It’s not often you get to work with one of your heroes, but for Melvins guitarist Buzz Osborne, that’s exactly what happened when Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary joined the band for their new album, Hold It In, which will be released October 14. Also joining Osborne, Leary and drummer Dale Crover for this 12-song Melvins outing is Butthole Surfers' bassist JD Pinkus.
Most rock biographies tend to follow a similar pattern. The artist’s road to redemption is paved with tales of debauchery, drug abuse, marital infidelity and a trashing hotel room or two. Although Jim Peterik’s story doesn’t really follow that path, it's even more special.
We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest touring seasons, collide. So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated in recent weeks and months, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you! — involved as we attempt to pick rock's greatest live band or artist!
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive, old-school-style, double-A-side premiere of two new songs by New York City rockers the Blackfires. You can hear "Woman Walks" and "Can't Get Over You" below. As always, be sure to tell us what you think of the tunes in the comments or on Facebook.
The Mojo Gurus recently filmed a video for the song “Bandito,” which appears on their Red River Entertainment/RED release Who Asked Ya?. Below, you can check out the official premiere of the the new video — while enjoying “Bandito,” is an instrumental, spaghetti Western-style tune with Tex-Mex horns.
As the newest guitarist in Alice Cooper’s touring band, Nita Strauss has some large shoes to fill. The 27-year-old Los Angeles native, who assumed the post this past spring following the departure of virtuoso Orianthi, is the most recent in a line of esteemed six-stringers that have played alongside the rock legend.
Below, check out this recently posted of Michelle Kwan covering Metallica's "One" on a guzheng through an Orange amp. What's a guzheng, you ask? Well, according to Wikipedia's guzheng page (which I visit often), it's a plucked Chinese zither that has 18 or more strings and movable bridges.
Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies will release a new solo album, Rippin’ Up Time, October 28 via Red River Entertainment. The album, which was produced by Davies and David Nolte, features 10 new original tracks written in the classic Kinks style. According to Davies, Rippin’ Up Time is about “a man's reflections of the past, his fears, anxieties and optimism about the present and hopeful expectations about the future.