Sure, we could've packed this list with songs with mind-blowing B-bender solos by Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander, the Hellecasters' Will Ray or the Byrds' Clarence White. Instead, we've gone for a more well-rounded approach, attempting to include as many different guitarists as possible, not to mention a few super-accessible (even "classic") songs. We might've even thrown in an 11th song. Our math isn't too good.
In the new issue, guitarist and producer Jimmy Page revisits two of Led Zeppelin's most god-like albums, Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy. We also talk about the history of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," which remains one of the most durable songs in rock history.
Metallica performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last night, beginning a five-night residency. Their first-night song? The very fitting "Hit the Lights." You can watch their performance below.
Each fall, Reverend Guitars takes one of its models and turns up the volume a bit to make a limited-edition machine. This year, the company chose the Charger 290. The model will be released in three colors: Metallic Alpine Green, Metallic Red and Lakeshore Gold, all with cream pickguards and cream pickup covers.
Seventy-four was one of rock's oddest years. It was a transition year that saw a moment of respite for its biggest names. Into the void debuted some new names, ones that would come to grow and stake their own place in rock's map. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Who did not release new material, while the Rolling Stones, though still strong, had begun to show cracks after their beast mode period of '68 to '72.
AC/DC have released "Rock or Bust," the latest single (and title track) from their new album, which will be released December 2. The track is available immediately on all album pre-orders, along with another track, "Play Ball."
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 2! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the competition is guaranteed to get even tougher.