Former Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee has died at age 68. A statement posted on his official website today reads: "With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.
After nearly two decades together, Sevendust remain one of few bands to come out of the '90s with all five original members — John Connolly (guitar), Clint Lowery (guitar), Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass) and Morgan Rose (drums) — intact. It's a testament to the friendship and musicianship the band brings to its fans and each other night after night, album after album.
Dave Grohl and his Sound City Players, a new ensemble that sometimes includes John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame, hosted an all-star jam session on Hollywood Boulevard last night for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Today, GuitarWorld.com brings you the exclusive premiere of "Persona Non Grata," a new track by Strangers, a band from Sydney, Australia. Their debut album, Persona Non Grata, which was recorded and produced by Tom Larkin (Shihad, The Getaway Plan, Calling All Cars), capturing the band's dual-guitar attack. The band is Ben Britton (vocals), Mark Barnes (lead guitar), Benny K (guitar), Tristian Griffiths (bass) and Timmy Hansen (drums).
The year is shaping up to be a impressive one for Andy Biersack and Black Veil Brides. They've already released The Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, which debuted at No. 7 in the US; they've unveiled a motion picture, Legion of the Black, done two North American legs and one European leg of the Church of the Wild Ones tour — and they're up for two Golden God awards.
Today we bring you the exclusive premiere of a new music video by Cleveland-based soul/rock band Winslow. The song, "Alone Tonight," is from the band's new album, Left of the Right Direction, which will be released March 26 via Little Fish Records and RCR Recording Studios.
The ordeal is finally over for Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe. A panel of judges in the Czech Republic ruled today (Tuesday, March 5) that concert promoters — not Blythe — were mainly responsible for the 2010 death of a teenage Lamb of God fan, adding that Blythe's actions didn't constitute a crime. The state attorney, who had sought a conviction for manslaughter and asked for the minimum sentence of five years, has appealed the decision.
Check out this new Apple podcast of a live overview of Guitar World Presents the Best Instruction Book Ever. The podcast, which features our own Paul Riario, runs through the iPad version of the book, which features lots of playing examples by Riario and some insight into his personal experiences learning guitar.