Powered by the vocals and songwriting prowess of guitarist Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon continues to bring their brand of Midwest rock and roll to the masses. The band tours with an arsenal of hit songs, many of which can still be found in regular rotation on classic rock radio.
Canadian progressive thrash metal veterans Voivod have released their long-awaited 16th studio album, Target Earth. The album, their first to feature guitarist Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain, also marks the return of bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault, who hasn't recorded with the band since 1991's Angel Rat.
In the 1980’s, Guitarist Craig Goldy was already having an amazing career. While playing for bands like Rough Cutt and Giuffria, his resume was already impressive. But in 1987 when the guitar slot for the legendary band Dio opened up, he would ultimately be chosen to play for the band. This raised the young guitarist into a whole new echelon of the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal universe.
SXSW might be one of the most eclectic (and insane) festivals in the world. It's become something of a brilliant disaster, with throngs of people and a band list that will soon need its own billboard just to fit everything. If you are lucky enough to get to see this spectacle, you may be a little daunted at how easy it is to get distracted, lost or both. The sensory overload provided by the throngs of people is enough to put anyone in a daze.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive lesson video with New York City's Resolution15. The song in the video is "Mr. Dark," which is from the band's new album, Svaha. You might notice that the video lacks guitars. That's because Resolution15 is a metal band that uses violins instead of guitars in their thrash, punk and hardcore-influenced music.
Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr died last night at age 56. Burr, who had suffered from poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, died peacefully in his sleep at home.
Guitarist Peter Banks, a founding member of Yes, died March 7 at his home in London. He was 65. A statement on Banks' website said he was found in his home after he failed to show up for a recording session. Yes — who are in the middle of a US tour — released a statement on their Facebook page, mourning the loss of the band's founding guitarist.
Smashing Pumpkins have announced a world tour that kicks off March 23 and runs through August 11. Billy Corgan and company will visit the US, Europe, the UK, Japan and Mexico. The band — Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder, drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino — will perform songs from their entire catalog, including their 2012 album, Oceania.