You could call Steve Hackett’s new album, Wolflight, a rock record, but it’s so much more than that. Besides its healthy doses of rock, R&B and jazz, the album, which will be released April 7, reveals the Influence of 19th-century composers and features some unusual instrumentation, not to mention a healthy dose of Hackett’s inspired guitar work.
In a career that’s spanned more than 25 years, guitarist extraordinaire Richie Kotzen has built an impressive resume of albums that showcase his unique shredding prowess, vocals, songwriting and vast musical knowledge. For Kotzen’s recently released 20th solo album, Cannibals, we find the guitarist exploring some new territory.
Guild has announced that the flagship solid-body model in the Newark St. Collection, the S-100 Polara, is now available with Black and White finish options. The S-100 Polara holds its own among the competition, with a slightly offset mahogany body that’s extremely comfortable to play.
If you’re looking for a guitarist who can learn 30 songs in an afternoon, dial in the perfect tone on queue and then rip a face-melting solo in front of 30,000 people, Justin Derrico’s your guy. Just ask Pink, Robin Thicke or Beyonce.
This new video, posted March 3, goes behind the scenes of the Kiesel Guitars/Carvin Guitars custom shop in San Diego and shows you how the JB24 Jason Becker Numbers Tribute Guitar is made. "I wanted to make something that was close to the original but put my own spin on it," said Jeff Kiesel, vice president of Kiesel Guitars/Carvin Guitars.
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour has announced plans to release a new solo album later this year. A brief message on his website added that the album (about which we know very little) will coincide with a string of September tour dates, suggesting a fall release date. You can see his current tour dates at the bottom of this story.
Michael Angelo Batio will release his first career-spanning retrospective, Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio, April 14 via Rat Pak Records. The album not only highlights Batio's best work to date, but also brings together many renowned hard rock and heavy metal musicians.