Jeff Pilson is a busy man. In addition to his regular role as Foreigner's bassist, he's also been dividing his time with a host of other projects. He's working with other former Dokken members George Lynch and Mick Brown on the next T&N album, and he's just finished producing the upcoming Kill Devil Hill album and Loveless Fascination, the first new Starship album featuring Mickey Thomas in almost 25 years.
Heaven & Earth's new album, Dig, celebrates the sound of iconic '70s rock, a time when rock music was at its purist, most accessible form. Originally begun as an all-star project for guitarist Stuart Smith, Heaven & Earth has since evolved into a full band that also includes Joe Retta (vocals), Chuck Wright (bass), Richie Onori (drums) and Arlan Schierbaum (keyboards).
A fan threw a bottle at the Melvins' Buzz Osborne during the band's August 19 show in Vancouver, Canada. A few seconds later, Osborne unplugged his guitar and delivered a few choice words to the audience — and that was that. Show over.
I’ve always been intrigued by the way pedal-steel players compile notes differently than electric guitarists. Whereas the electric guitar kind of technically limits—or should I say more narrowly influences—how you form chords and craft licks, the pedal steel offers the player a lot of options, what with all those crazy pedals and knee-operated levers, additional strings, open tunings and the slide.
Vivid is an excellent representation of Vernon Reid's distinct, versatile style. He unleashes "power rhythm" and a blues·drenched solo on "Middle Man," the band's first single, while the "Funny Vibe" showcases his clean rhythm playing and screaming urban lead style. His alternately subtle and savage whammy bar technique is an LP highlight.
Stryper have released audio samples of three tracks from their forthcoming studio album, No More Hell to Pay. Check out samples of "Revelation," "Saved By Love" and "Marching Into Battle" below. And be sure to tell us what you think of the songs in the comments!
Electro-Harmonix has reissued its CMOS Hot Tubes Overdrive pedal. Originally released in 1978, the EHX Hot Tubes was designed to replicate the organic overdrive of a vintage tube amp. The reissue Hot Tubes is a faithful re-creation of the original design, but presented in a compact, nano-sized chassis.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of Jonny Lang's new lyric video for "Blew Up (The House)." The track is from Lang's new album, Fight For My Soul, which will be released September 17 by Concord Music Group. Fight For My Soul is Lang's first studio album in seven years.