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.
It's Friday again, and we've got a special treat for you to get your weekend started right. Erick Serna and The Killing Floor have sent over their "barn version" of the Jimi Hendrix classic "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," and we've got the exclusive premiere of the track streaming below. Check it out!
As reported earlier, Queen drummer Roger Taylor recently launched an international competition, the Queen Extravaganza Tour Talent Search, in an effort to assemble a Queen-sanctioned band that will hit the road in 2012.