When it came time to decide on a project for the 2014 Summers Woodworking 2x4 Contest, Steve Carmichael of the Carmichael Workshop knew immediately what he wanted to make. A guitar. So Carmichael built an acoustic version of a Telecaster using a single 8-foot 2x4.
The origin of heavy metal is a very fuzzy thing, but most historians and fans alike can agree that Black Sabbath’s eponymous 1970 debut was the first true heavy metal album. Its thunderous drums, sinister riffs and downright evil lyrics left little to be debated, but what we wanted to know was this: What was the heaviest song before Black Sabbath?
On October 14, the Scorpions will continue to celebrate their 50th year in rock with a special one-night national screening event of their first-ever theatrical release, a new documentary called Forever and a Day. The film, which is presented by SpectiCast and Tempest Films, tells the story of one of metal's most influential bands.
When Labor Day came and went early last month, it reminded us of the American labor movement and the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the good ol' U.S. of A. However, since we're Guitar World people, we couldn't help but apply those sentiments to music and the American people who made and make it—bands!
Slipknot have released a video for “XIX,” the leadoff track from 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter. The song was written as a eulogy for bassist Paul Gray, who died in May 2010 from an accidental painkiller overdose.
The Who Live in Hyde Park comes to theaters across the U.S. for one night on October 8. You can watch an exclusive preview of the film below, where we present Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend performing their classic tracks “You Better You Bet” and “Baba O’Riley.”
“If you’re in a rut with your electric playing, pick up an acoustic. There’s something about playing the acoustic guitar that makes you think about songs. And if you work up solo versions of your favorite pop tunes, you’ll become more aware of how bass lines and harmony fit together. Then, when you go back to electric, those discoveries will help you play more empathetic solos.” —Buck Dharma
The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), is thrilled to announce the 2016 She Rocks Awards honorees. Paying tribute to women in the music industry, the 2016 She Rocks Awards at the NAMM show will take place on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. Tickets are available for purchase at sherocksawards.com
Last night marked the end of Van Halen’s 2015 North American tour, and the band made sure it was a night to remember. They took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl for two nights, October 2 and 4, returning to Los Angeles, where they kicked off the tour on March 30 with a performance on Hollywood Boulevard that was broadcast on Jimmy Kimmel Live.