Marshall Crenshaw may be known for a lot of things, but slacker isn't one of them. Some readers may not be aware of Crenshaw’s portrayal of John Lennon in the off-Broadway hit Beatlemania, but they might remember him as Buddy Holly in the Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba, which starred Lou Diamond Philips.
This is an Eric Johnson-inspired melodic climb in the key of E. It's based on a six-note sequence that I transpose to different tonal centers as I move up and across the neck. The first part of the lick, up until the legato ending, is all alternate picked with palm muting.
While Metallica's recent collaboration with Lou Reed -- which can be heard in full here -- left many fans scratching their heads, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich seems to think it was a no-brainer for West Coast thrash metal to collide with East Coast art rock.
While a reunion of the original Black Sabbath lineup has yet to be officially confirmed, it certainly looks like the pieces are falling into place. Speaking to Terrorizer recently, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi -- the first to unintentionally get the reunion rumor mill started -- said that the band had in fact rehearsed.