Award-winning producer/songwriter/guitarist John Shanks clearly recalls the first time he heard Van Halen. “I was 12 years old, doing my homework, and I put their first album on,” he says. “All of a sudden, ‘Eruption’ comes on and you’re like, ‘What?’ No one had ever heard that. It freaked us all out. To me, it was Hendrix, Beck, Page, Gilmour and Clapton. That was it — the big five. And of course The Beatles. And then, one day, Van Halen.”
British hard rockers Starseed have been causing quite a stir after the release of their debut album, Peace Machine, back in February, so we're excited to be able to bring you the exclusive premier of their brand new music video for "See Through Your Lies." Check it out below.
Calling all musicians: The Lonely Forest have launched their “Go Outside Guitar Lesson Contest.” All you need do is check out John Van Deusen’s guitar lesson video, below, for the band's single, “Go Outside.” Learn the song the best you can, video yourself performing it, upload your video to your own YouTube page (naming it “The Lonely Forest Go Outside Contest”) and then email the URL of your video to GoOutsideTLF@gmail.com.
To kickstart your week, we've got a brand new track from Arizona's Job For A Cowboy for your listening pleasure. You can stream "Imperium Wolves" below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming new album, Demonocracy, which was produced by Jason Seucof (Trivium, Black Dahlia Murder) and recorded at Florida's Audiohammer Studios.
San Antonio's Upon A Burning Body are gearing up for the release of their new album, RED.WHITE.GREEN., which hits stores next week, and were nice enough to send over this exclusive video lesson featuring guitarists Chris Johnson and Sal Dominguez showing you some key riffs from the new album.
When Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth shows up at Guitar World HQ for our interview, it's already past 5 p.m. on a press-packed day. In spite of that, he showed up good spirits, with with the same youthful energy that has made him one of the most electric performers in thrash metal for over three decades now.
From sweet to rippin’, these ladies know how to make a song their own. Here are 15 takes on Beatles classics, plus a laughable hall of shame mention thrown in for good measure. From rockin’ to sublime, The Beatles are universally appealing, and these covers prove it. Got a favorite I missed? Lemme know!