For guitarist Tom Keifer, The Way Life Goes is an appropriate title for his first solo album. The Cinderella frontman has had to endure many personal and emotional struggles over the years, including being diagnosed with a partially paralyzed vocal cord and being told he'd likely never sing again.
Blackstar Amplification has added the affordable LT range of compact boost, overdrive and distortion pedals. Tonally derived from Blackstar's award-winning HT pedal range, these new pedals offer high-quality sonic performance, tube-like responsiveness, and rugged metal housing for durability.
Whether he's performing as part of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages or jetting around the country for Night Ranger recording sessions and shows, Joel Hoekstra is easily one the hardest-working guitarists you're likely to meet. In addition to his aforementioned commitments, Hoekstra finds time to tour every fall with Trans Siberian Orchestra, and he even records video lessons that reveal the secrets of his guitar prowess.
From deep growls over chugging, down-tuned guitars to icy screams over dreamy piano riffs, Iwrestledabearonce are a band of extremes. The experimental metal quintet — with their weird transitions, unusual time signatures and dissonant riffs — ignore boundaries when it when it comes to creating music.
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has announced a new EP, Outsides. It will be released August 27 via Record Collection (August 14 in Japan). A bonus track, "Sol," comes as an instant download with each pre-order.
The subject of this month's challenge is Slayer's "Raining Blood," the five-page transcription of which starts on Page 112 of the August 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine. This month, you'll be competing for a new amp, Marshall's MG Series MG15CFXMS 15W Mini Stack Carbon Fiber (MSRP: $540).
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. 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).