong> I'm not sure that my parents being from India had an overt influence on me, because they were raised in a fairly Western culture, India having been part of the British Empire and all. My folks met in church choir and immigrated, as people did in the '50s and early '60s, with a church sponsorship. My mom was a classically trained pianist from a very young age and graduated from the Royal Academy of London at 18. </p> <p>I didn't benefit from her education, because my folks were struggling students. My mom never taught me a note, but she helped provide an environment that was pro-music. They were always singing around the house. However, like your folks, they were enamored with musicals and variety shows, such as Lawrence Welk. The cool thing was my parents were involved with a congregation that liked the folk music of the progressive, educated proto-yuppies of the '60s. This included Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash and other gospel-related artists who ventured into the pop market during the '60s and '70s.</p> <p>Being raised in Chicago had a strong influence on me. My neighbors and friends as a kid listened to Motown and R&amp;B, as did my folks, because of the gospel connection, along with the proximal fraternity of their peers and friends. Strangely, I was drawn to radio songs in my dad's car that evoked emotional responses that left my parents curious and dumfounded.</p> <p>I eventually visited India when I was 8, and that's where I first heard <em>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band</em>! My older cousins had that, as well as other Beatles albums! I would play "Day Tripper" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" over and over to pass the time in a place that didn't have baseball or cartoons. My big cousin, Jai Boy, had a guitar, and he let me fuck around with it when he wasn't around. All my family sang gospel and folk. Indian music, however, was present as an ambient or sentimental reference. I, of course, tripped out on this as being source material for the Beatles!</p> <p>So, I guess musicality was present in my family, but Indian music culture came via Western pop, while I, an American, was visiting India. Weird! </p> <p>The fact that we are straight men likely has nothing to do with our unfortunate musical upbringing, nor our birth, although these are both factors in what many believe is a sexual-identity question related to our biology. We rock, and that could be due to our biology, but not necessarily our genetics, and if our genetics, not necessarily our birth. People confuse biological determinism with genetic propensity. We are who we come to be, and evidence shows little to contradict that. We also have will and volition, but that won't change the fact that we are rockers, even if we weren't born that way.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/preview-exclusive-new-tracks-tosin-abasi-misha-mansoor-ben-weinman-kim-thayil-and-dweezil-zappa-0">[[ Preview Exclusive New Tracks by Kim Thayil, Ben Weinman, Tosin Abasi, Misha Mansoor and Dweezil Zappa! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/R75m5v-MsrM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>WEINMAN: How have accolades such as being named one of <em>Rolling Stone's</em> 100 Greatest Guitar Players and winning multiple Grammy awards affected your outlook? When you were starting out, did you ever imagine how far your music and playing would take you?</strong></p> <p><strong>THAYIL</strong>: I never thought I would have this success, but once I knew this might be something I would pursue, I thought I could achieve success. I never thought it was beyond me and always thought it would be attainable as long as I persevered and enjoyed the work and the camaraderie of my partners.</p> <p>The accolades ultimately are flattering, but my parents value these achievements more than I can. I do value and appreciate this recognition, but on a very important and political level, this is not what I believe rock is about. It's not Franky and Annette, or Vegas, or MTV. It should be ultimately transgressive and subversive. It also is not about merely appeasing the fans. We have a responsibility to bring them along, if they wish, on our exploratory musings and not to patronize them. </p> <p>This is an issue with many musicians I know who also feel there is a responsibility to do more than merely amuse or entertain. We don't have to presume we are artists in any academic sense, we just have to not give them what they may want, but provide the opportunity to want something other. Without this view of what we do, we would not have had the Ramones, Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, MC5, Metallica, Public Enemy, Radiohead, Husker Du, Pink Floyd or countless others. </p> <p>How about a Hall of Fame for achievement in popular music sales? Now that would be something both Captain Beefheart and Deep Purple could be proud of!</p> <hr /> <p><strong>WEINMAN: We have had many conversations about music and your band, but I don’t think I've ever expressed how interesting it is, as a fan, to hear your stories about the Seattle music scene. I have to say maybe the coolest thing I’ve gotten from our conversations is the impression that all you guys are really positive about each other. Hearing you speak about Cornell and the other guys as brothers after all these years is really touching. </strong></p> <p><strong>And the comradery you've managed to maintain with the Pearl Jam camp throughout the years is unbelievable. What advice do you have for younger bands that are coming up in a technological age where most communication and collaboration is through social media and not as influenced by the local subcultures we all came up in?</strong></p> <p><strong>THAYIL:</strong> I'm sure young musicians will find a way to establish a sense of community and shared identity that will ultimately define their subculture(s). Regionalism might be dead, and that might be a good thing. Transcultural sharing is a benefit to decentralizing social and artistic communities. Rather than colluding, artists can be challenged by other input culturally. This should spur growth creatively, socially and ultimately economically. Until then, we still have to deal with parental-approved weenie pop-rock ditties.</p> <p><strong>WEINMAN: What was life like for you, creatively and personally, after Soundgarden called it quits in the mid-'90s? I know you collaborated with a bunch of people during that time, including one of my favorite guys, Jello Biafra.</strong></p> <p><strong>THAYIL:</strong> After Soundgarden, I felt some relief from having to maintain the expectations our band and its success had placed upon itself. I felt free to do whatever — and nothing. I knew the kind of material I had might suffer without the shared vision of Matt, Chris and Ben, and I had no interest in doing a second-rate Soundgarden. After the band tucked it in, the record label was sold, and most of the staff was fired. Our management was the next to downsize, and it became a PO box + Vm. </p> <p>This was all fine with me. publishing was not necessary to my enjoying playing or writing. Life without managers, lawyers, salesman and accountants in my music was liberating for me. Living without popular culture and its commodification was an important intellectual and artistic ass wiping! I wanted to move on and do whatever I thought was fun. I did not want to work from the ground up with a another bunch of guys after throwing all my volume into Soundgarden. However, I was always designing that ideal in the back of my mind.</p> <p><strong>WEINMAN: Soundgarden was one of the first bands to introduce me to odd time signatures and highly dissonant guitar chords (which are largely what I’m associated with as a player). Which bands were you guys listening to while forming your sound during the early years?</strong></p> <p><strong>THAYIL:</strong> In our early years, Chris, Hiro and I listened to many different bands and genres individually. Hiro originally played mandolin before learning bass. He liked a lot of folk and art rock before turning on to new wave and punk. Chris liked everything from Joe Jackson to Rush. I had liked metal and art rock before the new wave/punk explosion. By the time Soundgarden formed, we had all been in various bands, mostly punk rock bands for Hiro and me. Chris and I briefly played in a band that did Hendrix, Stones and Doors covers. (Yikes!) </p> <p>As a band, Soundgarden listened to a lot of music before and after our practices/jams while drinking beer and discussing the merits of the artists and their material. Bands we collectively loved included dark, melancholic and angular British bands from the late '70s and early '80s such as Joy Division, Bauhaus, Killing Joke, Gang of Four, Wire, PIL and Young Marble Giants. These bands tended to build songs around the bass. We were equally enthralled with American progressive post-hardcore bands from SST, Touch &amp; Go and Homestead records like the Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Big Boys, Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth, Husker Du and, of course, Black Flag. All these bands were very guitar-centric! </p> <p><strong>WEINMAN: So I see you've been sticking with the Mesa Boogie stuff all these years. I also use Mesa. I run two Mark V heads, which I love. What are you playing through these days?</strong></p> <p><strong>THAYIL</strong> The guitar signal is split (via a Radial JX44) into one Mesa Tremoverb 2x12 combo and one Mesa Electradyne 90w head, which then runs into two 4x12 cabinets. </p> <p>Both amps are active all the time. The Tremoverb has EL34 tubes installed and has a driven, midrange-focused sound. The Electradyne runs on 6L6 tubes and compliments the Tremoverb with more of a full-range (more highs and lows) sound. The Tremoverb stays on the Modern High Gain channel all the time and is usually fairly compressed and driven. The Electradyne alternates between the Lo- and Hi-gain channels as needed. Additional gain and drive comes from boost and distortion pedals or right-hand dynamics. Between the two amps, the full frequency spectrum and dynamic range are covered.</p> <p>Also, the Electradyne's two 4x12 cabinets are set up on either side of the Tremoverb combo — which spreads the sound across the width of the stage and provide lots of potential pockets for interesting feedback (on a good day...). </p> <p><strong>WEINMAN: We have talked at length about the difference between bands using your music as inspiration (like the Dillinger Escape Plan) and bands who have just tried to sound like Soundgarden. Why do you think all these bands are just horrible? Do they just not realize the true spirit of what you guys do?</strong></p> <p><strong>THAYIL:</strong> I'm very proud of the bands I like and listen to that have cited Soundgarden as an inspiration. I'm a bit embarrassed by those who attempt to imitate us. The forward-thinking bands I listen to don't sound anything like us, but are willing to work with odd timings, tunings, noise, feedback, harmonics, etc., within the context of the song. The imitators sound like bad impressionists who grasp onto the most pedestrian and commercial aspects of what we do without any of the risk. Of course, Soundgarden is a bit more difficult to imitate than, say, Nirvana, Alice in Chains or Pearl Jam. </p> <p>Nirvana has been victimized by many grave robbers over the years. They were ultimately the more successful and commercial band whose accessibility provided what may have appeared to be a lucrative opportunity for imitators. I won't mention any of these names, but I would like to reference some those bands I like who have tipped their hat our way: Sunn0))), Boris, Storm of Light, Om, High on Fire, Oneida, Eagle Twin, Lichens, Mastodon, Neurosis, Ghost and, of course, the Dillinger Escape Plan!</p> <p><em>For more about Ben Weinman, who forms <em>Guitar World's</em> ultimate Prog Roundtable with Animals As Leaders' Tosin Abasi and Periphery's Misha Mansoor, plus a Tosin Abasi poster and features on Metallica's Kirk Hammett, a seven- and eight-string buyer's guide and more, <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-13-prog-rock-roundtable-asking-alexandria/?&amp;utm_source=homepage&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=BenInterviewsKim">check out the September 2013 issue of Guitar World at the Guitar World Online Store.</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="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dillinger-escape-plans-ben-weinman-grills-soundgardens-kim-thayil-influences-gear-and-copycat-bands#comments Ben Weinman Dillinger Escape Plan Kim Thayil September 2013 Soundgarden Interviews News Features Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:25:30 +0000 Ben Weinman 18967 at http://www.guitarworld.com