As we've reported -- a lot -- Metallica have been celebrating their 30th anniversary for the past week with a series of shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco featuring a rotating cast of special guests that makes it seem like virtually everyone wanted to wish Metallica a happy 30th birthday.
We missed a busy weekend in Metallica-land as the band closed out their 30th anniversary celebration with two more shows -- and two more unreleased tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions. You can stream "Hell and Back" and "Return to Babylon" below.
What was happening after everyone realized the world wasn't going to stop once 2000 hit? Check out this gallery of GW covers to see where guitar stood at the dawn of a new century. Hey, ever wonder if there are still people in Doomsday shelters who didn't get the message 11 years ago?
Check out this behind-the-scenes photo gallery from Billy F. Gibbons' recent Guitar World photo shoot. Gibbons appears on the cover of the January 2012 issue of the magazine, in which he discusses the next ZZ Top album, which is expected in the spring, and is among the most anticipated releases of 2012.
Today's free Lick of the Day comes courtesy of Soulfly guitarist Mark Rizzo, who shares a lick that is adapted from the ending of the track "Release the Kraken," from his solo album, Legionnaire. It's a jazzy phrase that implies a Bm7 chord with some precise picking, based on the B blues scale (B D E F F♯ A B), and also shifts chromatically up to Cm7.
German progressive metal quartet Obscura are working toward releasing Illegitimation, a collection of demos spanning the band's career. The guys premiered a demo version of "Incarnated" earlier this week on GuitarWorld.com, and have now sent over another pre-production demo from Cosmogenesis, "Open the Gates." You can stream the track in full below.
Steel Panther recently took part in a special Kerrang! Radio appearance in Birmingham, England which featured a special acoustic set performed for contest winners. You can check out an acoustic performance of "17 Girls in a Row" below.