Mike Portnoy is a name that has been synonymous with heavy metal drumming for the past 26 years, ever since he started the progressive metal outfit Majesty with fellow Berklee musicians John Petrucci and John Myung.
I went to Guitar Center to buy some audio cables the other day. They were special ones with banana plug ends. I had the spec written down on a piece of paper, and I was a little nervous going into the GC audio department never having purchased this type of cable before.
Best known for poppy anthems like “Don’t Let’s Start,” “Ana Ng” and Malcom in the Middle theme “Boss of Me,” alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants decided to go in a different direction in 2002, when they released, No!, their debut as a children’s act.
Producer Kevin Shirley, who has worked with the Black Crowes, Aerosmith and Journey, was attending Guitar Center's King of the Blues event in Los Angeles in November 2009 when he happened upon an inspirational sight — a jam session involving master blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa and legendary bassist/frontman Glenn Hughes.
In an industry gone mad with detail, where every guitarist knows to the nth degree not only the gauges of his strings but the alloys which made them up, where every player has a rack of pedals, gadgets and gizmos which would befuddle most any NASA representative, Angus Young stands apart as a guitar player who's uninterested and unamused. When referring to his variously dated Gibson SG's, Young calls them "This guitar" or "This thing."