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.
Let's face it, Coldplay fall into that category of "bands people love to hate." Even if you like their music, it's fashionable to make fun of them as much as possible -- we're looking at you, Noel Gallagher.
Marshall Crenshaw has confirmed a one-of-a-kind run at NYC's Iridium Jazz Club on October 29, 30 and 31 to honor the unsung heroes of the Gibson Les Paul. The Iridium was the late Les Paul's home for more than a decade, so it's only fitting that Crenshaw will perform there with the late guitar giant's band, The Les Paul Trio.
Boss will host the second Boss Loop Station National Championship at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, 6 p.m. Saturday, October 22. The contest will be streamed live on GuitarTV.com, and The Iron Maidens will perform. The event is open to the public.
December of this year will see the release of Murder In The Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter, a retrospective which includes 400 photos chronicling the rise of San Francisco's thrash scene in the mid '80s.
After all the fanfare surrounding the Big Four -- which included an epic Guitar World cover -- it seems natural that other bands might want to cash in on the idea of having an amazing lineup get together for a few magical shows.