Like most musicians growing up in the 1970s, Damon Johnson fell in love with the music that is now considered “classic rock.” The volume, the stage presence, the dual guitars — it all spoke to a young man growing up in Alabama and dreaming of being onstage with his idols. Years later, that’s exactly what happened: Johnson was selected to join Alice Cooper’s band in 2004 and is now a member of Thin Lizzy, touring the world with musicians who influenced him as a teen.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have just debuted a new music video for "Look Around," a song off their 2011 album, I'm With You. Check out the video below -- and also take a look at their updated tour schedule, which you can see below the video.
What do you do when metal just doesn’t work out? Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela answered that question by moving to Europe and playing intricately fingered acoustic versions of their metal favorites. Gabriela’s unique quasi-flamenco hand tapping and speed-blurred strumming technique fill in like a one-woman rhythm section. With Rodrigo’s lead stylings dancing on top, their performance is spellbinding.
Nothing says Monday like German prog metal, so today we're bringing you the exclusive steam of the new album from Germany's Beyond the Bridge, The Old Man and the Spirit. Scroll down to listen to the album in full.
Equal parts hard rock and country, with elements of blues, Connor Christian & Southern Gothic are building their success via old-school methodology: gig, gig and gig. They’ve followed the D.I.Y. route from the start, recording independently and booking their own shows, building their fan base step by step as they outreach on the road and through social media.
When looking back upon this week's gallery of Guitar World issues, remember all the great guitar moments of 2004, remember Dimebag and the path he blazed for groove-metal devotees, and remember the heroes who showed courage under fire at that club in Columbus, Ohio.